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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.

Lisa Davis

I have always been an extremely visual person – I can’t remember things like names or facts to save my life, but I will remember a person’s face or an advertisement or product packaging instantly. Being very visual and right-brained led me to my interest and love for all aspects of design – specifically graphic design. I graduated from Iowa State University in 2015 with my BFA in Graphic Design and minor in Advertising. I set out to start my career in Chicago with two internships at design agencies – working with clients such as MillerCoors and Kraft – and then landed a full-time graphic design position at a large corporate marketing company where I worked primarily with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. After living in Chicago for two years, loving the city life, but not so much the city winters, I decided to take the leap and move. In 2017, I packed what I could fit in my car and made the 2k mile journey to my new home of sunny San Diego. Hands down, it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I continued to work as a Senior Graphic Designer for the same Chicago-based marketing company, but remotely from home in San Diego. Read more>>

Victoria Cheek

There was a time in my life not too long ago where I felt lost and didn’t know what career path I wanted to follow. I have always been a very crafty and had an eye for design, but I wasn’t sure what to do with my skills. So, being a mom of two young boys and needing to provide for them, I felt going back to school and finishing my nursing degree was my only option. Then one day, I stumbled across Youtube video of a lady creating a balloon garland. She was not only blowing up balloons in random sizes but being very intricate where she placed the balloons creating this beautiful balloon garland that screamed elegance. From that point on, I was hooked, I started practicing, trying different techniques and different products until I found my stride. I was going to school during the week and booking one or two jobs on the weekends. Any chance I got to make a balloon garland, I took it. My skills grew beyond just balloons. I am now working with florals, creating custom party decor, and bringing client’s visions to life. I have worked with some amazing creators and have taken classes from some of the best teachers and I believe my ability to learn from others and to be open to suggestions has gotten me to where I am today, as well as some of the most amazing clients that I have met along the way. Read more>>

Armando Varela III

Born in Tijuana, Mexico; Growing up on the other side of the border, I always dreamt of winning a football championship on TV. I would never express myself as a kid, but the dream never went away. My parents had me at a young age and they went through countless struggles together to keep me happy. I would cross the border every day at 4 am to get to school, passing by kids my age selling candy just to live another day. In these daily trips, I learned a lot and came to realize I was blessed with the little that I had. Read more>>

Isa Guadalupe Medina

Since I can remember, art and nature have always been present in my life. Art was my favorite subject in school and my favorite thing to do, whether it was painting, drawing, sewing or some sort of craft. I knew that when I grew up, I would be pursuing something in art or nature. I grew up in Tijuana and moved to San Diego when I was in elementary school. It was in my high school years that I got interested in fashion design. I looked at fashion as an expression of art in one’s own body as wearable art, everyone styling themselves differently as a way of revealing and presenting a part of themselves to the world. In my freshman year of high school, I began taking sewing classes and a year later, I began an internship as a designer assistant at a local children’s wear company. Read more>>

Jocelyn Aaliyah Quiocho

I moved to San Diego in 2016, right after graduating high school in Germany. Not to mention, I was a brand new mommy to one, full-time college student and worker. I found myself living check-to-check and fell into depression and became very insecure with myself. I found myself constantly putting on lashes to help me feel better. It may sound silly, but if I looked good, I felt good and I did great, even on my hardest days. So I wanted to create something to share with my fellow babes to help them feel themselves and uplift themselves to get through their hardest times, especially during this pandemic of 2020. Read more>>

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