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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.

Darrah Gooden

I have been creating for as long as I can remember. As a little girl, I was fascinated with 1960’s children’s book illustrations. Books like Eric Carle’s, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, with it’s bold, graphic collage-style, and any books by Jolly Roger Bradfield were inspiration staples for me. Years later, I went to college and earned a BFA degree with an emphasis in painting. Read more>>

Yaasameen Garrett

When I was 16 years old, I decided that I was tired of asking for money. I wanted my own money on my own terms, but my parents informed me that we were leaving Florida and moving to Texas. I then thought well I don’t want to start a job then have to quit, so like any normal teenager I decided to start my own business. Read more>>

Contessa Akin

When I was 16 years old, I decided that I was tired of asking for money. I wanted my own money on my own terms, but my parents informed me that we were leaving Florida and moving to Texas. I then thought well I don’t want to start a job then have to quit, so like any normal teenager I decided to start my own business. Read more>>

Cameron Plunkett

I have always had a love of art and have been creating in one way or another for as long as I can remember. In 2002 I graduated from Texas A&M University-Commerce with a degree in art specializing in graphic design. I worked as a professional graphic designer for ten years but dreamed of striking out on my own as a full time artist and craftsman. Read more>>

Backwood Q

Rap was never in my plans growing up, but it was always in me naturally. I’ve always had fun freestyling in front of everyone on the school bus, before basketball games, and just to myself but it was never something that I have seen myself doing. It just happened from the way my life was going. When I was in school, I had a few friends that were into music and I would hang around and watch. Read more>>

Nicole Cain

Getting to where I am today is a mixture of a lot of stories. I’m a Youth Pastor and a Missionary, which are two things I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I grew up in church and going to Youth Group was my favorite place to be. I loved it more than in school and more than at home. Wednesday was the night I  spent all week looking forward to it. I can remember as far back as being 12 years old. Read more>>

Nico Murillo

Nico Murillo is a Certified Research and Development Chef and has worked in professional kitchens for two decades. Nico began her career after culinary school as a pastry chef for several years, worked as a private chef, and later spent nine years with PepsiCo Global Foods, as an R&D Chef. There she gained her CRC, Certified Research Chef, with the Research Chef’s Association. Read more>>

Jon Collins

I went to college to study music composition. I had been playing music since I was little and I couldn’t see myself doing anything else in life. My original intention was to be a film scorer. I idolized Danny Elfman and John Williams growing up and I wanted to do what they did… But probably not as good. In college. Read more>>

Shauna Archer

My story is a journey of ups and downs and twists and turns. I’ll try to be as brief as possible! In my formidable years, my mom launched a marketing agency that I wanted nothing to do with. With her advice, I pursued a career in corporate retail and spent my first ten years post-graduate in Fortune 500 corporate roles around Dallas/Ft. Worth. Read more>>

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