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Inspiring Stories from Far West

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 West below.

D.L. Kyles

I started writing poetry around 7th grade and never took a look back. English has always been my favorite and best subject, so I took to writing pretty easily as a child. I ended up majoring in English at Prairie View A&M University. Shoutout to Hilliard Hall (If you know, you know)! Shortly after graduating, I started substitute teaching which then led me to being a SPED Inclusion Facilitator and assistant boy’s basketball coach. Shortly after, I started teaching high school English at Dallas Can Academy (Oak Cliff) and continued coaching boy’s basketball. Shoutout to the Can (Once again, if you know, you know)! After some time there, I decided to go to grad school at Full Sail University where I received a master’s in creative writing. Mainly to perfect specific skills and further my educational catalog so to speak. Now, I am here. Two years later with a children’s book I can’t wait for the world to see! Read more>>

Norma Coufal

I started my career in the beauty industry during early 2000s in a small community working for a regular salon setting with 2 to 3 other stylists. Although it was a comforting atmosphere, I always knew I was destined to be part of something a bit different than the usual brick-and-mortar shop. In 2017 I decided to change my setting and went salon suite route this became the ideal workspace for me. At this time, I was commuting 300-mile round trip to the salon. Although this was working nicely, I still felt that there was something more that I could do to contribute my skills in the beauty industry a bit more. My family decided to relocate to be closer to city and me not being able to find another salon suite that fit my needs and, in the town, we moved to sparked an idea in my head. I wasn’t sure what I had in mind was even an option but with determination and the love I have for my profession was willing to inquire all about the ins and outs of my next move. Read more>>

Breanna Mariee

I started doing makeup as a hobby around 2019. I was an extreme beginner and had no idea what I was doing haha. I started watching youtube videos and I started getting better and better. I really never did anyone’s makeup but my own until I had no choice but to start servicing clients. My children and I went through some unforeseen circumstances and ended up having to live in a homeless shelter. In order to feed my kids, I would do makeup on the other women who lived there. Some went to work or church and just wanted to feel pretty so I would assist them in doing so. We were in the shelter for a few months and eventually moved into our new place. I then started taking makeup even more seriously. I started doing my makeup on social media platforms Live and made beginner-friendly tutorials. Being consistent Brand Ambassador deals came along and so did exposure. Read more>>

Courtney Allen

Hello, my name is Courtney Allen. I am originally from a small town in Louisiana. I moved to Texas in 2014 looking for a better career path. I started working normally 9-5 jobs for until 2017. In 2017 I began working on my credit so that I was able to get approve for things such as a nice vehicle and be ready to purchase a home. I began taking different seminars and investing a lot of money to learn about credit. I also lost a lot of money on bad courses and seminars. I launch my business CREDIT SOLUTIONS 01 in 2018 from my dining room table. I began marketing and showing others how I was able to improve my credit score and credit profile. Once others saw the amazing work, I began to get clients. That first year of starting my business was very slow and stressful but I didn’t give up. In 2019 a mortgage lender saw my amazing work and she begin to network with me and send me clients. I was able to help over 50 clients that one year become homeowners. My company begin growing because I had gain my trust with others and was able to help every single client reach their goals. Read more>>

Natalie Freeman

My name is Natalie Freeman and I have been in education since 2010. I received a B.A. in Broadcast Communications with a minor in English from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Masters of Christian Education from Dallas Baptist University. Before transitioning into education, I worked in media as a research analyst for KDFW Fox 4, Fox Sports Net, KTVT CBS 11, and Time Warner Cable from 2005-2010. I made the decision to enter into the education field after working with an intern from UNT who struggled with writing while working in our department. As a result, I took a leap of faith and entered an alternative certification program with Region X, and started teaching high school English at Life School Red Oak (now Life School Waxahachie). While at LSW, I also taught Journalism/Newspapers and served as the English Department Chair. I had the honor of being the Head Coach for girls’ basketball, assistant volleyball, and track from 2011-2016. Read more>>

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