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Inspiring Stories from the Valley

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 the Valley’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble-rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool.  Check out the Valley’s rising stars below.

Jessica Franz

I actually owe it to my parents’ love for photography that I was hooked from an early age. The use of natural lighting and capturing a moment in time – the emotions, fashion trends, relationships, adventures fascinated me Read More>>

Nicole Lennox

I purchased my first semi-pro camera out of curiosity — a little Canon Rebel XSI with a kit lens.nI took a few photo classes at night at my local community college to learn how to use basic manual functions and the next thing I knew, I was hooked. Read More>>

Kfir Matalon

I came from a small beach town about 10 min outside of Tel Aviv, Israel. At the age of 22, I decided to travel and see the world which lead me to far east Asia and eventually to the US where I met my wife Angela. Read More>>

Caren Lieberman

I had Guillain-Barre (a virus that attacks your nerves causing temporary paralysis) as a child and recovered from it which made me want to become a Physical Therapist. Read More>>

Melissa Naulin

Since I was very young I’ve always been interested in makeup, beauty and skin care. I used to force my little sister to let me give her makeovers all the time; lashes, nails, I loved it all! In high school I started waxing, first learning on myself, then for friends. Read More>>

Erika Terhes

Spending most of my life in Europe, I adopted the European approach towards beauty- one that prefers prevention and natural remedies. When I started noticing signs of aging on myself, I began searching for natural ways to prevent and reverse aging that would be in line with my health-conscious lifestyle. Read More>>

Yolanda Thomas

I started teaching in Sydney Australia at The Sydney Dance Company Dance Studios. I was the longest running hip hop teacher there. It was mainly ADULT drop in classes. Read More>>

Brent Blansett

I moved from Louisville, Kentucky to Los Angeles when I was 29 years old. I was looking for adventure, new landscapes, and furthering my business ventures. I fell in love with LA immediately and knew this was home. Read More>>

Christina Lindeman

I started dancing at the age of three and continued to dance for over 30 years. As a teenager, I became interested in general fitness and nutrition. Read More>>

Joe Diamond

Started in music at the ripe old age of 7, with my first instrument being accordion. First gig at age of 9 on a radio show with Bob Hope. Read More>>

Tyler Howard

I’m the Owner & Founder of Dine For 2. I was born and raised in West Hills, Ca. Ever since she was a little girl, a wooden spoon and a bowl was my favorite thing to play with. Read More>>

Dawlin Delgado

I always had a passion for art, and photography is a way to express myself. I started photography roughly about 3 years ago, but it has grown to be a very important part of my life. Read More>>

Yeela Lavi

I have a background on photography, and my husband is a computer guy. Those two fields came together perfectly in SillyBooth. Read More>>

Delisa Taylor

Dee begin working for Brook Furniture (The 2nd largest Furniture Rental Company) beginning in sales and then held the position of National Sales District Manager before leaving, when the company decided to close its doors to the event industry in 2006. After one year, Dee and her husband Gerald took a leap of faith, cashed out their retirement accounts and began – Posh Furniture. Read More>>

Patrick Muller

Dedicated to the time-honored traditions and artistry of traditional furniture making, Müller & Sons masterfully crafts handmade furniture. With almost 50 years of experience, Muller & Sons has maintained a reputation for its attention to detail, quality craftsmanship and client satisfaction. Read More>>

Michael Toji

I was a post-production supervisor for indie films for over 15 years. In that capacity, I brought many films to Monkeyland Audio for post sound work and mixing. Read More>>

Shirry Dolgin

After graduating from FIDM with a degree in Interior Design I worked for several design companies in Los Angeles, both large and small. Then I decided to take the leap and open my own firm. Read More>>

Ray Mirzabegian

Thirteen years ago today we welcomed our daughter Emily into this world. She was born a normal, healthy child with a normal pregnancy and no complications. Read More>>

Desiree Jacobs

My journey with Heirloom Paper started after my daughter was born in 2014. When my daughter, Emma, was a newborn, I found myself in a really dark place- I wasn’t having a blissed out new mama experience to say the least. Read More>>

 Frank Vardaros

Frank has been a performer and music educator for over thirty years. As an educator, Frank has taught master classes and clinics at numerous high schools and colleges throughout the country and has been teaching privately since the age of 18 years old. Read More>>

 Gus Gougas

I have been in the SF Valley for most of my life. I was brought up in Granada Hills, went to Granada Hills High School and then to CSUN. I bought my first house in Northridge when I was 21 and then moved to Porter Ranch. Read More>>

Amy Longstaff

Originally started by Rosie Gitlin in 1986, Center Stage Dance began providing 3-8 year olds dance classes specializing in Ballet, Tap and Jazz. Since then it has grown to provide a full range of classes and performing opportunities in hip-hop, contemporary, and acrobatics to students up to the age of 18. Read More>>

Desiree Alcantara

As a young adult I was always planning and coordinating my family and friends’ events. This put a spark in me to want to do this as a business to assist others. Read More>>

Doug Lenzini

Bridges Academy is an independent, college-preparatory school (grades 4-12) in Studio City educating a diverse group of gifted/highly-gifted students who have a range of strengths, interests, and learning differences. These unique students, who we refer to as twice- exceptional (2e), have intellectual, social-emotional, and creative needs that benefit from our personalized, strength-based learning model. Read More>>

Marjorie Skouras

Marjorie Skouras Design was started in 2000 as an interior decorating service. In 2002, I started to create bespoke items for my clients, and discovered a new creative spirit. Read More>>

Maeve Croke

I started dancing as a kid back in Ireland where I grew up. I was very lucky at the young age of 16 I was chosen to Travel with Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance. Read More>>

Shaunelle Gowen

I completed an event planning program a few years back and gained experience working in the event business thereafter. I’ve always enjoyed the creative aspect of planning and designing events. Read More>>

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