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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 recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of West LA’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.

Obed Bazile

I started Supreme Mobile Care back in 2018 at Florida Memorial University. I actually started it to make extra income while I was in college, then I started getting into it more as more people started booking me. After that, I had over 75 clients in the city of Miami, but as you know a pandemic happened and had to move to Port St Lucie, FL where I started it up again and actually sat down a planned it better. My overall goal is to get over 500 clients and gain my trucks. Read more>>

Anya Butler

I’m a 19 years old artist born and raised in the UK now pursuing my dreams of working in Animation in LA. At 13 years old, I discovered a show called Gravity Falls and instantly fell in love. Watching that show made me realize my life goal is to tell stories through art. Ever since, I have been practicing and honing my skills to achieve this – along the way, I garnered a social media following on YouTube and Instagram (133k and 36k respectively) where I share my art and advice to fellow young artists. Knowing I already inspire and entertain people is deeply encouraging. Read more>>

Robyn Romain

My family handed me a crayon and I never stopped. I started with fan-work of warrior cats and magical girls. I drew every day, wrote stories and gathered classmates to read out loud to on the playground. I trained myself to finish homework in class, so I could draw and write at home uninterrupted. I went to a public high school with a large art program. Theater, drawing, pottery– I took them all, including in animation! We made animated flip-books on notecards and created basic animation in Adobe After Effects. I put my all into studying art. Senior year, Scholastic awarded me a Regional Gold Key in Illustration and hung my artwork at an exhibit at the Milwaukee Art Museum. It hung with other student’s artwork from around the state. I felt the pride to see it in a place of lots of historical art, a place I had gone on many field trips as a kid. Read more>>

Izek Rose

Ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted to create music, and my family made it easy for me to follow that passion. At four years old, I joined my older sisters in weekly violin lessons, they were already taking it seriously with youth state symphonies, bands, and playing in weddings, making a musical world that I was able to be immersed in. It was through some of their friends that I got into guitar and DJ mixing through my early teens, then when I found out about producing from friends that were DJing, that really got me started. Producing let me incorporate all the things I loved about sounds and instruments into songs from my room. Read more>>

Dj Mr Lee

I started off just liking to dance… So I worked on it and got better ad better, eventually some offered to pay me to perform, and that was the being of my dance career. I got my 1st job as a senior in high school for the R&B singer Joe. Throughout the years as a dancer, I got to work with artists like Ashanti, Wyclef, Russell Simmons, Baby Bash, Cassidy, Omarion, Sisqo, and Beyoncé. After a long and successful career, I just burned out with the dance world and I retired. But I missed the connection to music I got from dancing… That was when I began Djing. Thanks to my dancing background, timing, music knowledge, and music selection came very naturally to me, that and a LOT of practice helped excel with djing. I spent a lot of time in the local bar and club scene, mastering my craft… Read more>>

Dawntin Loo

As a musician myself, my passion led me to discover many other creatives in Los Angeles, but I constantly found myself traveling outside the valley to see them! I noticed that many of our local electronic artists didn’t have a platform and since that’s my jam, I decided to give it a shot. I started doing the live events in November 2019 and it’s been quite the journey. Overall I’m just thankful for all the artists that have helped us through the beginning and during the pandemic. My team consists of Alfredo aka Alzy aka el keamo and Spencer aka Automatagraphics. All three of us have been friends for quite some time. Spencer has been creating visual content in the live events industry for a few years now and was very excited to jump on board. Alfredo organized many smaller valleys shows prior, so he was eager to help with the project. Read more>>

Bianca Wilson

I was born and raised on the East Side of Detroit, MI. I was the kid that my mother had to constantly keep an eye on because I was busy into something. As a child, I have always been strong-willed and independent. I had an opinion for everything. As a little girl, I knew I wanted to be something special when I grew up but it took me a long time to figure out what particular that was going to be. I tried to go to college but really was not mature enough at the time and failed all my classes, literally. I remember my mother opened up my report card and I had a 0.00 GPA. My mother was furious. I worked temp jobs on and off for the next few years. I remember one day I came to work and felt empty. I was seeking more fulfillment. I didn’t feel like I was living in my purpose. I decided to go back to school but this time, it would be for something that I am passionate about. The key to getting through college is Motivation! Read more>>

