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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.

Justin Diver

Well, I started doing leatherwork when I was a freshman in high school, just to pass time since I didn’t have a license yet. At that time it was just a way to have some spending money through high school. I had been interested in silversmithing and engraving since before I decided to start leatherwork. It was just so expensive to get started and I there wasn’t many resources on engraving equipment and what all you need to get set up doing it. So I started doing leatherwork, and really enjoyed it. I did that all through high school and couple year of college. Always kinda mingling around forums about engraving. Read more>>

Whitney Tates

I was an anxious and nervous child, afraid of any and all new opportunities that came my way. I grew up watching people and learning from their decisions and mistakes, so I didn’t have to learn from my own. I didn’t have any real ambition or career trajectory. I studied music and piano in public school, thinking there was something there because it brought joy to me, but I wasn’t very good at it. It wasn’t until I aimlessly chose a college to attend, Centenary College of Louisiana, and a major to study, Studio Arts, that I discovered how I could transform my love for music and my observations and thoughts into visual works of art. Read more>>

Dr. Julee Kim Walker

Born and raised in Houston, TX, I am a child of Korean immigrant parents. My parents taught me the true meaning of hard work and perseverance, and continue to do so. I decided I wanted to play the flute in 6th grade because I was watching my favorite TV show at the time, “Who’s the Boss”, and in one episode, Alyssa Milano plays the flute. Who knew that it would eventually become my career and livelihood! After many years of grade school band, flute lesson with amazing teachers, hard work, and many tears, and three degrees later, I am a tenured professor, teaching and mentoring future music educators and performers, and I also have the privilege of traveling all over the world to teach and perform! Read more>>

Eddie Esler

Eddie Esler is a singer/songwriter based out of Fort Worth, Tx. He began playing mandolin in Bluegrass bands in the hills of Colorado while attending college in Denver. He then moved back home to Amarillo, Tx, to help form an Americana group called Turbine Toolshed. In 2014 Eddie and The Eat began, an Americana/Texas Rock band that toured extensively through Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Colorado. Read more>>


I’ve been taking my music career seriously for about 4 – 5 years now. Things really took off when I started working with Trnd music over 2 years ago. It’s opened a lot of doors and they have introduced me to a flourishing music community. I’ve really built a fan base and following from the ground up. I’m originally from Detroit Michigan but now call Fort Worth home. I am very grateful and blessed to be in the position I’m in. It’s so rewarding to be able to earn money from my music and connecting with people. Read more>>

Meagan Haasbroek

What if there was a home? For over a year, Meagan Haasbroek and Lauren Schaefer have been focused on bringing Isaiah 117 House to Texas, specifically to Grand Prairie. For those unfamiliar: Isaiah 117 House exists to reduce trauma for children, lighten the load for DCS/CPS/DFPS staff, and ease the transition for future foster placement. When a child is removed from their home, it is the responsibility of the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to find that child a foster home. What many people don’t know, however, is that there is often a lag time between the child’s removal and the eventual placement into a foster home. This lag time can be a couple of hours or a couple of days, typically spent in the DFPS offices. No bath. No bed. Nothing but a foreign environment with none of the comforts of home. Read more>>

Rachel Lawson

My time at Greenspace Dallas has just begun; I started the first week of April this year. My personal journey to this position has been winding. The last time I lived in Dallas, I was securing clients for WRR Classical 101, which taught me about marketing and sales and connected me with non-profit groups looking to advertise. My background is as an elementary educator, and for about ten years, I taught in Austin, Dallas, and Los Angeles. Due to Covid, I found myself back in Texas to be near family and working in the office of a car shop called Complete Customs. Read more>>

Elise Dean

My husband and I started our infertility journey 4 years ago. We have been through 3 rounds of IVF, 3 pregnancies, which all ended in losses – one being a second-trimester loss that completely shattered our worlds. Followed by two failed attempts. We’ve both been very open and vulnerable in sharing our journey on social media. This most recent failed attempt, I posted a video on my Instagram of us finding out that we were not pregnant after an embryo transfer, and it was so raw and devastating. The video ended up going viral, as so many people are navigating infertility. 1 in 8 couples are on an infertility journey, and 1 in 4 experience a miscarriage. It’s not talked about enough. Read more>>

Manuel Urueta-Borunda

My name is Manuel Urueta I was born in the borderland of Mexico and the United States, I am a paper mache artist with the name of xingaderas. Xingaderas was born from the love of paper mache crafting given to me by my wonderful high school teacher Mrs. Antebi, to which I still talk to on social media! Our creatures are a combination of things just like our dada border, cause if you think about it there are no borders in nature, la frontera es dada por los humanos. We are here to break stigmas and combine cultures through different gods, colors, patterns, and animals from all over the world. Read more>>

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