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Tempe’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 Tempe and surrounding areas below.

Nick Sohn

I started making art in highschool but couldn’t find a medium that I felt comfortable with. This went on for years until I took my first 3D modeling course. Now, I’m an aspiring 3D artist and I hope to one day work on sculpting characters and creatures for movies, TV shows or video games. Read more>>

Ranzel Tinio

The Rise Company was inspired by college best friend and roommate, Karli Richardson. Karli was just about to graduate college. Her sister, Kelsey, came to visit from North Carolina to celebrate a week together before her graduation since she was not able to make it to her actual graduation ceremony because she was also attending college and she had finals on Karli’s graduation day. Read more>>

Lisa Rehurek

I am someone who never knew what I wanted to do — and I thought that was a bad thing. I put a lot of pressure on myself to find my place. It took me a long time and a lot of stress to figure it out. Multiple colleges, multiple drop-outs before I finally graduated. Multiple careers in all sorts of industries, before ultimately finding a great deal of success in corporate America. Read more>>

Humberto Arredondo Jr.

I began as a casual gamer and realized that this was a passion that I would enjoy doing as a career. It took me some time to get together my equipment over a few years and now it’s about building a fan base that enjoys what I do. I am an aspiring video game streamer and content creator. Read more>>

Ron May

We didn’t have any semblance of a permanent home until about two seasons ago when we moved to Tempe Center for the Arts. Before that, for 15 years, we boutique around to all sorts of other spaces for a few years here and there – every year holding our breath wondering if the following season the venue would shut down. Read more>>

Kimmy Pasternack

I am young and have a brand, which I think is different from typical designers. I think that is what makes me unique. I also think that a kid my age might typically design for other kids, but I specialize in better bridge women’s dresses and ready-to-wear. My style is sophisticated, simple, and elegant, focusing on quality. Read more>>

Ada McCartney

By day, I am an educator at Arizona School for the Arts, by heart, I am a literary artist– a poet, story weaver, movement enthusiast. I have performed my work and taught workshops from Mesa to Michigan to Madrid and several places in between. Growing up in rural Michigan, I struggled to identify with the job, career and life options that were present in my community. Read more>>

Nico Halog

I was interested in the business aspects of it: doing the finances, creating social media content, building the website, and marketing the business. Becoming obsessed with the marketing aspect, it prompted me to add a minor in marketing, further enhancing my educational career. This actually allowed me to land my first marketing internship. Read more>>

David barker

My fears about developing a new show were allayed. Weeks later I ran into a colleague at the store and we chatted about the beginning of a new school year. I told him I had missed the annual faculty retreat due to a “family issue” on the east coast, but that I was delighted to miss the retreat, which I detest. Read more>>

Akram Abdallah

Instead of continuing to search, I decided to take it into my own hands and create a company that revolved around the beauty of the language. More than just an aesthetic, I wanted to make everything meaningful, just like Arabic. I wanted to establish not just a company, but a brand, that knocked down the barriers between people who spoke different languages and practiced different religions. Read more>>

Spencer Golish

I’m an Arizona native but moved to Sd for 10 years from 21 to 31. For most of my 20’s, I was battling addiction, barely scraping by, and spent time in jails and eventually prison before getting clean. Then, when I came back home to AZ, I went through a painful divorce and was essentially starting life over at 34. After getting clean, I was able to start a Karaoke/DJ Business that I brought to Az with me from Sd.  Read more>>

David Sodemann and Brett Ellenson

Our first build “Stevie” started in May 2018 and left with its first renter in June. Once we realized there was a demand for this type of experience, we built our second van “Joplin” which joined the fleet in a few months later. Since then, we’ve continued to release rental vehicles, our latest a repurposed wheelchair van we. Read more>>

Saundra Wilson

I’ve always had a love for writing and telling stories. I’ve also always been a person who could “keep it real” and am the friend that people tell everything too. I’ve literally had strangers tell me their whole life stories.The idea for Glisten Mag really came to me while I studied journalism at ASU. I found myself frustrated that so much of the news left me feeling discouraged. I started looking for other content online outside of social media and found wonderful content for women. Read more>>

Ruby Nelson

I started out drawing realistically and continued to throughout grade school and halfway throughout high school. My realistic drawings gained a lot of attention and showed in a couple of shows. I then started painting and that is where I found my true love. I never completely ditched drawing because it is a helpful tool for painting, but suddenly all I would do is paint. Read more>>

Kevin Ikegami

I started shooting archery when I was seven years old, and it consumed my youth. I won my first National Championships in 1998. I went on to win several more and set a few records that stand to this day. In 2010, I joined the Peace Corps and left for Ukraine. Read more>>


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