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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.

Jensen Kirk

My real start in music was in 2008 I believe. I was a completely different artist finding and developing my sound. I eventually made a song called “California Girl” that ended up on the radio at Power 106. From there I toured locally just getting my footing as a performer. After the success of the record there was a shift in my approach to music because I wasn’t portraying the true version of myself. Read more>>

Estefani Alarcon

I started Dear Southside with the purpose of telling and recreating the untold stories of South Central. Growing up and even now (changing a little) all I ever see covered in the media in regards to South Central is gang violence and crime but that does not define South Central at all so I decided to change that with the resources I have. Read more>>

Sabrina Johnson

I’m a body +++ artist, choreographer, and creative entrepreneur. Growing up in South LA my parents made an effort to keep my brother and I busy and off the streets. I was studying dance at the Lula Washington Dance Theatre while my brother was doing all things sport at Rancho Cienega Park. Read more>>

Lauren Montgomery

The pains and stress of starting a new business came on full swing as I nearly killed myself trying to pull the funds, research and determination it took to make this dream a reality. I truly do not think I could do it again today, it was that difficult. I took a lot of risks, but thankfully it all worked out beautifully and the universe was on our side. Read more>>

Cynthia Cabrales

When I had decided to go back to school, it was going to be for art and design. Though school helped me out a lot, the actual experience I gained from working with the music community, whether it was a flyer for a house show or for a show at an actual venue, is what got me to where I am today. Read more>>

LaTalya Gaffney

My stage name Crafty G. I started PipeDreams Apparel in 2017 when I was called to open up for Bay Area legend Keak Da Sneak. I wanted to stand out and have all my fans and supporters wearing my logo and I was also allowed to set up a booth at the show. So I got about 50 shirts made and sold out of all of them and decided I could make some money and own my own company. Read more>>

Steven Pickens

Steven Pickens is a professional basketball player that didn’t play high school basketball and only played eight games at Community college. Grew up in a single parent home where moms worked all the time so he basically raised his self. Fell in love with basketball at the age of 17 when moved into a neighborhood where everybody was playing. Read more>>

Ixchel Perez

I served as a musician with the United States Marine Corps and thrived on the idea of inspiring people everywhere. A few years in, I had complications with my right leg and was told I would have to be medically discharged. Considering I had loved my job, my injury (and subsequent disability) felt like a cross to bear. Read more>>

Britt Banks

I’ve always been passionate about Performing Arts and Film. Growing up, however, accessing a stage was easier than a camera, so I attended the Amazing Grace Conservatory under the direction of Wendy Raquel Robinson, was involved with the Long Beach Performing Arts Magnet, and attended The Actor’s Workshop. Read more>>

Charles Hickey

My math teacher introduced me to modular origami and I began constantly folding units to build large geometric structures, sometimes larger than I was. I began designing ways to hang these structures and got hooked by overcoming the challenges the material gave. Read more>>

Jarrod Williams

Never would off dreamed that I would find something that most would call a passion but to me is my true calling. Photography has given me the greatest joy of creating images that people love and use to influence or inspire others. A great photographer that I call a friend said in an interview. Read more>>

Saeed Coleman

I knew I had a voice that resonated with the people at a young age. Since the age of three, I picked up a microphone and began to sing, rap, speak, mimic, and recite songs, poems or speeches. My grandmother always told me I would do great things and I would be a catalysts for change in my community. Read more>>

Ayoni Thompson

Studio nights can last forever and that was sometimes hard to balance with school. Learning how to own my space, but also how to protect myself and my art, and advocate for myself is still something I’m working through, but it’s been a joy and definitely the most important lesson I will keep learning. Read more>>

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