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Scottsdale’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 Scottsdale and surrounding areas below.

Harumi Maejima

Born and grow up in Japan. I followed a unique path of personal discovery throughout my life. I graduated with a Child Education degree in Fukuoka, Japan, and then I became an exchange student in the United States and studied and lived in Boston, Massachusetts for more than 20 years. Afterward, I began a 15-years tenure at the diplomatic office of the Japanese Consulate in Boston. Read more>>

H.M.K HypeManKel

I bring a lot of energy and positivity to any space that I am in and I try my best every day to do my part! Now, I’m living here in Arizona and there is so much opportunity to create and inspire here. I’m working on the release of my new single called “You Ain’t Real.” I feel like this song will make it to Billboard and gain national recognition. Read more>>

Christine Iring

Six years ago, I was going through a very rough time in my life. Divorce, selling my home short sale, It was a very dark and difficult time in my life, you could even say I hit rock bottom. Wanting to connect with my feelings, emotions, getting real with myself to move on and heal, I began to see a therapist. Through these sessions, I decided to be honest with myself, work through some difficult things about myself, and the circumstances around me. Read more>>

Nazila Sawhney

With no childhood dream of becoming a fashion designer, rather a strong love for looking good and feeling beautiful I took a chance in pursuit of my new found love. My interest peaked when I discovered how clothes make us feel, and how we feel leads to how we perform. I had many ups and downs, but the downfall is what I am most grateful for, it’s that moment of rejection that forces you to find another way, another method to improve to do better. Read more>>

Vanessa Molica

13 years ago, my girlfriend was competing in pageants, and she added eyelash extensions to her beauty routine. They were beautiful, and I wanted them. All of our friends wanted them. The thing was, they were expensive, so none of us were able to actually get them. I was bummed, but It also got me thinking. Read more>>

Ashley Orr

I began modeling in December of 2015 after a friend asked me to try to model with her in a local boutique fashion show back in my home town of Iowa City, Iowa. I was initially uneasy about being a part of the show, thinking it would be similar to the pageants I had done before (I didn’t do very well at them). But, she assured me it would be NOTHING like a pageant and to just try it. Read more>>

Lisa Baker

My love of jewelry really began as a little girl. My grandmother is my inspiration for my jewelry obsession. She loved jewelry and had many pieces of vintage rhinestone jewelry.I remember going to her house, and every time I would visit, we looked through all her jewelry boxes. I just loved all the pretty, sparkly pieces! Read more>>

Lauren Kasle

I first started my career in the pet care industry when I was a senior in high school and wanted to make a difference in the lives of pet parents. I became a professional pet sitter for a local company and quickly learned the in’s-and-out;s of what it takes to be an exceptional dog walker and pet sitter. Throughout college, I continued to care for hundreds of four-legged clients and gain valuable experience in the pet care industry. Read more>>

Hannah Gard

While designing that necklace, I realized how many details go into creating a piece of fine jewelry. It was such a rewarding feeling when the necklace was completed. I loved the process of sketching a piece of jewelry and then creating something real out of it. After that, I started designing a few custom pieces and every time one was finished I would get so excited. Read more>>

Joe Gard

Throughout my life, I have always strived to uplift and brighten the day of all those I encounter. Whether that is by a simple smile, saying hello or holding the door open for someone. I wanted to take this lifestyle of mine and make it into a company somehow. I wanted a way for people to spread love, happiness, and positivity everywhere they went. It dawned on me a good way to do this is through your clothing. Read more>>


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