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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.

Raun Allen

I’ve been a live sound engineer working events for over 20 years. When Covid hit live events were among the first to go. Myself and so many others were left without a career. Many of us spent many years building the careers we were in. As this began to happen, my wife Jordan and I started to discuss our options. We wanted to figure out what the next move should be. We dreamed about going into business for ourselves. We had multiple visions of this dream. Music rehearsal space, community garden, campground, food business, the list went on… Read more>>

Amanda Garcia

I am originally from Dallas, TX and after living in Los Angeles, CA for 7 years pursuing dance, I decided to move back to TX last Summer. Since living in Dallas again, I have been actively making my mark as a dancer and choreographer. I am so thankful to be back in Texas, and aim to add to the dance scene out here as much as possible! A dance career is definitely not the easiest career path. During covid there was practically no work for performers, so it was a struggle staying relevant in the dance world. Read more>>

Eduardo Garcia

Hi my name is Eduardo Garcia, owner of Social Dallas 360 LLC. My business started as a dream my wife and I had of creating a business that was fun and creative. We come from big families that enjoy getting together and where a lot of parties take place. After much debate we decided to purchase our first 360 video booth that was not only fun but innovative. We bring the traditional Photo Booth to the next level by allowing our customers to take a video which is ready to be uploaded to social media content! Read more>>

Danielle Georgiou

My journey with dance began when I was three years old and my parents put me in creative movement classes. I took my first ballet class when I was five, my first jazz class at seven, and then dance became my every day. When I got to high school, I took my first modern dance class and something clicked. It was the first time I was allowed to be creative and have my own voice; it was through modern dance that my confidence as a dancer and person grew. The instructors that I studied under focused on traditional modern techniques, from Graham to Cunningham to Limon to Horton. Read more>>

Stephen Boyd

It was a cold and stormy night…just kidding. name is Stephen Boyd, and I am a photographer located in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. I was a professional photographer in the early 1990’s, working in my father’s studio. My father was very successful, and he had a business model that was unheard of back in the day of film photography. Customers received their proofs the same day as their photo shoot and received their finished photographs within one day of placing their order. Most of our work came from photographing events (engagements, weddings, reunions, anniversaries, etc.), local sports, and portraits. Read more>>

Samantha Harper

Growing up I never had much family. I lost my dad at 1 and my mom grew as a since mom for the next 2 years. During this time my mom really saw how much I was dancing. It would be anywhere I went. My mom put me in ballet and tap for a few years in my hometown, until she realized I was better than the majority of the other girls. I switched my studio and I flourished. My mom ends up getting married, and all seemed well. Throughout the next few years of my life, I lost my brother and step sister during this time, all while going to school and being in extra curricular activities. Read more>>

Charles Crawford

I was born and raised in Macon, GA where I got my spark of creating content/capturing moments by working with the media team in church and by creating graphics for campaigns and events for in the city. I spent a lot of my free time learning any and everything I could about the Adobe creative suite and other design tools. I went to Georgia Southern University in pursuit of a civil engineering degree, and after the first semester I decided to tap into and cultivate my creative design passion.  Read more>>

Grant Braudrick

Born and raised in Dallas. Graduated from Plano west then went to college at Ft. Lewis in Durango, CO. After college I jumped into the corporate world selling insurance all the while playing music and gigging around town. In 2008 I was honored to perform a month long armed forces entertainment tour to Iraq/Kuwait for our US Troops. I made the decision to leave the corporate world in 2011 to pursue music full time. I did another Armed Forces tour performing for our US Troops this time to Kuwait, Japan, S Korea, Guam, Hawaii and Alaska in 2012. Read more>>

Whitley Bolton

I am a Dallas Native been here all my life. Ive always had a passion for fashion. As a young girl with only magazines to daydream looks on different celebrities. I would watch Americas Next Top Model waiting on the day I would become a supermodel. My favorite part of each season would be the makeovers. I would take all the notes I could on how hair should be to turn heads. Hair has always been apart if my family. My mother Angela, is a barber as a little girl she always tried new hair styles on me some were beyond my peers time. Ive never kept the same hairstyle longer than a month. Read more>>

Meet Alana Grace

I started writing when I was about five or six years old. I wrote a book titled, “Let’s Talk About Love”, and published it around that age. Couple years later I stopped because school took the fun out of it. Fast forward to my seventh grade year, my mother started homeschooling me and my siblings. I started writing more (thank you mum and dad) and later published “Can You Keep a Secret” and “Who Killed Mr. Lemarcus???”. Around the time when “WKML???”, my family and I started eating plantbased. I didn’t cook often when we were nonvegans, but I cooked some meals. Read more>>

Liz Gibson

So happy to be here! My brother, Mike, and I purchased 4802 Gaston Avenue as a private residence in 2017. Our realtor, Sharron Sadacca, lives next door to the home and shared her thoughts on the possibilities of this becoming a bed and breakfast in our East Dallas neighborhood – this completely inspired me. As a designer with a true passion for historic preservation, and my brother owning a roofing and remodeling business, it seemed like the perfect combination to transform this 1912 historic home into a modern-day bed and breakfast. Read more>>

Marylin Nava

My name is Marylin Nava and I am the founder of Mirakle Balloons. We have been in business since the beginning of 2020 and I am so thrilled to have made it this far in this crazy journey. I am not going to sit here and tell you this idea began since I was a little girl or that I have always dreamt of owning a business because the honest truth is, it’s not. In college I joined an organization which taught me time management and kept me busy, I was on the go 24/7, and I loved the rush of doing something all the time. One thing about me is that I have always loved planning. Whether it was as simple as planning my schedule for the week, small trips and vacations, or planning a family holiday party. Read more>>

Ke’auna Walton

I began dancing when I was in middle school. It started as just an elective and once I realized how much I enjoyed it and how good I was at it I decided to try out for the high school drill team. I auditioned there and I applied at Booker T. When I found out I didn’t make Booker T I honestly was a little bit discouraged but things happen for a reason. I did make my high school’s drill team though! I learned so much from being on the team. During the summers, we took camps so we trained in many different styles of dance so I was able to grow even more. I developed confidence, leadership, and a deeper passion for dancing during my time on the team. Today I still have that same passion for dancing and I’m able to share it with other people when I host my heels classes. Read more>>

Jose Garcia

I started making beats when I was 17 years old. I was making beats to rap to at first and eventually stopped rapping at age 21 to make beats because I enjoyed doing it so much. I eventually got into making beats for a couple local rappers and mixing, mastering, and producing songs for local artists. I’m still actively working with artists in Dallas and playing all the shows I can. Read more>>

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