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Point Loma & Shelter Island’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 Point Loma & Shelter Island below.

Melanie Atesalp

I am a part indigenous former foster youth, with a wide array of experiences that contribute to the way I relate to art making and the world around me. Highly adaptable and versatile based on my surroundings, and a conversation with the environment, both physical and spiritual. My mediums range from dirt, tea-soaked papers, and earth, to large 250-foot murals, laden in metaphor, experience, travel, humor, fantasy and nature/ adventure themes. I describe the creative process as fluid, experiential, and malleable, sometimes inspiration is a trickle, and sometimes a waterfall, but always stays in motion. Art is a vehicle for connecting to the heart and spirit of our humanity”. I have the firm belief that we connect to our creator through the act of creating. My upbringing was heavy and tumultuous, often with feelings of alienation from other children due to the emotional pain of being regularly uprooted in my living situation, addicted to heavy drugs/pharmaceuticals, confusion about my identity, abused, tormented with anxiety about where I would sleep, and who I could go to for help. Read more>>

Amanda Weinberger

I lost my job during COVID so I decided to pursue other areas to try to make a living. I have always loved fitness so I felt that was the next thing for me. I had been doing CrossFit for about 7 years so I decided it was time to finally coach. I got my Level 1 training certification as soon as I could, and my life has been all about fitness and helping people ever since. Read more>>

Christin Martin-Gates

I am a San Diego native, and I’ve always had a passion for hair ever since I was a little girl. I didn’t go to a traditional cosmetology school; I got my license through the California Cosmetology Apprenticeship Program through the State of California. The apprenticeship program is a 2-year program which allowed me to work full time in a salon during the week and go to school for my theory 2 days out of the month. This was very beneficial for me because during that time I was able to build my clientele and learn my craft. I really took the time and educated myself on haircare and different techniques that I wanted to specialize in. After working in a salon for less than a year I decided to get my own salon studio. This was a big step for me because I was new to the industry and had never owned my own business. As it turns out this was the best decision I ever made. Read more>>

Berge Garcia

My background and schooling includes multiple arts and crafts, fashion and the beauty industry. I have always known I wanted to own my own business from a very young age. I have worked in boutiques as a manager and assistant buyer. After going to school for design and merchandising I realized I wanted to work more in the art field that I had a true passion for. I quickly realized I wanted to work in the beauty industry after being a client of Sailor Wright of Hey Saylor salon in Little Italy. I went to school for esthetics and worked as an esthetician for 3 years. I needed more creativity so I went to Paul Mitchell for cosmetology. Hair coloring is definitely where my passion lies. For me it’s the perfect combination of artistic creativity because I get to paint all day. After working as a hairstylist for 15 years at some of San Diego’s top Salons including Salon Tonic, Goldline and Maida Salon. I decided I needed to be closer to home and my two small kids so I opened Paloma Salon. It has really been a great success and has been great to get to know new clients in my own neighborhood. Read more>>

Myles Davis

I started as a college student taking classes in the morning and training clients through the day. I turned it into a career where I enjoyed spending my day helping people break the limits that they set for themselves, both physically and mentally. When the pandemic hit the corporate gym that I worked closed and I was left to figure it out. I then made my own training business “Get Fit with Myles” and began working with clients both 1:1 in-person & online. I was then offered the fortunate opportunity to partner with Inspire Fitness, an equipment and online video workout provider. For their app, I write and record intensive fitness programs for both their Live and OnDemand audience. I have four workout series currently for their application, “Cable Crushers”, “Guerro Gainz”, “DB Domination”, and “Beyond Measure”. With another coming soon working on my fifth yet to be titled project. Read more>>

Clarisse Jereza

For most of my life, I have struggled with energy and gut pain. Feeling lethargic, tired and exhausted despite getting plenty of sleep, having uncontrollable pain in my gut despite a generally healthy lifestyle (or so I thought). For years I was lacking purpose and vigor in life. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong, until I learned from a Holistic Functional doctor that I had candida and other gut issues. Then I discovered Functional Nutrition. Functional Nutrition is based on the tenants that all disease begins in the digestive tract. I started healing my gut with nutrient dense superfoods and seeing the power of food as medicine. By eating a healthy diet ideal for your body, you experience optimal health, balance and wellbeing. I wanted to be of service and share that with others and provide healthier, better-tasting alternatives to what was currently on the market, using the incredibly powerful superfoods that I healed myself . “High Vibe Granola was born. Read more>>

Lydia Kardos

I have been zigzagging through life creatively for quite some time. I was introduced to ceramics at Mass College of Art where I was part of a dual enrollment program while attending the Boston Arts Academy as a visual arts major in high school. I had the opportunity to explore many mediums including photography which I later majored in at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. There I earned my BFA and went on to work as an art manager and assistant to the art director for a furniture company in NYC. Working in photography was extremely rewarding. I enjoyed designing and styling the sets, selecting props, working behind the camera as well as in post-production to create some wonderful lifestyle and still shots. My position was one of wearing many hats, juggling and organizing many tasks to complete weekly photoshoots and managing an art department. In-studio I would listen to music, mostly in Spanish, which I would then translate. The beauty of the language lead me back to my passion for Latin American art & literature. Read more>>

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