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Arlington’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyageDallas 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 Dallas-Fort Worth area’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 Arlington’s rising stars below.

Anise Johnson

I always wanted to get into modeling, but was always shy and felt like there was a low chance of being successful within the upcoming modeling industry. As I saw friends around me pursuing their dreams, I did not feel happy not pushing myself to do what I desired doing. On social media, I saw a friend promoting his pictures and fashion shows, I decided to reach out to him and ask him how he got started. Read more>>

April Rew

I have always had a strong desire to pursue photography, but the realization of the possibility wasn’t until I was 26 years old. I’m a full time Physical Therapist, which is a career I love, but my heart was craving a creative outlet and a way to express some form of individuality. My then fiance (now husband) and parents pitched in to purchase my very first DSLR camera kit in March of 2017, and I was immediately hooked. I spent countless hours taking online classes and perusing youtube videos for shooting and editing techniques, followed hundreds of amazing photographers on instagram, and begged friends and family members to model for me until I finally found my soul style. Read more>>

Jaleesa Burroughs

I never planned on being a photographer. I’ve loved pictures since elementary. I would jump right in front of camera, ready to pose but, my favorite part was to be the one to capture the picture. I just love seeing people smile and capturing that moment of happiness. I’ll take selfies all day or I’ll make my family get together for a group picture. While I was in school I always had my camera and if I didn’t, I would take pictures on my phone. I would always say, “we can’t forget this moment! Hold on, let me take a picture!”. Being a photographer NEVER crossed my mind. Read more>>

Jamie Lyn Wallnau

I took for years of art in high school when I was accidentally placed in Art 1 my freshman year and tried to get out of the class… they couldn’t because nothing else was available and it was the greatest accident, ever. I went on to college and my mother really encouraged me to do art, but I argued and said “you can’t do anything with art full time”. So, I graduated from undergrad and graduate school with my Master’s degree in Communication. Throughout graduate school I was painting for fun and doing paintings of friends for friends, etc. Read more>>

Secily Johnson

Hi, I’m Secily Johnson. At 23 years old, I am the proud owner of three businesses The Lilly Rose Boutique, Nanny Essey + Co, and B and S Networking which I Co own with Brittny Lewis. I reside in Grand Prairie with the love of my life, Robert. We have two children… Fur babies that is! Lilly and Rosie are rescue animals that have surely imprinted on My heart! I was born to a single mother in Kingsland, Arkansas, I am very family oriented. I thank my mother for her many sacrifices as I began to grow! Read more>>

Cathy Taylor

My son, Corey Taylor (27 yrs. old) was shot by a convicted felon and died July 19th, 2013. During my journey of grief, I noticed how often our children were being lost to gun violence. Just a few months after my son was murdered I started reaching out to other mothers and found myself in the midst of advocating against gun violence and starting a support system. I believe that the compassion of mothers & families that have lost loved ones to violence will begin to make a difference in our communities if we speak loud enough and together. Read more>>

Alyson Rae Lawson

My end goal was always franchising because my father franchised three McDonald’s in the Oak Cliff area when I was younger. I never knew that it would begin at the age of 30. Read more>>


I got my start in photojournalism back in high school and college, writing and taking photos for yearbook and my college paper. For years, it more or less remained a hobby but I always had the desire to try my hand at blogging. Read more>>

Gentry Sutherland

Starting college is rough for most, and this tattoo was a daily expression of the fact that I was going to be okay and that the Lord had a plan for me through any circumstances that may come. Little did I know that years later this symbol of strength would inspire me to start a movement to break the stigma of mental health and to share the stories of the warriors who fight it. Read more>>

Beth Bowland

I’d always wanted to write a book, but kept putting it off. Finally, one day while my daughter was home on one of her college breaks, she convinced me to just sit down and write and that’s what I did. Read more>>

Justice Thomas

While being at home one day, I was watching one of my favorite cartoons, “The boondocks,” and I decided that I was gone draw one of my favorite characters off the show because I was bored and said why not. Read more>>

Ashlee Bell-Williams

While in college, I planned my mother a birthday party. I paid over $200 for a cake that was perfect. When I was given the cake, it was very small and we later came to find out that it tasted horrible. At that moment I decided to never buy another custom cake but began to bake them instead. Read more>>

Sunshine Love

I got started a year and a half ago at a fashion show. I was told by a former co-worker of mine that he liked the way I dressed and walked. He then asked me if I wouldn’t mind auditioning for his upcoming fashion show. I had only been in one fashion show my whole life and it was over ten years ago, so I was honored that he had even asked. Read more>>

Horacio Casillas

When I started college at Angelo State University, I didn’t exactly know what I wanted to do (which isn’t as uncommon as I thought) but art classes were always a constant. After a couple of years of not having a declared major, I chose art. I chose ceramics as my concentration because of its versatility; clay was the one material that allowed me to work with my hands in a way that no other material allows. Read more>>

Dorian Janelle

I’ve been doing nails for 3 years now, I started out after being let go from my job in technical support. I then realized that I should be doing something that I am passionate about. I immediately applied for cosmetology school and picked up one of my old hobbies, doing nails. I’ve always practiced doing hair, nails, and makeup. Read more>>

DJ Nell

Music has been an important part of my life. My mother use to play the cello up until college, when I was younger she use to take me to her piano lessons, and she also sings. My father grew up in the 1980’s so he played a lot of that music around me, from Ice Cube to Zapp & Roger and everything in between. I became interested in music at an early age. Read more>>

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