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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.

Cory Blaze

The road to FatGuyRadioShow was a test of personal conquest. Those individuals I emulated at one time I began to compare myself to. Often wondering that after I’ve done everything I knew to do, that they did – why haven’t I reached the level they have. The internal battle began to rage leading me into bouts with depression. Read more>>

Dan Heskamp

I received my BFA from Northern Illinois University in 2012. In 2013, I moved to South Texas to work toward my MFA from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. I have been a proponent for animal rights for a long time and had begun to merge that philosophy into my artwork. I noticed that Corpus Christi, Texas had a lot more stray animals than I was used to seeing in Illinois. Read more>>

Andy Ptacek

My experience has made me realize that when I can get vulnerable and talk about what I went through along with the mindset shifts that have helped me, I can actually help people on a deep level. I’ve had countless people message me about how they’ve made major life changes or found peace in a situation due to something I shared. Read more>>

Julia Flippen

Putting outfits together with shoes and accessories before even realizing there were stylists in the world getting paid to do just that. I vividly remember being told by my father on an almost daily basis before leaving for school “not everyday day was a fashion show.” Read more>>

Nicole Shaheen

My true passion is for children and non-profit organizations that work with children because I want to be able to truly impact them. I am going to be an intern for Make-A-Wish Arizona this summer, and graduate from GCU next spring with a degree in Health Care Administration and a minor in Social Work. Read more>>

Larry Cervarich

I decided to raise funds for this program and had a car wash that raised $500 for the homeless youth. I really didn’t know, at the time, where this would all lead to, but it got the attention of our local community. Year after year, it continued to touch the hearts of many individuals and corporations within the West Valley. Read more>>

Jewelle Lewis

Talk fashions started off as a Charity organization that I was trying to put together for young girls in Africa. I wanted a place or an organization that would mentor young girls and teaches them crafts such as sewing and designing, as well as teaching them the importance of education. Read more>>

Alexander Chamber

My interest in documenting and telling stories is an extension of that. Showcasing my world in an authentic way through film has brought an interesting cast of people, places, and events into my life. Bringing stories to life is the alchemy I’m always seeking to master. Read more>>

Randi England

I wanted my life and career to be fashion centered since GCC could not provide that. I toured The Art Institute of Phoenix and spoke with them regarding tuition. At that time it didn’t seem like a viable financial option, so my hopes of attending were quickly dashed. I then toured Paul Mitchell as being a hairdresser was another idea I kicked around. Read more>>

Matthew R. Fajardo

Since middle school, I have been fascinated with photography and video making. I would shoot and edit photos and short videos on my iPod touch. The first time I used an actual camera was during my 8th grade class trip to New Orleans, and I borrowed my aunt’s small point and shoot. During that trip, I took so many photos I was in love! Read more>>

Gabrielle Sales

I’ve networked and connected with plenty of other travel bloggers/photographers who have a hunger to travel and create too, and they are a source of inspiration. Garnering partnerships with great brands have also become big support. All these experiences I’ve come across always gets me to keep going and turning my hobby into a business (it’s still a hobby to me, let’s be real). Read more>>


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