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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.

Michael Stilwell

While building Stilwell Pianos, I started the first online piano tuning school in the world about seven years ago. We are now the largest school in the world with over 350 students a year located all over the world. Our school is made up of piano technicians and e-learning specialist located in Arizona, Portland OR, and Seattle WA. Read more>>

Kevin Martin

I moved here to AZ about eight years ago to build a better relationship with my father. I sacrificed modeling at the time and put it on hold to focus more on me and getting closer with my dad. Now, fast forward… I’ve been seriously modeling again for about a year and a half. In that time alone, I’ve learned and grown so much as a model. Read more>>

Jason Hinkle

As I got older, I realized that rockstar-dom isn’t exactly a college applicable career, and over the coming years of high school I started trying to figure out what else it was I could do in the music world, and hopefully not have to give up that sliver of me that was still hoping to be that guy on stage. Read more>>

Mark Bush

My biggest struggles along the way were with finding mentors that actually knew what they were doing. You’d be surprised at how many franchised repair stores are just run by people that are more interested in making a return on investment with no knowledge of how to actually fix computer issues. Read more>>

Philip Turncliff

From an early age, I heard my teachers tell my dad, “You need to get your child tested.” I was a wild child with a lot of behavioral issues, especially social. I didn’t know it then, but I had severe ADHD, and growing up with an undiagnosed learning disorder would be a constant invisible challenge. Read more>>

Celeste Chenoweth

Now, I am licensed to do something I truly love. I am always looking for ways to continue my education. Deep down I’ve always known this is what I was meant to do. I’ve always felt very passionate about showing my artsy side, and I feel like I can do that with every client that sits in my chair. I love making my clients feel beautiful! Read more>>

Dwayne Johnson

Everything started back in 2010 when I secretly watched the second season of Rupaul’s Drag Race behind my parent’s back. After that, I was enthralled with the entire art and practice of drag. I wanted to design and sport my own fashions, apply makeup, sport a larger than life wig, and PERFORM for people. Looking back at it now… it’s kind of scary how ambitious I was when I started because those passions have carried me through some of my worst moments in life. Read more>>

Samantha Dow

I have always loved doing hair. I was always playing with those barbie mannequin heads as a kid with those funny little colored clip-in extensions, cutting my dolls hair, braiding my mom’s hair, and of course, always experimenting with my own hair. I was the one to always get my friend’s hair ready for school dances, and special events. Then in high school, I was introduced to EVIT and their cosmo program. Read more>>

Dior Cox

I started Zara Moon Co after I had my sweet little girl. I wanted nothing more in the world than to be a Mom. So once I became one and it was more difficult (mentally) than I thought, I was shook. I struggled with finding ‘me’ again. I had to find a new confidence in myself. I LOVE being a mother! It will always come first. Read more>>

Oscar Morales

With all the modalities learned, it morphed into a holistic practice which is now known as “The Place Called OM.” I am dedicated to helping humanity through the mind, body, and spirit. I firmly believe that the three are deeply interconnected and affect overall health. The beliefs and emotions can affect the physical and tire the spirit of the individual. Health starts from within. Join me on this amazing journey. Read more>>

Juanice Oldham

Today, we are in our sixth year of business, and I contribute this continued success to so many others. It’s true, nothing great is accomplished alone. It takes a team, their time, their energy, their support, and trust. I am fortunate to have a wonderful husband and partner, a dedicated team and the support of those around me so that Forefront can continue to create meaningful spaces for many more years to come. Read more>>


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