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 Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach below.
I am a French native who lives in San Diego since 2020; I arrived one month before the shutdown. I already lived in San Diego 10 years ago, fortunately, I still have friends here. I used to be a lawyer back in my thirties. My artistic sensibility caught up with me in California in 2006 during my first expatriation in the US. We camped in the Joshua Tree desert. Amazed by the natural beauty of the place I decided to return to my first love: painting. I took classes at the “San Diego Art Department”. I discovered the basics of oil painting, found freedom from the figurative style and learned to indulge with my own creativity. Meeting this wonderful artistic community was the first step to take me on the path I was meant to be on. Today I am a full-time artist. Read more>>
I began my journey in the music industry right outside of college in 2012, freelancing for bands in primarily the reggae genre for photography and videography. A few years went by before I was approached to join a niche-market music publication titled Top Shelf Reggae, in which I happily accepted in order to exponentially grow my photojournalism portfolio and digital presence. As years went by, the founder wanted to hang us his hat, but I wasn’t ready yet, opting to take over temporarily as ‘Managing Editor’ in his absence; it was only him and me hanging on to the publication at that point. At the helm, I did a total revamp of protocol: posting daily instead of sporadically, partnering with music labels and initiating ad space on the site. It wasn’t until a few years went by that I realized the founder was never to come back to his original position, so I changed my title to ‘Editor-in-Chief’ and did a full rebrand to Top Shelf Music — opening us up to a much wider media market. Read more>>
Skateboarding came into my life when I was twelve years young in my hometown Dallas, Texas. When I got my first board, I remember looking at it and thinking “I wonder if I’ll ever figure out how to use this new toy”. That challenge became an obsession, making skating the focus of my energy until breaking my leg at sixteen years old. Since then my relationship with skating and my body has changed. Now, my actions are health oriented and skating is light-hearted. When I moved to San Diego two years ago, real estate investment was my “career path”. One day when I should have been working, I was putting my wake skate on skateboard trucks/wheels and cruising the boardwalk. That board was huge and drew attentions from everyone around. “How has nobody made ridiculously big skateboards?” I thought. Then my entrepreneurial journey began. Read more>>
My story started in 2012 at San Diego State University. I went straight to SDSU from high school as an engineer major but did not know what I wanted to do exactly. As I took my general courses, I realized that engineering was not going to be my future. I started to gravitate towards science and more specifically towards Kinesiology. After taking some courses in Kinesiology, I realized I was more interested in the “behind the scenes” aspect to physical activity, which pushed me towards nutrition. I started taking nutrition courses and started applying the science I was learning in myself, as I struggled with being very skinny and being very self-conscious about it. I started seeing my body change towards the direction I wanted it to, and I was hooked. It made such a big change in my life that I wanted to help others reach the same feeling of confidence and health with what you eat vs medicine. I started working at Scripps as a food server while I finished my school. Read more>>