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Phoenix’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 Phoenix and surrounding areas below.

Collin Tovar

I always knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur at a young age. My number one driving goal and dream was to own a business that allowed me to live a life of financial and time-freedom being able to spend quality time with the people I loved and experiencing life to it’s fullest and happiest every single day, never settling for anything less. Read more>>

Tanya Moushi

I had designed businesses for fun. I designed full-scale businesses with logistics in place, and never really did anything with them. It was just the expansion of the idea and seeing how/if it would work and in what market that excited me the most. From there, I began to publish trends in this area of Good Business and pushed to promote humanity in business. I began my design and consulting firm almost five years ago now which was built to help a market that everybody else ignored. Read more>>

Amneris Maurás Estolano

People always told me to find a job that doesn’t feel like work. I’ve worked for a number of different industries like retail and banking. Every job I’ve had, I never felt like, “Oh Yay! I’m going to work today to create something beautiful.” I remember wondering to myself if that even exists, or if I will ever find a job that makes me love what I do. Family has always been really important to me. Read more>>

Roicia Banks

I am a product of my ancestors. I am a product of my environment! I was guided, molded, nurtured and held accountable by my community. I spent most of my younger years in a small village on the Hopi Reservation; so the concept of, “It takes a village” rings very true to me. As a little girl, it was common to have neighbors, relatives and sometimes strangers who are helping in your home. Read more>>

Christian Cota

Growing up, I always knew I wanted to make movies. As kids, I and my friends would all get together and record all sorts of stuff. Eventually, we figured we could tell actual structured stories. So, we started making short films. I fell in love with the art form and made it a goal to eventually make movies for a living. I am just getting started and I look forward to the future. Read more>>

Nolan and Asia Cook

Our faith has carried us through our journey, we are currently along with a path that God has been shining his light on. In 2016, we were blessed with an idea that was birthed three months later. Our chef, Nolan Cook, has been passionate about cooking since he was a child. In his grandmother’s kitchen, he would sit on the countertop and watch cooking magic happen. He knew at a young age that being a chef was his calling. Read more>>

Sebastien Millon

I always loved drawing as a kid, but in my highschool years got into other stuff. It was in college that I rediscovered my love of art. I ended up studying a lot of realism and drawing from life. Soon after college, I got really sick, was bedridden and unable to do that kind of work (I was misdiagnosed for a lot of years with CFS, but turns out to have been Lyme/coinfections). Read more>>

Kody Harris

After becoming an accomplished high volume line cook, I was promoted to sous chef and started to attend culinary school, way back when it was not trendy to do so. I worked my way up and became an executive chef working for a company out of Portland Oregon called Pacific Coast restaurants. As an executive chef, I opened 15 stores for them and eventually became a corporate chef. Read more>>

Emily Irwin

I have been making artwork as long as I can remember and doing so for a living has been my endgame the entire time. As a child, I was constantly drawing. During middle school, I started making work for others. By high school, I was learning how to paint with acrylics. By then, I knew without a doubt that I could paint forever and never get tired of it. I focused on mastering many mediums of paint for the next few years through my undergrad program. Read more>>

Laura Gatz

I found myself writing pieces when I was going through a tough time or feeling like I couldn’t express what I wanted to into words. The piano and music became my musical journal and has continued to bring me relief and euphoria in my twenties. I was encouraged by close friends to write music they could listen to daily, and that was when last year, I officially put out my first album on all digital distribution platforms. Read more>>

Miles McDermott

When I was younger, my mother was an antique dealer and had gone to school for interior design, so I developed a unique taste and rough foundation for styling and design while growing up. Pursuing what came naturally to me at the time, I enrolled in design school when I turned 17. To keep up with the cost of school and the rent for my shitty trailer in Mesa, I got a job at a small non-profit thrift store where I learned of the alien style known today as “Mid-Century Modern.” Read more>>

Alexus Tyler

From a young age, I’ve always known how to hustle, whether it meant hosting a yard sale on Saturday morning to sell my old clothes to buy new ones, to making and selling bracelets at Curves while my Mom worked out, to now, furthering my dream of editing and writing full time. Writing has always been a skill that has come natural to me, but it never was the path laid out for me in a career. Read more>>

 

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