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Garland’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 rising stars from Garland and surrounding areas below.

Trimone Washington

First Class VA Tax became a reality because my Husband Dedrick told me it was time to step out on faith. I come from a marketing and sales background and preparation has always been my passion.  Over the last five years, we have dedicated ourselves to our Mission.  We don’t only want to prepare taxes. We want to educate our clients on how to maximize their deductions and minimize their tax debt.  Also, I am a member of NATP and I pride myself on knowledge and learning to make sure my clients are getting the best!. Read more>>

Shardae Clayton

Small town country girl from “Sulphur Springs,Tx”! I moved to Dallas back in 2009 like in anybody I had BIG DREAMS coming to the BIG CITY lol but, known a lot of career changes coming along with those dreams but, of course I managed to find my passion in the medical field as Lead medical assistant as a served 10 years. Course lifestyle and work has changed because of Covid so, I decided to make another career change and becoming a beauty supply owner. I have a beautiful family of 6 and we currently live in Mesquite,Tx so, Yes I drive back and forth to operate my business from Mesquite to Sulphur Springs,Tx everyday. I just completed year one back in August and I have faced many challenges but, I’m extremely grateful and pleased with my decision. Read more>>

Cheryl Allen

I’ve always had a passion for beauty No matter what it was a person or thing. Being in the beauty industry for many years as a Hairstylist gave me lead way to evolve and transition into the world of interior design. I went back to school in 2005 and got my interior designer certification. I later went to work for JCPenny’s for several years. In the custom window and drapery department. Traveling to so many beautiful homes only made my desire to branch out on my on that much stronger. I said one job at a time and following my passion. And having a very supportive family. Helped me throughout this process and believing in a myself. And being blessed with the ability of Vision that’s far beyond something I could have ever dreamed of having.  Read more>>

Crystal Ortiz

I taught myself how to braid practicing on my little sister when I was around 14 or 15, during that time I would do friends hair from school and family friends’ hair but not really trying to run a hair business. I did it for about a year until most of my clients (which were male) started cutting their hair off so, I got into the workforce. Over ten years later, at 28 I was at a point in my life where I wanted to have my own schedule to be with my family more but, I had no idea what I was going to do! The only thing I had left was to trust in God. I said a prayer out loud asking God to lead me to what I was distant to do because I was ready! March of 2013 I was fired from my job that I had been at for almost 3 years. After that happened, I made the decision to stay home and be with my then one year old son. That July I went to get my hair done for my anniversary and the stylist I was going to had an assistant helping her braid down the foundation of a sew in for her next client, this was the first time I had ever seen it done and a light bulb went off in my head. Read more>>

Jenny Beal

My mother was a horseback riding instructor in Indiana so I was riding horses before I was born. I have been teaching professionally for 17 years but I did not anticipate starting my own business. I moved to Texas in 2012 after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from Purdue University in 2011. I jumped at the first opportunity I was given in Texas to teach lessons for a local barn. When that barn was sold to a new owner, I was very hopeful that it would be a long-term career for me and a long-term home for my newly purchased horse. However, the new owner had no intentions of running the business in a professional manner. After the new owner made his intentions clear to myself and another instructor by assaulting us, we immediately left with our horses and escaped the barn. He was arrested and charged after we made the decision to go to police to protect the other instructors and students still remaining at his barn. That barn has since been passed on to new owners and he has a lifetime registry warning others of his misdeeds.  Read more>>

Dr. Courtney Greer

Believe it or not, being a therapist was not the path that I initially set out on. I joined the Army as a young teenager and had the privilege of serving for a number of years as a parachute rigger on active duty. I will always say that the military was hands down one of the best jobs I’ve ever had, as that experience has greatly shaped the person and clinician that I am today. The army instilled wonderful things in me, to include work ethic, integrity, organization, and problem-solving skills. On the flip side of that, the military also introduced me to the “suck it up and drive on” mentality at a young age.  Like many, the idea of suppressing any issues, concerns, triggers, or struggles in an effort to simply keep pushing forward came second nature. Years later as I began the process of exiting the military, I started to become increasingly more self-aware of the easily avoided things such as emotions, triggers, and trauma. This awareness sparked an interest which turned to a passion as I observed my battle buddies silently walking with these internal struggles, perceiving strength with each step. The experiences and relationships fostered within my military service greatly influenced my desire to walk with others during their most difficult journeys. With that, a social worker turned therapist was born.  Read more>>

