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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.

Tiana Davis

I started my company with my business partners in February of this year. Our main objective is to present black women in a positive light through the creation of our digital content/visuals, and to provide them and other underrepresented minorities access to economic power, opportunities, and resources. Read more>>

Daniel Johnson

In 2012 at the age of 24 years old I enrolled in Venice YouthBuild (VYB) with $50 and a dream. While in VYB I began to enhance my knowledge of life skills, leadership development, job-readiness, construction and social justice. VYB is also where I began to strengthen my awareness on issues that affect people in low-income communities of color. Read more>>

Luis Antonio Pichardo

My introduction to art came from my being a restless child, and to curb my restlessness, my mom gave me paper and pencils to keep me occupied as she did her daily chores around the house. I remember taking to drawing and art like a fish to water. Read more>>

Sherika Nicole

So, I started selling accessories in the year of 2006. I would sell accessories from the trunk. At that time I would sale accessories wherever I went birthday parties, beauty salons and school. I was a single parent and a full-time student and needed extra money. Read more>>

Jessie Salazar

As a young child growing up in Lynwood California I always enjoyed green spaces and interacting with plants. However, in my hometown of Lynwood, no park was walking distance of where we lived for the majority of my childhood. Read more>>

Katie Shapiro

I was born and raised in Los Angeles and got introduced to darkroom photography in middle school. I never really stopped photographing. Read more>>

Lisa Luna

I am a writer and small business owner born and raised in Southeast LA. I’ve been self-employed for most of my 20s, trying out an array of fields from medical insurance rep and professional wedding photographer to maintaining part time W-9 jobs making smoothies and being a hostess. Read more>>

Kaylene Basulto

I was a high school drop out who spent most of my teenage years in juvenile halls and placement homes. When I turned 20 years old I had an awakening and decided that I will not be another statistic. Read more>>

Diane Reichenberger

First of all, I love my career path – it hasn’t always been easy, but looking back now every move I have ever made makes sense. Read more>>

Ziomara Ramirez

Out of high school I knew I wanted to do photography but not just as an amateur but as the real technique of photography so I went to New York Film Academy and got my Bachelor of Fine Arts. Read more>>

Andre Arterberry

My whole life I’ve always been into music. When I was young I played a few instruments like drums and guitar but it wasn’t until I started skateboarding that I really got into hip hop. Read more>>

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