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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.

Lacie Wingate

I started my journey as a wedding photographer almost a year ago BUT my journey as a photographer in general started three years ago when I picked up a camera for the first time! At the time I was too much of an introvert to go out and photograph people, which is SO opposite of how I feel now! I stepped out of landscape photography for my sister who asked me to take some photos for her, and I feel in looooove. At the time I was still working a full-time job and going to school full time, so any free time I got I would go out and shoot. Fast forward a few years and now I just finished college and went full time in my photography business! Read more>>

Dana Hubbard

My love for photography began when I was 15. And stealing the family camera any chance I got. When I realized how much I enjoyed it, I decided to enroll in a film photography class at my high school. Learning film first is the reason for my technique and attention to detail in my photography. After film, I did commercial photography and finally portrait photography. Since that class at 16, I have done photos for families, couples, seniors graduating, and even weddings. It is amazing to look back at how far I’ve come from the first time I picked up a DSLR camera! Read more>>

Luis Perez

Remoov was started when my wife was graduating from Stanford business school. It was the end of the semester and her classmates were freaking out about how to move out and finish up the school year. Since I wasn’t graduating, I decided to pick up all their items, store them over the summer and then sell them to incoming students in the Fall. It worked out great and our plan was to then expand to other universities. However, we started getting more and more interest from non-student’s residents in the area who were moving, downsizing. liquidating estates or just redecorating. That is when we had the “aha” moment out that there was no easy upcycling solution. Read more>>

Chareonski Gray

I moved to Phoenix in October of 2019, just ten short months ago, with my three children and their father. I have never been this far away from “Home” and my family, I was born a military brat and lived all over the place, until my parents unfortunate separation when I was six years old, We settled in my mother’s home town of Wichita, KS and that is where I lived the majority of my life. I’ve had an Entrepreneurial mindset since I was very young, and always knew I wanted to work for myself. I always dreamed of being a Star, singing and acting which I haven’t quite given up on, just temporarily postponed. I began my Entrepreneur journey in 2010 when I attended cosmetology school and completing my program becoming a licensed cosmetologist. Read more>>

Tabitha Chaldaris

My journey began as I was indoctrinated into a cult since childhood. It was very a very restrictive cult and they made it very difficult to leave, as they would threaten, we would be destined to live a life without God, would be prone to horrific tragedies, and lose everything, including family and friends. My husband at the time began to open my eyes to what I was involved in and I began to see that I was brainwashed. I decided to leave and shortly afterwards, my husband and I got a divorce. I was heartbroken, and felt completely alone not having his support and no longer having the support of the organization and family. I began to financially crumble as this all happened during the recession of 2008. Read more>>

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