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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.

Pamela Washington

I am a proud mother to three beautiful children & “GiGi” to one amazing grandson! They are my “Why!” I am a Retired Public School Teacher with 32 years of service. I have been a full-time entrepreneur since retiring three years ago in 2018. I love helping people! I knew that after I retired, I would need a way to network with others. So, becoming an entrepreneur was the ideal way for me to be able to meet a lot of people and develop relationships. Read more>>

Jeff Hensley

I’ve traveled a winding road since my early days, going to school at UT Austin and tending bar on the side. At the time, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life after graduation. Fortuitously, the movie “TOPGUN” came out right about then and once I saw it, I was hooked. After several failed attempts at getting in the Navy’s flight program, I eventually got selected in 1987 and began what would become a 21-year career as a fighter pilot in the Navy and Navy Reserve. After ten years on active duty flying F-14s in the fleet and T-45s as a flight instructor, I took a civilian job with United Airlines – a career that continues to this day, 22 years later. But my airline career has had several detours. I was recalled to active duty three times in the years following 9/11. One of these, an 18-month mobilization in support of combat operations in Iraq was especially tough on my family. Ultimately, my marriage didn’t survive and I found myself raising three young kids traumatized by the legacy of war and divorce. While searching for a way to help them navigate this tumultuous time, I was introduced to equine therapy as a way to help our family heal. Read more>>

Rodrigo Caraballo-Marin

I started building my craft when I was a student at UNT for my undergrad. The thought of making music was a plan of mine since I was in high school, but I didn’t get serious about it until I got to college. I didn’t realize how badly I wanted to pursue music until I actually sat down and took the time to listen to music the way it’s intended to. I tried to dissect every little detail, from paying attention to melodies, harmonies, samples that are barely noticeable, basslines, vocals structures and the way everything was structured. I came across artists like James Blake, King Krule, Massive Attack, Portishead, the xx, Nick Hakim, Puma Blue, Nicolas Jaar, Mount Kimbie which are all musicians that have shaped my sound and art. I asked myself, “how would I sound if I put together my own music?” So I decided to give it a try and so started the Blue Capricorn project, which is my solo musical project in 2018. My first set of work was “This Must be a Haze” which was my debut EP. At the time, I felt like I had so much planned for that record, but now that I look back, I feel like I could’ve done so much better. I didn’t have much equipment. Read more>>

Taylor Coleman

When I was a child, I would draw elaborate blueprints to my dream home. Back then, I wanted to be an architect. I have always wanted to bring the visions inside my head to life. By the time I was eight, I knew I was artist. I could draw the entire Dragonball Z cast from memory (still can.) Fast forward to 2012, I was sitting in community college drawing instead of taking notes. I ended up creating my clothing brand Greyt Scott, right there in the middle of class. From there, I landed a job as an art representative which has helped me a lot on my journey. My knowledge of garments and screen printing is top tier. I knew I loved art and clothes and the process of creation so I decided to follow my heart and work for myself full time. Today Greyt Scott has become an underground success. So much so some people don’t even call me by my actual name. They just call me Greyt Scott. I admit I love it. Just as much as I admit, it’s time to step outside the underground and expand to new markets!. Read more>>

Patrice Withers-Stephens

I began my professional career 16 years ago, immediately after graduating from North Carolina A&T State University. I was the first amongst my parents to obtain a college degree. Originally, I aspired to be a corporate communications professional since my degree focus was public relations. Once I got into Corporate America, I started to learn more about community outreach programs and immediately became interested. Service back to others less fortunate than me has always been my sweet spot. I have always been involved with community work but had no idea I could make a career of giving back to others in such a meaningful way. Read More>>

Mary Lindsay Jackson

I have always been passionate about home. The place we call home is meaningful to our lives as individuals and as families. I have always loved working with people in all of my past occupations. My husband studied real estate at our University, and his career for many years has been in the real estate field with new home sales. I observed his passion and learned a lot from him about the real estate industry. After staying home full time with our babies for a few years, I decided to get licensed and jump into my new career as a Realtor. Read more>>

