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Rising Stars of Downtown & Little Italy

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 Downtown & Little Italy below.

Matthew Rogers

Our technology team has created an amazing new web platform, where businesses can make high-quality, beautiful websites, centered around engaging content and sharing our films. It’s been a large undertaking for everyone at Paradeigm, and I’m very excited to see where this project takes us next year. Read more>>

Tanzania Brown

I have always loved taking pictures but never thought about being a model professionally until this year. It was March, and I was looking to get an African dress made for my birthday shoot I was going to do in celebration of my 25th birthday. I meet a designer who, made my beautiful dress and then asked me to be a model for one of her upcoming runway shows. Read more>>

Edna Lugo

Lugo initially pursued a successful career as a hairdresser; after working behind the chair for over 9 years and educating for three, her career flourished after several creative lo-fi style collage series, where she captured beauty work mixed with cyber pop/punk. Based on that inspiration, CHLF was born, apparel shop that quickly began to receive recognition as an influential lifestyle brand. Read more>>

Joi Cole

Joi Cole Art is now official allies with HEAL San Diego (Homeless Empowerment Through Art & Leadership) were we volunteer instruct lessons on oil pastels, and help with HEAL’s mobile art studio. Joi Cole Art is also allied with Rising Art Leaders of San Diego. In addition, Joi Cole Art has a research partnership with SDSU, exploring how health effects homeless youth in San Diego after the 2017 Hepatitis A outbreak. Read more>>

Carly Topazio

Everyone knows the term “starving artists.” As ballerinas, we don’t make livable wages. It’s a harsh reality, but true. The bare minimum is what we’re used to. Unfortunate as it is, we pursue this art, not out of greed, or the thought of success, but for the passion. We love what we do. We cannot live without what we do. Read more>>

Olivia Perez-Molina

I felt a sense of relief like no other, and this is what I want for other women. We live in a society that makes us question every single thing about who we are, which is why I rebranded my business with three words as its foundation: Truth, Freedom, Love. To live your truth, for your soul to feel free, and most important to live and love the life you want! Read more>>

Rachelle Domingo-Rogers

I was 12 years old when I began working in my dad’s Civil Engineering firm and learned one of the first releases of AutoCAD. Inspired by my dad’s work ethic, I quickly acquired the technical skills needed in his field. He wanted me to take over his business one day; however, I wasn’t too enthralled by Engineering. I went to SDSU to major in fine arts and psychology, which eventually became the perfect segue into architecture. Read more>>

Anthony Tyson of Southern Renaissance

I was always interested in clothing as long as I can remember, I just never realized it was my calling until I was asked to be a partner of a clothing line back in 2015. I always wanted to stand out, and I could do that by wearing designer brands or thrift shopping. So when I was working the other clothing brand, I really wanted to create not only my own clothing brand but create a new way of life. Read more>>

Jordan Hill of Wonderspaces

I was the Programs and Marketing Coordinator while I was attending the University of Nevada. One of my primary responsibilities in this role was to create, organize, and manage events. These campus-wide events ranged from developing marketing campaigns for concerts to organizing career fairs for students to connect with potential employers. Read more>>

Katherine Tyler of Fit with Katherine

I was laid off about five years ago, after taking some time off I started taking Reformer Pilates classes. I really enjoyed it so much, I shortly decided I would get certified to teach. After obtaining my certification, I began instructing some small group classes in a small studio in the downtown San Diego area. I later met some women who were doing these Muscle Contest in the Bikini Division; I then decided to enter my first show as a Figure Competitor in June 2016. Read more>>


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