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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 ojiut inspiring stories from Phoenix and surrounding areas below.

Tonya Hance

I started in Rescue in 2008, I was with one rescue and left them and joined with New Hope Cattle Rescue, i was with them for 5 1/2 years. when they dissolved i went with another rescue, and then decided to start my own dog rescue. Cattle dogs are near and dear to my heart and that is the only breed i wanted rescue. Read more>>

Jace Ryden

I’ve been on stage for as long as I can remember, from my debut as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in kindergarten, to community theatre in college, to the entity that is Freddy Prinze Charming today. In 2005, I decided I needed a new way to express my creativity and began performing as Freddy. Read more>>

Sheila King

I have been shooting a camera since I was a child living on a farm, enrolled in 4-H. Thanks to my parents, who allowed me to use their 35 mm film camera, I quickly fell in love! Although I never did learn to develop my own film, I loved getting my photos printed and taking my favorite ones to the county fair, where I won a few blue ribbons. Read more>>

Monique Harris

It all began when I found myself staring down a computer screen in hopes it would magically explode. In other words I hated being trapped in a stark building and the most creative task I was allowed to do was to change the way I greeted someone on the phone or find something other than a chair to sit in to keep myself from slouching like the work mule that I was. Read more>>

Ben Novak

Growing up in a broken home I turned to two different things; food and basketball. One of those things was great, as I was on the basketball court a majority of my days. Food, was stress induced, and being in a broken home led to a lot of stress as a kid. Read more>>

Kaya Asha McNair

I researched their past issue articles to attempt to get an idea of the writing style they generally accept. While I was scrolling through their website, I noticed that there were only two people of color featured in their multiple issues. After this discovery I searched for other digital magazines and found the same conclusion. Read more>>

Sharon Smith

I have always had a heart to serve but spent many years in the corporate world. Five years ago I took some time off from my sales career and began volunteering more. I was shocked and saddened by the photos of the drowned Syrian refugee child, Alan Kurdi, and joined the staff of Carry The Future, an all volunteer run, grassroots organization. Read more>>

Eboni Lacey

I started back in 2015 as a blog geared toward self help. At the time I was really pouring my heart into my articles. It was therapy for me and an outlet for my feelings. Over time people started reaching out to me to contribute to the blog so I decided to make the blog an open-forum blog so that it could be an outlet for others. Read more>>

Jennifer Adams

I grew up in a small rural town in northwestern Oregon called Gales Creek. A beautiful area surrounded by lush forests with a community of hard-working families. Raising four children, my parents had to always be resourceful and frugal, to such a degree that our furniture and clothing were mostly handmade by my mom. Read more>>

James Espinoza

I began AZ Event Support in 2008. Our goal was to provide the best service at a fair price and the way we achieved that was integrity, honesty, passion and the drive to return to good old fashion customer service. Read more>>

Eric Diaz

I grew up in the eighties and nineties in Columbus, Ohio. I had an entrepreneurial spirit growing up and was the kid that always had baseball card sales as well as lemonade stands, etc. I really enjoyed this, but knew in my elder teen years that I had to focus on a trade. Read more>>

Meg McCleerey

Meg McCleerey started practicing massage in 2004 after graduating from the Arizona School of Massage Therapy with honors. Her primary focus was athletes. Having a BFA from University of Montana with emphasis in Dance and Teaching her Massage Therapy practice went hand in hand with coaching dance and gymnastics locally here in Scottsdale. Read more>>

Kayla Newman

I’ve been licensed to create for 9 years. I have also been a National Color Educator for John Paul Mitchell Systems for almost 3 years. My passion for art and expressing my creativity led me to become a hairdresser and later an educator. Read more>>

Qa’ed Mai

Sometime after I dropped out of my engineering major, my lifelong habitual doodling became somewhat more productive as I started to draw comics, design shirts and flyers, and edit videos as a freelancer. As I shifted more into film and post-production, I found myself doing a lot of my own animations. Read more>>

Pamela Dunmire

My earliest memories as a kid was watching my father paint and wondering if I could ever be as good as him. That planted the seed for my love of all things artistic. Early on, my creative side expressed its self in music which I still enjoy and perform today. Read more>>


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