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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.

Sheri Brown

About 4 years ago, my daughter Heather & I saw a need to help people who we’re struggling to get rid of head lice. We were both using essential oils for everything and began to experiment with different formulas to help someone we knew who couldn’t seem to get rid of it. Today’s head lice have been nicknamed “Super Lice” because what use to kill them, doesn’t anymore. They have become extremely resistant to all over-the-counter products and even prescription medications. We first tried some single oils but they didn’t work on their own. After much trial and error, we finally created a blend of oils that killed the the super lice immediately on contact. Heather and I were both love helping people and saw what a blessing it was to help our friend finally be free from the torment these little critters caused her. That led to the beginning of Heavenly Hair Lice Care. We have been helping families in the San Diego area become lice free ever since. Read more>>

Bree McKee

I consider myself a true artist and discovered my natural talent and affinity for cosmetics early in life. Beginning with my love of painting and sketching, I have showcased my passion and ability to create beauty since childhood. Throughout my life, I’ve been told by many people, “you should do something with your art!”. I pondered on what that something was for a long time. I had been encouraged to pick up trade within the beauty industry, but nothing had really spoken to me. Hair? Nails? Lashes? Makeup? All those options left me feeling uninspired. Until… brows! Read more>>

Kristina May Andrew

My friends and family always joke around about how many lives and jobs I’ve lived through. I was 31 when I decided to go back to school for cosmetology. I had just moved back to San Diego from South Carolina and was in my fourth year of working in finance. While I loved the business aspect of my career, my passion for connecting with people and creativity was not being fulfilled. I remember talking to my girlfriend Andie about starting cosmetology school while I was getting my hair done and all she said was ‘finally’! Within two weeks, I quit my job and started my first day at California Hair Design Academy. I was only six months in when I found out I was pregnant with my daughter; I was determined not to let this deter me. I took extra hours, doubled up on my tests, and took my state board exams eight and a half months pregnant. I remember my belly bumping into my exam table and I was nervous it was going to cost me sanitization points. I started my first assisting position at Millicent and Co when my daughter was just 13 weeks old. Read more>>

Josh Antonio

Born in Malabon, Philippines migrated with a single mother and brother to the Bay Area at the age of six. Music was always apart of my life. Parents were choir members of our church. I was also a member of the children’s choir. At age 12, I had my first boy group called “7Eleven,” which performed and choreographed classic hits. I grew up in Stockton moved to San Diego in 2018. Met Speakerboxx invited me to the studio-recorded my first track “How it All Started” Eventually met Kogniak and Johnny Rocket of KP Platinum Studios. Dropped a joint EP with Kogniak “Organic Clout” Now over 200 shows in opened up for artists like Compton Av, Twista, Mistah Fab & Sold our House of Blues for DJ Quik and the DoggPound. Read more>>

Clare Knauss

The Waldorf School of San Diego began in 1981 with an enthusiastic group of children and parents. In 1999, the school acquired a permanent site on a hilltop in Oak Park, enrolling students in Nursery, Kindergarten and the Elementary Grades. With the purchase of a second campus nearby, the High School opened in 2008 (making us the only Waldorf high school in San Diego County) and since then, the school has been providing a rich curriculum of the sciences, arts, humanities, and mathematics from Grade 1 to Grade 12. We are proud of the quality of our students, creative and independent thinkers with a zest for life and love of learning. We have a lot to offer San Diego and would like to grow. Read more>>

Reed Davis

I’m Reed Davis, founder of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN) and I want to thank you for this opportunity. Back in the 90’s, I was an Environmental Paralegal (University of San Diego), and I was SAVING THE PLANET! Saving the birds, bees, air, water, and trees. I noticed the environment was destroying a lot of these things, and twenty years ago, I turned my attention to “what’s it doing to people, including me?” I wanted to be in control of my own health and my own destiny and didn’t want any diseases or anything else sneaking up on me. Read more>>

Kay Lorraine

My story starts in 2017, at the local community theatre. A large cast was needed for an upcoming StagePlay. I volunteered to help out as a background actor. Not believing I could contribute much because I suffer from depression and crippling arthritis flare-ups. But as rehearsals progressed, so did my health and self-esteem. Suddenly I was no longer depressed and stiff. The more I acted, the better I felt. So I auditioned for everything, paid and unpaid gigs, to get where I am today. At present, I’m a published author, whose first work is copyright/registered in the U.S Library of Congress. That dramatic work is the StagePlay, “No Turning Back,” written, produced, directed and acted by me. Read more>>

James Shelby

I started selling real estate in one of the worst real estate markets that the country had ever seen. It was 2013, and the market was at an all-time low. I had been working in the auto glass industry since I was 15 years old and wanted a change, a challenge. I would quickly learn the importance of direct sales through things like door knocking and cold calling. I also started developing relationships with local business owners and people in my community and figuring out how I could contribute to their success through co-marketing/branding. This led to an increase in my business sales year over year for the past seven years. Read more>>

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