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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.

Donnie Boivin

I was a 20 years sales guy that got tired of making everyone else wealthy. I started my business and ran it straight into the ground. I had no clue how to be a business owner. Found podcasting and it taught me a lot of things, and we turned the company Success Champion around. Now I run the Success Champion family of companies – Badass Business Summit coming September 23rd – 25th 2021, Success Champion Networking, Champions Table Masterminds, Success Champions Consulting group, Growth Mode Podcast, and Events with an Edge. Read more>>

Chancee Proctor

Our story begins over 20 years ago when we met the first day of 4th grade. We quickly became friends and that bond survived through divorced parents, distance (living in different states during our teenage years), growing pains, heartbreaks, and college. In 2016, we were reunited when Chancee moved from Albuquerque to join Christen in Dallas and we were roommates for 4 years until the end of 2019. Christen is always thinking about new business ideas. We would be sitting on the couch watching Pride and Prejudice or White Chicks for the fiddy leventh time and she would call out business ideas (most Chancee would shoot down lol). Then she said what if we opened a wedding venue? Chancee said now THAT is something she could get down with! Soon after Christen comes to Chancee with market research and a business plan and we set off to find an event venue! After looking for the perfect venue for THREE YEARS, pure grit, determination, (and maybe fate) led us to meet the incredible owners of The Schoolhouse and we signed our lives away (aka a lease) in January 2020….just in time for COVID and the craziest time ever for the wedding + event industry! Read more>>

Ariel and Gabrielle Carrillo

Together we run and operate Bianca & Briana’s Boutique along with our mother and third owner, Marilyn. The three of us wanted to start a business together in hopes to begin a legacy for our future generations. It also helps us stay close! We are already best friends but owning a business together is the perfect excuse to spend even more time with one another. We needed to think of something related to the three of us to do because we all have different career backgrounds. Mom was in the medical field, Ariel works in social services and Gabby has a background in multifamily housing. Our one common interest has always been shopping! We are all for the fashion industry, whether it be retail therapy, window shopping or even modeling! During one of our many FaceTime dates, before the pandemic, Bianca & Briana’s Boutique was born. Looking through fashion trends and talking with our friends and family, we decided that we wanted to make our boutique all-inclusive. We want our customers to feel confident and comfortable in the clothes they purchase from us. Read more>>

Kim Daly Farrell

I’m a certified health coach, former magazine editor, brand marketer, and mom to two amazing kids. And I recently added product formulator and entrepreneur to my resume. After the birth of my son in 2014, I had a tough time balancing the energy needs of my body. I wasn’t able to make enough breastmilk, work out daily, and still feel energized. I discovered I wasn’t getting enough protein, so I turned to supplements for a boost. I looked at nearly every protein powder on the shelves—the chalky, the stinky, the bitter, the chemical-ridden. Many of them weren’t safe for breastfeeding, and the ones that were didn’t address the fitness performance I was looking for. I wanted something plant-based that would support muscle recovery, ease soreness, and protect my breast milk supply. So I made my own blend with superfoods and other wholesome ingredients—and Mama Love Chocolate Protein was born!. Read more>>

Madeline Edwards

I began photographing my children as a hobby back in 2014. I quickly fell in love with the art of storytelling through photos. I found myself growing undeniably passionate as I learned the value of my own vision. I’m completely self-taught, I’ve learned every ounce of my education through trial and lots of error. I’m five years into my journey and am so proud of the stories I’ve been trusted to tell thus far, be it weddings, families, maternity, etc. I own and operate my small but flourishing business solely and am so excited for the direction it is taking. Read more>>

Ashleigh Wampler

I did my first ever photoshoot in 2014. It actually started as a friendly competition between a friend of mine and myself. I never thought I’d like photography because I have never really liked people! But the more I put myself out there, the more in love with it I fell. I moved my business to Hawaii, where I stayed for almost three years. While I was there, I specialized in maternity and babies. After a while, I noticed myself getting burnt out. So in 2016, I turned to boudoir. I spent hours upon hours researching and educating myself on poses, lighting, different styles, and all the ins and outs of running a boudoir business. The more I looked into it, the more in love I fell. There’s nothing better than watching your client’s confidence level go from 0-100 right in front of your eyes! I can honestly say that I believe I have the best, more rewarding job that you could have. Read more>>

Drew Boatright

I grew up in Sweetwater, TX and went to southwestern university in Georgetown, TX, where I received my business and art degrees. I moved to Fort Worth after college and found the Texas Academy of Figurative Art where I continued my study of art in contemporary realism. Since graduating, I have maintained a studio at TAFA while also becoming an instructor of drawing and painting. Currently, I am busy with commissions doing landscapes and portraiture. Read more>>

Lindsey Nelson

Growing up, I never had the best of skin. Knowing how it felt as a teenager to struggle with problematic skin, I decided I wanted to be that person that could help others. I received my esthetics license in April of 2007. I work for Coldwater Creek Spa from 2007-2013. After Coldwater closed, I then worked for a friend of mine until 2018. It was when I had my third child I realized I needed to be my own boss. That’s when I started CALM esthetics. Skincare is my passion, it’s in my blood, it’s what gets me excited. Read more>>

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