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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.

Benita Perez

I remember loving photography when I was a little girl. I don’t know if many remember those disposable cameras that you could buy and had to get developed, well I would always take pictures of things that I found interesting. I would take pictures of like a vase of flowers from my mom’s garden, my dolls, pretty much anything. Read more>>

D. Will

I was born and raised in East, Austin, Tx. I grew up with an ear for music and sounds. My mother would play music almost all the time, especially when it was time to clean up. It was more of me listening to the melody or a beat to a song because I feel as if that is what catches people’s attention. Beats are the “attention grabbers.” The first song I remember making was in 2014. Read more>>

Michael Henry

As a world-renowned model, actor, and songwriter, I have always poured my energy into helping other’s dreams come true. I now get to share with the world a deep-rooted passion of mine through my own lenses. For as long as I can remember, music and fashion have been a part of my DNA. Growing up, getting “fresh” or “fly” was and still is a part of African American Culture. Read more>>

JaNette Alexander

I have been singing for as long as I can remember. In kindergarten, I fell in love with the song ‘My Girl’ by The Temptations and couldn’t stop singing it. From there I began singing in church choirs, for friends and family, coworkers and much more. My passion for music and singing has grown with me over the years. Read more>>

Daisah Riley

I’ve always been a people-person with a lot to say. Since college, I’ve explored this in several ways from having a blog to curating and hosting events. While I loved the experiences being a creative in this capacity has brought me, I felt like I was allowing my fears and perfectionism to put me in a box. I had so much more to say, and give, and create than I was doing in those roles. Read more>>

Dana Giles

I Want the Real started because there is a height of social media, yet I felt like everything was posed and inauthentic in a broader sense. I Want the Real was a blog I started out of my room at school where I interviewed students to hear different perspectives and stories. After releasing a couple stories and articles, it became pretty popular and from there grew. Read more>>

Wallace Holyfield

A former corporate America employee, Wallace Holyfield has a ton of relevant experience within the financial and marketing industry, as well as career in real estate investments. The opportunity of true entrepreneurship came about after being forced to leave corporate America on their terms positioned him to his true calling of helping others obtain financial freedom and teaching them the secrets of success. Read more>>


I’ve actually had a lot of influences in entertainment and multimedia since I was a kid. I was always around music as my family is full of singers, songwriters and talents. I got my engineering start at age 11, working FOH (Front of House) at church until I graduated high school. Throughout those years, with the guidance of my father and various mentors. Read more>>

Demetrius Brock

I got started in massage therapy back in 2003 when I finished massage school here in Dallas and got my state license. I was a bit of an unlikely candidate for this profession but a massage therapist friend of mine saw something in me, knew I was searching for something I wanted to stick with long-term and suggested that I give massage therapy a try. Read more>>

Bethany Peysen

I moved to the metroplex when I was 20 for better career opportunities where I started at John Peter Smith Hospital full time while I went to school online full time as well. While being my families backbone I decided it was time to take a step back and work on me and what I wanted for my career which led me to living in Denver for a year, where I completed my online Bachelor’s degree. Read more>>

Jacqueline Elizabeth

Ever since I was a little girl, Believing in My Dreams & Empowering others has been My Calling. I pinch myself every day…IN AWE! I GET to Remind Clients on a global platform of Who They Are & What They Want; Truly A Privilege For Me. Decades ago, I attended Tony Robbin’s Firewalk Event, I sat on front row and said, One day I will stand where he stand. Read more>>

Alexandra Goodman

I’m a graphic designer, but also an independent artist and owner of goodman designer. While I have always been into “arts and crafts,” I first began painting about a year ago – just as a hobby. After watching countless videos and finding inspiration from online artists, my interest advanced well beyond just acrylic paints. Read more>>

Edna Hernandez

My name is Edna and my Instagram name is Posh Barby. I’ve struggled with being overweight my entire life. Since I was a little girl, I remember always being the biggest girl in the room, and despite the circumstances, I learned to accept and love myself. However, there was a breaking point in my life when I decided that it was time to take action and make changes. Read more>>

Lyndon Winchester

Our Agency was introduced in 1997. Since our origination, we have set out to do one thing and that is to be a movement within the fashion community. We have made it a point to be different when it comes to the faces that we represent. When configuring our agencies strategy we selected key secondary markets along the way that helped us structure our agencies board of dynamic talent. Read more>>

Cedrick Granberry Sr.

I was stopped by Tyler Police Department being racially profiled in 1995 while leaving a local business a friend and I. We were picked out of crowd of 8-10 youths and detained for about 45 minutes, officers stated I fit the description for a suspect of a robbery that occurred across the street at another business The profile a black male wearing a white T-shirt. Read more>>

Matt Johnson

I was a young kid coming out of HighSchooL 08 still trying to find myself, I knew I loved to draw Art drawing & music 🎶 was always a big passion of mine,I found myself wondering maybe there’s art in photography, pictures always tell a story. One day I went to my uncle being a photographer & asked for advice should I get into photography. Read more>>

Antoinette Okere

I’d always been pretty plain. Nine years ago, I was going through a divorce. I was at a point where my confidence was almost non-existent and I desperately wanted to enhance my appearance. It just so happens that someone bought me one of those inexpensive makeup kits from Walmart one Christmas and I would play with it but never really knew what I was doing. Read more>>

Melissa Radke

The year I turned 41 my life changed forever, simply by blowing out the candles on my birthday cake. This is because instead of making a wish, I made a promise – to myself; I promised myself that for the next 12 months of my life I would live differently. I would live unhindered by my fears or my anxieties, I would do things that scared me, I would face things I had been afraid to face. Read more>>

Emanuel Jefferies Jr.

I started shooting photos back in 2017 as a hobby. One of my good friends by the name of Kayland Partee, owner of Partee Photography, gave me some insight on the business side of photography and told me to give it a shot. After that, I started taking on small opportunities such as graduation photos, couples, and small events. Basically any opportunity I get to shoot, I’m jumping on it. Read more>>

Shakera Pickett

As a child growing up, my dream was always to move to California and attend UCLA, my goal was to become a lawyer. I never imagined being in the Beauty Industry even though I’ve always had a passion for hair. I can remember being a little girl, waking up on Saturday mornings ready to go to the beauty shop. Even though it would sometimes take all day, I never complained because I always loved the outcome. I couldn’t wait to take pictures or go over my cousin’s house to show off. Read more>>

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