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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.

Dr. Jatun Dorsey

My journey to becoming the woman and business owner I am today was not a direct path. Born to a teenage mom and in turn the only child and oldest grandchild on both sides of my family, there were high expectations placed on me early on. Though from a modest upbringing, I was taught to recognize my talents, skills, and ability to do anything I wanted to. Even more so, everyone around me wanted me to do better than they did. Read more>>

Ashley Wright

I was always interested in photography. For as long as I can remember I have had a camera in my hand, either taking videos or posing my friends and family for “THE SHOT.” My aunt was a professional photographer, and she let me work with her every spring break. I learned Photoshop when I was 14 years old and started editing everything I was shooting. Read more>>

Craig Tennant

I founded Engaging Breakthroughs to train and support corporate professionals to flourish and get paid. I help them create new, more fulfilling work lives. It’s a privilege to combine my consulting and coaching experiences to make a difference for others, and I’m proud to say I’m doing what I really love. However, it wasn’t always this way. Read more>>

Jessica Dixon

I began marketing and getting involved with the local chambers and businesses – meeting vendors in the wedding industry and making contacts. We attended our first wedding shows in early 2017, only able to show 3D renderings of our venue and work in progress photos of the construction. Those first brides that booked with us will always have a special place in our hearts, they could see our dream and vision and shared it along with us. Read more>>

Dee Porter

I wanted to be a rapper when I grew up. My goal was to be the next Tupac, as I truly believed I was the brain he sparked that would change the world. In 12th grade, the radio night jock in my hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana was having a freestyle battle live on air. I called in, won nine weeks in a row, and they had to “retire” me as the champ. Read more>>

Melanie Grady

I started painting small home decor projects after a spark of inspiration hit me at a flea market in McKinney. I soon discovered CeCe Caldwell’s Chalk + Clay Paints (my favorite) and expanded to refinishing furniture. My ideas quickly grew from small hobby crafts to a business. I rented spaces at the flea market where I was first inspired for about a year before I upgraded to renting space. Read more>>

Brandon Dowd

After an adventurous amount of #9s, I realized I wanted to be the rum that was so hot and buttered. That is to say, I wanted to be the performers on stage – the leaders of love, the captains of culture, the purveyors of passion! And after a very unsuccessful stint in a cover band named Lincoln Park, I joined Bret and our friends Matt Cochran and Gabriel Baker to form Puddin Taine! Read more>>

Jasmine Adams-Monk

I’ve always had a love for helping people, and I spent years trying to find out to tap into what I was passionate about and my experience combined. When I was a stay at home mom with my oldest daughter Zia I knew that there was more in store for me and I wanted to start my own business using what I was passionate about along with my experience and skill set. Read more>>

Jennifer Steed

As a growing trend, I’m a TX Cottage baker that is able to work out of my home and make some fabulous treats that can be delivered to your home or office door (within the city limits). I firmly believe that patience, the details, and ingredients really matter when you are baking! I only use real butter, imported vanilla and am very particular on brands! I believe these things are what make my desserts stand out. Read more>>

Amy Clayton

Sixteen years ago, after the birth of my third child, I was looking for a way to contribute financially to my family while also setting my own schedule so I could spend time with my kids. I have always had a love of swimming, spending my youth swimming for some local teams. I also enjoyed teaching my own kids how to swim, so I decided to become an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. That summer, I started scheduling swim lessons with my friend’s kids, traveling to their pools to teach. I taught off and on the way back then, but it wasn’t until I lost my job in 2010 that I decided to start offering lessons in my backyard. Read more>>

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