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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.

Jaime Herwehe

I always had a passion for Makeup, specifically special effects! I went to school to become an Esthetician to better understand skincare to get the best foundation of makeup application. I fell in love with everything skin and found myself actually enjoying school for once in my life! I immediately got a job at B Medical Spa as soon as I got my license and seeing clients come to me with such low self-esteem and leaving their apt with a boost of confidence after a facial or a fresh set of eyelash extensions warms my heart! I believe everyone should be confident in their own skin and I love helping my clients reach their skin and lash goals! Read more>>

Nicole & Pall

“Surround yourself by only the things you love” Soet owners, Nicole & Pall offer their spirit to you. The little shop is an invitation to discover treasures for one’s home, lifestyle, and music that will fill the mind, body, and soul. With love behind the way one selects items, Soet brings products that are chosen well and less often. To choose items for one’s home and lifestyle, it is more than an affinity. Does it invoke connection to your life? Does it share a part of you? We ultimately want our lives stress-free. By having pieces, you love in your home and lifestyle can help keep it this way. Read more>>

Jewel Barnwell

I started at UCSD in 2014, with dreams of one day working in a lab, pursuing a degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. During my second quarter, a violent experience completely imposed on the trajectory of life as I knew it. I found refuge in my room, as I sought rest from revolution. My voice quaked, yet I stood. And fell many times. I decided to withdraw to take a healing year off from classes and campus. I worked at a tea shop and nursed myself in love. I reapplied and returned as a student of Chemistry. The first class I registered for being a Beginning Contemporary class. I remember sitting in class on the first day and holding back years, knowing that I had found my place. I needed to Dance. We began most classes laying on the floor with our eyes closed embodying self and then whirling through the space on impulse and in exploration. I loved it here. I began to dance with and for friends and colleagues on and off campus. Read more>>

Juliana Gaona Villamizar

I am Juliana Gaona Villamizar, I was born in Bogotá, Colombia. At an early age, I started studying music at a local conservatory in Bogotá, where I took ear training, choir, and music theory classes until the moment came to choose an instrument- because that is the fun part! I was attending an orchestra rehearsal with mom, and suddenly I heard a piercing and unique sound coming from the back of the orchestra. I told my mom – that one! I want to play that instrument while I was pointing somewhere far. It turned out that particular sound was an oboe, and that is how I became an oboist. I started taking lessons and practicing, and soon enough, I was playing in local orchestras in Bogotá. The energy and commitment to the music sixty musicians have when they combine their musicianship to mold a cohesive result, made me love the orchestra practice for a while. Read more>>

Laura Zablit

Today, I’m a community arts organizer, journalist, and interactive performer. Theatre is like my annoying roommate for life. I keep deciding I’m going to move out, burn the bridge, and strike out in a totally different direction. But this roommate just won’t leave my side! Or maybe I keep coming back. Or maybe all the world’s a stage. I grew up loving theatre as a space where the best kind of vulnerability is rewarded instead of punished. The kind of vulnerability that involves loosening the death grip on one’s own self-image, in order to truly connect with another human. Then I earned a BFA in drama, and though I loved the classroom, I didn’t see that kind of vulnerability playing out in a lot of professional theatre settings. Read more>>

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