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Inspiring Stories from Central Dallas

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 the rising stars of Central Dallas below.

Lexi Dennis

I always knew that I wanted to be a Stylist- in high school I would put together outfits for friends! I helped everyone pick out their dresses and accessories for prom even though I wasn’t going. During college, I interned in the Costume Department of a film, and got the opportunity afterwards to work on 3 more films and television shows over the next few years with the same production company. Read more>>

Mac Fadra

MAXiM Hair Restoration was founded three years ago to meet the growing needs of men and women concerned about their hair loss. There was a niche or gap in the industry for a provider that was affordable and one that specialized in hair surgery. Read more>>

Lee Lormand

I grew up in Baton Rouge, and was the youngest in a family of artists and musicians, having lots of exposure to creative outlets from day 1. While attending LSU, I worked for several interior designers doing nearly every part of the design process at some point or another. Read more>>

Courtney Edwards

Since little girls, twin sisters Allison Edwards and Courtney Edwards never lost their love for fashion, accessorizing and dressing the part. With age, a love for travel, the arts and enjoying the city life led them to pursue their creative talents and provide a showcase of things cherishable to them. Read more>>

Cookie Abamu

I am a Postpartum Doula/Lactation Specialist I took lactation cookies to a Doula meeting, everyone loved them and said I should sell them. I did my research and there are a lot of people who are making lactation cookies and even though mine were tasty I decided that every mom should have a fresh cookie, so I created the cookie dough. Read more>>

Denise McGaha

I began my design firm 17 years ago not long after 9/11. I left a career with luxury retailer Neiman-Marcus and a short stint in telecom after that to begin my creative career. I worked for many years designing luxury new construction projects across the metroplex and began designing and decorating interiors as well in 2011. Read more>>

Monica Gonzalez

I moved from Monterrey, Mexico to the Austin, TX eight years ago. I attended West Lake High School for a couple of years and got awarded with a Dance Scholarship to attend Southern Methodist University. At SMU, I double majored in Dance Performance and Strategic Brand Management. Read more>>

Jacqueline Twillie

I learned about the gender wage gap through an organization called Levo League. As I learned more about the wage gap – it sparked a fire and I began to ferociously research the causes and impacts of the gender wage gap as well as solutions. Through coaching and speaking at conferences across the country I came to coach more and more women on how to recognize the value they add to work organizations thus engage in salary and performance review negotiations. Read more>>

Shannon Terrell

My photography business kicked off when I married my husband, Joe. He had already been DJing weddings for two years when I met him, so it made sense for us to photograph and DJ weddings together! At first, transitioning into portrait and wedding photography felt daunting, because you have to truly believe and have confidence in your art. Read more>>

Angela Mia De la Vega – Goga

I grew up in a small, college town in western Pennsylvania surrounded by thick forest. Right outside our home there was an enormous pine tree in which my mother cut out the lowest, inner branches, just above her head, which allowed the large branches above her to still touch the ground and form an evergreen curtain around us. Read more>>

Bryson Gamble

My name is Bryson Gamble and I am a 20 year old Photographer and Videographer! Back in my childhood days I was always inspired by nature and use to direct funny short film videos with my friends but, who know it would foreshadow into a career later in my life. Read more>>

Megan Stookey

My food education, as I like to call it, began when I was very young. The only entry my mother put into my baby book was “good eater, eats everything”. I used to run around stealing clams off the grill before I had teeth to chew them with. So you could say food and I have maintained a close relationship from day one. Read more>>

Bobby Abtahi

After law school I started out at a big firm and didn’t feel like I was making the most of my skills. I’ve always had a passion for helping solve problems and entrepreneurship so deciding to start my own law firm was a natural move. Read more>>

Ricky Hawkins-Armstrong

It all truly started when I was about 17 years old. I was born & raised in Salina, Kansas – small town in the middle of know where. Our family was pretty large, and incredibly close in the sense we celebrated every Holiday, Birthday, and after church lunch with the entire family just about every Sunday. Read more>>

Rachel Hayden

I graduated with a degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University in 1989 and worked for 10 years in the consulting engineering industry, designing public infrastructure projects (streets, highways, utilities, drainage). Read more>>

Christian Iles

Christian Iles was attending the University of Texas at Austin some thirty plus years ago and was given a call by his father that his mother had Stage 4 Cancer. Though it was the beginning of his Senior year; I moved home to be close to her. She said that she wanted me to be at home but she wanted me to continue my education. Read more>>

