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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.

Krystal Cunningham

I am originally from Kansas City but my freshman year of high school, my family moved to Louisiana and I completed my high school years there. After competing all four years on my high school track team, I received a track and field scholarship to Louisiana Tech University and graduated in 2002 with my Bachelor’s degree in Fitness & Wellness. I moved to Texas after accepting a job at a rehabilitation hospital in Arlington. After working there for approximately a year, I decided to return to school and pursue my goal of becoming a licensed & certified athletic trainer. I finished my Master’s degree in Kinesiology in 2004 and 2nd Bachelors degree in Athletic Training in 2005 both from Texas A&M University-Commerce and have been working in the profession every since! Read more>>

Nicole Foster-Beck

I began riding horses as a young child and started showing horses at the age of eleven. I knew that horses would play a major role in my life, however, I never dreamed I would own and manage a large training operation. My business started in the midst of a financial downward trend in 2006 just after my second son was born. I had only the desire to teach a few lessons; mainly to just keep busy! Within a few months, my program had grown from a single student into a robust lesson program, teaching about 60 lessons a week. By 2008, I realized I would need some help with the lessons and training and hired an assistant, Stephanie McKinsey. Read more>>

Antoaneta Hillman

I start painting when I was 18. Reading books about artists lives brought my interest in painting and was the trigger behind my attempt to paint. At this time, I was writing poetry and short stories and successfully publishing in the most prominent newspapers and magazines. For about ten years, my painting practice was on and off, but with inclusion in group shows in Bulgaria – my home country. Oil was the first medium that seems to be the right one for me. I never like drawing with a pencil and all my paintings were done without sketches. Read more>>

Eva Miles and Sam Allen

Eva Miles – I actually started my journey in 1989 when I first opened my dress shop doing fashion shows. Was created to help raise funds for Joyce Ann Brown who was in prison for a crime she did not commit and we were really good friends before she even went to prison. I have always had compassion for people and helping people, so I started working (1989 to Present) as Dallas, Texas Director for The Black United Fund of Texas. Read more>>

Savion Washington

July 30th, I started a business called SDUB Fitness. SDUB has two meanings the first meaning is my name… S is for Savion, the DUB is slang for W, because that’s what my last name starts with. I also turned it into an acronym.. (S)acrifice (D)esire (U)nstoppable (B)enefit… those four words saved my life, and I know they can help anybody! I travel from park to park in Garland and train people for a low fee, because I love Garland and I want the community to come together. SDUB Fitness is more than a workout, it’s more than fitness, it’s a get away from all the negatives you’re dealing with in life if you’re dealing with any. Read more>>

Ashanti Johnson

Writing this is a lot harder than I thought it would be, but I grew up in church. My grandmother was a Sunday school teacher, my mother was a choir director and she’s always been a worship leader. So, church wasn’t an option for me, lol. I loved everything about the church, to the point where I baptized myself by jumping in the baptism pool one Sunday after service. Let’s just say the rod wasn’t spared that day. Me and my brother would play church in my grandmother’s den and, of course, I always wanted to be the teacher. Read more>>

Janeé Hill

I got my first microphone at the age of five. I went around the neighborhood and interviewed my neighbors, writing their stories on notebook paper. I then took the notebook paper to my dad’s office and copied it. I gave it a title page and “sold” it to my neighbors as a neighborhood newspaper. Clearly, I was a media entrepreneur from an early age. But things weren’t all roses and ice cream. Also, at the age of five, I was sexually abused by a neighbor. This led to years of insecurity and self-destructive behaviors. Read more>>

Justin Trewitt

I began Dapper Woodworks last October as a way to provide some extra income for my family when we decided for my wife to be a stay at home mom with our son. I wanted to find a way to combine my passion for menswear and my woodworking hobby. I made an Etsy store and put up a wooden pocket square organizer that I made for myself and a few tie racks made from scrap wood in my shop. It took about 1 month before I got the first order, and then I started getting requests for custom sized tie racks and had ten orders throughout the holiday season. Going into 2018, I knew I needed to refine my designs, and develop specific sizes. Read more>>

Jente Carter

As a young girl at the age of 13, I had a passion for denim jeans, my mom would always try to get me to wear girly clothes and I just didn’t like it at all, lol. I was such a tomboy. Well, as the years went by, my passion for denim grew stronger, I found myself just buying jeans just to have them, in high school that’s all I had even if it was a skirt it had to be Denim as well, I had this one class in high school that really challenged my creativeness, we built balloon arches, made pillows and etc. So, in all honesty, I applied it to the fashion world, I begin cutting up jeans, but really not knowing what was really a trend back in the gap, lol. After I graduated from Lincoln High school in 2005. Read more>>

Nicole Cantu

As funny as it is, if you asked me five years ago if I’d ever owned a business, the answer would have probably been “Not likely, lol!” I always considered myself to be more of a corporate soldier than an entrepreneur. But boy, having a family & kids can sure change your outlook on life. Five years ago, I was a Human Resources professional who LOVED her job!! However, quickly after having my oldest daughter, I realized that as much as I loved my career, I was missing out on spending the time with her that she & I both needed. Read more>>

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