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Inspiring Stories from La Jolla & UTC

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 La Jolla & UTC below.

Ryan Hiller

I have been a full-time musician my entire life. I began playing the guitar at five years old and played my first gig at 12. I was a jazz band nerd in high school and ended up moving to New Orleans from Park City, Utah the first year of college. Read more>>

Ciera Vida

Growing up in school, I was known for my art amongst my peers. When I graduated high school, I had ten art classes under my belt. In San Diego, my paintings, drawings, and photos have been showcased in the Museum of Contemporary Art, Linda Vista Library, and the Conception Art Show. Read more>>

Azadeh Shirazi

After completing my medical training, I accepted a position at Scripps Clinic La Jolla and practiced Cosmetic and Surgical Dermatology for ten years. Practicing medicine in a large corporate structure became less appealing as my career advanced. I felt limited in what I could do and create and deliver to patients. Read more>>

Ryan Hiller

I have been a full-time musician my entire life. I began playing the guitar at five years old and played my first gig at 12. I was a jazz band nerd in high school and ended up moving to New Orleans from Park City, Utah the first year of college. I toured the country with a rock band, and things were going pretty well up until Hurricane Katrina. Read more>>

Gabriela Wellman

My company really has two stories that merge into one– on one hand, there is the story of my passion for music, and on the other is my journey through and an incredible program called WIT-Whatever It Takes. Together, these two aspects of my life led me to create my company, Notecing. Culture. When I was little, I always loved music. Read more>>

Kyla Seabrook

I’ve made lots of friends and experienced nothing but support from the DJ community in San Diego since I started. They’ve helped me to learn how to beat match on vinyl, given me, tips on how to construct a set invited me to play my music, and shown me where to dig for good records. I’m grateful to have their help and friendship. Read more>>

Rosie Alchalel

I joined a teen entrepreneurship program. Whatever it Takes (WIT), in the August of last year, just in time for the new school year. Through this program, I was successfully able to launch my own nonprofit organization, Good Hair Day. I have gotten to where I am today by way of dedication, persistence, and the resources that WIT has provided. Read more>>

Anu Simh

I am a former high school teacher who was always interested in health and nutrition. As a teacher, many of the projects I did with my students were centered around health and nutrition. A few years ago, my son who was at UC Merced came home sick. He went from a slim 160 lbs. to 250 lbs. The weight gain had made his liver very sick. Read more>>

Joy Bender

As a real estate agent in San Diego, I’ve used digital marketing to break into the luxury market. My digital marketing background began back in 2006 when I built a DIY website with google page one rankings in the Twin Cities. This was back when having a website was still an emerging concept. Read more>>

Tom Grond

When you told me a couple of years ago I would become a full-time blogger I would have laughed hard. I never had the intention to become a professional blogger, but after traveling continuously around the world for four years, I had to come up with a way to make money rather than just spending it. Read more>>

Samantha Mallari

My experiences as an intern at the Upright Citizens Brigade and IFC, as well as a student at The Second City Hollywood later sparked my dangerous desire to write comedy. It helps to blow off steam when I’m reminded of how much I want to escape LA and return to SD. Maybe one day I’ll write your favorite TV show. Who knows? Read more>>

 

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