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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.

Mary Siani

My love of photography started when I was preparing to travel to Italy for a month long solo trip. I signed up for a photography class, bought my first SLR camera and fell in love. I started with landscape photography and eventually gravitated toward sports; soccer, water polo, and football. Read More>>

Humberto Saenz

I’ve always had an appreciation for music and was something that was developed more by my parents’ diverse music collection. I began my DJ career spinning at family functions and eventually became my high school’s DJ. Once I began college, I had already accumulated experience with weddings, Quinceañeras, and school events. Read More>>

Hilda, Brenda and Karen Velazquez

We started almost as a happenstance, we created our own photo booth for one of the creators, Brenda, 30th Birthday bash. It went so well and it was such a hit that we all; Hilda, Brenda, and I (Karen) decided to create Mementos Photo Booth in January of 2014. Read More>>

Andre Ghazarian

Levik’s Jewelers is a family owned and operated jewelry store that has been wholesaling, importing, and manufacturing fine jewelry, diamonds, and watches since 1938. Our story began in Eastern Europe, in a small boutique shop selling antique jewelry and engagement rings to the local community. Since expanding to Los Angeles in 1978, our customer base has continued to grow, and we have served thousands with many varieties of fine jewelry pieces and timepieces. Read More>>

Dianne Rini

I was in the “corporate world” for first 2 years of my working life at companies with high stress and deadlines which I manage very well and fit right in to the fast pace life. My first introduction to alternative healing was when I was a patient of David Crow 20 years ago. I was a heavy smoker, I liked drinking wine and lots of it—I was unhealthy and breaking down emotionally. Read More>>

Felicia Morris

I was inspired to start my own business when I was fired from my LAST job which happened to be at a studio similar to the one I own now. I couldn’t bring myself to look for another job and decided to set out on a mission to start Morris Media Studios. At the beginning of 2014, I started a crowd funding campaign and raised nearly $15k from friends and fans, $45k from a dear friend and rap star Kid Ink kicked in another $10k. Read More>>

Alfred Wong

We started with a Kickstarter Campaign in 2014 with a Smart Notification Lamp called NOTTI. We collected customer feedback and then start to focus on Bedroom Tech Accessories and launched a new smart alarm clock product line called BEDDI, which we also launched on Kickstarter in 2015. We will continue to build elegant tech accessories that help our users to sleep better and wake up refreshed each day. Read More>>

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