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Inspiring Stories from Far North

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 from Far North below.

Chinem McCollum

My story is a simple one, I began shooting when I was about 25, my mother retired from her job after 26 years after falling and required regular care due to disability. So during this time I decided to pick up a hobby. Not knowing how passionate I was about I developed a deep love and noticed I had an eye for it. Read more>>

Maria Romo

My career in the cosmetic industry began in the year 2000. I worked behind the counter for brands like Lancome, Clinique, Too Faced & in 2010 I became the Education Manager for Anastasia Beverly Hills and that’s where my passion for brows began. I serviced Nordstrom & other retails stores in multiple states & trained the aestheticians on how to perform the brow service. Read more>>

Samantha Beatty

During my last year of grad school, I was starting to expand my Applied Anthropology major into Visual Anthropology. I first picked up a camera when I began shooting on a field trip in Mexico. I honestly thought I was going to pursue something more akin to photo journalism or applied anthropology when I met Jennifer Dunn, agency director at Sisterbrother Mgmt. Read more>>

Tanner Agar

When I was little my mom would cook for me all the time. Once my brother and sister were born she still cooked, but things were not quite on my timetable and I started to cook for myself. The more I cooked the more curious I got about new flavors and combinations and the more experiments I tried. Read more>>

Madelyn Sneed-Grays

My mother was actually one of the first people that found out I had a talent in art. She encouraged me at a young age to keep exercising my gift. During my middle school and high school years I wasn’t only exercising my talent in art, but also in music as well. I eventually made the decision to pursue art and began being exposed to different mediums (painting, drawing, printmaking, etc.) by multiple art instructors that consistently challenged me. Read more>>

LoDeana Jones

Approximately 9 years ago I working at a job just for the paycheck and was miserable. I decided to quit the job without a plan for the future. I literally stepped out on faith that something else was out there for me. For 3 years I was unemployed without any future career choices that moved me. Read more>>

Emily Williams

I’ve known since I was in elementary school that I wanted to bake for a living. My path started by helping my mom and grandmother bake. I kept baking on my own and had a little side business selling cake balls in high school (also called The Messy Chef). Originally I wanted to attend the Culinary Institute of America in NY because that was the only major culinary school I knew of. Read more>>

Rahul Saini

When I was eight years old, my father’s friend who worked at the local regional airport gave me a tour of the facility and I saw an aircraft up close and personal for the first time. Read more>>

Toni Howard Lowe

My career in Human Resources began more than a decade ago and since that time, I’ve made it my mission to advocate for women and minorities in the workplace; to challenge Fortune 100, 200, and 500 organizations to eradicate pay disparity for women and bridge the career gap for underrepresented minority professionals entering the workforce. Read more>>

Carmen Fisher

It is hard to pinpoint exactly how I got started with my love for crafting and design, but it did begin as I was growing up in El Salvador and I was surrounded by the thriving culture and art. Read more>>

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