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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.

Lorraine Barker

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a fashion designer and have continued to work towards that goal throughout my life. As a Phoenix native, I have built my career around different avenues of creative expression through networking and learning. My career and creative journey has definitely gone into hyper-speed the past couple of years. Read more>>

Ryan Birchett

In 2008, I bought a house and couldn’t afford the industrial furniture I wanted to furnish it with. Using a $500 inheritance, I bought an Eastwood MiG 135 Welder and began to teach myself how to weld. I’ve always been a recycler so I gravitated towards salvage and remnant materials to construct my furniture with. Read more>>

DeAnn Fry

In 2001 I met the man that God gifted to me and his company relocated him to Miami Florida in 2002. In relocating, I found it difficult to find work and met this amazing woman: Kate Howell. She not only led me to Christ but also showed me what is today my career and hopefully the legacy I will leave for my family. She brought me under her winds and taught me real estate and sales. Read more>>

Jocelyn Mack

My journey began with my love and appreciation for the beauty of black hair in its natural state. Styling locs became my way to Express it. Everything I’ve learned about locs so far has been self-taught using tools like YouTube and just through research. I actually began styling locks out of my room in mom’s house in Tennille, GA. Read more>>

Martin Balsam

I began my career in art about three years ago, but a year ago, I was drawn to becoming something bigger than myself. I don’t have anyone helping me, but I’ve always been skilled at bringing people together. I have a keen eye on what looks good to people. My experience with being homeless really opened my eyes when it came to finding my style for creating and expressing that emotion to relate to others. Read more>>

Rebekah de la Fontaine

I always knew that I liked photography, but I never thought that being a wedding photographer would be my career! That may be a lot different than most people’s stories, but this is mine! I never dreamed of being a wedding photographer, and I kind of got slowly pulled into it. I used to photograph babies, landscapes, seniors, families, dog maternity,–I literally photographed everything. Read more>>

Tabitha Wall

Coffee and I have had a long-term love affair. Some of my earliest childhood memories involve sitting with my late grandfather, drinking coffee at our small-town donut shop. I got into the industry in 2007, but they need to satisfy my big career goals led me to a corporate career and away from serving others for years. I loved the corporation that I worked for, but my heart just began to stray. When Nate & I started a family. Read more>>

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