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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.

Stephanie Nelson

Over the following few years, I’ve visited a total of more than 30 countries staying in each one for 1-6+ months. Traveling deeper through each country, I can offer people more accurate recommendations to more unique, off-the-beaten-path destinations, plus give additional tips and insights to make their experience abroad easier, more efficient, and more enhanced. Read more>>

Wes Geer

I am a recording artist that after struggling to get a record deal, developed horrible alcohol and meth addiction. At that same time, a career a chased for a decade was doing better than ever- I got the record deal, my band Hed P.E., got a giant deal with Jive Records. Read more>>

Nick Boragi

When you believe in the vision and find people who share it with you, all of those issues become almost insignificant (I say almost because at the moment they seem earth-shattering). Once you realize that they won’t stop your momentum though, and you have the support system to get through any storm, you can take the setbacks in stride, regroup on the run, and continue forward. Read more>>

Eric Brown

We started a little over a month ago after the owner, Eric Brown Jr., couldn’t find an acceptable place to open a brick and mortar store for his vintage clothes. After striking out with landlords, he decided to go mobile and open a store on wheels. It was then when he found a 1994 Ford school bus and completely renovate the inside to create a shopping experience like no other in San Diego. Read more>>

Noel Barajas

Became the in-house producer and live DJ for Disciples of the Canyon. Here we are now, about to release more music this year. We already got some songs lined up and some in the works right now. We got some music videos about to be filmed very soon. It’s going to be a good year for us and everybody in the local scene! Read more>>

Jackie Batch

It was a natural path to create a business with my photography, and it made perfect sense to shoot beautiful events and celebrate happy people. As I’ve spent years shooting weddings + elopements, couples + families, portraits + products, I’ve come to understand the impact I hope to have through my work. Finding purpose in this artistic outlet + profession has been incredibly rewarding. Read more>>

Wes Horbatuck and Greg Orfe

Everything started for us about two years ago during an October surf session up at Beacons. The warm summer waters were fading as winter swells were filling in. It was basically that time of year where it was too cold for boardshorts, but too warm for a wetsuit. A lot of surfers know this feeling all too well. Read more>>

Lacey Mayer and Breanne Acio

After a couple of vans, we were getting a ton of requests asking us to build a van that the customer already owned because our style and price point couldn’t be found anywhere else. At the time, campervan conversions generally started at around $60k, not including the van, so it was very difficult for the average person to enter the market. Read more>>

Kaiser Cunningham

Ambitious creative born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming and now residing in San Diego, CA. I am a United States Marine by day and visual creator by night. Growing up, I’ve always been interested in shooting concerts, artists, and really anything I had the opportunity to. As a matter of fact, I think the first concert I ever shot was for Mac Miller at the University Of Wyoming. Read more>>

Charlene Sivertson

The interesting thing about Community Theater is the mix of people. Most have day jobs. Examples in our troupe include a biotech/pharma Project Manager with a Ph.D. in neuroscience; another Ph.D. candidate working in research biology; a veterinary technician, teachers, Uber/Lyft drivers, an Energy Kinesiologist, a Fitness Specialist/Holistic Health Practitioner, a paralegal, a Fund Manager at UC San Diego, and the list goes on. Read more>>


I’ve been developing myself as a character for years, since around 2012. During that time period, I have experienced a lot of growth and opportunity.Proficient in writing, I made the conclusion that it was time to take my personality and form a foundation that would allow me to exploit and address the commercial viability of my character. Read more>>

Sarah Vandekar

I started eating more and working out more and completely transformed myself from a skinny 100-pound girl to a 140-pound woman with muscles.I love my clients and will do whatever it takes to help them succeed in whatever goals they are working for. I always said that if I could make one person smile or help them find their confidence, that is a true success. Read more>>

Tiffany Adibi

My passion and drive kept me focused on my goals throughout it all. Last year, I opened a location for Glamour by Tiffany, and I can honestly say that every ounce of effort I put in leading up to that moment was worth it. They say, “If you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life.” Well, that’s exactly how I feel; I am truly living the dream. 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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