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Inspiring Stories from West LA

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 West LA’s rising stars below.

Rosey Alvero

I am always the curious adventurer up for a quest through the Sierras and beyond. I seek to learn from and empower those I meet on my travels and I am determined to shine a light on the big picture of how food can bring us together. I am also in the middle of pitching my very own show that I have spent years working on and researching. Read more>>

Danny Heller

I really landed on something big – something that was only beginning to be appreciated and rediscovered by society at large. With every exhibit I had, more and more people came to see my work and collect it. One exhibit led to another, one gallery led to another, and eventually I got to a point where I could not only survive off of my artwork by thrive off of it. Read more>>

Ashleigh Warren

I quit my job at 24 (24 1/2 to be exact). I made $417k my 1st six months as a freelance social media marketer and went on to scale my business to even more. I went from living paycheck to paycheck, to making $60k/year working for someone else, to making so much money working for myself that I had to start a business (S Corp) so that I wouldn’t get completely slaughtered by taxes. Read more>>

Samantha Lauren

When I was in college, the only time I left class early was to live stream the NYFW shows uninterrupted from my apartment. Since my interest in fashion wasn’t going anywhere, I began to grow the What Would Kiki Wear site and social media presence. I moved to Los Angeles after college where I began my first job in marketing and social media for an entertainment publication. Read more>>

Rum Sheikhani

I devised my own hacky tools from Excel to help, but as I started looking into it more, I realized there was a larger problem with how background actors were sourced, hired, managed, and finally paid out. I saw that there were pain points for everyone involved, and ultimately, that’s what inspired me to create Castifi four years ago. Read more>>

Jeli P. Duh

I love the arts; especially music and visual art production related to photography and videography, just to name a few. I graduated from college, CSU Channel Islands- which is in Camarillo…a very small town with not much for a city kid like me to do. Sounds fancy but it is kind of… remote, out of sight. Read more>>

Alyssa Remington

As a relatively young and single Mom, my creative endeavors were always supplemented by a lot of waitressing & bartending. I was fortunate in that I had friends who often hired me for photography jobs & others who sold some of my art in their shops, so there was always an outlet for creativity- but, there were often times I doubted that I’d ever be able to do what I loved full time. Read more>>

Chloe Peterson

Becoming a pilates instructor enriched my life tremendously, but I also had to face some difficult truths in the process. My acting was no longer bringing me the kind of fulfillment it originally had and everything around it had started to feel difficult and stuck. Read more>>

Rick Sorkin

Company politics were never my thing, and I truly think the higher someone climbs the ladder, the more politics (and less actual work) there is. So I struggled to fit in these environments. I still thrived in the creative work, but never felt at home at work, like I recognize some people do. Read more>>

Dr. Oome

We started our practice about 17 years ago in Forks Of Salmon, CA. Our partnership began after we crossed paths while working at the San Jose Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen’s Club at the same time as fluffers for the patrons. We took to each other right away and it was clear that we would do something great together in the future. Read more>>

Lisa Van Zuylen

Lisa has been sharing her gift of healing for over ten years. She was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Dallas, Texas. Her knowledge and breadth of spiritual energy work runs deep in her family lineage. Her story with healing began in her twenties when she experienced her first panic attack. This inspired her to seek out alternative ways to manage her own anxiety. Read more>>

Jeddin White

I came into the art game relatively late in my life. I didn’t go to art school, I’m self-taught, and I didn’t have a Rolodex of contacts after graduation. I’ve always had to supplement my income with other freelance work. Thankfully, moving to Los Angeles had provided me with many more opportunities to make a living with art. Read more>>

Jennifer Shaouli

I initially started as a film production major while attending CSUN. One of my classes was the business side of film, it including learning about film contracts, permits, and budgeting, After this class, I went home and told my parents that I wanted to go to law school once done with CSUN. Read more>>

Dominique Macon

I design custom one of one pieces. When I release a collection, it’s usually about a 5-7 piece collection. I think most of my audience and customers cling to my jackets and pants. I do a lot of reconstruction with my work which is what I feel I am most known for. Read more>>

