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Inspiring Stories from the South Side

The heart of our mission at VoyageChicago 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 Chicago’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 the South Side’s rising stars below.

Megann Mia

Modeling has always been something I’ve wanted to pursue since the age of 15. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the resources, access or now that I think of it the mental capacity to have done so. Here we are almost ten years later and I finally had decided to pursue it November of 2017. I had just settled down from some major shifts in my life and wanted to create a hobby that I could use to not only connect with my community but also connect with myself. Read more>>

Edith Brown

When I started a new 9-5 working for the Ounce of Prevention Fund in 2008, the Entrepreneurial bug struck me again. I was hesitant to start another business but I knew I HAD to do something to change my financial situation, I describe that time during my life as not being able to get water on credit. Even though I was fearful, uncertain and depressed I began my consulting business. Read more>>

Brittany L. Hogan

Following the stint with BizzyBee’s I started teaching inner-city students with non-profit organizations- first engineering concepts, then the basics of entrepreneurship. In May of 2017, I decided to launch BrittBrand.com, a site where I would tell about adventures in my life and translate the stories into designs that would be sold on t-shirts and hats. For the 2018 collection, I had the idea to tell a story via video instead of strictly written text. Read more>>

Amy Byrne

I started my career in public libraries in December 2003 as the Circulation Services Manager for the Rockford Public Library in Rockford, IL. After completing my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary and Middle School Education at Rockford University, I worked as a SASS Counselor at Janet Wattles Center, an Office Clerk at Rock Valley College, and the Business Manager for Bradley & Bradley, Inc. Read more>>

Dutch Davis

I started my styling/consulting business Slayed By Dutch on a freelance base in 2013, with 5 clients that I styled consistently on a weekly schedule. It then grew by word of mouth and social media that I soon gained a large amount of clients from, music artist, magazines, lawyers and much more. July of 2016, I then moved to Los Angeles to pursue business in the movie and television industry, as a wardrobe stylist and costume designer. Read more>>

LaGena “Lala” Cain

My love for beauty and fashion all began when my playpin was in La’Gena’s (my aunt named her salon after me) beauty salon on the west side of Chicago. I guess at that point you could say I was destined to be in this business. Although I was born in the beauty industry, I always had a passion for fashion. After HS, I decided to pursue that fashion and attend Columbia College for Fashion Business. Read more>>

Lynsey Mitchell

I hope to use my voice, music, and education to build a platform that not only helps empower young people of color but also encourages the exploration of self on an intellectual as well as mental & emotional level. Because music has and continues to help me find my light, my hope is that I am able to use my gifts in music to inspire others to find their most enlightened selves as well. Read more>>

Nelson Ortiz

Art has always been a big part of my life and a part of who I am. I was that kid in the corner with his sketchbook quietly sketching away. Getting in trouble for drawing all over homework. I started out drawing my favorite cartoon characters and people. As technology evolved, my craft also evolved becoming more specialized in recreating peoples likeness and bringing their visions to life using the latest graphics art technology. Read more>>

Rubin Logan

I grew the confidence to design my website and release product to the public. I still never put that much out I will sometimes post designs and prototypes on social media just to see if people like it. One of the first graphic designs I released other than my logo was the “Run It Up” man. Since then, I’ve received so much support from the people I mentioned earlier, people on social media and close friends. Read more>>

Keyana Alicia

I’m well known for being creative, prolific and generous. I spend my weekdays working for a nonprofit arts service provider that focuses on engaging young people in arts experiences to inspire creativity and impact social change. After 5 pm, I place my entrepreneur hat on. I plan events, manage social media pages, do freelance photography and help run Et Cetera Social. Read more>>

Crysta Wicks

Do you believe in fairy tales?? Life is what you create it to be… I was born and raised in the beautiful City of Chicago on the Southeast Side. I’m the eldest daughter of three girls, it is no surprise that I quickly identified with being “The Boss” in my house. Being the oldest child gave me the privilege of being in charge while Mom & Dad were away at work. Read more>>

1 Comment

  1. Grant Niebergall

    August 6, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    I had an opportunity to browse some of the interviews. I am very excited to have been chosen for one of the future interviews as well !
    I think it’s absolutely fabulous that a magazine of your caliber has done as well as it has only because the non-corporate companies are the ones who have the true stories that are not hidden by corporate rules. At the end of the day it’s about struggle and survival compassion and success and I tip my hat to every business owner out there and every genre of work! 1 Fine Tune is excited to bring the music industry together on stages as well as in the communities of Chicago in the nation !

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