Dave Schaefer

Photography has been a hobby of mine since I was in elementary school. My earliest memory of taking pictures was going through roll after roll with my mom’s film camera on a 6th grade trip to Washington D.C. Some of my favorite shots to date are still from that trip, using a simple point-and-shoot camera. During high school and college, I fell out of photography due to my busy schedule, but the love and appreciation for the art always remained. In June of 2014, having graduated college the previous December, and with no summer plans, I finally decided to buy my first DSLR camera, a Nikon D7000. Since then, I have acquired more equipment, gotten into portrait photography, and even dusted off my dad’s old film SLR. I continue to learn as much as I can from the multitude of online resources, and I am always looking for that next level of improvement.  Read more>>

Jules Colon

My passion for health and nutrition started my sophomore year in High School. By that time, my mother was already dropping hints as to why I was eating certain foods and how they affected my health. As a normal “pre-teen”, these concepts bounced off of me until suddenly, they mattered. At 16, I started having some pretty serious stomach pains and issues, that forced me to try a variety of supplements to help mend matters. Even as a young age, I was starting to realize that food and the way I felt really mattered. By that time, I was reading all sorts of materials on nutrition. I would sit and read books on health at the book stores and starting building up a pretty robust personal collection of materials. Without a doubt, I knew that a career in Health was going to be my route.  After High School, I went off to Texas State University-San Marcos, to study Nutrition and Foods and dive even deeper into my passion. My Nutrition professors inspired me so much, especially one in particular who really knew how to take complex concepts and make them so easy to grasp. I literally loved studying the materials and breaking it down for people in a way that would help others understand. Read more>>

Matt Simpson

With photography, I can remember my mother (Teresa) telling me stories about my uncle (Andy) in Chicago being a photographer and teaching her how to take photos. I became very interested and asked her to teach me what he taught her and to buy me a camera. When she became able to buy me one, she bought me my 1st camera, it was a Kodak 110 slim camera. I loved that camera. I took pictures of everything. No matter if it was with the 110 or me buying a disposable camera as a teen, I would take pictures daily. Fast fwd to 2015 I wanted to shoot my artist videos so My Bro, Cousin, and Myself purchased a camera, and my love for shooting grew bigger. I would help my homegirl Danyelle with her events and she seen I already had an eye for photography so she convinced me to take on photography seriously and a photography business that was the start of Villan Visuals. She taught me how to edit then it started booming.  Read more>>

Ameya Chujor

I am a Christian, a father, a husband, a son, a brother, amongst many other things. Every facet of my life has contributed to where I am today and where I am going. As a child, I moved all over the city meeting different people and cultures. I eventually found a youth church in garland that kept me out of trouble until I graduated from Naaman Forrest HS in 2013. I really didn’t know what I wanted to do so I attended massage therapy school and gained many skills most importantly I got a taste for entrepreneurship. Shortly after I graduated, I struggled with losing some people close to me to suicide. At this point, I knew I wanted to create something that truly impact people in a way that brought a senses of purpose and awareness.  When I created Social Project, I had family and loved ones in mind. In 2017 I set out to create a platform that’s family-friendly and entertaining but at the same time empowering, resourceful, opportunistic, and informative. Social Project is an event company that helps people follow their passion. We are a brand that produces events such as contests, classes, and much more. Read more>>

Victoria Egbert

We moved to Fate, in 2017, after my husband retired from the Air Force and opened a home decor business working out of our home. We quickly started discussing the idea of opening a brick-and-mortar shop, but we wanted to add something special to the mix. Once we decided to add ice cream, we spent the next 2 years researching, drawing up plans, talking to the City of Fate, testing recipes, and preparing to open. During the course of the planning, we slowly realized that ice cream would be our sole focus. In all of our previous business ventures, providing a top-quality product has been our main goal. It was no different when learning about the ice cream business. We decided that we wanted to maintain full control of our product by making it ourselves using a high-quality dairy mix from Oak Farms Dairy in Dallas. We churn it to be a premium ice cream and use as few ingredients as possible to get our flavors. Read more>>

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