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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.

Kelly Sims

After graduating from Columbia College Chicago with a bachelors in Creative Writing, I moved back to Texas and launched into an unpaid internship at a local magazine. I quickly discovered that even though interning was enjoyable, it wouldn’t get me out from above my parent’s garage any time soon. Read more>>

Donn Chii

I was born in Detroit, MI and moved to Dallas, TX when I was 7 years old after my father passed away. I feel like I always had trouble fitting in whenever I went, moving to a new state and school and spending my summers back home in Michigan with my family. Read more>>

Aubrey Butcher

I graduated from the Art Institute of Dallas in 2006 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. Having always been inspired by the hospitality experience, it was fitting that my design career began at a local, but globally recognized firm, Leo A Daly. I worked on everything from hotels to coffee shops and even some multi-family spaces. Read more>>

Bonnie Achariyakosol

I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Interior Design from Texas Tech University in 2006. After graduation I started work at an award winning hospitality design firm in Dallas and was fortunate to cut my teeth on multi million square foot casino projects in Macao, China. It was incredible! Read more>>

Kimberly Williams

I came from a working class family in Dallas. I graduated from Skyline High School and then went on to graduate from the University of North Texas with a degree in English as my original goal was to teach High School English. My dad worked for a Program Director local nonprofit for many years before transitioning to life as a senior pastor of a local church. Read more>>

M. Clint James

My journey in photography is a relatively new one. I’ve only been shooting for about 22 months, which coincides perfectly with the birth of my daughter. Like any new parent, I couldn’t stop taking pictures of her with my iPhone. I took hundreds. I just wasn’t satisfied with them & decided if I was going to do this beautiful girl any justice I needed a real camera. Read more>>

Mark Moore

My wife Renee and I started White Rock Granola in the fall of 2011. We had met in Austin nine years earlier when I stayed at her B&B, the Lazy Oak Inn. I was astounded by the ‘Breakfast’ aspect of the experience, where among the peppered bacon and fabulous pastries was the best granola I had ever tasted. Read more>>

Nathan Scott

I started as a professional Ballet and modern dancer working here in the Dallas area. I started to study body lines and shapes and how angles could then be morphed into new shapes. Read more>>

JD Waldron

I got started taking pictures when I was 11 years old. My parents gave two of my siblings and me a disposable camera on a family road trip. two hours in a shot filled up my disposable as well as my siblings’. Read more>>

Lametria Sewell

I was born in Monroe Louisiana. I was raised in church and that followed me when we moved to Garland Texas. It was there where I joined the choir at Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church. Read more>>

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