Even if you are from the same neighborhood as someone else, you might still be coming from different places.  Where you are from is a complicated question and it elicits complicated, but interesting and thought-provoking responses. We’ve shared some of those responses below.

Holly Ireland | Photographer

I am originally from Arizona, but moved to NYC when I was 18 to be in a Broadway show. I feel so fortunate that I was able to dance in 6 Broadway shows back to back for 15 years. I met my husband in 2007 and moved to San Diego..That is when I started my photography business to photograph dancers. I wanted. a second career to do while having kids. It was a perfect choice. I love that I can still schedule my shoots around my family life. Being a dancer first has helped me so much with the timing and posing of dancers for photos. It also really comes in handy when posing families and Bride and Grooms. If feel the dancer in me, knows the flattering ways to stand and where to put arms and hands to make every body type look their best. Read more>>

Kandace Crystal | Associate Artistic Director (Trinity Theatre Company), Artistic Director (American History Theater)

Kandace Crystal (she/her) is an Actor, Director, and Florida State University alum from Miami, FL. Kandace’s father was a Marine and her mother a bookkeeper. She lives for her 3 brothers, nieces and nephews, as well as her dogs. Kandace feels extremely lucky to have a family that supported her. Kandace feels strongly that “Family support is the main reason I am where I am today along with a few amazing mentors. If I did not have my family behind me at all costs, there is no way I would have any success.” Kandace currently works for two different theatre companies as the Associate Artistic Director of Trinity Theatre Company and the Artistic Director of American History Theater. You can find her around town performing, directing, or taking in a show. Read more>>

Jennifer Nelson | Sports Chiropractor

I am the eldest of three siblings, born and raised in San Diego. I left to go to grad school in the Bay Area and returned back to San Diego 7 years later. I was blessed growing up because I had both parents, and siblings that supported each others sporting events. We all played multiple sports and, when we weren’t playing, we were cheering each other on. With this on-the-go lifestyle, my parents demonstrated great organization and discipline. These disciplines were demonstrated by maintaining a detailed daily schedule, setting morning and evening routines, and being prepared. As I transitioned into adulthood I found it natural to utilize these disciplines to plan my day and my week, to prepare ahead of time, and to create morning and evening routines to bring about a ramp up and cool down for the day. Read more>>

Ashley Lowman-Hawney | Crafter & Mom

I was born in San Diego, but moved to Portland, Oregon when I was about 9 years old. I lived there for about 10 years before moving back here permanently. I’m from a family of engineers and artists, so I’m creative but also a total perfectionist. It’s a blessing and a curse, I guess. I have a very large and complicated family tree. I’m the oldest child – I have two sisters and a brother. My brother is 14, so I’m basically just an old lady now, but my sisters and I are very close. We have been going through some very dark times recently, so we have an incredibly close relationship. They are my champions. My upbringing was pretty wild, so I have major depression and anxiety. I have a pretty good handle on it, thankfully, but it’s what helped my creative side flourish. I use crafting as a way to escape, and I’d say it worked out pretty well for me! Read more>>

Alina Bobyr | Sculptor of Wicked Monster Workshop

I was born in Ukraine in 1995, when I was 19 I moved to United States, running away from terrifying political situation, hoping to find a better life, discover and realize my potential, finally get off my parents shoulders. Big move, I was excited. But even though I didn’t expect my path to be easy I wasn’t prepared to face all the difficulties that were about to happen to me. During the hardest, most depressing times, when I struggled with finding a job and adapting to US culture – I remembered something my parents used to tell me. When tough situations appears – zoom out, look at the bigger picture, keep doing what seems right and find something that comforts you. For them it was art – my both parents are architects and I remember how peaceful they were, drawing whatever was outside the window. Read more>>