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Rising Stars of Balboa Park & Hillcrest

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 Balboa Park & Hillcrest below.

Mallory Kessel

My high school offered a photography introduction course for sophomores and older and that was the first class I signed up for as soon as I was able. The instructor began by teaching us the most basic functionality of a camera by having us construct a pinhole camera. Read more>>

Veronica Smith

I always knew I loved to cook from a very young age. I always loved anything that involved in being creative. Coming from a Mexican background, we were brought up to make our parents and families proud. By following what they wanted our career path to be. Read more>>

Kirlene Roberts

Aneka Hair Studio started two years ago after I was fired back to back from each Salon I tried to work at. I moved to San Diego in June 2017 after I got a divorce. I was recruited by a well-known salon out here straight out of Cosmetology school and I needed a change. Read more>>

Hallie Leitter

I started in the hospitality industry by accident. I was 14 years old and wanted a job so I could buy nice clothes I knew my single-parent mom couldn’t afford. I needed to “keep up with the cool kids” so I got to work. I heard rumors that there was a pizza joint that would pay you under the table (no paperwork, cash in hand every night). Read more>>

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