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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.

Jason Ott

I started printing t-shirts at a company called Salem Sportswear after high school and eventually worked my way into the art department. From there to a company in Gloucester, MA called CYRK where I became Art Dept. Supervisor and scheduling guy. Read more>>

Eric Lingenfelder

I started in the restaurant business with a job at Subway when I was 16 years old. Since then, I’ve moved from busboy to bar back, door guy to host, bartender to manager. This was a way for me to pay for college. I never thought it would end up as my career, but I’m very happy it did. Read more>>

Andrea Perez

I started my business in 2009, I was working in the banking industry at the time and I decided I wanted to pursue my goals and dreams and didn’t want to be part of the office corporate world. I spoke with a few close family and friends about my goals and thoughts and they thought my business ideas were wonderful. Read more>>

Erica Ryberg

With dreams and aspirations to be the next and best top fashion designer, I began college at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Needing to work through college, why not do something else you’re passionate about…..getting paid to talk to people and drink wine! Read more>>

Sula Vanderplank

I grew up in England, and moved to Mississippi in 2000 for a temporary job, with a single suitcase, just 21 years of age, having recently finished a Bachelor’s degree in Botany. I cried in fear almost the whole way on the plane, but my first gulp of thick hot summer air at the Memphis airport had me fascinated and I never looked back. Read more>>

Chanel Mizani

I’ve done quite a bit of living in my 32 years on this planet, so life experience is my most interesting quality I suppose. I grew up in DC and studied engineering in school, was a competitive Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter for ten years (which brought me to San Diego), a lifelong vegetarian and vegan for 12 years, I taught cosmetology school, spent time “home-free” as a nomad, and studied Buddhism with monks in temples. Read more>>

Austin Farmer

It was the week of my college finals when I received the news that I’d landed a job performing in a show at a theme park here in San Diego. As a junior living on campus at Cal State Fullerton studying Radio-TV-Film, things moved quickly–metaphorically and literally. Read more>>

Alexis Tia

I’ve always had a passion for creating music and visual media, especially photography and art. Some argue that I’m not as introverted as I claim to be, but I can attest to the countless hours I’ve spent by myself recording my guitar on cassette tapes and developing film at Thrifty’s. Read more>>

Eryn McCarty, Meryl Hamilton

About three years ago we were both lucky to start working for a local non profit art program in Ocean Beach teaching youth art classes, and fell in love with everything about it – the kids, the families, the experiences. When the owner came to everyone to let them know she’d be relocating back in March, we knew we couldn’t let it drift into the wind. Read more>>

Michelle Lillywhite

When I was in college in 2007, my dad let me borrow his camera one summer. I remember walking around town and falling in love with the way that I could capture the feel of San Luis Obispo. Eventually, people in my sorority started asking me to take photos for their graduation announcements and I fell in love with people photography. Read more>>


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