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Inspiring Stories from South San Diego

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 South San Diego below.

Jona Aldana

I loved graffiti but with that comes activities that the law and my mother wouldn’t be happy with, I decided to put that to the side and focused my energy to drawing on paper and photography. The type of photography I was doing mainly for friends 15 year old parties or weddings with my established photographer uncle. While I enjoyed doing photography for events it was not the kind of photography that drew me in to it. Read more>>

Sonny Nguyen

I have been in the fitness industry going on 15 years; I have worked in all the big name gyms and have held just about every job you could in one. From the early days wiping down machines and cleaning bathroom stalls (2003-2005, World’s/Gold’s Gym and 24hr Fitness) to running an entire club. I have experienced any and almost every possible scenario you could imagine in a fitness gym setting. Read more>>

Flavio Vela

My journey with ceramics started when I was studying Industrial Design at UVM in Guadalajara, Mexico. After I graduated my first project was “Volcanis”, a two-piece ceramic flower pot that resembled a small volcano. Around October 2016 I joined Puerta Roja workshop run by my teacher and great artist Gabriela Escárcega in Tijuana, Baja California. Where I learned the basics of ceramics and boosted my confidence to make more elaborated piece. Read more>>

Roger Lizarraga

The story of Dr Apple San Diego was truly right place at the right time. I met my business partner thru a mutual friend and he confined in me that the business was doing poorly due to a number of reasons. Two major issues that arose was the location and cash flow. After a few meetings and discussions, we came to an agreement and became 50/50 partners. It was a leap of faith for me, but having my own business has always been a dream and this opportunity was too good to pass up. Read more>>

Justin Szerletich

I was born and raised near Springfield, Illinois. As a child I dreamed about being an “Army man”. but after high school I attended the local community college with aspirations of becoming a police officer. My original childhood dream was always in my mind though, bolstered by the 9/11 attacks. So, not happy with where I was, fed up with being lazy and complacent, paired with lacking a vision of a prosperous future, I enlisted into the Marines. Read more>>

Treasure McKinley

My name is Treasure McKinley. I am the youngest of three kids & I am my mother’s only daughter. I grew up on 50th street in the southeast right across the street from my former high school, Lincoln high. I believe my experiences in that neighborhood shaped who I am today; made me a natural leader & hustler. My friends always tell me they admire my personality & my ability to always stay focused on my goals no matter the circumstances. Read more>>

Carolina Holmes and Zaid Diaz

We met in college while studying graphic design and became friends from the very beginning. After working corporate jobs and for other creative studios, we realized we wanted to start our own business. One of our biggest motivators being to have a more personal and meaningful relationship with our clients. So far, we’ve been fortunate to work with passionate clients who share our light-hearted and laid back personality. Read more>>

Richard “Bam Bam” Thorne

I’ve loved art for as long as I can remember. Growing up, the same as every other kid, my inspiration came from cartoons and video games. Trying to duplicate my favorite characters the best I could. I probably had as much artwork in my class journals as notes in grade school. When I started college, playing football and working in 2011-2012, I drifted away from it. It turned it to something I would just randomly end up doing on the fly. Read more>>

Moriah Shields

I have always had a fascination with podcasts. Listening to podcasts was like my favorite thing to do on my way to work just to get encouragement and get a laugh. After a year of listening and developing a vision in my head I wanted to be able to influence people just like some of the greatest podcasters in the nation. I have always been a person who loved to encourage people with words but also interview people because, in general, I am a person that likes to ask a lot of questions and no all the details. Read more>>

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