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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.

Janine Morales

I was a point in my life where I felt very overwhelmed with all the clutter in my home (and in my mind). With working full time, going to school and having a family to take care of I was always in a time crunch and never really got a break. Read more>>

Koala Balderas

Before you read this you have to understand my background in school and why I’m giving back to Special Education Students with Learning Disabilities. It all started when I was in my senior year of high school when I wasn’t able to graduate and I got my senior privileges taken away. Read more>>

Julie Bigboy

I’ve been blogging, just for the purpose of sharing family stories online since 2006 but decided to take it farther as a business in 2014. My father had just passed away after a long battle with cancer and I wanted to do something I knew he’d be proud of. Read more>>

Sandra Walter

I graduated high school to go to college. At first, I majored in film to become a video editor, but a few months later I started to get more experimental with makeup which quickly took over over my life. Read more>>

Janine Miller

I began my journey when I was pregnant with my first child. I was getting very little sleep around the 5th month of pregnancy so I started researching all the best pregnancy pillows through online searches and finally found the one. Read more>>

Tricia Meteer

I am a fine art photographer, wedding and portrait photographer but my favorite subject has always been animals because I LOVE them and grew up on a farm near Chicago. My ten-year executive natural cosmetics background. Read more>>

Ginger Lea Armstrong

After almost 20 years of teaching High School Fine Arts I have started this next chapter of being a Birth Doula with a passion that comes from having four births that started me on this journey. Read more>>

Dannie Baisa

Hafa Adai my name is Dannie Baisa. I was raised in the beautiful island of Guam. I relocated to San Jose where I graduated with my BA in Graphic Design. From there I met my mentor in Tattooing, Ariel Cruz from Cruz Creations. Read more>>

Kayla Farley

I started from THE BOTTOM. I was jobless, struggling, and always thinking of ways I could follow my passions & still get paid!! I was hesitant but started an Instagram account @faceby.kaylamua back in 2016 to post my looks on. Read more>>

Margeaux Weith

I have always been an entrepreneur since I graduated from high school. I grew up in a town called Calabasas and went to beauty school while I was in high school. I got my hair license while I was in school and started working in a salon at the age of 18. Read more>>

Teddy Winfield

I have used the arts as a means to express myself for as long as I can remember. I had an unstable childhood that resulted in me using art and writing as a way to escape the reality I was in. Writing was my main means of creative. Read more>>

Lana Bana Hawatmeh

Around May 2017 I began working my second job at Jamul casino as a valet attendant for graveyard shifts while working day shifts as an infant/toddler teacher. Being a single mother working two full-time jobs. Read more>>

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