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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.

Manny Vargas

As a professional bodyboarder, I’ve had the fortunate pleasure of being able to travel the world chasing the perfect waves around the world for over a decade. Coming from a lower-middle class family in Imperial Beach, I made sure to take full advantage of this opportunity. Read more>>

Andrew Salas

I started wanting to make a sound for film and then, I earned my Bachelors in Audio Production. It was when I was in college where I took a class in video production, where I found myself being behind the camera and directing an even more rush of excitement. Read more>>

Brian Blacher

From concept to creation, I have built companies from the ground up. I have extensive experience managing all of the facets of a business from writing a business plan to raising investment capital, overseeing day-to-day operations, leading the marketing and sales team, and managing the company finances. Read more>>

Diana Olmeda

I am passionate about assisting people become parents. This isn’t the standard way to get pregnant, however, if done right, the outcome will be the same and you may just make a friend for life in the woman sharing this journey with you. I take my time to listen to each client’s needs in order to provide them with the best advice and guidance. Read more>>

Katherine Loya

Back in 2014, there were not many fitness studios around. Today, there is constant competition but my advice to any business owner, whether in the fitness industry or not, is to, block out the noise and over deliver. There will always be competition there for focusing on your service and your service only is key to retention rate and bringing more members on board. Read more>>

John Baxter

Growing up, I was always doing physical activities; from running, skateboarding, rollerblading, biking, sports, Martial Arts, etc. With all of these activities comes to pain, soreness, and injuries. Some injuries were more devastating to me and made me really realize how much I need to really take care of my body since it’s the only one I’ll ever have. Read more>>

Ron and Kris Saradpon

Sometimes, I doubted my skills because I wasn’t being booked by friends or family members that had events that required photography. It was my wife that always instilled more confidence in me, which kept me thriving to become better. There are many challenges and struggles of becoming a wedding photographer in the industry. Read more>>

Paolo and Eleanor Seen

As a multimedia artist and my wife a nurse, there was no indication that we would one day run a business like DH. One thing is for sure though – we LOVE food. We love discovering and tasting new food and restaurants wherever we go. It’s where a big chunk of our budget goes to. Combining with me, my wife, and my moms dream of one day to sell food at farmers markets, help from family and friends, long nights and endless hard work – Read more>>

Ellen Parry

After visiting the venue many times over five years for horseback riding weekends, I decided to invite a few art teacher colleagues of mine for a visit. The goal was to see if other art-minded individuals would see the same beauty and potential that kept me coming back. Read more>>

Junuen Navarrete Chavez

Came the idea of ​​the painting and wine workshops, where you can paint, have a nice drink while enjoying a guided painting experience, and you need to know about art, just wanting to spend a pleasant time. My mission is to incorporate art into our daily life as something tangible. Read more>>

Corey Hegel

I am an Ocean Ambassador for a company called Shore Buddies in San Diego. Our Mission is to save Marine Life and keep plastics out of the Oceans. Shore Buddies makes stuffed animals from recycled plastic bottles. $1 from every product purchase goes to help preserve our Oceans. Read more>>

Teresa Gonzalez

At the age of fifteen, I moved to San Diego and I joined the school’s show choir. Musicals then started being my main priority. I did countless plays after that. I was in love with the way it made me feel so I took every drama class that my high school had to offer. Read more>>

Manuela Durson

I loved taking photos from a young age, and always had a film camera on me, to take photos. It was always a surprise what one would get after the film was developed! I started getting serious about photography beginning of 2015, when I bought my first DSLR. Read more>>


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