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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.

Jacqueline Hill

Upon graduating from college, I was blessed with a job as a corporate event planner. Through this experience, I was able to craft unique attention to detail and timeline perfection. It was my desire to take these skills learned and apply them to all events – weddings, social parties, non-profits, and corporate functions. Jacqueline Events & Design was formed in 2010 with that in mind. Through hard work and with the focus on relationships, Jacqueline Events has grown leaps and bounds. We have developed a reputation focused on listening to the client and delivering a personalized experience. Read more>>

Cristina Birdsong

Let’s start with the usual run down about me. Born in Los Angeles City, Philippines, but West Texas raised. I have always considered myself to have an outgoing personality. I love being an entrepreneur and an actual business owner, like a real one. I love music, movies. I am an activist. I am me! I love to help and educate others every chance I get. I’m not famous but I am blessed to work with people that have big responsibilities of that nature. Usually, this interview would be done for a client of mine (lol), some being invited to do this interview was a complete shock! Read more>>

Jemyra Calais

I am a Family Nurse Practitioner born and raised in a small town called Breaux Bridge, LA. Growing up, I always wanted more for myself and I knew I couldn’t make it happen from where I’m from. If there was anything I learned from being from a small town, it was hard work and dedication. After receiving my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Dillard University in New Orleans, LA, I relocated to Houston, Texas to make it happen. My vision of Meraki Boutique actually came about while I was in nursing school. Nursing was always my first love but I always felt as though a piece of me was missing. I remember studying for exams but would always take breaks to work on my business plan for Meraki Boutique. Read more>>

Valley Thompson

I started rapping at 11. I was influenced by my pops and cousins. I worked on my craft and eventually got signed to BlackSonMediaGroup at the age of 19. Now 27, I’m independent and working on new projects and progress. Read more>>

Adriel Sims-Rhodes

Adriel aka CHEF A.D. “ALL DAY” that’s the nickname I earned early on for my intense passion for a challenge and my ability to go hard at any cost. Anything that allows me to use my hands and creative thinking will spark this queen’s interest! My life is a perfect recipe inspired by people who raised me. I’m about 1 cup of my Mom Dianne, an excellent cook, bold, that knows how to work any room. About 3/4 cups of Fred, my stepdad, a phenomenal cook, and the handiest man on earth. He could rebuild heaven and earth in seven days as long as he had a cold beer and a hammer, lol. A dash of Chris, my older brother. I say a dash but I totally wish I had more of his analytical & business smarts. There’s 1/2 cup of my grandpa George Parrish. He taught me the importance of consistency and having integrity. Read more>>

Jennifer Turner

After I graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a B.F.A. degree in Digital Media Technology, my first career position began as a 7th & 8th-grade Audio/Video Technology teacher in the CTE department at Lancaster ISD. Teaching was not what I had envisioned for my future. I was set to graduate college with a design degree and work in a big-time Ad Agency like The Richards Group. However, I discovered teaching as my purpose and passion. It was was where I was meant to be. Read more>>

Micaela Dartson

I started writing short articles and poems in 7th grade for a publication at St. Peter’s Academy titled “The Crusader.” I also had a love for science and attended the High School for Health Professions and then majored in Biology Pre-Medicine at the Xavier University of Louisiana. My love for writing never left me. I had planned to double major in English and Biology but the science labs were conflicting with the English courses I needed to double major. Read more>>

Brooklynd Turner

I graduated from Booker T. Washington in 2012, then moved to Minneapolis to earn a BFA in Illustration from Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2015. I juggled growing my client list, full-time classes, and teaching yoga to earn money. Drawing and Designing are meditative processes for me, so there was a natural synergy between the careers. I overcame my fear of public speaking in the process of teaching yoga and learned how to articulate my intentions as an Artist. Read more>>

Cameron Swann

So Dead Battery originally started off as a poem addressing my depression at 19 and how I would never allow anything or anybody to drain me out my energy. Then I was told from my Professor Teresa Dowell-Vest that I should make it a YouTube series. After that, I decided to spread more love about depression and mental health by making it a clothing line to address the issue. Dead Battery is all about keeping your energy high and charged up no matter what you are going through. Stay charged up! Read more>>

Catherine Golden

My journey started in 2018 when I opened a photography studio in the historic downtown Malakoff. I fell in love with the community and the people here. Fast forward to a year later, I purchased my building on the main street in Malakoff and opened my gallery. I have always loved the arts in all fashion and have wanted a gallery to support all of the known and undiscovered talent around Cedar Creek Lake. Read more>>

Karla Cruz and Millie Luster

My love for beauty started at the crisp young age of four when my mother would apply makeup on me for my dance recitals. Just remember the way my mother and I would scurry to the venue to be on time, and having to go backstage to put on my costume just right. Or even when my mother would have to make adjustments to my costume right before I went on stage added to the night of excitement. I just loved having lipstick on my lips and rouge on my cheeks, even if it was just for one night. It made me feel like a star. My love for makeup continued through my teen years when I would see music videos of Madonna, Janet Jackson, Paula Abdul and Boy George. Read more>>

Aquinnetta Mims

Running a small business can be both lonely and amazing experience. It’s lonely because your working day in and day out to perfect your craft and to build a brand by yourself, but it can also be amazing because, after all the hard work and patience, you will be thankful for those long lonely nights because you turned something small into something amazing. I’m a 26 year old graduate student with a full-time job working as a case management clerk for a Dallas law firm. I have always had dreams of starting my own business but, I never knew baking would lead me to make my dream a reality. Read more>>

Claire Cassidy

Many years ago, the students in Mrs. Meyer’s fifth-grade class voted me Most Artistic and Most Fashionable in the end-of-year superlatives. Before even knowing what “fashion” was as an industry or a career, I had already fallen in love with clothes, makeup, shoes, and much to my father’s dismay, handbags. Ask my mom and she’ll tell you that my favorite pastime was rummaging through her closet and styling my friends for photoshoots with disposable cameras. Even at that young age, my tendencies towards vintage fashion and creativity were already evident to my 5th-grade peers. Read more>>

Winnie Elizabeth

In 2012, Winnie Elizabeth explored how to use her voice through blogging. She never imagined that it would be the trajectory to bring long-lasting success in her life. Her blog, The Wire Hanger By Winnie, first explored fashion, then faith and finally entrepreneurship. When she first started blogging, she realized she didn’t want to be a fashion blogger. She wanted to dig deeper than what was seen on the surface. So she shifted her blog to become a faith-based platform for entrepreneurs. Read more>>

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