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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.

Caroline Kelley

Ever since I became a mom, I’ve shared with friends all of my great finds that make “mom life” easier, including fashion, shoes, and tips. I had entertained the idea of creating an Instagram account/blog that combined all of these ideas. Read more>>

Jacqueline Mains

I am a soon-to-be graduating senior studying animation at the Laguna College of Art and Design. My journey with art began when I was young and surrounded by new and developing games. Read more>>

Ariel Sides

Growing up, my family moved around a lot, so I’ve always had a flare for adventure. From a very young age, I developed a desire to see and do everything I could fit into this life. Read more>>

Michele Weiss

I think I’ve always had a thing for flowers. When I was a little girl, my dad would bring my mom a fresh bouquet of flowers every Sunday morning. Not because he was in the dog house, but because he loved and appreciated her. Read more>>

Michel Sisneros and Karla Rochin-Foust

The Badass Lady Gang Is A Free Fitness Movement Created To Connect, Support, And Help Women Get Active In Ways That Empower Them. The San Diego chapter is lead by Karla Rochin-Foust and Michel Sisneros. Read more>>

Victoria Gersh

I grew up with the idea that a big, modern house would mean I made it – I was successful. With that dream in mind, I went off to Villanova University with a practical mentality, pursuing a job-solidifying degree in Accounting. Read more>>

Angel Farrah Fannin

I started off with the clarinet in a music room before having a saxophone. An episode of the Simpson’s involving the character Bleeding Gums Murphy and Lisa Simpson inspired me to play the sax due to having black mentors and teachers throughout my life in music. Read more>>

Melanie Dunn

I started making lists of things I would most like to do if I weren’t teaching. Working with food and baking (especially French pastries) always popped up at the top of the list. Around the same time, a former student returned for a visit and shared her experiences training in Paris at Le Cordon Bleu. Read more>>

Benjamin Versher, Dominique Williams, Joshua Mckelphin and Emily Leavy

We met while going to school and hanging around the Tinley park. Dom, Josh, and I (Benjamin Versher) met at Governor’s State University in University Park. We all studied media production and Dom and I wanted to put a movie together. So we started getting people and places down for a film we were making called Stage Freight. Read more>>

Brooke Nevins

I graduated with an AA in Fashion Design in 2007 and soon after, launched Bcat Threads as an on-line women’s boutique, where I sold and showcased my designs, along with other local, independent fashion designers. I sold some of my designs in boutiques throughout San Diego and participated in many of the fashion events throughout the city. Read more>>

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