Chelsie Daniels

I first started baking as a child in the kitchen with my grandmothers as their unofficial “taste tester”. I absolutely loved watching them prepare treats for the holidays and sampling whatever scraps were left over. Around the age of seven, I vividly remember my mother purchasing me an Easy Bake Oven and I was slightly offended! I explained to her that I was more than capable of using the big oven and she allowed me to bake my first real cake: a chocolate chip vanilla cake in the shape of a heart for my teddy bear’s wedding. Fast forward several years and I became the resident baker for my sorority sisters whenever we would host bake sales. So, I would bake for our events, as well as just for fun for my roommates and friends. When my paternal grandmother passed, I became the baker in the family for holidays making most of the sweets, so I continued to bake just not as frequently. Read more>>

Dawn Secord

I have been doodling and drawing as long as I can remember. My mother arranged for me to have private oil painting lessons when I was ten years old. Art and my pets were my passions. In high school, I had two scholarship offers for art school. At that time, I feared I would be unable to secure a prosperous future as an artist and chose to go into finance. In 1988, I worked for the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Company (FSLIC) in the Dallas operations and transferred to their Los Angeles office. Almost ten years later, at age 33, I was the general manager and acting CEO of a pet product manufacturing company in Southern California. The company made pet products and shipped to all the major pet supply retailers as well as distributors in the US. I was miserable and all I wanted to do was paint. My husband and I could not afford for me not to draw a salary and start up the art business so I looked for something that required little capital and would allow me a flexible schedule to paint. Read more>>

Paulette Guest

Some may call it a mid-life career change. Moving from Leadership and Professional Development to Head Coach at Orangetheory Fitness to Realtor; my purpose hasn’t changed. I’m still in the business of serving others. What I do best is helping others in achieving success through coaching. In Real Estate, the goal can be homeownership as a primary residence, investment to generate income, rentals for those that desire this lifestyle, and then there’s those that need to purchase or rent to leave a situation. No matter their goal, I’m here to guide them through the process with their best interests in mind. It was an industry that I was always interested in but didn’t have the knowledge of the many opportunities in Real Estate. What I learned over time was that you can’t wait until everything is perfect. You can’t wait until you are in position to fulfill ALL of your goals. I have to get in and absorb the knowledge so that I can execute those future goals flawlessly. Read more>>

Katurah Adams

I started out as a freelance makeup artist! I always loved makeup and beauty as a young child. Growing up, I would sneak into my mother and grandmother’s makeup bag playing with her foundation and lipstick. As an adult, I was living in Atlanta at the time I have always worked in the corporate world! This particular time I had been laid of work, this was 2010, and I started watching makeup tutorials on YouTube, started by all the products and starting practicing on myself. Everything I learned was self-taught! Fast forward, I decided to go to esthetics school because I wanted more so 2018, I graduated from Atlanta School of Esthetics and two months after graduation, I moved to Dallas, TX. While in school, I knew I did not want to work for anyone, and I put my plan into motion to take the plunge and become a business owner! It didnt happen right away I had a few bumps in the road, but the beginning of 2021, I stepped out on faith and found my salon suite!. Read more>>

Ty Cunningham

My life as an event production lighting designer and electrician started not that long ago, actually. My life as a thespian, however, started all the way back in 2006 when I participated in an event called Destination Imagination. This was my first time ever acting in my life, and I loved it. The acting progressed through the rest of middle school and high school, where I was one of the few that were heavily involved with the theatre department. I acted in every UIL show from freshman to senior year, as well as almost every other show the theatre department put on. I loved theatre and actually stopped playing football in order to focus more on singing, dancing and acting. A decision my father could never wrap his head around, and to this day, I feel he still resents me for it. Read more>>

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