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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.

Amanda Moore

I have always loved fitness and running. It wasn’t until I ran my first marathon and qualified for the Boston that I realized I wanted to share my love of running and fitness with others. This is such a gift and others should be able to experience it too. Whatever is holding people back from taking their next step in their fitness or running journey, I want to help them conquer it. When we moved to AZ 4 years ago, I had a friend reach out to me for help with her fitness. We started working out in her garage and it grew to several women. We quickly grew out of that space and I started looking at larger spaces to rent. During this time, I created an online bootcamp that allows people everywhere to experience quick and effective workouts. We were growing and it was very exciting. And then COVID hit. But we buckled up and worked extremely hard to make our online platform and community amazing for all of those staying at home. We grew during COVID. Read more>>

Jay-Lee Smith

My love for makeup started in high school. Pre-youtube, I would stay up late at night creating extreme looks on myself. That turned into me being the one to get all of my friends ready for dances and proms. I knew this was the path for me and headed to cosmetology school after I graduated. I learned so much about hair and makeup in cosmetology school, I now had the skills to offer both! After many years working in salons, I realized I needed to be in a more creative atmosphere. Hairstyling and makeup was my true love, not cutting and coloring. I had the opportunity to work under an amazing mentor who taught me everything she knew about beauty and business. I’ve specialized in special event and bridal makeup for the last five years, but moving to Phoenix 3 years ago is when my passion and business really took off! Arizona has welcomed me with open arms. Me and my business couldn’t be happier here! Read more>>

Mia Logan

I am YourNailsAfterDark ! Majority of my days I do nails after normal business hours for the working person looking to get their nails done after they get off and I’ve been doing nails for almost 4 years. Arizona for 3 and the other year which began in Detroit, Michigan. I went to Michigan for my eldest daughter and while I was there I decided to go to school for nails, leaving behind my 2 youngest daughters with their father which was the hardest thing I could ever do. Once my eldest graduated high school which was 2 and a half years later, I then returned back to Arizona as promised to be with my daughters again, not realizing that I couldn’t let go of my passion for nails. I brought my girls back together which was a fight but I would never live without them. I began my Journey as an entrepreneur in the nail industry and I had no idea what to do or where to go. Read more>>

Jisun Myung

I am a food performance artist who leads community based food projects with 2 cups of love and a sprinkle of humor. My research interests are authenticity, identity, and how people practice these two things through food (cooking, eating, purchasing). I studied theater and I share my Korean-ness with US American folks with food – so food performance, voila. Read more>>

Shantee Anderson

I’ve always wanted to be and Entrepreneur. In the cosmetology field so I went to school in 2017. This was the best decision I could have ever made but often felt that after I finished school that would be just something I said I completed. I ended up working as a mail carrier with the Post Office during the day in Chicago in the evenings I would do hair for almost 3 years and the entire time I felt like working for the Post Office was not where I was supposed to be. I felt like I wasn’t walking in my purpose. My purpose was to help those who needed that extra put to feel and love beautiful. So when I moved here to Arizona I decided I wasn’t going back to the post office and work toward being a full time Loctician. I was very afraid but I was always told I have to believe in myself and just do it. Read more>>

Carly Wilsey

My business really came into light after going through my own personal experience with my health and competing as an NPC Figure Competitor for four years. I learned the hard way that being healthy wasn’t and isn’t a “look” but rather multiple different feelings, both physically and mentally. Getting and staying healthy wasn’t about having abs or being 5% body fat but actually, about how you FEEL, how you sleep, the food you eat, the habits you build with exercise and food and the relationship you have with your body. Loving it for all that it is, instead of comparing and hating it for all that it is not. The name “The Health Babe” came about after years of realizing that nothing is more important than being HEALTHY from the inside, out and that’s the way I live today. Read more>>

Tessa Karrys

My passion for music started as a little kid; and while it was something that I enjoyed, I never thought of it as an area of any special talent for me. After moving to rural Arizona from Chicago when I was 11, I attended a small charter school that didn’t have a music program and I stopped playing completely. By the time I was in high school, I felt a drive to play music again and I borrowed my brother’s guitar to start taking lessons. I started writing my own songs as soon as I learned more than two chords. Songwriting immediately became a form of creative expression and it felt so natural. I began to share my songs with my circle of friends, family, and eventually a local musician/friend, Landon Shill, who ended up becoming a mentor to me. It wasn’t until I started casually playing music with him that I realized not only did I love to sing, but people seemed to enjoy listening to it as well! By my late teens, I was regularly writing music and taking the opportunities as they came. Read more>>

Jordan Nunez

Good Mud Ceramics started as a sudden, spontaneous decision to enroll in a ceramics class in 2019. I had always been interested in mud, though. I was one of those dirt babies in the school sandbox. I’d dump out my water bottles to make a slurry, and by the end of lunch, I would have constructed an elaborate system of tunnels and animal statues. While I didn’t have my predisposition in mind walking into my first studio, it didn’t take long for me to fall into that same childlike play. In a lot of ways, clay felt (and feels) like coming home. These days I’m not usually hanging around the sandbox or even a community space. The Good Mud studio lives inside my home and I fire all my work in my backyard. Read more>>

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