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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.

Breeanna Banks

Growing up in Texarkana, TX, I never dreamed I could be the person I am today or own a business. I struggled with insecurities that stagnated my life. We grew up in public housing, and I never graduated from high school. According to the statistics, I was never supposed to make it out. I went on to obtain my GED and Associates degree. In 2017, while seeking God for wisdom in my personal life and business. I realized that God had a plan and a purpose for my life. My purpose is to build God’s Kingdom with my gift of service. God put it in my heart to start the Kingdom Society Apparel brand, where we endeavor to be a community and a marketplace for the Kingdom. Read more>>

Brittney Adams

As a long time wearer of both prescriptive and non-prescriptive eyewear, I would have never thought I would start an eyewear company. You may ask, “well… why did you decide to start an eyewear company?” As much as I would like to take the credit for it, I cannot. I can truly say God planted this seed in me literally out of nowhere. He made this dream a goal in a way that was undeniable. I had no choice but to water the seed and watch all the amazing things flourish. Read more>>

Osei OVid

Since January 9, 2016, I have been on a reinvention/healing journey that has allowed me to become a creator and maker that reflects a positive life. I introduce my story and artworks to everyone in the world who likes the underdog that wins. Although formally trained as a commercial photographer and 3D computer animator, I currently take time to explore acrylic painting, music engineering, video production, 3D character renders, writing, and virtual reality as some of my most fun passions. Read more>>

Jrashaad “SUGg” Henderson

My name is Jrashaad (Dra-Sh-Od) Henderson. I go by Jay or SUGg, depending on the time and date. That could determine which you get. I was born in Wichita, Kansas and have been in the DFW since 07’. I am the owner of All-Inclusive By Jay Henderson located in Plano, TX, as well as Roguish Music based out of North Dallas. For the last five-plus years, I have fully committed to not only my barbershop but my record label as well. When I’m not working at the shop, I’m writing music or in the studio. These days, sleep has been minimal. Read more>>

Tiffany Williams Evans

Communicating through the written word has always helped me connect with myself and with others. Through writing, I could make sense of my world and my ideas, but I could also help others share their lives and stories. Funny, though I never thought of myself as a writer; it was simply something I enjoyed. It took a few college experiences to start me down that path – one of which included having a geology professor who, after reading a lab report, suggested I change my major from business to English. I did just that, and after overhearing other college professors complain about writing deficiencies among their incoming freshman, I knew where I would focus my attention. Read more>>

Rodrick Thomas

I was born in Oklahoma City and formed on the Eastside of Oklahoma City. I checked off every stereotypical black male box possible. I was surrounded by drugs, violence, and a sense of desperation to escape that situation one way or another. My mother was very diligent regarding me receiving an education comparable to those who lived in suburban areas, so she drove me out of district to a better school in hopes that I would excel academically. I did well for a while but could not help but notice that I was different than my classmates. I was not able to understand or navigate that awareness until much later, but as a child, it almost grew a sense of rebellion inside of me. Read more>>

Matt Anzak

I was born in Brownsville, Texas, but my mother and I moved to Irving when I was very young after my father had passed away. Growing up, I was greatly influenced by my grandparents, who stressed creativity through music and art; and for much of my younger years, I assumed creative expression was a normal part of life. Of course, growing up in Texas in the 80’s, it became obvious that not everyone saw the arts from that perspective. Thankfully, Texas has come a long way since then; and I have been proud to be a part of the blossoming North Texas art scene for more than 20 years. Read more>>

Justin Dickinson

My photography journey began when I was 18 years old. I had just finished up my second semester in college when the phone rang. My sister Heather told me that she would get me a job. I didn’t hesitate; I was off to Maryland. My sister, a celebrity photographer, made me her “rodie” and assistant. I assisted her for a while on the rooftops of New York City, but never once picked up a camera. It wasn’t until I was discharged from the Air Force that I decided to buy my first DSLR. I found that photography was very calming. I began to photograph models and learn my camera. Read more>>

Ellesse

Like so many other musicians, music was in my family. My father was raised in a Baptist church, sang in the choir and had a passion for music. My parents introduced my brother and me to smooth jazz, funk and soul at a very young age. Long road trips listening to War, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind and Fire, John Legend, Alicia Keys was exposed us to real, feel-good music and inspired me so much to the point of wanting to create my own. I was in a band from 6th grade to senior year of high school, and that provided some of the best memories, friendships and experiences of my life. I played the oboe during the concert season and the vibraphone during the marching season. Read more>>

Latisha Brown

I was influenced by my Caribbean parents at a young age to rely on nature to heal. Our family would use herbs, fruit peels and a lot of recipes passed down to stay healthy and fight sickness growing up. I used that knowledge from my parents to experiment on myself and my friends from my teens well into my adult years. Even mixing concoctions from my roommates in college and sharing my knowledge on natural remedies. Read more>>

Melissa and Shane Isaacks

First and foremost, my husband and I are collectors. We love antiques. We love vintage collectibles. Basically, we love old junk. The development of TX Art and Salvage was never an actual plan. It was just the natural progression of things. I literally want to save every vintage item I come across, regardless of the condition it is in. My husband has a background in fine art and works for a civil engineering firm. You put the two of us together and TX Art and Salvage was bound to happen. Our goal became pretty clear, save as many vintage items from landfills as we possibly can. Reclaim – Repurpose – Recycle. Read more>>

Xxavier Carter

In 2008 I began studying art at Stanford University after changing majors from Political Science. I concentrated on Printmaking before converting to new media towards the end of my time. My first professional experience was in South Korea following the artists’ Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries. From there, I worked as a production designer and art director for an experimental movement band. I began interning at the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco as an archivist when I began to start making performance art as a supplement to my practice. Read more>>

Jordyn Davis

I am Jordyn Davis, 23 years old and born in Los Angeles, CA. I’m second to the oldest of two. Growing up, the women in my family had their own business and brand. It was in my head at a young age that I knew I wanted to have my own business. Around the age of 19 or 20 is when I started brainstorming. I came up with all sorts of ideas, like creating a workout line, and even wanting to create my own women’s business suit line. I couldn’t figure out what was “me.” Read more>>

Shafarion Romashyn

I have been teaching primary grades for over ten years and I always wanted to write a children’s book. When Covid-19 caused so much uncertainty in the future of education, I used my time during quarantine to think of my concept. Also, at this time, many racial issues occurred and I wanted to have a voice during this worldwide transformation. I decided to write based on personal experiences with my name (Shafarion) in a child-friendly way. The book titled, My Name is Shafarion is about a little girl who is insecure about her and doesn’t want to share it with her animal friends. I know the uncomfortable feeling of sharing my name sometimes because it is usually mispronounced or puzzling to people since its not a common name. Read more>>

Emili Frye

When my husband, Alex, and I got married in October ’18, we had the most beautiful wedding flooded with floral and magic. My bridal bouquet was beckoning me to make something out of it that would last forever. I flooded the dark web and fell in love with the idea of floral preservation. Flash forward many hours researching and a few paper-cuts. I had finally figured out how to press my bouquet. The labor of love that went into preserving one of the best days of my life made the magic all the better! Read more>>

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