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Inspiring Stories from Fort Worth

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 Fort Worth’s rising stars below.

Victoria Todd

Victoria Todd, also know as Viva Vikkidior, started doing makeup in high school. At the time it was something she did during free class periods. The she met this young lady, she was looked down upon because of her appearance. Victoria asked to do her hair and light makeup. Once she finished, the young lady smiled from ear to ear, then started crying and they talked about her story. In that moment, Victoria realized how much it touched and empowered her. From that day her purpose became clear. Victoria started her first business on the campus of Tennessee State University, glamming for clients and organizations and watched her business grow. Read more>>

Amber Traylor

Everything in life is a journey, I started like most along with a few bumps in the road or maybe a lot of bumps lol. I went many years just going with the flow of life but never really understanding my true purpose, I worked plenty of corporate jobs after finishing college, following the path that made the most sense especially for the so called stability of life, this went on for over 15 years.. Read more>>

Bella Gomez

At first, I started off doing special effects makeup. I was really intrigued with creating crazy and gory looks. I wasn’t to interested in doing hair at first then my best friend from cosmetology school convinced me to get a suite with her and right off the bat I had a full schedule. We just upgraded to an even bigger room and both have consistent clientele. Looking back it’s been a journey cause I didn’t expect to grow as much as I did in such a short period of time. I had a lot of personal life events that almost knocked me off of my feet but I just kept pushing. Read more>>

Jenn Rickman

I started my hair journey over 10 years ago in Austin,Texas. There I was doing hair for awhile before I met my husband and then couple years later moved to Fort Worth. Since being in Fort Worth I’ve been able to grow my clientele very fast thankfully by word-of-mouth, referrals and my husband being from the area. Ever since I can remember I knew that I always wanted to do hair, I love making people feel so comfortable in their own skin. I wouldn’t be where I’m at today without the support of my family and friends and my mentor Kym Smoak. Read more>>


I am a Mental Health Podcaster. I studied psychology in college, and always have been fascinated with the way human minds work. I just knew motivational speaking was my calling wasn’t for sure what I was going to do with it. Then I experienced the most painful thing a person can deal with. I lost my father in 2019 to suicide. I went through almost every emotion a person can experience at the time. So, I decided to push my pain into positivity.  Read more>>

Chris Minicucci

I started my company in 2015 after finishing my service with the Canadian military. I got a part time job working with a local beekeeper outside of Quebec City and quickly learned about mead and mead making. In 2020 when the pandemic hit we decided it was time to expand our business into the US and chose Fort Worth, TX. After a long journey we are proud to say we are opening Fort Worth’s first meadery and mead hall in June of 2022. Read more>>

Diana Gibson

I originally went to college to become a graphic designer at Sam Houston State University. After one class, I quickly changed my major to one that focused less on commercialism and more on the art making process. I received my BFA in Studio Arts in 2004. At this time I chose to pursue my masters degree in Education in order to become an elementary art teacher. I completed my degree and taught k-6th grade Art in The Woodlands, Texas for two years. I enjoyed my job and loved my students, but I was still missing the connection that I was searching for with the art making process. Read more>>

Susan Valenzuela

I spent over 10 years nannying while photographing couples as a side hustle. When my time nannying came to an end, I went full-time photography and realized I was home a lot of the day and most of my sessions were in the evening. I reached out to a friend who was in the Retail Floral business and asked if she had anything for me part time to at least relieve some of my daily boredom. I’d always had a love for flowers, but once I started designing, I really felt like it may have been something I passed up for no good reason! Read more>>

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