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Mesa’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 Mesa and surrounding areas below.

Monique Bribiescas

Basketball has always been my passion, from a young girl at the age of 6. I was inspired by my father and aunt who introduced me to the game I love the most. I was never the biggest or the strongest player, but I always had heart, and determination to always be the best when I was on the court. Read more>>

Joshua Grzywa, Neysa Grzywa

Founded in 2014, Deep Sea Valkyries provides alternative forms of therapy to injured Veterans as a method to combat Veteran suicide and enhance lives post-service. In an 2016 report, the Department of Veterans affairs released their findings from its analysis of Veteran suicides. Read more>>

Lance Gergar

I grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Arizona in 2006. I have been playing guitar since I was 10 and spent most of my teenage and college years working at video stores (when they existed) and watching a countless number of movies, at least one a day. Read more>>

Caitie Canacakos

Before Empowered Lifestyle, I was Gracefully Fit. Gracefully Fit was born in late 2015 out of my garage that my boyfriend and I had turned into the neighborhood gym. Read more>>

Elaissia Sears

My name is Elaissia Sears, and I’m running for Justice of the Peace. I have worked with people from diverse backgrounds my entire life, including a Congressional scholarship to Germany, teaching English in rural areas of South Korea and the Dominican Republic, and I continue to work in education today. Read more>>

Asta Young

My name is Asta Young. I am a 4 ft 5 artist and cosplayer based out of Mesa, AZ. I was born in Hong Kong and moved out to the United States back in 2009 from Shanghai. Read more>>

Hailee Cruzen

Drawing was one of those things that somehow came naturally to me. But it wasn’t until I started being noticed for the way I could draw and eventually sold one of my paintings that I started to begin taking it seriously as something I could get paid to do. Although it’s not my main focus, I love when I get the free time to experiment with my style and mediums. Read more>>

Parker Adkison

When I was 16 and I lived in Goodyear, Arizona, I went to Verrado High School where I met my best friend, Kevin McNamara who at the time was a starting photographer. He asked me if I would be a model for him to practice taking photos on and I said yes. Read more>>

Sean Whiteman

While I was in college I decided to take a few audio classes as electives, and they quickly became my favorite classes. I had been playing in local bands for a while, but saw this as an opportunity to interact with the writing process in ways I had never been able to do before. Read more>>

Brandi Walsh

It all begins with Stella the Airstream Photo Booth; a 1966 classic camper we found in a field in St. George, Utah. The summer of 2016, my husband Phillip, my son Pearce, and our bloodhound Roscoe, hit the highway for a strip mall in Page, Arizona in pursuit of our American dream; to turn an iconic silver trailer into Arizona’s only Airstream photo booth. Read more>>


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