Jay Steel

Honestly, ever since I was a kid, I’ve always felt really comfortable in front of a camera because of my dad. My dad always took pictures and videos ever since I was born. Not only to save them for memories but would use his creativity to make documentaries, mini-movies, and highlight reels from what he captured behind the lens. My Mom was a model when she was 18 and did a lot of runway shows but I was blessed enough to have both my parents in the entertainment industry for over 15 years. My Dad used to work for Universal Records and my Mom used to work for Paramount Pictures. So I was around the industry almost all my life but I never really paid any mind to it because all I wanted to do was skateboard and play basketball. Read more>>

Beck Hoehn

It was through a series of film industry-related injuries that peaked Beck’s interest in Acupuncture. Every time another body part broke, she would return to work fully recovered after a single treatment. These consistently successful results and a family background in medicine inspired her to pursue a degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Beck went back to school and received a master’s degree with honors from Emperor’s College of Oriental Medicine, while also becoming board-certified both nationally and in the state of California. In addition, Beck is also an active member on the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM). It’s through ABORM where she pursued additional specialized training in reproductive health and fertility acupuncture and holds the distinction of being an ABORM fellow. Read more>>

Karen Snook

It all started long long ago in a faraway place called Los Altos, California. A skinny little blonde girl was not athletic or pretty and preferred to spend her time watching bugs and butterflies rather than playing with other children. Fast forward a few decades. Along the way, there was school, a science degree from UCLA, an MBA from Pepperdine, and far too much time spent in corporate offices for a girl whose only ambition was to continue watching butterflies and squirrels and bats and any other natural creature. In 2008, she decided to leave corporate America and help the animals she loved so dearly. She got a job as Executive Director of an animal advocacy organization and from that experience, she figured out what she really wanted to do. Its called running a care farm. Care farms are places that help people heal from traumas and troubles through working with animals and gardens. Read more>>

Natalie Duque

I can’t remember a time when music wasn’t a driving force in my life. Music has always made me feel at home in my own body- it brings me peace and clarity when nothing else makes sense. And there wasn’t a defining moment that made this happen- it’s just always been that way. When I was a young girl, I begged my mom for music lessons, but she was a single parent trying to make ends meet and she thought I was just a kid with a fleeting dream that would change with the seasons. But it didn’t. So by the time I got to 3rd grade, she put me in music lessons, and I haven’t looked back since. Read more>>

Regine Dorismond, Roslyn Guzman and Odile McKenzie

Be Morr was founded by three women of color who started out as friends and desired to create a culturally sensitive therapeutic wellness community for other Women of Color. The three of us are Licensed Social Workers with more than 15 years of collective experience. Our expertise includes counseling, resource linkage, learning and development, group & workshop facilitation, school consultants. We are rooted in the idea that we all have the capacity to heal, grow and overcome life’s challenges when given a safe space to do so. Read more>>

Cindy Q and Alex Steimer

LE FRENCH ROOSTER© opened its door on May 6th, 2019 to the community of Burbank. Since then, it has earned a reputation of high quality authentic French bites & pastries made from scratch and with fresh products. Established by French Chef and founder Alex Steimer and his wife, Cindy Q, they have created an authentic, warm and cozy French Shop-Café atmosphere in “The Valley” with a TAKE-OUT ONLY concept; nowadays costumers can place their order online at their website – www.lefrenchrooster.com – for pick up in order to avoid lines and crowds.Chef Alex was born in France, son of restaurateurs in the city of Strasbourg; he always enjoyed cooking and baking with his grandmother at an early age. While studying marketing, he realized that his dream was to embrace a career in food business. Read more>>

