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Inspiring Stories from East 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 East Dallas below.

Carterica Wonzer

Beauty has always been a part of my life. I grew up with aunts and cousins that did hair and nails so the trade just grew on me. When I was 14 or 15, I started doing my sister’s, nieces’, and other relatives’ hair. My mom — being the proud mom she was would bring her friends to get theirs done. Read more>>

Cale Pruit

I love being a part of a community I have known all my life. After graduating from the University of Colorado, I taught history and coached middle school. Because of my passion for baking, I switched careers and graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Baking and Pastry. I also had the opportunity to work at Village Baking Company and loved every bit of it. Read more>>

Beth Naeyaert

Like most creatives, I’ve been “making stuff” since I was very young. I was excruciatingly shy (i.e. shy, with crippling social anxiety), so I spent a great deal of time alone in my room just drawing stories that were in my head (usually involving foxes and bunnies). I blew through entire reams of paper within days to the point where I remember my dad strongly suggested I draw on both sides of the paper because he just couldn’t keep up with the demand. Read more>>

Lauren Coats

I noticed that I was getting lots of new couples seeking counseling primarily for conflict resolution or to work through infidelity in their relationship. The feedback I received was so encouraging! Married couples felt that I had heard each of their individual perspectives without bias or judgment and had given them practical tools to help heal their wounds in their relationship. Read more>>

Stevie McCartney and Lauren Wallace

Kids are constantly presented with limitations and boundaries, and we wanted to give them a space where they could come up with their own rules and make whatever they want. Creating these boxes for our kids has been so rewarding, and we wanted to share our ideas with other families. Read more>>

Charlie Gasmire

I have worked in various mergers and acquisitions roles in the healthcare space but my love for entrepreneurship and the pursuit of helping start and grow companies has remained constant. As I have reflected back on my childhood pursuit of entrepreneurship, I have realized that there was a glaring lack of guidance or tools available to educate me on starting and growing a business. Read more>>

Laura Ostteen

After receiving my masters in history, it would be a source of great pride to know that I helped inspire future researchers and students, to do the very same. I had always felt a sense of apathy towards my hometown growing up- I thought Dallas was boring. I started really studying local history, and it was like my soul was on fire trying to imagine my modern city 150 years ago in the past. Read more>>

Brandon Shiflett

My brother Jarrod and I started sculpting comic book, fantasy, and science fiction characters in the early 90s at the ages of 22 and 18. We had no formal training whatsoever and essentially just wanted to translate the two-dimensional work of our comic book artist and fantasy painter heroes of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s into three dimensions. Read more>>

Emily Stoker

I was a freelancer for almost ten years before transitioning full time as Creative Director for a large retail company about three years ago. I still shoot on the side and recently finished a project called FIVE MILE RADIUS. I grew up in Fort Worth but soon moved to California to get my bachelors in photography at Brooks Institute of Photography. Read more>>

Rachel Harvey

I got where I am simply by always being myself and sticking to my ideals, no matter who may be watching. It’s motivating seeing other black women show up to my shows and tell me I made a safe space for them. That means more to me than I can ever say and I’m so proud I’m able to do that. Read more>>

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