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Chandler’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyagePhoenix 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 the Greater Phoenix area’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 inspiring stories from Chandler and surrounding areas below.

Seema Raman

Well to be honest there have been a lot of factors and people that have gotten me to where I am today, but in concise I can say the last few years have been remarkably life-changing for me. I moved to Phoenix about three years ago for a software engineering job right after college. I didn’t know anyone here and it was a little bit daunting. I’ve always been the kid who loves to be creative, imaginative and basically an extrovert. Read more>>

TJ Perez

I got started a little over four years ago and I never meant to make photography a profession, I just stumbled upon it. I wanted to get into photography to take photos of landscapes, astrophotography, as well as of family and friends. I took my camera everywhere, I went and jumped in with both feet. After a while my friends and family told me I should just do this for a living. Read more>>

Tallica Askan

I’m am more than what meets the eye, but my story can take a lifetime to tell. Born in the spring of 1995 in Central Phoenix. I spent most of my life bouncing around place to place. I’m one of eight kids. Four of them blood. Only son from my father. Bullied as a pre-teen for everything other people thought I should be but, deep down, I always knew I was an artist. Read more>>

Nicole Butler

s a stylist, I want you to love your hair as much as I do. Finding a good hairdresser is hard. I know, that’s why I’m here for you. Your time in my chair will be YOUR TIME! I also believe in quality, clean and healthy products for your hair. I love what I do. Read more>>

Larry Schweikart

I am a native Arizonian, born at Higley right across from today’s “Joe’s Farm Grill.” Went to Chandler High (the only high school in Chandler, other than Catholic Seton: maybe had 150 in my graduating class). Attended ASU and received a B/A in Political Science but had bad grades—barely a C.  That is because I was playing drums in rock bands all through high school & college. Read more>>

Cameron Call

I was first introduced to chiropractic care in college when I got a job as a chiropractic assistant. I was blown away by the people I saw coming in and getting relief without the use of drugs or surgery. I quickly knew it was what I wanted to do as my career. However, I also noticed that individuals would come back multiple times a week with the same nagging complaint. Read more>>

Marcos Esquivel

I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and owner of MDE Athletics in Chandler. I started my training career as a performance coach at the Athletic Republic in Tempe. They later rebranded to Rise Sports Performance and eventually sold the business. I was there for almost five years! Once that happened, I decided to become an independent trainer where I rented space from a nearby gym called Empower 3 fitness. Read more>>

Terri Martin

Even as a child I knew that plants were special. I couldn’t walk past one without fondling the leaves, smelling their aroma or hugging a tree. I didn’t have anyone special that taught me about them or how to use them as medicine. I just thought plants were cool. As an adult, I had the stresses of life, as anyone does, and my sister thought that I would benefit from making my own soap. Read more>>

Scott Barclay

I was a high school gymnast from the Chicago area that came to ASU on scholarship in 1974. After graduating, I worked as assistant coach to legendary Don Robinson from 79 – 93 when they dropped the funding for our team. I committed to help with the transition for our guys to go to other schools for one year. That was 27+ years ago. Read more>>

Darryl Clack

I played college football at Arizona State University from 1982-1985 then went on to be drafted in the second round by the Dallas Cowboys. I played four years with the Dallas Cowboys 1986-1989, preseason with the Cleveland Browns 1990, the Canadian football league with the Toronto Argonauts 1991 where we won the Grey Cup Championship then finished my career in the NFL World league with the Orlando Thunder 1992 where we were runner up in the World Bowl championship. Read more>>

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