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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.

Dr. Alise Cortez

My story began to unfold when at age 33 I experienced what I’d call today an “early onset mid life crisis,” otherwise known in logotherapeutic terms as the existential vacuum – a nice life but devoid of meaning. I had a good sales job, had purchased two homes, had a decent car. Read more>>

Caroline Eaves

I have always loved taking pictures. Anytime there was a chance to document my family, I would grab my camera and start snapping. Photographs are so special to me- they freeze precious memories in time. When you look at a picture, it can take you right back to where you were and what you were experiencing. Read more>>

Serkan Zanagar

I was 12 years old when I first held my dad’s manual camera. I grew up in Istanbul, Turkey and mostly took pictures of family and places we visited. I was amazed with the process of the film and figuring out how to use light. In 2011, I discovered the DSLR camera and became hooked. Read more>>


I come from a family of musically inclined people. My uncle Snap had been rapping and singing way before I was born. My uncle Danka is a singer and very talented artist, he can draw anything. My little brother Jordan23hree started rapping around 7 or 8. He’s the one that got me into rapping. I always wrote poems but never rhymed to a beat. Read more>>

Arlene Stein

I started my career in the field of deaf education. I quickly learned that deaf students, on the average, read at a lower reading level than their hearing peers. When I became an administrator in my field, I successfully wrote grants to the State for nine years to produce high interest. Read more>>

Kellie Waddell

I fell in love with filmmaking and photography really on accident. My intentions in the very beginning didn’t reach farther than wanting to have pretty home videos, and then I pulled off a doc-style project where I interviewed my grandparents on their 50th wedding anniversary. Read more>>

Juliua Williams

The Progressive Learning Center is a center developed to create a learning environment for adults attempting to make a fresh start or develop new skills. The center was started in the home of the founder, located in a rural community. The learning center is approved and regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission. Read more>>

Alka RBN

I’m from Flint, Michigan 810 to exact. I really always use to freestyle back in middle school and high school with friends. But started taking music more serious after my uncle Eddie passed away. He also had a talent for music and I remember him always telling me keep going never stop. Read more>>

Jordan Palmer

I am a former military brat, Dentonite and graduate of TWU. I have been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for seven years and have worked in the community setting, hospital and everything were in-between. I serve on the Governing Board for the Dallas Dietetic Alliance and love being in the nutrition field. Read more>>

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