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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.

Kirsha Campbell

I can always remember having a fervour to help others and to find solutions to problems as well as pay attention to details. I have always enjoyed planning and finding effective solutions, as well as creating strategies. I can remember growing up, I was an avid volunteer with children’s programs and planning other types of events for adults. I was also the only girl and many summers I was in charge of running the finances or operations of our home growing up!! My passion for accounting numbers and strategy started as soon as I was introduced to the subject in high school. I was also constantly in leadership roles growing up, which challenged me to be effective and also pay attention to details. I was always committed to finding solutions for problems and committed to training and teaching those around me in areas they fell short. Read more>>

Cassie Ademola

WOW, it’s been a real journey for sure! I remember the first time I witnessed the job of an HR Professional in action at Lowe’s Home Improvement. Then, I was working as a Cashier while in college. I was so inspired and attracted to the role because this professional seemed like the mother goose of the entire company. Every employee, from the top leaders to the hourly associates, depended on her personally and professionally. Her leadership skills seemed unmatched and the staff always left her office either well informed or filled with encouragement that would be beneficial to their growth! I wanted to do that too! I wanted to help others and make them feel valued in the workplace while strategically aligning business goals and objectives. I became obsessed with the idea of becoming literally the helpful resource for humanity on the job. Read more>>

Darius Yancy

Right after high school, in 2009, I went straight into training to be a Pro MMA Fighter. Coming from a wrestling background, it made so much sense for that to be the next step. So I spent the next couple of years competing as an Amateur & Pro Fighter till 2014. By that time, I was in Texas to visit my Dad before going to Canada to better myself as a fighter with UFC vet Jeff Joslin. But I grew to love Dallas and ended up getting the opportunity to train others, which started at Crowbar Cardio with Molly Setnick teaching spin, circuits and other channels of group training while still training myself. Never before had I loved anything as much as training myself till I got the opportunity to help someone feel better. Read more>>

Rose Scoggins

I would like to start my story off at a small beauty supply store called Beauty Land Beauty Supplies, located in Killeen, TX. The store was small, had high shelves full of makeup, hair products, and skincare lines. It also housed six huge glass showcases that stored a variety of merchandise that drew customers in to not only look through but to TOUCH. My very first job was in 5th grade, cleaning all the showcases every hour until the closing time after school every day. My boss was strict and I guess she had to be because she was my MOM. I worked hard for everything I owned. If I wanted new clothes, school supplies, or even tickets to the movies, I had to clock in and work for it. At the time, I didn’t understand the work ethic my mom was trying to engrain in me but I use everything I’ve learned from her to this day for my own business. Read more>>

Dominique Lasha’e Jones

I started my entrepreneurial journey over 20 years ago with a marketing and event planning business, The Q Network. We provided marketing services for small businesses and national brands. Throwing parties was one of the biggest parts of the business, from album release parties for artist such as Ledisi & Alicia Keys to birthday celebrations for Shaquille O’Neal & Tony Dorsett to fashion shows, comedy shows and more! I got into the fitness business after purchasing a Groupon to take Zumba classes with my bestie and from there, the studio owner pushed me into becoming an instructor. Read more>>

Corey Spann

I’ve been tattooing for 15 years. And I felt that it was time for a tattoo school to cause my struggle with trying to find an apprenticeship 15-17 years ago, so I want to make it easier and make the community safer from diseases that come with unhealthy tattoo practices. Read more>>

Jules

As I write my story, I’m amazed. Every turn and life event has led me to the opportunity of helping hundreds of people into healthier living and healthier lifestyles. I believe we all walk a path that leads us to a purpose. I believe my purpose is to help others. No matter what circumstances, my constant in life has been training, lifting and gym life. This lifestyle means discipline, self-care, healthy eating, and healthy habits. I obtained a degree at Sam Houston State University to be an educator. However, I was always a part-time personal trainer. Read more>>

Sarah Ray

I grew up with love for photography and you could often find me exploring my backyard with an old point and shoot camera. It was my film photography class in high school that accelerated my passion and solidified my desire to pursue wedding photography as a career! I enrolled in photography school with The University of the Nations in Kona, HI and the rest was history! After completing the program nearly a decade ago, I photographed my first wedding and haven’t stopped since. I’m passionate about creating light-filled and emotional images that tell a story and showcase the beauty of both the people in the photos and the world around them. Being invited to one of the most joyful days in a couple’s life is truly an honor! Read more>>

Andrew and Sara Barnes

(Sara) We officially formed three years ago. We both have been living and working in Dallas for about ten years. We thought maybe someday we might have a firm of our own, but it really happened earlier than we anticipated! It feels like entrepreneurship sort of chose us more than we chose it. (Andrew) We came to Dallas in 2010/2011, when jobs were scarce in the Architecture world. We were lucky to find positions in the architecture field. Sara worked mainly on commercial interiors while I did retail/mixed-use as well as high end residential and some cultural work. In May of 2017, I left my job to launch Agent Architecture. Read more>>

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