Khang Le

Khangle was launched in 2014 as a fashion brand by the former’s name: Khang Le (Tin Tin). The label embodies a wide range of luxury products inspired by Prêt-à-Porte, high fashion look also mixing with “Avant-garde” and unique styles. Not just that, Khangle also extended to many other fashion merchandises including shoes, purses, bags, and jewelry. Read more>>

Rosy Gaytan

I used to think I would be a painter of sorts maybe traveling the world having galleries on display. At least that’s what I dreamed of when I was in highschool. I loved to draw and paint and I always thought art would always be a part of what I would end up choosing as a career. Read more>>

Kelerick Dawn

I was born and grew up in the streets of South Dallas TX In the hood, 42ce to be exact. Growing up in the tough streets of Dallas wasn’t always easy but it taught me a lot . Faced with hardships from the beginning I was destined to entertain. Life’s struggles of growing up without a father and having to care for my ailing mom matured him a lot. Read more>>

Leigha Scoudan

My love for animals drew me towards a career that allowed me to spend time with them all day. After leaving the military as a cartographer, I explored a few different jobs and ended up, kind of accidentally, in a temporary position as a dog bather with Perky Poodle. With no formal experience in grooming or bathing, I came into the shop on the ground floor and was trained in-house as a groomer, learning hand scissoring from my mentors at the next grooming table. Read more>>

Marie Kelly

I’ve been a numbers girl since I was a child. I understand them. They make sense to me. Numbers tell a story, but not a story everyone understands. My passion in life has been explaining those stories to people through my work as a CPA. Read more>>

Jack Hooper

Take Command Health was born about the same time our founder Jack and his wife Brittany were surprised with a twin pregnancy–a huge blessing but an equally bigger surprise. Jack and Brittany had just quit their jobs and moved across country so Jack could start graduate school at the Wharton School of Business. Jack sought additional student loans to pay for the twins. Read more>>

Mayra Gaytan

One saturday morning at church service I was listening to the pastor say that they were going to have a fundraiser for the human trafficking business and whoever wanted to participate could do so. I started thinking I could help, “I make great food” I said, I wanted to make something that was unique, delicious and vegan because of course “vegans” were going to be my buyers. Read more>>

Jennifer Shultz

In 1984, a group of concerned neighbors and local businessmen became aware that the Turtle Creek corridor was not being properly cared for. The creek was littered, the greenbelts needed attention and the boulevard medians were an eyesore. Read more>>

Krista Reddy

For almost ten years I worked for various appraisal districts, moving my way up from residential appraiser, to commercial appraiser and ultimately deputy chief appraiser. During my time in upper management I became increasingly aware of the lack of quality property tax representation and education for the average home and business owner. Read more>>

Robert Collier

In 2015, I moved from Detroit back to Dallas where I was raised because of my dad’s double-lung transplant. I wanted to help out around the house and, because I was living in Detroit working at a software company away from my parents, I was stressed because I didn’t know what was truly happening with my dad and mom. Read more>>

Abi Ferrin

17 years ago while working on the Paramount Pictures lot in Hollywood, I dusted off my childhood sewing machine and began making my own clothes to wear to red carpet events. Celebrities began to inquire about the clothes I was wearing and I realized that my personal passion could become my career. Read more>>

Sienna Jade

I began modeling on the East Coast and shortly after, relocated to North Texas. It was kind of crazy how I began modeling in Dallas! I unintentionally happened to bump into a designer I knew from New York who had also relocated to Texas. Who knew we would be living in the same state let alone the standing in the same building after losing contact with each other. Read more>>

Danel Vicieux

I’ve always been attracted to fashion. Whether it was shopping, sifting through magazines, watching music videos (I was obsessed with the artistry of 90s and early 2000s videos). It instantaneously made me happy. Fashion in it’s purest form to me was a gift that I shared with my mother. It was a bond. Read more>>

Kim Salisbury

After going through a divorce and finding myself suddenly solely responsible for providing for my three children I found myself searching for purposeful passionate employment. I always knew that movement, health and staying fit was something that lit me up and made me feel amazing. Read more>>

Lee Cordon

Like many bloggers, I started DoSayGive as an outlet with the hopes of turning it into a business someday. I actually had the idea for DoSayGive in my head for a few years but was in the trenches of motherhood, including having a child with many medical issues. Read more>>

Demetrice Smith

From as early as third grade I felt an overwhelming feeling of constant sadness. Of course as a kid I had no idea what it was or how to explain how I was feeling. Later when in college, I did some research and discovered I was battling depression. I was later diagnosed with clinical depression and found out that my triggers were both biological, and hereditary. Read more>>

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