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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.

Kellie Livingstone

I suppose my story begins in a Bikram yoga class about 15 years ago. My dad brought me along with him as a way to bond and have something to do together, little did he know that taking me to my first yoga class would literally change the entire trajectory of my life. I had been a dancer, an athlete, a dedicated student, always in my body and brain, and when I took that first class at 12 years old, everything really changed from there. Read more>>

Austin John

I started photography a few years ago after my first (failed) year of college at NAU. With no direction and a passion in arts, I decided to pick up a camera. I photographed people and places for the next two years traveling wherever I could. This passion eventually led me to San Diego, where I truly began to find my love for photographing in and around the ocean. Read more>>

Kelly Hoffman

I’ve always had a love for fashion and jewelry growing up but never knew exactly how to incorporate that into a career path. I was late to the game in figuring out what I wanted to do after college and ended up working an 8-5 job in public relations in the corporate world. After a little over a year, I was unexpectedly laid off. This was bittersweet for me because I knew that the world was not for me, yet I wasn’t sure what my next step was. Read more>>

Hannah McDermott

The journey has been a wild one, and I’ve learned a lot about myself, our planet, and the fashion industry along the way. Growing up by the beach, I was raised with a love for the ocean and respect for our coastlines. We would always try to leave the beach a little cleaner than we found it, but I had no idea how immensely trash was truly affecting our environment. Read more>>

Elizabeth Knoll

After working for years in a typical big box gym, I grew tired of providing what looked and felt more like a sales experience to my clients rather than a real fitness plan. My boyfriend (also a personal trainer) and I left our home state of Michigan and moved across the country to California. Being in a warmer climate and in a part of the US that has a greater value on health and fitness was appealing to us, not to mention all the sun. Read more>>

Jami Feldman

My passion for photography started at age 11 in a black and white darkroom class. That passion inevitably evolved into underwater photography after I got scuba certified in 2008 and became obsessed with being underwater. I was diving as much as I could and NEVER without a camera. Then one day I jokingly commented on a dive meetup with friends, “The underwater paparazzi will be there. Read more>>

Dana Sockolov

I’ve had the mind of an addict for as long as I can remember. Although I was a good student and captain of my sports teams growing up, I did anything I could to escape reality. I struggled with drug and alcohol addiction and bulimia. After graduating college at Cal Poly, I fell even deeper into my addiction and eventually found myself living back at my parent’s home in Northern California. Read more>>

1 Comment

  1. Ramona

    January 23, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Thank you so much for including me and The Hair Cooperative with this amazing group of people! Very cool! 💗

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