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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.

Adrienne Wells Holmes

Blue is a term synonymous with blue sky, dreaming big, and being connected via technology and networking tools – like Bluetooth. An apple is a much loved and positive reward for the horse – as well as a universal symbol of knowledge and wisdom. The ranch is quite simply where the rubber meets the road. It all comes together here. Together, Blue Apple Ranch becomes a modern symbol for an old idea. Read more>>

Tanika Baptiste

I then realized I wanted to pursue theatre professionally, I set my goal on Broadway! I moved back home to San Diego and trained solidly the first year and a half on acting. My first show back was RENT Directed by Ruff Yeager at Southwestern College. It was an amazingly exciting experience. The entire ensemble slayed! Our costume designer, Jeanne Reith recommended me for my first professional gig. Read more>>

Joel Poirier

I picked up a camera and started shooting and learning how to do as much as possible. I bought a computer and learned how to edit videos so that I could start freelancing. I started doing engagement video shoots and move to weddings. I also started doing videos for businesses that were local and needed a better deal to get on their feet. I then created a short film through San Diego Film Consortium. Read more>>

Marissa Nystrom

You know sometimes when things happen and you don’t necessarily plan for them? Well, that’s how it started, The Sunny Nest Decor anyways… Sip Wine n’ Sign was planned! December 17th, 2015, I quit my full-time job as a Supervisor in retail. At the time, I couldn’t believe my husband and I was making that decision because at that point, we were struggling financially but we just had too. Read more>>

Marquis Mckinzie

During my time in college and now, I use my story and my voice to advocate for foster youth. I was apart of the Guardians Scholars Program which helps former foster youth transition into higher education. This included speaking directly with foster youth, advocating with members of the community on the subject and raising money for the cause. Read more>>

Ashley Marie

I started blogging in 2017, I was working as a stylist with a reality star on the hit show WAGS and she asked me why I wasn’t blogging. I dressed well, I already had a great following on IG so naturally, the next step was to launch a platform so people can find what I’m wearing and more detail about the clothes and my style. At first, I was reluctant I had no idea about the blogging world. Read more>>

Jerrelle Wilson

When I first started to practice yoga, a friend of mine in college took me to a studio and didn’t tell me anything about the class. I was 280 pounds and wanted to make a change. I knew that yoga was stretching but had no clue the level of dynamic exercise it would include. I went that first day and signed up for a membership after class. I practiced yoga three-four times a week after that initial class for over a year. Read more>>

Samantha Miller

I attended California Hair Design Academy located in La Mesa, California for my cosmetology license. Prior to starting beauty school, I was attending college in hopes of obtaining a degree in respiratory therapy. After countless study sessions, intensive clinical simulations, and endless amounts of homework I found myself dreading waking up every day to go to a school I didn’t even like. Read more>>

Catherine Mattice Zundel

I have been working with organizations to assist them in building systemic action plans to end workplace bullying and replace it with positive workplace culture. I have had the pleasure of serving a huge variety of clients in a variety of industries, including Fortune 500’s, universities, hospitals, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private businesses. Read more>>

Kahlil Nash

As Kahlil continues to compose, create, manifest and spread the heat throughout 2018 and beyond, he plans on writing and recording new material to release in 2019 and already has the process off the ground. His direction is promising, and as he continues to make his way to the top at the pace he’s currently going, Kahlil will eventually be a household name everyone will be talking about. Read more>>


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