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East San Diego’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at the SD Voyager 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 San Diego’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 East San Diego below.

Violet Burns

Ever since I could hold a crayon, I have loved drawing. In school, I would often find myself doodling in the margins of my math notes. I also liked to draw pictures for friends, family, and classmates, and I would beg them to give me drawing requests, so I could teach myself how to portray them on paper. Since then I’ve never really stopped. My dad mentioned I should try making a business online, but I had no ideas. Read more>>

Samantha Carlson

In 2015 I joined a mlm company, I was completely immersed in the culture. I stayed until I was pregnant with my son and was hospitalized in bed rest at 29 weeks. I was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia and my body was failing me. I had no way to reach friends or talk to my “team” other than through Facebook. I was being pushed to order from a hospital bed-where I wasn’t able to sell. Something changed in me, and I decided if I survived this pregnancy and my son did too-I would open my own small business. Read more>>

Rob Spencer

In the early/mid-90s, I was involved in a car accident that left me beaten up physically and without a memory from birth up to the accident. The process of moving on in life sent me in the direction of desiring to help the lost find truth. From MMA to locating and extracting runaways from some pretty ugly situations, I’ve finally come to a place where help the lost be found wasn’t enough. I needed more. Read more>>

Arthur Preciado

I’ve been in the restaurant business all my life, mainly fine dining. Ten years ago, I opened the deli to focus on breakfast & lunch and close at 3:00 pm. That is when I would go to work to get ready for the dinner service at 5:00 pm. The new hours were in my mind, almost retiring. We focused on making the best sandwiches with fresh ingredients freshly prepared every day. We also offer fresh salads, breakfast sandwiches and homemade soups. Read more>>

Jessica Smith

My journey to becoming a self-employed tax accountant working with entrepreneurs wasn’t a straight shot. I’ll spare you the tedious details, but I dropped out of college several times and even tried law school for a bit. It took a significant life shakeup for me to study accounting seriously: I was newly divorced and facing my new reality as a single mom. I buckled down and went to school at nights and on weekends for three years. Read more>>

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