We asked rising stars from the community to open up to us about their end goal. We asked them where they want to be, professionally, by the end of their careers and have shared some of those responses below.

Brian Wildman | Custom Woodworker

My end goal is similar to my starting goal. I want to be creating custom items and continue perfecting my carpentry skills. I would love to get to a place where I can have a shop outside of my home where I can be working on multiple projects at the same time without worrying about space. I would love to have a showroom where I can display custom pieces that clients can come look at to get inspiration or even buy my custom designs. I would love to be able to apprentice someone and help them learn the trade, similar to how I was able to learn from my own woodshop teacher in high school and from the carpenters from my first job at a custom cabinet shop. There are many steps in between now and where I want to be, but for now I am just enjoying creating custom pieces that my clients love. Read more>>

Dakota Ringer | Singer, Musician, Actor and Songwriter.

My end goal has changed a lot throughout the years. When I was in High School and even into my college years, my goals were very bold. Most young artists get caught up in the thought of being a professional musician or actor and what that HAS to mean. Of course to me, it meant world-wide tours and long film shoots on location in Thailand for the next summer blockbuster. But nowadays, I have grown to realize what most people sacrifice in order to become an actor or musician of that caliber. I’m in love with San Diego, the balance i’ve found and the relationships I have and the community of people I’ve found in this city would be hard to maintain if I were touring 8 months out of the year like most bands I know at that level, or leaving for months at a time to film a movie or act in a touring stage production. I’m not saying I would reject the opportunity if something arised, but my “goals” have changed so that they arent so lofty, and my idea of being a professional has changed with it. Read more>>

Janelle Manzano | San Diego Unified Farm to School Program Specialist

This is almost the perfect question as I prepare to graduate with my Master’s in Public Health from UCSD this spring and step into the journey of shaping my career… The two realms I want my future career path to take me are at the intersection between child nutrition and sustainable food systems. For the past 3 years, I have been working with San Diego Unified as the Farm to School Program Specialist. And in this role I have had the opportunity to see how different stakeholders play a role in child nutrition services. The Farm to School movement creates an additional layer that incorporates the support of local farmers, growth of school gardens, enhanced nutrition education, and finally – fresher, healthier, tastier meals for students. Farm to School has inspired me in so many ways in how I want to shape my career. I hope my career will alleviate the stress our current food system model has on the environment while shaping a more sustainable one – one that provides good food to all while giving back to the Earth and farmers that grew it for us. This may be through continued work in Farm to School, youth advocacy, research, community engagement, or more. To close off. Read more>>