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Gilbert’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 Gilbert and surrounding areas below.

Jayd Hernandez

I grew up in Los Angeles and spent most of my time wandering through Venice Beach and the Santa Monica promenade where I watched street performers, magicians and gypsies entertain crowds of people. Like them, I was moved by art, music, self-expression and the hustle to make it big, I just didn’t know what my unique talent was… And so began my journey in exploring a variety of businesses from interning at Interscope records to public relations, and then entrepreneurship. I’ve started a handful of businesses, including a promotional modeling agency, marketing media company, airbrush tanning, intimacy coaching and now cosmetic tattooing. Read more>>

April Lehman and Erin Grace

We have always been artists. Design. Create. Repeat. We are actually quite addicted to it. For many years we lived in different states: April lived in California and Erin here in Arizona. Being sisters, we always just “felt” we were meant to do something together in the creative genre. April was a Youth and Children’s Minister for many years. A large part of that is planning and orchestrating events. Being an artist by nature, there was always an over-the-top theme incorporated to any event…and there was a lot of photography! Erin had many years in retail marketing assisting with visual sets with the goal of drawing people into the business. We became moms within five months of each other back in 2009. Read more>>

Amber Ray

I was starting my soaping journey back in 2009 as a creative outlet from my career in finance. I not only enjoyed creating something I could use but the science behind it. I create products very much like I cook, without following the directions and always adding or changing to create something unique. There have been many failed attempts along the way and I have been known to be quoted as saying, “I love it! Now if I had only written down what I did so, I could recreate it”. Read more>>

Anthony Damiani

I was a gymnast from the ages of 5-23. I was an All American gymnast on the ASU Men’s gymnastics team. After my career on the ASU Men’s team, I decided to go back to my old gym and train with my old coach. In the process of training, I sustained a career-ending shoulder injury. That’s when it all started for me. After I had to retire from my Gymnastics career, due to that stupid, terrible, yet beautiful injury! Since I was unable to compete as a gymnast anymore. I figured I’d start helping kids do, what I was unable to do anymore. Read more>>

Sammy Clark

I started my career almost three years ago when I created Sammy Clark Photography. I was 18 years old at the time, and I was so determined to learn how to start a business. I grew my love for photography during high school, and I was so excited to be able to start a business with my passion. I have found that it is so rewarding to be able to grow relationships with my clients and capture special memories for them. This past month I have expanded my business by opening Wholesam Designs. With this business, I design and sell graphic t-shirts. I design wholesome designs for AZ and cactus lovers. Read more>>

Erin and Chad Romanoff

The uprooted kitchen is the realization of a dream that we – Erin and Chad Romanoff – had to share the wholesome, creative, delicious, and sustainable food that we were making at home with our community. Erin, a chef, and vegetarian, was always experimenting with ways to create vegetarian dishes that would satisfy even non-vegetarians. Together we were continually educating ourselves about the ingredients we were using to feed our family, where they came from and how they were produced. Over the years we built a deep knowledge of whole vegetarian foods and how to prepare them in exciting ways. Read more>>

Mary Bower

My story has had quite a few “chapters” over the year but the last two have been the influential, so I start there. I am a mom of two kids, I live in Queen Creek, AZ down a little dirt road. (We actually just moved, but I’m claiming this as home.) Two years ago this September my second, a little boy was born into our family of three. I had a 2.5-year-old daughter at the time, so a baby boy was a perfect fit. From the beginning, little Greyson brought extra “excitement” to our lives. Read more>>

Mark Carter

I’ve always been interested in how the body works. I received my medical degree from UCLA in 2001. It was a fun & challenging experience. I have been practicing in Phoenix for the last 14 years. A year and a half ago we opened a clinic providing medical weight loss & body contouring. The goal was and is to help people feel & look better. Weight loss is a big issue for many people. We have added more services since then like hormone replacement therapy, and laser treatments like IPL & laser hair removal. Read more>>

Cassandra Wallick

I began my practice of yoga in California in the Ashtanga tradition in 1998. Through my first experience with yoga, I realized that this was the Path for me. It felt ‘right’; I had finally found a practice that fulfilled me… in mind, body, and spirit. As my body became stronger, my mind became more peaceful, and my spirit soared. I gained my first certificate as a yoga instructor in Arizona in the year 2000 and later studied under a Self-Realized Master from South India (from 2006-2009) gaining my Ordainment as a Yogacharya and Spiritual Healer in India in 2007. Read more>>

Beau Yotty

I was hooked on films at a young age. The stories that inspired and motivated me as a child, still have the same impact on me today. Whether it was Stallone’s ‘Rocky’ instilling desire and the will to never give up, or Clint Eastwood fighting for what’s right, no matter the cost. Read more>>


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