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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.


Throughout the years she understood the idea of wanting to create her own genre/style and remains liberated to label her sound or put herself in a category. She is always listening to new music, old music, and learning from whatever makes her feel something special. As a full-rounded artist, she also takes visuals very seriously and all other creative branches on her brand. Read more>>

Ashley Brown

Despite she and I have different experiences, it was apparent that there were similarities in our stories. I thought about how many other women could be related to similar experiences, and what it would look like if we were to share them with each other, but it was just a thought. In hindsight, it was healing for her to share and it was healing for me to read. The Hurt Help Heal Initiative ultimately came about talking to a group of women about where we are now. Read more>>

Rashaud Thomas

It all started when I was stationed in Guam 2014. I hit a hard time in my life. Break up, X girlfriend pregnant, no apartment, no nothing. All I had left was my Canon 5d Markiii. Starting from scratch. Living on the ship for the next two years gave me a lot of time figuring out what was I going to do with my life. As I sat on the beach every day after work, I started going around the island and taking pictures of landscaping. Read more>>

Pherlha Aguilar

I started modeling more than 17 years ago, but I never left school, on the contrary, I finished it and I got three bachelor degrees. I never stopped modeling and I had the opportunity to move to Mexico City, where I also studied theater, this helped me to enter the acting career as well. I have had the opportunity to participate in many national and international commercials, work in different countries which I love because I like to know other cultures and travel. Read more>>

Genie Irish

I can tell you that when I graduated high school, I had a family member ask me to consider real estate and I rolled my eyes as a typical 18-year old would. I now laugh at that young girl. I knew working with people in a service-related field would be a career I’d settle in. I just didn’t know it would be the emotional rollercoaster that is buying a home! Read more>>

Jenilee Redondo and Joanne Ortega

The timing of our idea couldn’t have been more perfect, as Joanne was transitioning out of the military after serving for six years. We’ve both always wanted to create an outlet to express ourselves and as two completely opposite sisters, jewelry was something we could always agree on. We want to emphasize that dainty pieces of jewelry can make a huge impact on how one feels and tie an outfit together. Read more>>

Dylan Rother

Throughout my time performing, I made more connections for myself as a musician and started getting work touring with different bands outside of San Diego as a freelance keyboardist or guitarist. I have traveled and performed in many states across the country and at various festivals, most often playing for reggae artists. I did my best to balance my education with my touring schedule. Read more>>

Chelsea Wong

We started with a team of three in Angelia’s parents’ garage. We did everything from fulfillment, to customer service to marketing. Come 2015, our team grew and we moved into our first warehouse. As our team grew, our business grew. By late 2017, we moved into our very own warehouse. Our team became more specialized and I now oversee the operations of our warehouse, manage our supply chain and assist in community outreach. Read more>>

Fifi Martinez

I make autobiographical comics that portray moments, emotions, and events that transpire in my life. I’ve been drawing since I was a child but gave up on art until 2016 when my mental health and emotional well-being collapsed. In an attempt to develop a healthier coping mechanism, I utilized art as a means of survival. What began as emotional, abstracted scribbles in my diary developed into fully illustrated comics. Read more>>

Latanya Lockett

I am a singer, songwriter, and performer. The first band I started performing with was with my buddy Karlos Paez and B-Side Players. He heard I could sing, asked me to record a couple of songs on his first album, and I have been recording and performing with them ever since! I sang with lots of amazing local bands including Psydecar, The Revelations, and Inside Straight until I was brave enough to start my own band. Read more>>


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