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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.

Teal Grenney

I took my first yoga class in Ocean beach San Diego. I remember walking into the studio it smelled like palo santo and sage. The environment felt healing and somewhat sacred. I borrowed a yoga mat from the instructor and laid out on my mat. As the teacher began to play music sound waves filled the space. She guided us through a series of breathing techniques and gave us permission to let go and be open to the gifts breathing in fresh oxygen. Read more>>

Sita Rose

Through this experience, I was introduced to Kirtan, a traditional chanting practice. I felt at home using my voice to express and process deep emotions. Throughout music school, I had often felt like an outsider. My voice didn’t quite fit into a ‘box,’ and I experienced external critique and internal judgment. I felt disconnected, and chanting gave me the space to explore my own creative expression. Read more>>

Veronica Murphy and Walter Ritter

Write Out Loud founders, Walter Ritter and Veronica Murphy have a passion for reading and for literature. We spent years reading aloud to each other. In 2005, after learning about “Stories on Stage” in Denver, CO, we decided to start Write Out Loud in order to be able to share with the community the joy of being read to aloud. After much planning and preparation, the first Story Concert was presented in June of 2007. Read more>>

Jessica John (Gercke)

Backyard Renaissance was founded in 2015 by husband and wife duo Francis Gercke, who serves as artistic director, and Jessica John (Gercke), who serves as executive director. The company sprang out of the couples’ long-time love affair with theatre and the desire to produce works that connect “at the gut level” with local audiences. With an early plan of creating exciting. Read more>>

Blanca Lucia Bergman

Art Unites began as a one-time event titled “Art Unites.” My event goals were to promote a message of “respect for all” given the hostile social climate following the 2016 United States presidential election and donate proceeds to a local music program for children. Art Unites rapidly developed into a dynamic resource for San Diego artists and art supporters. Read more>>

Stacy Nyikos

My road to becoming an author is pretty curvy, with a lot of other roads first being taken before arriving at this profession. I spent the early part of my career completing a Ph.D. in political science. I taught on the European Union, Constitutional Law, and Statistics while completing my Ph.D., as well as ran the Statistics Lab for the University of Oklahoma. It was during that time that I first began to write for children. Read more>>

Lauren Robinson

It all started the moment my hand started shaking, as I went to take yet another antibiotic, to cure my dis-ease that was created by antibiotics. CIPRO specifically. I absolutely had no idea at that moment, the moment where I chose to put the pill down, is the moment that would radically shift my life forever. An inner-knowing, coupled with the desperate desire for another pathway for healing. Read more>>

Mike Rollerson

I’ve always wanted to push myself further though. As a photographer, it’s very easy to stick to your safe-zone of what you knew. Branching out from Cosplay photography to horror, live event and studio work helped me get some variety and see what I liked to do. I never wanted photography to be a “job” where I would take on anything – if you’re shooting something that inspires you. Read more>>

Shayne Armbrister

While searching for more ways to improve my health, I discovered that a majority of the foods we eat have inflammatory proprieties. Which means that even though I’ve established a vegan diet, there are foods that I still consume that may be making my Lupus worse. Consequently, I thought, what if I just eliminate the foods in my diet that is causing this inflammation. Thus, I created this platform as a place for me to document my transition from a vegan to an anti-inflammatory diet. Read more>>

Brandon Stapper

For the first five years, I was working from dawn until dusk. My days would go from 5a-7p during the time we were expanding the business. In 2012, we were growing enough to the point I could hire managers and sales reps, and finally shift some of the responsibility off my shoulders. At that point, I worked on aggressively growing the business, including purchasing Las Vegas Printing in 2012 and Nonstop Signs in 2014. That really was a big turning point for me. Read more>>


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