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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.

Sarah Perez

In January of 2019, I was living in the Central Valley with my family, working, and going to a community college. I knew I wanted to grow but I did not feel that I could in the small town I grew up in, where everyone knows everyone. So I decided I would move to San Diego. Read more>>

Sada Volkoff and Onya Volkov

We are two sisters who believe wholly in using eco-friendly, natural or organic products in the home and on the body. We have always shared the best we could find with each other and our friends and family would ask for recommendations. Read more>>

Lacie Ward and Hannah Elauria

Hannah and I met while working at a sushi restaurant in college and instantly clicked. We formed a very strong bond with a group of coworkers who are still our best friends to this day. While having a “Friendsgiving”, the group was discussing how we were enjoying all of our “big kid jobs”. Read more>>

Leah Schaperow

I started out working at multiple studios in the Washington DC and Maryland area to learn the different ways of creating work and running a studio. My first job in a ceramic studio was working as a ceramics technician for a community studio in a student union of the University of Maryland. Read more>>

Jonathan Ruley

I’ve always been entrepreneur minded, but never was sure which direction I wanted to go. I’ve always wanted more in life rather than living the 9-5 job until I retire. For example, in high school, I had a few invention ideas. I did my research, create a presentation and presented them to a company I thought could help. Read more>>

Janet Flores Pavlovich

It all started with my love for tacos! I wanted to create an alternative tortilla as a substitute for the authentic wheat flour tortilla from Sonora, Mexico with a clean label friendly for people with specific diets. Read more>>

Julia Shelley

I moved to California from France in 2006, first in San Francisco for ten years and now San Diego for almost four. I came to learn English for a few months and 13 years later I am still here! I fell totally in love with the city, the people, and the freedom to express yourself and what you are. Read more>>

Em Liatsis

I started modelling and styling when I was living in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. I started modelling in my bedroom and was able to meet and become friends with local photographers and models who shared interests in vintage fashion, past decades music specifically the 60’s 70’s and 80’s. Read more>>

Nimita Malhotra

From the early ages of my life, beauty has been a major part of my career. I started working as a flight attendant when I was 19 in New Delhi, India. And while there were other important aspects of the job, looking professional and presentable were one of the key aspects. Read more>>

Caitlin Courson

Growin up on a sailboat for the first nine years of my life meant relying on my imagination and creativity was never a weakness. Fast forward, in college I worked & interned at a tattoo parlor near campus. They hired me as their receptionist and in between calls & walk-in’s, I would draw their Flash Sheets (common tattoo designs or examples displayed in tattoo shops). I’ve always joked that if I could change my skin like I change my clothes I’d be covered in tattoos. Read more>>

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