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Inspiring Stories from South LA

The heart of our mission at VoyageLA is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of South LA’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rebel rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool.  Check out South LA’s rising stars below.

Jessica Magaña

Photography was always a hobby of mines as a young teen. I admired the technicalities of the camera and how it could intertwine with creativity. This admiration started from awareness of my vision loss. Read more>>

Dr. Shena Young

One of my favorite stories is knowing that when my mother asked my big sister what my name should be she enthusiastically responded, “sunshine!” I’ve often wondered if this was some prophetic intuitive kid energy or maybe a metaphor for what she wanted/needed. Read more>>

Renee Curry

After losing my mom to cancer in 2014, one of her closest friends said to me: “Renee, what your mom accomplished was her legacy, those were her achievements. It is not passed-down to you like a family heirloom, the legacy you claim must evolve from your own hard work and commitment to the community.” Read more>>

Dustin Young

Well let’s go down memory lane. In 2013 i transitioned into a healthier lifestyle because of a friend’s illness. While searching for cures, I came across Dr. Sebi. Studying his methods and reaching out to people he have cured through diet sparked an interest to change the way I eat and think. I began cleansing/detoxing before moving to Harlem, New York. Read more>>

Celynda Wilder-Kingsby

Well…I was a teen mom. I had my beautiful daughter, Kasi, at age 18, and I was frightened! Immediately, I became responsible for not only myself, but for another human being. Thus, I began working full time while going to school. It was my dream to become a teacher and even though I was a young mom, I did not let that deter my goals. Read more>>

Neima Patterson

I always loved stories. I loved the way other people told stories and I loved seeing people’s reactions when sharing my own. That love translated to dance and writing as a kid. When I chose to major in Dance at UCLA, my journey soon took me into dance film, then filmmaking, and then, coming full circle with the writing, screenwriting. Read more>>

Linda Garcia

I have been working in the TV and Film industry for over 17 years, I started as on air talent for a local television station in Dallas, I soon became interested in writing, producing and directing commercials while I simultaneously began selling air. Read more>>

Jade Williams

Born in Culver City California I spent my early childhood being raised in Pomona. As a preteen, my father was shot while protecting my mother during a robbery. The family then relocated to the overrun gang infested streets of South Los Angeles where I, like most highly influenced youth became a product of my environment. Read more>>

Michelle Qazi

Born and raised in SoCal with a need to always do something creative in life it took awhile for me to figure it out. Graduated college in advertising, packed up and nabbed the first little apartment I saw. Read more>>

Daniel Gutierrez

I started my business 23 years ago in LA after helping the Best Buy company build its company. I did not need to leave as I had good stock, good pay and many benefits. Something inside me wanted to motivate and inspire people. Read more>>

Bryan Chung, Brian Chung

Alabaster Co. started late one night in May 2016 when Brian and I were discussing ways creativity and faith could be more connected. This question felt incredibly relevant to our culture today. We’re growing increasingly visual. People take photos with their smartphones, endlessly scroll through Instagram feeds, and watch content more than they read content. All of these things are driven by imagery. Read more>>

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