R.L. Scott

I actually began my film making journey at a really young age. Martial arts is what brought me to it… I started training in Chinese martial arts at age six. By the time I was 15, it dawned on me that all of my onscreen heroes were Asian. It honestly bothered me a little that none of them were of African or Afro-Latin descent, even though we used the same Martial Science. So at 15, I vowed to put heroes on the screen that looked like me but fought like them. My mission statement has evolved since then though. I want to continue to contribute to showing the complexity, strength, power, beauty and uniqueness of people of color. Read more>>

Elisa Ang

I’m not sure what to consider the start to where I am now. Like a lot of us, I started drawing in my youth in search of identity and a language of expression, or maybe just because my older sister did it and I was at that age where everything your older sibling did was your Bible. But it stuck in a deep way, and I found myself in art school on an irreversible path to making this my life, regardless of whether I chose it through destiny and a ‘true fit’ or because I made it fit. I graduated with a healthy ego about how cool my work was and absolutely no work prospects, and floundered from one soul-sucking industry job to the next before jumping into ‘freelancing.’ I put that in quotes because I eventually confronted the reality that my side gigs had become my main gig and art had all but taken a backseat. Read more>>

Steven Alton

Animal Sun was officially created in 2015, but I’ve been making music since I was a kid. Back in our hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, my brother and I would play music in our parent’s garage, put on shows for our friends and always kept tabs on our favorite artists—The Killers, Two Door Cinema Club and MGMT. I always knew music would be a huge part of my life, I just didn’t quite know the extent of it. In 2011, everything changed when my friend, James Sun, tragically passed away. I realized music was more than just an interest or a hobby. His death was a life-changing moment that was really hard for me to grasp. James was the kind of friend that you could always count on. Read more>>

Krysta Collins

I’m an East Coast transplant, living the California dream….ok well maybe not dream, but close enough. I’ve been on the West Coast for 12 years, I’m a mother of two, employee of the VA Health Care System and a habitual creator. In one capacity or another, I have always found a way to fulfill that desire to learn a new craft. One challenging endeavor after another to keep my busy mind occupied. With metalsmithing, I had met my match. A perfectly imperfect unpredictable process that consumes my mind and has taught me much more than just the craft alone. Read more>>

Ninjer Rochette

My background has been in business and I always knew that I would be an amazing businesswoman one day. After losing my job in 2019 and hearing countless NO’s from literally every job I applied to, I didn’t know how I was going to make it as a boss one day. I filed my paperwork for my LLC in May of 2019 but literally did nothing with it. With no money coming in, trying to survive, live life and be happy, life got me down! One thing I do know is that I never gave up on myself. I slowly started working on my brand, Wanted Body. It wasn’t until a good friend of mine reached out to me and asked me what would it take for me to really go for it and start my boutique? And I said, “well money!” “I’m trying to live and start a business so things are just so hard right now.” Read more>>

Jenna Vitale L.Ac.

I’ve come to where I am today through the desire to help people along their path. I was introduced to the world of healing at 18 years old when I had a personal awakening. Through adolescence and early adulthood, I struggled with anxiety and navigating the twist and turns of life while discovering who I am. I pondered questions with deep seriousness- what does it mean to live a life of purpose? Why am I here? And what actually makes me feel fulfilled? How as a society and as individuals, do we deal with the challenges of the present and trauma of our past while looking ahead to build a future? It was in this uncertainty and through the uncomfortable process of deepening my sense of self-awareness that I developed a perspective rooted in self-healing. Read more>>

Emma Lieberman

I started doing stand up comedy at Gotham Comedy Club in New York in middle school. I always loved being on stage and making people laugh, and the Kids ‘n Comedy program there is where I got to start doing it for real. After college, I stayed in New York for a few years, training as an actor and learning what the industry is like from a business perspective. A little over three years ago, I came out to LA. Since then, I’ve been doing as much comedy as I can, mostly sketch comedy with Hot and Funny Comedy and TMI Hollywood, and figuring out for myself what makes for a sustainable, meaningful career doing what I love that also balances practical concerns for my lifestyle and future. Read more>>

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