Clare Means

My interest in music started when my older sister gave me a guitar for my birthday. I immediately began looking up chords and learning Bob Dylan and Lucinda Williams songs. I would noodle around on the guitar for hours everyday. A couple of months later, I went through my first major break up and started writing songs of my own. Read more>>

Ms Florenc

I’m a believer in where “Pictures” or “Photos” are more eye-catching compared to a text. The most fulfilling aspect about sharing my lifestyle, beauty, health and skincare products is reading the feedback from my followers and the happiness that I get from doing something I’m passionate about. Read more>>

Liese Victoria

I have always been drawn to the world of fashion. In fall of 2013, I decided to go back to school to study my passion. While a student, I interned for renowned designer Zandra Rhodes. From there, I went on to work as a visual merchandiser, fashion marketer, and design assistant. Read more>>

Kim Gordon

I had been an artist living in Venice Beach for years working with some of the most talented designers and architects creating custom installations for gorgeous homes all over the United States. I personally wanted to live in a place that had a strong relationship with the outdoors, which was weirdly missing from the places I saw. Read more>>

Lara Heller

My story started in a mountain village in Germany. LA was just a place in the clouds back then. Today, I’m very grateful to be living in the capital of the entertainment industry today! California is another world compared to where I spent my childhood. The area Germany that I grew up in didn’t even have a theatre. Read more>>

Thomas Cramer

As I got older, I buried the creative spark in lieu of other endeavors. It wasn’t until my brother’s friend invited me to be in a one-act play he was directing my sophomore year of high school that I rediscovered this creative side. I acted in everything I could through high school and moved to Los Angeles to attend The American Academy of Dramatic Arts after graduating. Read more>>

Kate Van Horn

I began as a food blogger, before eventually transitioning away from food altogether in my content! I wanted to share my experience with disordered eating, anxiety, and depression in a way that connected and inspired other women to nourish, move and love their bodies unconditionally. Read more>>

Jason D McKean

As far as my own spiritual journey, this was just a beginning. I’ve always been a good listener, and able to know where a person is coming from. I was given an opportunity to dive in and learn the Tarot for a media project that didn’t pan out, but I stuck with it. I was resonating with being able to connect what I was seeing and feeling and giving voice to it. Read more>>

Emma Rosenblatt

My journey began as a dancer at a really small performing arts high school in the valley. It was a school where you worked on your craft for half the day, then took academic classes the other half. Being accepted to the dance academy was such an accomplishment as a 14-year-old aspiring ballerina. Read more>>

Adriana Serrato

Somewhere in my father’s archive of photos and videos, there is a video of young me extending my arms towards my father’s camcorder yelling, “Can I see, Can I see,” and this is where my story begins. My father was always obsessed with documenting and photographing our holidays and life. He enjoyed it and still does to this day. Read more>>

Cat Stone

My husband and I met on a film, he was a producer, and I was a model who had booked a small acting role. We fell head over heels and married less than two years later. We wanted to start a family immediately and our first daughter was born ten months after our wedding to the day! Read more>>

Antonina Kerguelen

Now, as an advocate for diverse storytelling: I work for the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), as the coordinator for a film market called the Latino Media Market. The event will be held late this July within our biggest event of the year, the NALIP Media Summit. NALIP is a fantastic non-profit organization. Read more>>

Lady Tee

Being a woman in a male-dominated music industry is already an ultimate struggle. Especially with me making the decision to keep my clothes on. For some reason, when it comes to hip hop, it seems as though the only marketing tool labels have for women, is to get naked….and I refuse to do it….so there’s that “roadblock”. Read more>>

Yuuki Yamagiwa

Despite the challenges yoga and Pilates presented, creating a consistent practice has helped with my body’s healing and changed my life. I fell in love with how yoga and Pilates teaches one to value self-love, trust one’s journey, and rise up against fear. I completed my first yoga teacher training in 2016 with Tamal Dodge. Read more>>

Ellen Burr

I began playing flute to get out of fifth-grade social studies. It was a perfect fit. I could make a sound right away because my dad had taught us how to play across soda bottles and hear the tone change when we drank the soda. For the first time, I could make noise and my parents didn’t tell me to be quiet!! Read more>>

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