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Inspiring Stories from the OC

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 Orange County’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 Orange County’s rising stars below.

Alida Rodriguez

Hi my name is Alida, and I am the owner of ALIDA a waxing studio. My journey in the beauty industry and in business started long before I stepped foot into esthetician school. I have always loved anything beauty and business related. When I was a pre teen I would sell silver jewelry. and I would use my money to purchase nail polishes. I loved making flower designs on myself and others. I always knew I wanted to be a business owner in a creative field.  Read More>>

Jaqueline Sanchez

It all started when I was little my dad was in the music industry, worked as tour manager for Vicente Fernandez , Juan Gabriel And I would help him coordinate the shows and create production , Soon after that I got into modeling ,My journey into modeling has been a transformative adventure filled with growth and self discovery. Each step has taught me the importance of confidence, perseverance and embracing my unique qualities . Read More>>

Carmen Stramara, PCD(DONA)

Building on the success of The Mommy Center, Cristina and I co-founded Happily Raised to extend our reach to a nationwide audience. Through Happily Raised, we are committed to providing new parents with trustworthy, evidence-based information and fostering a supportive community, making the early years of parenting more joyful and confident. Read More>>

Philisha West

November 2023, I decided to open Phi’s Bougie Bags and Beauty. During the day I serve as a Director of Operations for a Home Care Agency, I started our agency during the height of Covid and poured my heart and should into the business. I woke up one day and said, if I can open an agency along side my partner, I can open a business. Phis Bougie Bags and Beauty was created with the single mother in mind.  Read More>>

Amber Danks

My journey into the world of wellness and holistic living began when I was working in health food stores and restaurants in my late teens. I was inspired by the people i’d meet daily in these environments. Modern day yogis, healers, and health nuts surrounded me. In 2012, I found a massage therapy program where it all started.  Read More>>

Shelby Aldstadt

From the moment I discovered the beauty industry, I was hooked. I started with makeup and soon wanted more, so I dived into the world of hair. Now, I have a unique blend of skills that allows me to transform anyone who sits in my chair. Recently, my best friend and I opened Golden Hour Hair Lounge, a stylish haven by the beach where we make women feel gorgeous and confident every day. Read More>>

Moses Lopez

Losing my dad 2 years ago has been one of the most difficult things to ever happen to me. It cut to the deepest part of my soul and there is an enormous gap that will probably never be filled again. My life changed permanently and I have not been the same ever since. Grief has been extremely difficult to traverse yet reviewing and creating content about coffeeshops has proved to be a breath of fresh air.  Read More>>


I started Local Band Smokeout about 11 years ago based off just wanting to show my homies more music. I thought it would be cool to film myself watching and reacting to these songs (little did I know reactions would become a big thing years later lol). Fast forward to today, and i have done about 7000+ reactions and nearly 1000 interviews. Read More>>

Haiyang Sun

Art has always been a big part of my life. When I was a kid, I loved reading manga and watching anime like Digimon, One Piece, and Doraemon. Then I got into video games like Portal2, Dead Space, and Starcraft2, which blew my mind with how interactive they were. In 2012, I moved from China to the United States.  Read More>>

Einjar Fábrega

Since childhood, I have been captivated by the art of cinema. My fascination led me to spend countless hours researching movies, television series, and various other forms of visual storytelling. Over time, my passion for the cinematic world deepened, eventually gravitating towards the field of CGI and computer animation. Within this broad and dynamic discipline, I found my true calling in character rigging. Read More>>

Vera Riabova

I was born and raised in Russia and when I was 10 years old my family decided to permanently move to the United States. Continuing to grow up here has definitely affected my mindset and the way I see things, and if I could go back – I wouldn’t change a thing. Currently I am 16 years old and I’ve been working with social media ever since I was 9.  Read More>>

Gianna Crest

My story began when I purchased a “nice camera” for my 26th birthday in 2016 after being encouraged by amazing wife- who was my girlfriend at the time. I was feeling lost and burnt out at a desk job and knew I was meant for more. I wanted to show my son that you can do anything you put your mind to- even without formal education and ADHD. Even though I had no idea how to use a camera, I was determined and eager to follow a desire that was burning within.  Read More>>

Jorge Carrión Álvarez

I’ve liked playing characters ever since I can remember. I’m originally from Madrid, in Spain, and that’s where it all started for me. I have distinct memories of coming back from the movie theater with my parents and spending the next few weeks pretending to be the characters I had just seen on the big screen: Jack Sparrow, Aragorn, Legolas, Batman, Spider-Man… Letting my imagination run wild felt like second nature.  Read More>>

