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Inspiring Stories from Glendale

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 Glendale and surrounding areas below.

Colleen Hartnett

I started in theatre as early as 1st grade, and continued through college, graduating from The Actor’s Training Program (a 2 year conservatory) in Suisun, CA. When I moved to LA to pursue my Bachelor’s degree, an acting mentor of mine, Heather Ramey, introduced me to Playhouse West, an acting studio that teaches The Meisner Technique. Read more>>

Shawanna Thompson

I started out importing artifacts from around the World from fair trade certified organizations and independent artists. My husband and I opened a import store in Michigan 14 years ago carrying artifacts, drums, jewelry, black soap, clothing and etc. Read more>>

Monica Gaspar

Randy Gaspar has worked in professional sports for the past 25 years with the Phoenix Suns, the Arizona Cardinals and the Arizona Rattlers. He has been an intern, team assistant, equipment manager and in the off season he also worked in the Team Shop in merchandise sales. Read more>>

Jason Manolian

Wow…how I started..not really sure about how I started , I do know what , and who inspired me to get to where we are today, which is hopefully, looked upon as a team who strives to deliver a little aloha to each and every one of our Flyin Hawaiians. Read more>>

Mackenzie Sullivan

My desire to become a massage therapist started when I was a young girl. My grandmother was a Massage Therapist and use to teach me a techniques and about the body. I was always interested in how things worked in the body and how such little things could effect it in such a big way. Read more>>

Apeksha Agarwal

I was born in a small city in India, Meerut. Most of my childhood was spent in Delhi before shifting to boarding school . I finished high school with a major in business management/economics and proceeded to gaining my BA Honors in Business Studies from the University of Exeter, UK. Read more>>

Brittany Nemec

I started my journey as a photographer when I got engaged in 2014. I started looking for my own photographer and was at a bridal show here in Phoenix. A photography company took a complimentary ring shot for me, and In thought it turned out beautiful so I wanted to try it for myself. Read more>>

Tyler Deans, David Mukai

Tyler “Danger” Deans is a local citizen behind the culture cultivation project known as AZ Music Mag. The idea for the company stemmed from the need for a community platform focused on local musicians and their fans. He got the idea while attending GCC’s music program for audio engineering. Read more>>

Victoria McRoy

I started cosmetology school when I was 16 years old. The program I attended was a trade school for high school students that took 2 years to complete. In May of 2011 I graduated high school, cosmetology school, and turned 18 al within a week. My first job was as an assistant at a salon in northern Peoria. Read more>>

Zachariah Willekens

My name is Zachariah, and I’m the bar manager at CUFF New American and the event coordinator at Off the CUFF, our adjoining event venue. We are on a mission to provide Glendale, and the West Valley as a whole a place for lovingly prepared food, craft cocktails, and a center for entertainment. Read more>>

Duhamel aka DJ DU Cassell

After leaving my job in the country nightclub industry I started my own company 5 years ago working out of Nashville but living and expanding in Arizona. I was signed and represented by CAA (Creative Artist Agency) as a touring artist performing and touring with the likes of Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood and more. Read more>>

Salomae (Sal) Schroeder

Been playing with food since the age of 10 and always dreamed of opening a bakery. Emigrated to USA in 1987 and always worked in the administrative/secretarial field but always found myself baking and cooking for friends on the side. I would attend a party and find myself “working” it (LOL). Read more>>

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