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Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach’s Rising Stars

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.

Megan Knight

I started volunteering with Second Chance Dog Rescue in 2010 as a regular volunteer. I stumbled upon the organization at a local PETCO store while shopping for turtle food. I had one dog at the time, but did not know much about rescue except for the option to adopt from local shelters. Read more>>

Caryn Blanton

I have worked in Community Development for about 15 years. I’ve always served marginalized populations – low income people, immigrant families, refugee youth and now people who are currently experiencing homelessness. When I moved to PB, I began to meet a lot of unhoused people and I would always ask them what it would take to move them off of life on the street. Read more>>

Duda Bueno

I started working out when i was 15 years old back in Brazil. I was a very skinny kid and was inspired to get bigger because loved watching Arnold Schwarzenegger movies. By the age of 19 I started working in 2 gyms as a gym instructor while going to school and taking physical education and some different fitness courses at the same time. Read more>>

Tony Johnson

I grew up as a morbidly obese child. My parent’s divorce and a fairly turbulent childhood fueled two decades of sedentary living, addiction to food and substances, and re-occurring mood swings. On December 31st, 2009, as a twenty-two-year-old, I made a commitment to losing one hundred pounds in the calendar year of 2010. Read more>>

Frenny and Andrew Palyniak

I was using hot yoga to cope with wedding planning stress in 2008, and I finally got Andrew to try it out with me. We were both hooked, the heat and the movement was calming and intense at the same time. Read more>>

Erica Orr

I have always had a passion for art – from the theatre (actor/prop master/scenic painter/set designer/costume designer/stage manager), drawing, painting, jewelry, recycling distressed fur jackets, head wear accessories, and creating anything else that strikes my interest. Read more>>

Freddie Harb

I started out as a nightclub DJ (DJ Fresh One) right out of high school. At 18 years old I was introduced to the Gaslamp District by a few promoters, and my friend Chris Cutz and I were then catapulted into the top of the nightlife industry. Read more>>

Monica Graves

In this all-too-short life, if we are one of the lucky ones, we come to know a moment that changes everything. A phrase, a conversation, a provocation. We aren’t expecting it and it lands like lightening. Read more>>

Nate Sinisgalli

Dropped out of college to pursue my advertising company. To streamline the process from video/ad creation I decided to do my own filming and editing. Read more>>

Mark Benjamin

I moved to California three years ago looking to redefine myself. I was teaching tennis and music in Chicago for 15 years. I needed to connect myself with nature and my creative vision. Read more>>


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