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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.

Melinda Chang

I started my photography journey with absolutely no prior experience in August 2018. I took an introductory digital photography class offered at my high school and after several months, I began to notice how much I enjoyed the shooting and editing processes. Now being March 2020, I can say that I’ve definitely grown alongside other creatives and am loving what I do. Read more>>

Joe Lujan

I was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico and raised in El Paso, Texas with my three siblings by my parents Joe and Norma Lujan. Film was not my first career goal. I first pursued a career as a Veterinarian, But with the inspiration of horror films such as “Scream”, “I know what you did Last Summer”, and “Wrong Turn” my interests began to shift. In 2002 when my older sister took me and my younger brother out of school to watch “Resident Evil”. Read more>>

Chuck James

I grew up on the West Coast of Florida and went to high school and college in Dallas, Texas. I always loved movies, music, and entertainment. I saw a job posting at SMU where I went to school looking for production assistants on a film that was being shot in Louisiana. I thought it would be fun to give it a try. From day one of the shoot, I realized that I didn’t want to be on a set, per se, but that I thought I loved being around and maybe representing actors. Read more>>

Thomas Musca

After getting my B. Arch from Cornell in May 2019, I knew that I wanted to design for the real world right away. I’ve always loved brutalist architecture, I’ve always loved concrete, and I’ve always believed in the structural system of the rigid framed Vierendeel truss. So I started experimenting with these elements to see what I could come up with. Read more>>

Olivia Nicholson

I’ve always loved creativity. From expressing myself through dance growing up, to experimenting and innovating my favorite recipes as well as appreciating the craft that went into a physical product and its packaging. Creativity for me is the trigger in your mind’s eye that goes ‘wow, that’s cool’. Read more>>

Jasmine Hill-Carter

I started Velz Monroe at the 18. I always found myself shopping for accessories and either I would pay way too much money or buy cheap accessories that didn’t last. Growing up wearing juicy couture and owning almost every single chain, and bracelet they sold, I felt that it was time to wear something more my style and more unique. Juicy would cost me $50-$80 for a necklace and would eventually tarnish after 1-2 months. Read more>>

Jasmin Toubi

Music has always been central to my identity. My parents say I could sing before I could speak. Born in Los Angeles, I grew up as a child of immigrants from Iran. Persian music was my introduction and still holds so much cultural significance in terms of my identity. I wrote my first song when I was eight years old and began musical training when I was 5. Although my parents had me learn piano and vocals at an early age. Read more>>

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