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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.

Nickolas Callaway

Everything changed for me in 2018, I was stuck in life’s hamster wheel, suffering from work burnout. At this time in my life, I worked two jobs, my wife worked deep nights, there was very little time for family. The stress level was so high that it was debilitating, and financially we were just scraping by. It was simply too much. I was tired, unhappy, unmotivated, and disconnected from life. Luckily for me, I have an amazing wife who saw this in me and told me to take some time and find a career, not a job that I can love, so that’s what I did. Read more>>

Recee Neacole

Hi, my name is Recee Neacole, I am a black female entrepreneur and owner of Body Language Aesthetic Bar. As a Shreveport, Louisiana native I moved to Dallas in 2020 during a pandemic. I didn’t know what I wanted to do or how I wanted to do it but one thing I was sure of is I wanted a big city with big lights. My journey began with me dealing with complications on my own skin. I have dealt with hyperpigmentation and breakouts for as long as I can remember which prompted me to finally do something about it. Read more>>

Ali Hallock

My name is Ali Hallock and l have Lupus, Elher’s Danlos, a rare blood disorder, and many other health conditions. Lupus and Ehler’s Danlos are both connective tissue diseases that attack my organs, nervous system, and the good bacteria that helps my body fight off germs and infections. My lungs have been at the forefront of those attacks. Lupus and Ehler’s Danlos are also two disorders that have drastically altered my life and almost took me from this world not once, but three separate times. Read more>>

Marvin Dejon

I am a creative swiss army knife that is well versed in writing, directing, acting, producing, editing, you name it I do it, except graphics and music, I know my limits. I was trained in acting at KD Studio in the early 2000’s and over the last nearly two decades I have honed my skills in writing, directing and producing. I originally began producing stage plays in the late 20o0’s (The Dating Pool, Love Don’t Live Here Anymore) under the moniker, Nivram Productions, this continued until 2013 when I stopped doing play to focus on film. Read more>>

Alisa Otto

I have been every size imaginable as an adult and, no matter the size, I always struggled to find clothing that would help me get outside; more often than not, I would find myself borrowing my husbands too-big technical tops so I wouldn’t be covered in sweat the entire time. When I was just pregnant enough with my son to develop stomach bloat, I could not find a shirt long enough to cover my stomach before going on a hiking road trip with a friend. Read more>>

Andrew Evans

It wasn’t until after high school, my freshman year of college that I started acting. I wanted to be lazy and take the summer off, however my parents wanted me to take at least a couple classes. I decided that I would take an “intro to theatre” course. Since I was an inexperienced film director I figured it might be helpful to understand the acting process. What surprised me was how much I liked it. Professor Shannon remains one of my favorite teachers and I owe a large chunk of who I am now to her. Read more>>

Kiandria Wilburn

It started when I was 12 years old. I had a cousin named Mary who could do hair . I had been going to beauty salons sitting all day and hating my hair everytime. Until summer of 98 i stayed alot with my uncle that summer and he was telling my parents how Mary had been doing hair to make extra money for the summer and she can do my hair. So Mary did my hair and i loved it changed my life. Year pasted Mary loved doing hair but had 3 kids and never seen that working out for herself. She just became real depressed. Read more>>

Sanara Denson

In 2014, I moved to Dallas and the bright lights came on!!! I had to be part of the beauty industry. I was so impressed by the different looks that the young ladies were able to pull off. Deep down inside I had my own insecurities. Then it came to me to “Release My Inner Queen” and it actually worked and boosted my confidence so much, so I decided to do it for others. No, it has not been a smooth road, but I’m starting to see my brighter lights ahead. Read more>>

Sherry James

After almost 30 years in corporate leadership positions, a divorce and therapy, I was forced to deal that was the trauma of my parent’s death many years ago due to mental illness. In 2019, I started a consulting firm focused on speaking and coaching mental health and suicide prevention. Later that year, I also created a non-profit organization: 2020 Lives Changed, Inc so that we could provide the same teaching to schools and other non profit orgs that would match paying clients’ fees dollar for dollar vía in-kind donations. Read more>>

June Leschek

My love of weddings began in my childhood. I would flip through my parents’ wedding album over and over, soaking it all in. Fascinated by my mother’s exquisite gown, decadent cake, elegant invitation, lavish flowers, and gilded gifts, I couldn’t wait to get married. The indescribable beauty surrounding the couple celebrating their love was more captivating than any dream. While attending the Fashion Institute of Technology, and later Parsons School of Design, funds were often tight, but I loved giving gifts to those dearest to me. Read more>>

Kristin Navarro

Let us introduce ourselves… My name is Kristin Navarro & This is my husband, the chef, Eduardo Navarro. We are the power couple who took on something extraordinary & it changed us! We moved to Texas in 2016 after the passing of my stepmother. We left everything & our law enforcement career to be with my father, Allan Watt, when he needed us the most. We have no fairy tale story that lead us here. Rather we have a story full of faith in God & a long journey of finding peace. Read more>>

David Le

My interest in photography started extremely young, and I often cringe looking back at my work from that era of my life. I was always fascinated with people who could draw, but I couldn’t draw well if my life depended on it. The birth of my fascination with photography, to be honest, is not noteworthy, but I think a funny sense of my awkward teenage years self trying to be cool. Fast forward to 2015, I had done a lot of second shooting and probably had 10-15 weddings under my belt at that time. Nothing worth showing, but I had experience. My friend Henry asked me to shoot video with him after not having spoken to him in probably 5 years, but it was a welcomed message. That wedding kind of sprung that kick into wedding cinematography in addition to photography that became like a drug. Read more>>

Larry Parnell

I’d love to and thank you for having me. Twenty-eight years ago, I began designing and selling custom swimming pools in San Antonio. I was having so much fun that I wanted to learn everything I could about how a pool went from a mere concept to a physical backyard addition. I became heavily involved with each and every phase of the construction process for not only residential projects, but commercial ones as well. To date, I have personally designed, sold, and/or built upwards of 1,000 pools. After many years in various management roles with some of the top companies in the business, my wife Susan and I moved to Dallas in 2015. The thing that always appeared to be lacking in this industry, especially from some of the larger builders, was consistent, detailed communication with the customer and attention to the homeowner’s experience throughout the process. Read more>>

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