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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.

ChloeBeth Soileau

When I was a senior in high school in Pineville, Louisiana, I had to complete a senior project in which I was required to shadow someone in my field of interest. I chose to shadow a local event planner, Debbie Ahrens. One of her events that I shadowed and helped set up for was a calligraphy workshop. Read more>>

Jessica Rambo

When I photographed my first paid session almost ten years ago, I had no idea where I was headed with my art, the career I was going to make out of it or even the people I would meet along the way. At the time,I was starting out I didn’t even know how to form a business much less create quality work. Fortunately I met two selfless ladies who saw a fearlessness and drive in me. Read more>>

Rain Sprague

Makeup was a hobby to me for about a year before I thought twice about it. I never thought I could make a living off of it so I went to college instead. Makeup was still only a hobby until people started asking me how much I charged. I began taking clients here and there, nothing big. Read more>>

Sherry Barber

The Pastel Society of the Southwest (PSSW) was founded a number of years ago by some committed pastel artists. It is focused on promoting the apperciation and education of the art medium of soft pastels. Read more>>

Amanda Travis

Hospitality and entertaining are in my blood. I come from a long line of southern women who have always loved to entertain in big and small ways & enjoyed celebrating life’s milestones with people we care about. Read more>>

Dena Shaskan

I was the executive chef at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth for almost 12 years, then left to purchase Bravo!! Catering Company in 2015. Since then we have expanded the company to include several facets outside of purely catering, so we recently changed the name to encompass all of these services. Read more>>

Ann Hardy

My livelihood comes from my art. Have had some real adventures along the way as I honed my skills with workshops abroad and in the US. In Guatemala, I drove a van with eight passengers and the driving is horrendous. Read more>>

Callie Sercey

I knew what I wanted to do with my life when I was very young. As a senior in high school, I was dating my high school sweetheart, James, who was already at the university of my choice. I wanted to be in business marketing and get into college as fast as possible. Read more>>

Helen Yoon, Jaime Marum

I am Helen Yoon, one of the owners of Painting With Influence. My husband, Jaime and I have always wanted to own and operate a family business, but struggled with what we wanted to do. I am a practicing attorney and Jaime had been in operations and logistics for 28 years, but our opportunity revealed itself when Jaime was laid off from his job in 2016. Read more>>

Donnie Boivin

Left the Marine Corps in 1999 with an Honorable Discharge. Then spent the next 18 years as a salesperson, executive, and sales trainer. My father gave me the book “Think & Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill when I was 14 years old, and like any good son, I read it when I was 22. Read more>>

Jennifer Taylor

When my first child was born in 2009, photography became a hobby and creative outlet. I invested in a nice DSLR camera and enjoyed photographing family memories and occasions. To keep in touch with family, I wrote a blog. This was my motivation for photography at the time. Read more>>

Danny Andino

At the peak of my medical sales career, I started partying hard. This led to a drug & alcohol addiction. After some tough conversations with my friends and family I decided to check myself into a rehab in 2011. This is where my life began to change. I realized there was so much life to be had outside of drugs & alcohol. Read more>>

Matt Feragne

Hello my name is Matt Feragne I sell flowers. I could be doing anything with my life right now. I could be a bartender, marketing consultant, lawyer, literally anything but I choose to do this. There’s nothing else like owning your own business. Making something out of nothing. Read more>>

Chelsea Salomone

Our story is a little bit unique because we actually started our business by accident. Jaymi and I are best friends and neighbors. We were searching for the perfect birthday gift for a friend but couldn’t find exactly what we were looking for in the price range we wanted to spend. Read more>>

John Lee Hunter

In 1956, five artists gathered in a private home, set up a small still life and began painting. The next month, they gathered again to paint. In time as their numbers grew, they found places to accommodate their growing numbers, hired a Dallas art teacher, and began children’s programming. Read more>>

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