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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.

Karen Lim-Smith

I studied with Alice Waten at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and earned a Diploma in Music. When Ms. Waten decided to move back to Australia, she took me with her. I continued studying with her at the Australian National University and eventually at the Australian Institute of Music, where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in violin performance. Read more>>

Kitty Goddard

The seed for AIR was planted when a women’s chorus was seeking a space to rehearse in Richardson and couldn’t find one that fit their needs. Two of the members of that choir began a search, and as that evolved, more and more artists came forward expressing their need for space, too. Read more>>

Chris Graves

Drag racing has been in my family since it started. My grandfather was in a car club in Dallas and passed the bug down to my father, who of course passed it down to me. We were always spectators, never racers, attending drag races across the southwest and taking photographs. Read more>>

Melissa Crown

Photography was my first great love. I got started in the film days in the late 90s with my dad’s canon and hours upon hours in the darkroom at my high school. But I put the camera down for a LONG time and spent my 20s traveling the world and teaching abroad. Read more>>

Kimberly Welsch

We began our journey just 6 short months ago! I worked a regular nine to five job for much of my adult life, but became a stay at home mom when my second child was born. Being a person that has the drive to thrive, I needed something extracurricular to focus my energy on. Read more>>

Tara Arseven

As a little kid growing up – I had interest in a lot of things! During my teenage years, I was interested in fashion and I’d sketch designs during class (oops!). At some point, I wanted to be a vet, a doctor, an architect… But my life took me somewhere completely different! Read more>>

Leigh Ann Barba

I originally started taking photos of my kids as a lot of photographers do. That eventually evolved into their friends asking for their pictures to be taken which eventually evolved into a business. I specialize in senior photography and wedding photography now. Read more>>

Natalie Popplewell and Amanda Mendenhall

We both have similar back stories. We started doing photography in high school for fun and it turned into a business! We were friends, but did not work together at that time. I got married in 2011 and Amanda in 2012 and we both happened to decide to take a break from our photography businesses to focus on family. Read more>>

David Hess

I’ve been working in and with startups for the past 17 years. They became a passion of mine after I joined my first one in 2000. I had been at Texas A&M getting my bachelor’s and master’s in Computer Science and then managing the campus computer network, one of the largest in the country at the time. Read more>>

Lauren Vandiver Green

I’m a fashion enthusiast, color addict, University of Texas graduate, and the creator and founder behind fashion, travel and lifestyle blog, Vandi Fair. I grew up in a small town just outside of Dallas, Sunnyvale, and I now call Far North Dallas home with my husband Cole (who is a real-life “Instagram husband”) and my two Labrador furbabies, Lucky and Lady. Read more>>

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