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Inspiring Stories from Old Town-Mission Valley

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 Old Town-Mission Valley below.

Vanessa Patterson

I began my career as an Esthetician in 2008, working for resorts and day spas. Along with my own experience, I saw a trend in my clients getting ingrown hairs, from the simple irritated hair follicle to the scarring cystic ingrown. I tried every product on the market for post-waxing solutions, then I discovered Sugaring, and I became an evangelist immediately. Read more>>

Ana Cottrell

I worked most of my life in the hospitality industry. My last job, I worked overnight shifts (for almost nine years) at a hotel downtown. It was very tiring, especially with two small children at home. I always had the desire to work on my own, and for a few years, I was contemplating the idea but didn’t have the time or energy to pursue it. Read more>>

Susan Baer

In 2016, Susie Baer was contacted by a fellow innovator and asked to help develop a pitch for a Hawaii Senator’s Office on the topic of ocean conservancy innovations. Our conceptual innovation was an unmanned, solar-powered, semi-autonomous marine robot to perform cleanup of ocean plastics. This involvement led to becoming a co-founder of Clear Blue Sea. Read more>>

Michele Brindle

I have always enjoyed the quirky things in life! The weirder, the better. I find myself happiest when I’m surrounded by an eclectic group of people doing random creative stuff. From a young age, my mother encouraged me to sing, to play in makeup, to sculpt, to draw, to paint, to sew, to create. Because creativity was a part of my daily life, I never really thought of myself as an artist. Read more>>

Claude Lorempo

About 15 years ago, I came to America to learn the ways and secure a better future for myself. I started my American life experience in Florida, and a year after I graduated college, I decided to move to a bigger city where opportunities outnumbered the people. San Diego was the place. Almost ten years later, I have not, for a second, regretted that choice. I studied and worked in hospitality since my sophomore year in college. Read more>>

Jessica Nguyen

Eight years ago, I was at a crossroads, unsure of what my future would look like. I was leaving behind an opportunity to further my education at UC Davis in Neurobiology, and with the support and encouragement from my parents, I entered into Cosmetology school to find something that made me passionate. Read more>>

Shelby Schmidt

I thought I’d love the career path, my degree led me to, but after two years of hard work in the world of news broadcasting, I was burnt out and unhappy. Financially it made sense to stick with it and find other areas of interest outside of work to fill my happy tank, especially since my husband was completing his degree at the time -but he believed in more for me, more for us. Read more>>

Sierra Bueno

All this was a requirement of your commitment to “God” as a woman. It was also a reflection of your humility. After all, it was considered vain to think of yourself as beautiful. As I grew older, this only became more apparently strict because as a woman, you shouldn’t draw attention to yourself, there were men around. At about 16, I started questioning all of these womanly requirements. Read more>>

Ehrick Costello

I got stationed in San Diego and deployed within four months of being here, so when I got back, I didn’t know many people or have a routine established. I was looking online for a yoga studio one day, and I came across the website for Aerial Revolution, which fascinated me! I immediately knew that this circus stuff was something I could get into, so I convinced a friend to go to the first class with me. Read more>>

Daryn Fillis

My entrepreneurial career began when I was 19 years old. My brother David invited me for a summer project in Mexico City, Mexico where I would be the “president” of a company whose objective was to sell knockdown wooden display fixtures to Tower Records in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I was still in college studying Liberal Arts, so needless to say I hadn’t the slightest idea about manufacturing, logistics, assembly, design, etc. Read more>>

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