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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.

Carine Rice

I joined the theatre my freshman year of high school and was hooked. After falling deeply in love with the stage, I decided to major in theatre in college. Right out of high school, I went to the University of Texas at Austin. But in my very first semester, life happened. I got pregnant, got married, and moved across the country. My entire world was flipped upside down, and it was popular opinion that I had ruined everything. Read more>>

Johnnetta Huntsman

I was born on June 28, 1978 in Chicago, Il. My mom, while I was a baby, moved to Pontiac, Michigan, When I was 10 yrs old, she moved to Memphis, TN. My life growing up was nothing short of a lot of twists and turns. I was molested at the age of four by a family member, then again at age six by the next door neighbor at the time, then again at 8 or 9 by a woman, then at 12, I was raped. Read more>>

Davion Keys

I started getting into music from freestyle all the time when I was younger. In middle school, my friends and I use to make YouTube freestyles, and from there, it sparked my interest. To get where I am today, basically believing in myself, investing in my career, and sticking to my own style. Read more>>

Tim Nichols

“You only get paid for the risks you take.” Shhhhh. Delicately breathe these words with the quieted anxiety of a salted, sweat-soaked bomb technician navigating the detonation trigger on an explosive device that is so powerful that it could impact your children’s children. The mere murmurance of these eight words carries the world-change of a fault-line earthquake in the sound of a whisper. Read more>>

Crysta Barrera

I started haphazardly. When I was 16, my mother inherited a Pie Safe when my grandmother passed away. It had about 15 layers of paint on it, and there was no use for a Pie Safe in the 1980’s. I stripped the paint, stained the furniture, and turned it into a liquor cabinet. I did a few pieces for friends and family. When I was in the military and money was tight, I would redo furniture. It went from a hobby to a business. Read more>>

Candi Eduardo

My journey started when I was 17. I was introduced to a guy who was older than me but, at the time, I didn’t see in my eyes, it was a problem but, to my mom, it was a huge problem. At that age, I wasn’t trying to hear her at all. The more she tried to stop me from talking to him, the more I wanted to be with him. So, I left home to be with him. I was so young and thought I was ready for what was to come. Read more>>

JaCorey Shepherd

Born and raised in Texas, I graduated from Mesquite Horn High School. I went on to play football at the University of Kansas and graduated with a B.A. in Management and Leadership with a minor in Entrepreneurship. While at KU, I wasn’t just a student athlete but also expressed my passion for helping the youth by working closely with the Big Brother Big Sister program. Read more>>

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