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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.

Liz Esguerra

I have so many different talents and work experience I have developed over time that I suppose needed to be separated with “Corporate” & “Entertainment/Hospitality” experience. I guess that shows I have a clear vision of how dynamic I am with my entire work experience. Read more>>

Angel Quintana

Having always been an entrepreneur at heart, it wasn’t until my mid-twenties when I embarked on my entrepreneurial journey to follow my dreams of being a fashion designer. Upon graduating with a degree in fashion design, I moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles with a business plan, a small collection of tops and dresses, and off I went to pursue my dreams. Read more>>

Eric Pierre

What I’m most proud of is that I can show people testimonial videos and written reviews on Google, Yelp, and YouTube of clients whose lives my firm has changed. This is an awesome thing for me because when I was in college and in college, I was taught that a great accountant is one that you haven’t heard of. Read more>>

Jamie Inn

I needed something constructive to focus on. MOSAIC yoga was offering teacher training that fall, and I don’t have a definitive reason why I signed up, as I didn’t go into training with a mission to become a teacher, but I was looking for change and a positive distraction, so I thought “why not?” Read more>>

Kim Lange

I love being a coach and I loved my first two careers, as well. I taught middle school for most of my teaching career and then switched to elementary school for the last couple of years. For me, the most rewarding part of teaching was making connections and forming relationships with the students. Read more>>

Anthony Velasco

For the past two years, I’ve been volunteering with Global Health Force, a nonprofit organization providing health care to medically underserved communities in many parts of the world. I have volunteered in other nonprofit organizations around the world. Read more>>

Dr. Katie Schlein

My path as a chiropractor started when I was a child with a deep passion for serving and supporting others while always having a desire to connect with people. My father, who I’m extremely close with, instilled in me a passion for basketball and coaching. Read more>>

Kailee Powers

I began my photography/entrepreneurship journey when I was fifteen years old in high school. My first official paid client was a high school senior when I was a sophomore! I started photography doing graduation portraits and families. I gained the confidence to do weddings when I was 18 and went full time at age 20! Read more>>

Reanne Acasio

Today, I am working with my team in Arts Engagement at The Old Globe to make theatre matter to more people. We work with students, incarcerated individuals, refugees, homeless populations, and so many other members of our community to positively impact their lives through theatre. Read more>>

Kevin Espiritu

I began gardening as a hobby with my brother one summer. We grew basil and cucumbers. The basil was extremely successful — the cucumbers… less so. But, the fire for gardening was lit within me. I started a blog around that time to share my gardening journey, and in the summer of 2016, I quit my job to work on Epic Gardening full-time. Read more>>

Angelina Rivas

I feel like my story begins where many others do too-with bullying. I know its’ cliche but its the truth. All throughout elementary school, I was made fun of for my skin tone and the unevenly colored patches on my skin. My two front teeth were always a highlight of the mockery as well. Read more>>


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