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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.

Travis White

To those who weren’t that close to me growing up, I was only into sports, however, to those who were close to me my passion was always science and philosophy. My initial interest was in dinosaurs as a child I could not get enough of them. The love of the strange animals that lived millions of years ago primed me for my love of the deep sea creatures and the rest of ocean life. Eventually, I found out humans were animals and in some way connected to the dinosaurs and ocean life. Read more>>

Heather Grimes

My great grandmother and father both dabbled in the art of stained glass and I, at a very young age, developed an infatuation with nature. In 2011, I took a trip to New York and found a store there that sold bags of butterfly wings from damaged specimens they had been mounting and framing. At the time, I didn’t know what I was going to do with them, but bought them anyway, knowing I could find some use for them eventually. Read more>>

Joli Love

I’ve always known I wanted to start a boutique selling clothes and hair extensions. Last year I took a trip to California to get my license to do eyelash extensions. After I got my license, I know I needed a name for my company. After hours of thinking, I came up with “Crowned.” Unfortunately, I never got to fully dive deep into doing eyelash extensions, but I still know I wanted to open up a boutique. Read more>>

Robby Carrillo

I was exposed to music and the drums at a very early age through my father who is a drummer. I participated in school music programs throughout grade school, junior high school, and high school. I began my professional music career playing in cover bands for bars in Yuma Arizona at the age of 16. I also played in many original alternative rock groups while in high school, playing local shows at the Boys and Girls club and parks. Read more>>

Bolun Zhu

I come from China, my undergraduate is journalism, but I have always had a dream of studying art, so after graduation, I chose to continue my degree in art. Photography is my hobby, so I chose photography. I gapped two years to study art, from 2016~2018, did the portfolio and thought about my learning goals. These two years have made me more determined about the ideals of art. Read more>>

Diego Perez

At the beginning it was only a game, we used to paint my favorite cartoons but, later he was showing me facial proportion and gesture. I was raised in a very cultural neighborhood in Mexico, the scenic Coyoacan, the barrio where Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera used to live; so every street and every corner has a historical anecdote. For example, my grandpa Mario used to drink in a pulquería (almost like a bar) where Frida Kahlo used to invite everyone pulque. Read more>>

Dom Moio

Dom started playing drums in the fifth grade. His first teacher Dick 
Demers started Dom on his way both as a player and teacher in 1970 in Maine. In 1975, he went to New York to study with studio master Bernard Purdie. Then to Boston in 1976 to study with Jazz great Alan Dawson. 
Dom’s first book Be Bop Phrasing for Drums was dedicated to Alan. Read more>>

Catherine Baker

I resigned from my position at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and created a business around bringing people together in ways they feel like they belong. It started out as a food business and pivoted to experience design and event planning business. It’s called Together, and our mission is to build belonging for people where they are, as they are. Read more>>

Clare Kirlin

I found my home in the tech industry. That was unexpected; as a “creative type,” a single parent, and a female, I’m not exactly the stereotype that comes to mind when you think of a technology marketing leader. But that’s exactly where I’ve found my footing, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I hope more people will realize that you don’t have to “look the part” in order to succeed; just rewrite the script. Read more>>

Tammy Gamester

Church wasn’t the place for me, so I started searching for other tools to help me in my healing process. The oracle card deck, “Talking to Heaven” by Doreen Virtue and James Van Praagh was one of my first experiences with this new world that was opening up for me. The first card I drew was “I had to go that way.” I bawled my eyes out, but it was so true. I also had a reading from an amazing medium, Cindy St. John. Read more>>

Jeffrey Ouper

I taught a few private lessons on clarinet here and there through college and high school, but I never thought I’d become a full-time piano teacher! Teaching piano started randomly when a college friend asked me to sub for him at a music store teaching two students. I had never taught piano before, and I quickly realized that it was a great opportunity for something bigger. Read more>>


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