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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.

Madisynn Wilson

Simply Madisynn Designs started in 2020 when the pandemic really set in and Corona flipped our world around. I couldn’t get booked on my teaching site due to the influx of teachers, people weren’t hiring, and I was feeling lost. I was a stay-at-home mom to my little boy and wanted to be able to support myself and him by myself, so I launched my Graphic Tee business. I sat on the ideas for MONTHS and was too scared to launch, but with the motivation and support from family and friends, I was able to launch my small business on June 16, 2020. As the months went on, I was able to grow a strong customer base, make money for my son and I and overall, I was helping people feel good in the clothes they were wearing. It doesn’t seem like much, but it’s giving me my drive back and I’m forever grateful for it. We have officially expanded to tees, crewnecks, hoodies, and even offer sublimated tumblers too!. Read more>>

Jaclyn Torres

I have always had a passion for parties! Either throwing a good party myself or helping someone plan theirs. I grew up in a large Mexican family where there always seemed to be a Quincenera, Wedding, Birthday or misc. Celebration happening every weekend. I learned from my dad they actually would pool money as a family to be able to rent out venues to host their large family gatherings because they wanted to be able to host everyone and not have to worry about space. I think growing up in that environment where parties were always happening definitely had an influence in my love of them! I started my balloon business as a side hustle from my day job as a Patent Agent at a law firm based out of Austin. I started by doing balloons for family and friends for free and as I got more confident in my abilities, I started charging people. I never did a big advertising push, I just let word spread slowly and believed my work would speak for itself. I am slowly expanding into party rentals (backdrops, props, etc.) and starting a YouTube channel to teach others how to do what I do!. Read more>>

Devon Hillary

As I grew up, my grandma used to always ask me while it was just her and I alone, “what you thinking about,” and me, as a young kid, would always reply, saying nothing or just looking around. After that response, my grandma would ask me more questions until I actually told her what was on my mind. Once I was older, I realized she was trying to get me to express my thoughts and sometimes, after expressing myself, it made me feel like 1000 pounds was lifted from my shoulders. My grandma passed away in 2019, and I took her passing very hard and was honestly depressed. I entered my freshman year of college in the same year, so not only was I trying to adjust to a new environment, I was also trying to adjust to a world without one of the most important people in my life. I started to get into the Bible more and learn more about how to deal with the dark cloud that I felt followed me around everywhere and that is where I found Demetrius Harmon’s “You Matter” hoodies. Read more>>

Christie Milam

My story starts with a yearning desire of wanting to help people to become good financial stewards. I grew up, I guess you could say in a middle class home. My parents both worked and made “pretty good” money. I often wondered if they had things like savings accounts or college accounts for me and my sisters. They never said too much about either, and it turned out they didn’t have accounts for us. At some point, I found myself living with my Grandmother. She raised nine kids and even took very good care of her grandkids, all on one income, as a Public Health Investigator. I learned a lot from her. When she received her check, she would take me with her to the bank, cash her check, write out her tithe check and offering to her church, then pay her bills, and put money in her savings account. She never carried debt, other than one clothing store card. It remained at a zero balance. It seemed like she never ran out of money, despite one income, and taking care of people, including adult kids and grandkids. Read more>>

Alicia Wilson

I honestly never planned to be a professional photographer or business owner. My degree is in education, and I was an elementary school teacher for 11 years. When my daughter was born, I decided to stay at home with her, and like most moms, I really valued capturing moments because our babies grow up so fast. Both of my children were diagnosed with severe autism and communication disorders as toddlers. The bulk of my time was spent making sure that they were receiving the necessary therapies and medical assistance that they needed. Having two children with severe autism made family photo sessions an incredibly stressful event. I would literally be sick after each session because I was so worried about how my children would respond to the location and photographer. People with autism can have extreme difficulty with maintaining strict eye contact and holding the poses that more traditional photographers would require. Read more>>

Rocio Mendoza

The idea of creating a floral business started my last semester of college. One of my assignments was to create a business plan and having a floral business just made sense, it would allow me to really work with my creative side and also work with different people. At the time, the idea of having a flower business was not supposed to happen for another 3 to 5 years. After graduating, I was ready to go into the workforce and put my degree to work, then COVID-19 happened and it put a huge pause to all the plans I had. As the quarantine started, I developed a love for plants, started collecting them and started studying more about plants. At the same time, I was still applying for jobs but no luck. I am a very impatient person and having everything be put on pause was the worst. It was frustrating not knowing when the pandemic was going to end, so I did the best thing I could do at the time and just talked to God. I asked for signs, for a job, for the pandemic to end and out of the three, he only sent me the signs to start a business. Read more>>

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