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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.


After earning a degree in Psychology and flourishing in the mainstream matchmaking industry, I felt like something was missing. I had great passion and talent for helping people find love, but I was dying to get involved in the legal cannabis industry. This was 2014 in Chicago, so at that time Illinois was nowhere near legalization. Read more>>


I had an innate desire from a young age to use writing as a tool to express myself. As I got older music became a more fulfilling way to create something relatable and personal to share. I just got myself into it when I was around 8 with vocal lessons, and then I went to music school and now I’m here. Read more>>


As a first-generation American Persian, I did not always appreciate the riches of Persian food, culture, poetry, and music, not until I left the nest. In fact, I hated Persian music and mostly listened to rock and hip-hop. In college, a whole new world opened up to me. I began spending more time being barefoot, discovering classic rock and all sorts of different genres and artists, and falling in love with Jimi Hendrix. Read more>>


I’m happy to say, I have the life, and sex life of my dreams, but here’s the thing, I wasn’t always this way. Not at all. I lived my life in pain and anguish, sexually and spiritually starved, and sex used to be a performance sport to me. I faked all my orgasms. I know, it’s not ideal, and you might be wondering how I got to where I am now. My life is a pretty open book, so let’s dive in. I feel really grateful to be a sexuality doula. I wake up every morning with a smile on my face, excited to serve. Read more>>


I’ve always known art. My father was an artist. I gather that my skills were hereditary. Drawing, for me has always been therapeutic. And over the years consistency has improved my skill… I am not where I want to be just yet with my craft. So I can’t conclude on how I got to where I am today, I’m still evolving… but I do know where I want to be. And I can see it as clear and Vivid as a finished portrait. Read more>>


My maternal side of the family is from Tehran, Iran. My grandfather specialized in making authentic Persian Ice Cream, and that was his business when they lived in Tehran. In the mid-1970’s, before the Iranian revolution, my maternal side of the family immigrated to the United States. In 1980, my grandfather opened a grocery store on Westwood blvd., the business specialized in ethnic middle-eastern items. Read more>>


Hive was founded in 2011 by hairstylist and mentor, Marcia Beck. After learning more about the toxicity in our industry, she realized that in order to really make a change, she had to create her own space where sustainability was built into the core business values. In 2011, I was a hairstylist of five years, only having assisted in full-service salons (assistant to Marcia at one time). Read more>>


I had so much desires to grow up and be someone so I try to learn English as best as possible. Little by little I climb the leather up then I work at subway as a sandwich artist (that how it is called) but that wasn’t my goal as a young kid me and my sister always love yo play beauty pageants and I always wanted to so her makeup and we will use our moms cosmetics which was a big no no no since back home this items was very expensive and mom didn’t appreciate that we waisted it. Read more>>


I remember having it all as a little girl at the age of seven, from planning out my sweet 16th birthday, choosing one of the many cars we had that I would drive in high school when I got of age, and my prom would be bomb. Thinking that this life was perfect until things changed and for the worse at a young age to me, I faced a difficult decision to either live with my father or my mother and it didn’t help that I was their only child. Read more>>


It all started with a dare. A friend of mine knows I come from a background of drawing and doodling. Just hanging out one night and he was like I dare you to tattoo yourself. One thing led to another ordered a cheap kit off the Internet shows up about a week later studied YouTube videos to learn how to operate the machine properly. Ended up tattooing myself the night when it came in. Got caught by my mom. Read more>>


I was able to use my background in design and make the magazine take on a whole new polished look. The company wasn’t ready to grow into the digital world and I knew online marketing and email marketing were going to be the next big things. So, I did something very unlike me and I quit my job. For someone that is always planning and practical, it was a scary moment. This is the part of my life that I call the Zero Moment. Read more>>


I grew up in small-town called Montrose Colorado, in a pretty typical sports-loving, middle-class American family. My mom was an ER nurse, dad was an elementary school PE teacher, and neither of them had much care or passion for music or the arts, but for some reason I found and fiercely latched on to music when I was about 12. I asked for a guitar that Christmas, with both of my parents thinking “Sure kid, I wonder how long this phase will last. Read more>>


I loved seeing my mom laugh and these shows made us feel like family. To me, those adults seemed so cool they had something and shared it and it looked like so much fun. I’d watch these shows and knew I wanted to have that kind of something with those kinds of people. I didn’t know how to get my foot in that door until at 22 years old, I tripped and fell through it. Read more>>


I served four years in Yokosuka, Japan where I went through some of the toughest and greatest times of my life. During my time in the Navy I got to see and experience things I always dreamed about. While living overseas I missed being home and being able to share the experiences with my family and friends but I always took pictures so I could share the “sea stories” when I came home. Read more>>


Playing in bands in the local scene we got to know each other very well and right out of high school we decided to get a house together in The Valley. That’s when the “fun” really began. A few police interrupted parties and mid-day firework demonstrations later we found ourselves evicted and going on to take our individual chaotic lifestyles down separate roads. Read more>>


I spent my teen years making home videos with friends to replace the boredom I felt in my rural hometown of Kinston, North Carolina. My parent’s got super annoyed when I kept stealing their camcorder to tape stop-motion films with action figures and crude comical sketches, so my Mom eventually bought me a camera of my own – one of those RCA cameras that took VHS tapes and had one of the first flip out color screens. Read more>>


The suicide of my older brother sent me to therapy for a few years. I wanted to share my journey with therapy with my people. The response was tremendously encouraging, a few friends asked me to film their stories & #CIBV slowly developed from there. Read more>>


A happy housewife and mother with young children, I was also a frustrated college graduate yearning to make my mark on the world. Teaching had left me unfulfilled, fashion was not my strength, and volunteering for charity hadn’t brought any satisfaction. Desperate to put my talents to use, I jumped at the chance to become a wholesaler in the jewelry business when the opportunity came my way. Read more>>

Angelika Alana

My curiosity for wellness was sparked early as I watched an immediate family member battle with mental health and addiction for years in our home. I started to wonder “why is it some people maintain their sense of happiness and well being almost effortlessly while others, like this person I love, struggle so much?” I spent a lot of times visiting my loved one in mental health and rehab facilities and the gift within this challenge, was what it taught me. Read more>>

Alanna Flanagan Boldt

Alanna Flanagan Boldt was born in Southern California spending her first decade near the ocean. Her family then relocated to New Hampshire, where she spent nearly the next decade on an apple orchard. After high school graduation, Alanna was eager to get back to her roots by attending the University of Southern California, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Read more>>

Loren and Pam Hoffman

We are extensions of our Wineries Tasting Rooms. We bring the Tasting Room experience to your Home/Office. The Boisset Collection is comprised of 26 Wineries from Burgundy France and Napa/Sonoma. Our Portfolio consists of over 100 wines from these 26 Wineries. My wife and I bring Wine Tasting Experiences to people’s Homes & Offices from San Diego to Santa Barbara. We offer experiences from 10 people to hundreds. Read more>>

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