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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.

Lora Fiala

We completed our class with a wonderful instructor and felt ready to have our baby. Our little dude showed up two days after my estimated due date. Labor was work but definitely manageable. We did have to speak up for ourselves a few times in the process but overall was a pretty uneventful, unmedicated birth. Read more>>

Kristopher Wilson, Niqo Robertson, and Peyton Caldwell

About a month later, we were recording our debut EP 86 at AudioConfusion a music studio out here in Mesa. We put that out in September, the first of last year and started steadily playing shows around the valley. We have put out another single in February of this year and we plan on having a summer EP come out very soon. Read more>>

Dr. Rachel Hesselbrock

I always knew I wanted to help people and I thought nursing would be a great place to start. When I applied to a nursing program in Ohio, they told me the wait was two years. That was too long for me, so I decided to switch majors and focus on becoming a paramedic/firefighter. Read more>>

Austin Davis

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. When I was a little kid, I used to write little stories, staple them together, and hand them out to my family. I made the covers out of construction paper and I remember putting together dozens of handmade chapbooks when I was young. Read more>>

Alec Damiano

I played in the orchestra and drumline during my school years. I also taught myself how to play the guitar and the piano, inspired by the classic rock my mom loved listening to (Queen, Journey, AC/DC, you get the idea). I learned how to play several of these songs (and their guitar solos) on the violin, which was my main instrument at the time. Read more>>

Genesis Israel

I always watched the cake decorating shows like cake wars and cake boss with my mother. I didn’t know the first thing about baking, I just always would come home delicious treats prepared by my mother. We have a common egg allergy that runs in the family, so store cakes and cupcakes were usually out of the question. Read more>>

Tatum Gunnerson

I work at a dental office as the marketing coordinator Monday through Thursday, therefore, I can only see makeup clients during the weekend (Fri-Sun). I make it work though! I have a lot going on, but I make the time to do makeup on my weekends! Even if I don’t have clients, I always like to do a cute look on myself so I can keep posting frequently on my Page. Read more>>

Shalome Patrick

I am self-taught and my knowledge of art history is very limited. At the time, I knew that when I picked up that brush or got lost in my sketching, calm would come. I was given an opportunity to show my paintings in my mid 20’s. The night of that show opened many doors for me. Read more>>

Sandra Jarvis

I grew up with a deep sense of inadequacy and a belief that I’d never been good enough, never be worthy of love, never perfect. But that didn’t stop me from trying. I became an accomplished violinist, learned to play several other instruments, and became a people pleaser in an effort to prove my worth. Read more>>

Maureen Scanlon

I loved helping people in spite of my own strife. My children used to call me the “counselor” and send all of their friends to me if they needed some encouragement or help.As my children were finally growing into adults, I decided to take my life back! I realized I needed healing from childhood, marriage, and all of the negative experiences I had incurred. It took two years to figure out my worth and realize I had dreams! Read more>>

Kim Taylor in Mesa

I learned about beauty makeup, special fx, and airbrush/body painting. I moved back to Arizona in October of 2016 and continued to try to pursue my makeup career. I started out freelancing here and there, while still looking for a permanent position somewhere. It took two years before I was finally offered a position in the industry. Read more>>

 

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