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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.

Matthew Martinez

I have been a photographer for a little over seven years and have been loving every moment of it. I was introduced to photography through my father, who lived through the film age of photography. I was fascinated by photography from a very early age but was never able to afford a camera of my own, so I saved and saved and eventually ended up with my first camera a little canon T3I and off I went photographing anything and everything. Read more>>

Erica Nambo

I started designing jewelry for myself as a hobby, and soon enough people started noticing and complimenting my designs and asking where I purchased them, this inspired me to start doing pop-up shops around San Diego. Read more>>

Paola Parada

I officially started Levant Lane in January 2018 after planning/coordinating a handful of weddings for friends and family since 2016. In college, I found true joy in special gatherings and hosting themed parties. I literally came up with any excuse I could find to celebrate something or someone. I also really REALLY love crafts and projects, so when a good friend of mine asked for my help with her wedding, I was stocked. Read more>>

Valeria Bueno

I’ve always had the urge to create characters. In high school, I started making doodles almost every day; they were mostly about me and my friends, adding a little fiction into the story that I was portraying. By the time I got to college, doodling was my favorite hobby; I started making short comics, personalized designs, and other kinds of visual artwork that helped to save up money. Read more>>

Cali Tucker

Most people outside and even inside my inner circle have the misconception that I came from anything but humble beginnings and more so that I’ve lived a life of privilege. I was, however, born “country music royalty,” but I can assure the public that even though my journey into my career was inspired by my family heritage, it was not created by it. Read more>>

Justin Catubay

I’ve never stayed in one place for too long. I never really knew what it was to really be a part of a community. Things changed during high school and college when I was trying to immerse myself in my creative outlets. I danced on a couple of competitive/noncompetitive hip hop teams, was taking photos almost every day, and made music somewhere in between. Read more>>

Melanie, Kellen Alca and Fran Maier

I was an early host on Airbnb, making a great side-gig income renting two rooms on the third floor of my San Francisco home. Because of my Airbnb side hustle as well as the popularity of the emerging ride-sharing marketplaces, I began to think about how travel and work were rapidly changing. Change is always a great catalyst for a startup. What new companies could emerge and take advantage of these changes. Read more>>

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