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Inspiring Stories from Del Mar, Encinitas & Carlsbad

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 the rising stars from Del Mar, Enallicinitas & Carlsbad below.

Robin Tan

I have always been passionate about food and eating. Growing up as a Chinese American, food was a way of showing love in my family. I am one of those people who is always thinking about their next 5 meals and what I’m going to eat. I have a list of restaurants that I want to try that grows faster than I can cross them off. Read more>>

Hannah Smith

Over the past 20 years, I have been involved in design, events, hospitality and project management in one form or another. I have always been the type to have a couple of projects going on at once and previously created and sold two small businesses. Read more>>

Sarina Ashley

Since I was a little girl I always wanted to be in front of the camera. I was constantly thinking of ways to entertain the people around me. During my Elementary School years, I performed in my school talent shows singing & dancing. In Middle School and High School I was in Theater and loved the craft of acting. Read more>>

Kenzie Gray

I first started Wylde when I graduated college in Atlanta, Georgia in 2016. I was having the hardest time finding a full time job straight out of school, I was already working two retail jobs when I finally decided to create Wylde. I have always been interested in fashion and I always have had the dream. Read more>>

Marjorie Saylor

Coming out of a life of exploitation, I had no idea what to do with my life. I was a single mom on my own just trying to get back on my feet. I was free from my last abuser for almost a year now, after nearly escaping with my life on July, 18th 2013. Knowing I needed to end the cycle of abuse in my life. Read more>>

Jon Rook

I got my start as an intern at a recording studio just south of Seattle, Washington. After working up as an assistant and a staff engineer at a variety of commercial studios in the Puget Sound area, I began freelancing allowing me to take on select clients and projects that I am truly passionate about. Read more>>

Taciana Thompson

It all started with a camera… Suppose that is obvious though. When I was younger, maybe junior high age, my dad got me a little camera, the film of course. I went a little crazy. Snapping pictures of anything and everything, running up quite a bill for processing photos of my stuffed animals and out of focus pictures of my pets. Read more>>

Johannah Warren

I started this nonprofit organization in 2018 when I found myself out of work from a disabling autoimmune condition. It was something I wanted to do “someday” and found myself faced with the reality that we never know how much time we have left. Read more>>


When I showed Matt the positive pregnancy test, after saying a few cuss words, he said: “it’s a boy!” I had this sensation go from my head to my gut, and immediately replied: “yes, he is.” That was the beginning of me reviving my intuition and trusting myself. Read more>>

Joey Wilder

Throughout his childhood he was constantly pushed to take the leap. From moving through various schools before the age of 14, supporting and living on his own during the late high school years he was constantly pushed to his edge and put into scenarios where he had to adapt and overcome. Read more>>

Guiseppe LoTempio

I started in the surf industry over four years ago straight out of high school as a Media Intern at a company called SurfRide in my hometown of Oceanside, CA. There I began to explore photography and would be introduced to the basics of digital media. Read more>>

Malcolm and Kathryn Gray

Our passion for wine making comes from our passion for drinking wine but let’s start a bit earlier. Kathryn Gray grew up in the SF Bay Area then went to San Diego State University, graduating with a BS in Business Administration emphasis Accounting. Read more>>

Beth Chen

I started out blogging as a hobby. It wasn’t until I got sick and focus on helping others by providing recipes to help them heal did I start to see success. Read more>>

Marty Davis

Illustration for print has become my focus in the last few years, but I got here through animation. I’ve spent my entire working life as a professional artist, and that in itself feels like an achievement–especially after nearly thirty years working in this industry. I came to San Diego from L.A. Read more>>

Jessica Cole

Fly & Proper started of my genuine love for scrunchies. I grew up in the 90’s, and while just about everything pop culture rocked back then, far and away the best thing about the decade was the rise of those cheerful fabric hair ties. So naturally, when scrunchies made their way back into present day fashion. Read more>>

Garidey Bray Griesemer

While trying to organize my kit for an upcoming wedding, daughters sitting at the table trying to distract one another from doing their homework (calling out “mom, she…) and a husband talking over them trying to get my attention about upcoming events …. I find myself wondering………..” How DID I get here?. Read more>>

Julie Mack

I grew up in Vista and have lived in North County for most of my life. In college, I was very involved in social justice activities, especially around violence against women and domestic violence in particular. I received my degree in Sociology with a plan to become a social worker or therapist. Read more>>

Laysea Hughes

I am originally from a small town on the east coast of Florida, and this month I am celebrating five years since I drove across the country in my ’83 VW Westfalia embarking on the Gypsea lifestyle. I originally only intended to travel for pleasure, and somewhere along the way. Read more>>

Vincene Parrinello

Being a 30 year breast cancer survivor I found the need to develop skincare that offers challenged skin, caused by DNA changes resulting from illness and medication, real benefits that can help skin thrive again. After selling my previous company I learned the important need to have this type of skincare available to help others. Read more>>

Kelly Cardenas

My Pops bought dog clippers when I was in 5th grade to save money on a groomer. After trying once to shave our cocker spaniel, I realized the true value of a professional. Since we didn’t have the luxury of going to a salon my brother volunteered to cut my hair when I was in need. Read more>>

Stephanie Segura-Culver

I’m Stephanie, owner of Segura’s Baking Co. I am a Southern California native, I was born and raised in San Bernardino, California. Since I was a young child, I enjoyed being in the kitchen and helping my mother bake. I slowly started to dabble in cake decorating and soon realized that I had a nitch for it.  Read more>>

Joanna Otero

Nurses have been named the #1 most trusted profession for nearly 17 years in a row. The World Health Organization has named 2020 The Year of The Nurse. As a trusted and professional registered nurse who has worked across the nation, it was my duty to be the eyes, ears and voice for those patients during their most vulnerable time: surgery. Read more>>




Aija Mattera

I’ve always loved hosting parties and making pretty and delicious displays of food! Sometime in 2018 I noticed the beautiful trend of charcuterie and food boards on social media and started making my own when I was asked to bring something to parties. When people asked where I ordered them from, my idea for Boards In Bloom was born. Read more>>

Dasha Pirela

I’ve always been a huge fan of Tv and Video ever since I was a little girl. After working many years in advertising I landed my dream job in a Global Cable TV network and that’s when I knew this is what I wanted to do forever. With the boom of Social Media and Influencers. Read more>>

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