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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.

Carolyn Le

As a kid, I was a dreamer–usually staring off into space or sitting in a corner somewhere drawing, painting or reading. My exposure to art was through the picture books I read and the cartoons I saw on TV. When I went to college, I decided I wanted to choose a career that I would want to do for the rest of my life. For me it was art. Read more>>

Danielle Farley

I have always been fascinated with hair. As a little girl, I remember styling my little sister’s hair every day before school, in six grade camp I was the only girl who knew how to French braid, and in high school, I would highlight/color friends hair secretly in the bathroom. I didn’t realize it yet but hair with my passion and here I am 30 years old, a salon owner! It hasn’t by any means of being easy. Read more>>

Breeanne Macouzet

My dream is to have all families and schools have a life-long skill set that can positively transform their relationship with themselves and others. I believe in the power of mindfulness and how that can create a positive ripple effect on our planet, one relationship at a time. Read more>>

Erik Baldwin

I found fashion and fitness to be what paid the bills until I started getting noticed for my culinary images. Once that started to gain traction, I was able to focus primarily on food, chefs and all things yummie!- I still do weddings and product photography, but my true passion and goal is to be a world-famous food photographer, surrounded and absorbed into and by the culinary world! Read more>>

Adrian Mandujano

Our clothing line is dedicated to instill the importance of cultural awareness, self-expression, and knowledge through art and design. Each of our unique designs comes from the heart and was crafted to help educate the people about culture and tradition. Follow our journey for one of a kind designs, and understand various Mexican Traditions through the eyes of a performer, influencer, and native local. Read more>>

Nicole (Coco) Speaker

As barbers, we can’t just bring our gear somewhere and give the same service… between lighting, plugs, and the chair itself, it’s impossible to replicate. “Bring the shop to them,” I thought, plus it eases the stress on brides for time frame! Two weeks later after some research, I was set to find a trailer. No more talking and thinking, I needed to DO IT. Read more>>

Vernell Hill

Every time I saw someone make a post on their social media of a new health and fitness journey, they were excited to start only to fail time and time again and I felt compassion for them. My passion stirred up and I felt God pushing me to make a move because I had the answer. I transitioned into managing a 24-Hour Fitness and was able to utilize some of my business acumen with the fitness industry, but it wasn’t enough. Read more>>

Deb Williams

Recycled automotive paint. A few short years ago, if you asked me what I thought about starting a business that is focused primarily on jewelry made from recycled waste, I’m certain I would have laughed at you, given my family history and career in the fine jewelry industry. Read more>>

Stephen Warnock

My journey towards Entrepreneurship, Business Ownership, and Real Estate Investing began when my wife and I found ourselves in the midst of hardship. We had lost each other in the middle of working 40+ hours a week, during the prime time of the day, and the prime time of our lives. Read more>>

Radmila Woll

I have always been passionate about beauty and all forms of art. Being in the beauty industry means taking part in the things I enjoy doing, expressing myself through artistic designs and making people look and feel beautiful. I also compete in Art lash Competitions where I create my own artistic designs. Read more>>

Daniel and Nicoletta Herlihy

Our motto is “support those who support you” Today we have incredible relationships with our farmers and we never been happier, and you can always taste the love in our food. We are together every day we work together we live together, and we fight for each other. We work crazy long hours all the time, we make absolutely everything from scratch, and it is truly a labor of love. Read more>>

Melia Grasska

I loved telling my chefs how Niman Ranch sets up a scholarship program to help their family farmers or how Petaluma Poultry uses oregano oil instead of antibiotics on their chickens. But I didn’t have the same passion for proteins that my chefs seemed to have so effortlessly flowing from their saucepans. Read more>>

Jocelyn Taitingfong-Camarillo

I have been documenting memories since 2013. My photography journey took a pinnacle turn in May 2013 when I begged my grandparents to dress formally for portraits on their 50th wedding anniversary. During that time of pleading with them, I learned that my grandmother, Maria Taitingfong, had no portraits with my grandfather in his military uniform. Read more>>

Sue Vicory

At 48, I asked myself “who do I want to be the 2nd half of my life?” Within one hour I was signed up to film school in NYC. My first film took three years to make. “Homelessness & The Power of One” premiered in 2005 days after Katrina hit New Orleans. Read more>>

Carrie L. Burns

After I passed the bar exam, I realized I wasn’t cut out for attorney work, so I went on to work in fraud investigations until just recently. I’m also a childhood sexual abuse survivor, and a part of me has always known that sharing my story and my struggles would be a key to my freedom. Read more>>

DesiRee Preston

It’s hard to pinpoint when exactly I became a cosplayer. I grew up in two households where creativity and the arts were not only encouraged, but cherished. Halloween was my favorite holiday growing up, and every year I looked forward to putting on my costume and running around the neighborhood as someone else. Read more>>

Jordan Hoffart

The art of seemingly limitless creation. It was very attractive to me. I saw Jarred’s face light up to the idea, so I knew we were on the same page. Jarred, an artist by passion, worked for Sony Entertainment as a manager for their VUE project. He was quite knowledgable in corporate business structure, forecasting, P&l’s, gathering data metrics, etc. Read more>>


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