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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.

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>>

Budda Rudda

I’ve always wrote a lot of “poem like” papers in school. Sometimes freestyled in the locker room in 7th & 8th grade football and wrote songs for group projects, had a knack for the writing so I stuck with that. An old church I use to go to, St. Ann’s Catholic church in Burleson Texas, is really where it all started. Read more>>

Katy Beth McGahey

My whole life I have enjoyed re-working spaces to ensure that I am utilizing them to their fullest potential! In my childhood home, I had a small bedroom with limited space to store my clothes, accessories, and supplies for my many hobbies and interests. I loved re-arranging furniture and moving around my things within my four walls until I felt like my bedroom was functional for my lifestyle. Read more>>

Crystal Hosea

I took a simple beginners silversmith class in Austin with my parent’s neighbor, well she forced me to take it with her, but one class and that’s all it took. I was hooked. I started my small silversmith business called CH Designs May 2019 after taking that class. At first it started at a hobby and all my friends wanted the jewelry I was making; I couldn’t make it fast enough! Shortly after creating my Etsy, business boomed. Read more>>

Anvita Jain

My mental health journey started with panick attacks during my final semester at UT Austin. On the surface, it seemed like I was all set for success – about to graduate from UT Austin with an engineering degree with an offer to start as a Business Analyst at Capital One. Underneath, my mental health was in turmoil and I had no idea how to begin taking care of it. Read more>>

Hebreb Morales

Well, it all started in middle school when friends of mine were wearing their pairs of Air Jordans, at the time my parents would buy me sneakers at Ross, and other discounted stores. I would not be the one wearing the newest “Jays” so one of them had showed me that the sneakers themselves had value in the secondary market so I saved up money from working jobs with my dad to purchase a pair of Air Jordans on Facebook markets and wore them to school, I saw what all the hype was about when everyone complimented me with them at school, and a classmate of mine purchased them off me for $50 more of what I originally paid, so I said to myself, “I can just keep buying sneakers, wear them and resell them for more.” Read More>>

Christopher Missimo

My name is Christopher Missimo. I am the owner of Missimo Motivation (LPC, MA., NCC). My story begins during my childhood years when I was diagnosed with ADHD, Bi-Polar, Conduct Disorder, and Oppositional Defiance Disorder. The summarized version includes ten years of therapy between ages 5-15, 13 years of medication between ages 5-18, and multiple inpatient hospital stays between ages 5-11. The longest hospital stay was three months in an institution in Austin, Texas. Read more>>

Likeith Carmel

While in the military I was stab in the arm protecting a lady from killing herself and after that combine with PTSD I went threw a slump, and my grand dad always told me whiskey and work could get you threw life, so I took on the name whiskey boy and zoned in on my craft of being an artist not really sticking to any script just being myself got me here after I lost myself one day in the mirror he said. Read more>>

Michael Thomas

My photography journey started in 2014 with landscape photography. I basically started shooting after one of my Friends bought a camera and started taking photos on visits and trips that we were on. I got to where I am today by trusting the process and taking the time to try, learn, and apply skills with my camera. Learning your camera is one of the most important things you can do when wanting to learn the camera. Read more>>

Lori Feil

I founded Pajama Rama in 2013 after my daughter had an accident and was rushed to the children’s hospital via ambulance. After the accident, I felt an urgency to give back to the hospital/community. I looked at the hospital’s website and, on their need/wish list in big bold print, was “PAJAMAS.” Oprah calls this an “ah ha” moment. I like to call it a God thing as the light bulb went off in my mind. Read more>>

Sabrina Nichole

Two years ago after the birth of my second child, I was in an immediate position to make a drastic change in my life. I was diagnosed with postpartum depression, and I felt the need to make an effort to better my mental state. I have always loved dressing up and expressing myself through my wardrobe and makeup. Read more>>

Lucas Morgan

My career path officially started when I graduated from Full Sail University in Orlando with a bachelor’s degree in Computer animation. Video games and 3D art was a big passion of mine growing up. 3D art is a subject that people today can approach from an artistic standpoint or a more technical standpoint. Read more>>

Nikhat Qureshi

As my mother recalls, I was spotted live-sketching our pet poodle on a writing slate. I was in my elementary school probably the 4th of 5th grade, both my parents were awestruck by my drawing so accurate that the sleeping poodle looked sleeping as he rested under the Peepal tree in our courtyard back in Depalpur. Read more>>

Lauryn Henry

A little less than two years ago, I started my fashion and lifestyle blog, Lauryn Lately Blog. I was a fairly recent college graduate working on my MBA and trying to figure out exactly what I wanted to do with my life. After realizing that my personal life lacked the creativity that I desired. Read more>>

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