Jimmy Santarosa

Being on-air has given me opportunities to travel to DJ and, on a couple of occasions, have opened up the show for Pitbull’s concerts. Currently, I’m still working on that Siriusxm channel and also working on Los Angeles market radio station CALI 93.9 FM as music director and on-air DJ. Read More>>

Erinn Askin

In 2021, my business was established out of necessity. When my eldest daughter started kindergarten, she faced significant challenges, including severe emotional dysregulation, difficulty interacting with peers, and academic setbacks. Her school struggled to accurately identify her needs and provided limited support. After transitioning her to a more suitable environment where her needs were better understood, we were advised to seek professional intervention. Read More>>

Jennifer Rodriquez

In the summer of 2015, I went on what’s called a short-term mission’s trip to Zacapa, Guatemala. This would become the trip that changed the trajectory of my work. On this trip, I first saw third-world poverty. I remember standing with my team in a landfill, we stood in muddy smelly sludge that looked like a mixture of bugs, trash, and decay. We were feet away from a dead animal carcass. Fire burned at distance; it was trash burning.  Read More>>

Amber Costilow

I’ve been fascinated by the human body for as long as I can remember and have always used physicality to tame my mind. I grew up playing sports and have accumulated experience working in physical therapy, athletic training, massage therapy, and human nutrition. Instead of pursuing any of these paths as a career, I chose to become a full-time yoga instructor, which I supplement with personal training. I’ve been teaching yoga since 2012 and certifying teachers since 2015. Read More>>

Kat Johann

I am an event planner in Newport Beach, California, and I own the company Parties By The Sea. I started my company in Los Angeles four years ago and then moved to Orange County during the pandemic. My love of cooking, meeting new people and truly loving the artistic side of designing new spaces were the catalysts to launching an event company. I now have a very large network that is very desirable to clients, brands, bars, and restaurants. Read More>>

Lauren Schwartz

I started working as a designer back in 2005, designing websites for a small tech company. When I graduated college, my dream was to work in the Action Sports Industry. After about a year, I finally landed my dream job of working at one of the bigger action sports industry brands, Active Rideshop, where I was designing for the women’s section of their website and their apparel graphics.  Read More>>



My passion for content creating started several years ago but never thought of making it a brand for myself. This slowly evolved into becoming a part time content and recipe creator. I’ve worked with numerous brands and have built a solid portfolio to showcase my style of work. Read More>>

Lisa B

After being married for more that two decades, one day I got a knock at the door that turned my life upside down. It was a postman who gave me several letters of certified mail. I was informed at that time, out of the blue, that all our properties were in foreclosure including the house we were currently living in. So I had to go back to work to try to save our home and provide for my three children. Read More>>

Michael Delman

I taught for nearly 10 years and LOVED it, enough to start my own school and loved that, too. My experience in both showed that the key challenges kids – and adults – are facing weren’t just academic. They were really struggling with frustration, discouragement, and, above all, dealing with their overwhelmed brains! Starting Beyond BookSmart was the obvious response to helping them with these Executive Function skills that allow us to stay calm, choose priorities, get focused, and complete difficult tasks.  Read More>>

Sonoran Sun

Sonoran Sun started in October of 2021 out of the ashes of a previous band with founding member, bassist, and vocalist, Kayden Ortiz, and two friends. They were joined by Adam Jones (not of Tool) on synths and keys in March of 2022. Around October of 2022, Sonoran Sun was looking for a new drummer and found none other than Kevin Sticht. The next nine months would be spent working hard at new music, recording a single in Anza Borrego, and in October of 2023 debuting the band at our first show at FTG Warehouse.  Read More>>

Julie Kim

During my full time job, I struggled with balancing my work life and personal life, which led to mental and emotional exhaustion. I decided to put my health first before work and therefore, quit the job and rested. This is when I began to think I should start my own business. Of course I knew, it would take way more effort and time, but knowing that I can freely balance my work schedule and my personal life, it made me feel good and at peace. Read More>>



  1. Samantha Sands

    June 7, 2019 at 16:45


    I have an inspiring story of a woman winning highest honors within her organization after facing trials and tribulations. Where can I submit this story for review?


  2. ebeni gppgle siksin

    September 17, 2019 at 07:30

    kodestede sana bol bol vururlar

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