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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.

Brynne Payne

I remember my childhood as a time of playing “horses” outside in my parent’s big backyard in Tempe, mowing the lawn with my dad on the riding lawnmower, sitting inside creating hand-drawn magazines with my sister and having sewing and baking lessons with my mom. I come from a family where creativity is nurtured and not stifled. Read more>>

Karen Harris

The Intern” in 2015. I loved the concept of having an online catalogue company. Although I loved the idea, I didn’t just jump right on the idea for a couple of reasons. One, because my life at the time was very busy with kids and working for my husband’s real estate company. Two, I lacked the confidence. Read more>>

Lathan Singleton

All my life, I wanted to help people but I had no idea how. At first, I wanted to be a biologist and help the world in that way. As I got older and the trials life brought me got even more difficult and abnormal, I decided to create something that stopped or atleast prevent some of the human suffering we deal with in our lives. Diseases & Ailments can cause great suffering, suffering that at times killed the people around me quicker than the actual disease. Read more>>

Lauren Remy

I began drawing and painting during elementary school, and over the years, this hobby quickly became something fundamental to my life. Although I always knew of my passion for art, I was too nervous to pursue it once I graduated high school. The notion of trying to make a living as an artist intimidated me, and so I enrolled at Arizona State University to get a degree in biology. Read more>>

Jessie Whitfield

I graduated from ASU’s Barrett Honors College with a BA in Psychology. Planned on getting my Ph.D. in Evolutionary Psychology but decided to jump into a career in the nonprofit field right after college instead. For the next few years, I worked at a handful of local nonprofits assisting with event planning, fundraising, donor relations, and corporate sponsorships. Read more>>

Kevin Collier

I started doing stand up comedy nine years ago because my friend begged me to come to an open mic with him at The Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena, CA. I was terrified, and I was hooked. I did it sporadically at first, kind of dipping my toe in for a few years. Then, my wife was pregnant with our first child and naturally, stand up comedy just faded into the background. Read more>>

Holly Essler-Boos

I am a therapist and the owner of Empowering You Therapy LLC, located in the heart of downtown Tempe. My office is located within blocks of the ASU campus; right off of Mill Avenue and University Drive. The location makes therapy services easy and accessible to students and working professionals in the area. Read more>>

Yashenia Gray aka Shena_g

I would say my interest in modeling started a young age, mainly from watching Tyra’s America’s Next Top Model show. I even auditioned at the age of 19 but didn’t make it the show. I continued to pursue modeling by participating in my college fashion show after that audition. So that’s what really got be started down this path and many people encouraging me to dip my toe into modeling. Read more>>

Samuel Braddy

I was so used to being the new kid in school because I moved around a lot in my early years. The only thing I could find comfort in was my music. I started playing guitar at 12 years old, and from there it became an addiction. I learned every song you could possibly imagine on guitar. All the 70s and 80s classic hits all the way to John Mayer’s entire discography. Read more>>

Mohammadreza Mehrabian

We all know that Uber had a fatal self-driving crash last year in its self-driving program (in Tempe), which costs hundreds of millions of dollars and does not generate revenue yet, had come under scrutiny by investors and it was ultimately stopped due to that catastrophe. I am a Ph.D. student in the Computer Engineering field and know that a day comes on which having self-driving vehicles on roads is inevitable. Read more>>

Madisson Shay

I see life as the brightest opportunity to DO more, SEE more, and BE more. Ever since high school, I have grown a fierce sentiment to teach others about their worth and how loved they are. We all get too caught up in our realities, that we far too often forget who we are, and the definitive power we each attain. Thus, I have a deep, ingrained passion in me to show others how incredibly loved, worthy, and truly phenomenal they are. Read more>>

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