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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.

Willow Harville

I started getting clients coming to me to shoot their weddings and photo sessions and births. I figured out most things as I went, as most do in today’s independent artist world, and I have been doing photography ever since. I studied some film and digital photography classes, invested in high-quality gear and quit my day job to do something I’m in love with everyday. Read more>>

Britta and Ellen Shaub

We started Heather + Haven Creative Co. after planning our own weddings and realizing that there was a need in the industry for more companies who cater to girls like us! Grounded in our belief that weddings do not have to be stressful in order to be special, we specifically feel passionate about helping to create beautiful, memorable events for couples who favor intentionality over excess. Read more>>

Darlisa Diltz

I have always had a passion for helping others, no matter what it may cost me. I remember as a kid getting in trouble for being so nice or for giving people things that were for me to have. Some used to say it was because I was “soft” or a “push-over”, but that really wasn’t the case. I honestly did (do) like making people happy!! Read more>>

Whitley Kizzee

I love what I do and how I make people feel! It is now year 2019 and I have so far experienced working with other young ladies in their shop and I have also had my own personal suite. I am now offering group braiding classes and one on one beginner and advanced classes. I have come to the conclusion that this is my purpose. Read more>>

Aubrey Cooley

How I got started – My love of photography started for me when I was 7. I received my first Polaroid while I was at summer camp and I haven’t taken my finger off of the shutter button yet! I have always known how important photography was to me because I never stopped trying to learn more about it. Read more>>

BC Curry

I am a musician turn full-time photographer. Initially, I traveled on the road fresh of high school as the bass player with a local band called The Mighty All-Stars. We were a local band playing in night clubs in the Fort Worth/Dallas area. Eventually started traveling on the road as the Johnnie Taylor Show Band. Read more>>

Melissa Pavel

My journey into the beauty industry started about 15 years ago, then life made way for a couple of detours. I knew at that time that working behind the chair as a single mom “pursuing her passion” and growing a brand/business was financially impossible. Like most providers of the family, I made the decision to put my aspirations on hold and took a position with an Oil and Gas Brokerage. Read more>>

Shervan Mitchell

My story started with looking for ways to enhance my natural beauty since I don’t wear makeup often. Someone suggested eyelash extensions to me so I tried them. As time went on, I continued to wear them and also learned how to maintain them. The more I learn, the stronger my desire to grow for them! Read more>>

Nate Powell

Ferocious Beard Company is a company that takes our customers and products seriously without taking ourselves too seriously. We’re all about having fun, meeting new potential customers, treating them the way we would want to be treated, and without a doubt, the opportunity to grow this family business has been very rewarding. Read more>>

Aiden Franklin

I really enjoyed photography. The photos were pretty bad at first but it was technical and creative, similar to music. I started selling music gear to fund photography gear. I went from posting leather bags to eBay to product photography for their website. Next thing I know I have my own company and started gaining clients. Sometimes God moves in those ways that you can’t really stop and photography was one of those ways for me. Read more>>

Jazzmen Tate

My journey of being a Christian comedian started out in 2010 on a dare from a friend to grab the microphone at an open mic event. I can not adequately describe in words what it felt like to have all of the attention in the room focused on lil ole me. I was both nervous and excited all at the same time. Read more>>

Stephanie Joanette, Brenda Rondriguez and Campion Bond

Blexx Entertainment is a newly established brand and this is how we came about: Our base team consists of three members Campionbond, Breezy, & Stephanie Joanette. We met about two years ago when we all came together to volunteer for another promotion company in the DFW area. Read more>>

Stacey Clark

Being a single mom was cyclical in my family. As amazing as my matriarchs were, each of them, in their own way, contributed to the life of struggle I found myself in as a young, divorced, mother of two. The women in my family needed more than financial help to change our lives in a lasting and meaningful way. Read more>>

Caris Palm Turpen

When WISHBONE ended, I made a transition out of film into winemaking – I started LightCatcher Winery, and made wine and food and hosted events for eighteen years. I housed a small monograph art gallery and art studio in the winery, showing my paintings and sculptures. Read more>>

Tatiana Mayfield

I was born in Fort Worth, Texas and as far back as I can remember, music was always all around me–from the moment I woke up to go to school to the moment I went to sleep. I, fortunately, grew up in a household with parents who are very open-minded musically and very supportive. They listened to everything from straight-ahead jazz to classical, R&B, blues, rock, and world. Read more>>

Mahogany Henderson

In 2009, I started DJing during my sophomore year while attending University of Missouri- St. Louis bka UMSL. My first gig was with the radio station on campus called Umsl Radio. At the end of every show, I would do a late night mix that I would get messages on social media saying they make me want to dance. Every show I provided my quick mixes to would lead to both internet and college radio platforms requesting to syndicate my radio show. Read more>>

Mustafa and Crystal Dinc

We found a truck for sale on eBay, Contacted the person, drove to Houston and made a deal. I won’t get into details here, the builder was/is a horrible company. Empty promises is where I’ll leave that. But finally, in March 2018 our truck was delivered! We wanted our friend Falk Houben to paint it. Read more>>

Jocelyn Willis

The blueprint for my destiny surfaced after I experienced sexual assault. I was a victim of child sexual assault at the hands of my ex-step-dad. I was only six years old and through six years, I was emotionally and sexually abused in my home. During my season of anguish, I searched for an outlet. The abuse didn’t hinder me from getting help for myself. I needed a place of substance. Read more>>

George C Welder

I worked for an agency that provides residential and vocational services for people with developmental disabilities for 25 years until moving to the DFW area. There I learned an awful lot about living life one day at a time and being grateful for what you have. Read more>>

Samitriya Kroll

At the start of advancing my career, I started the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at The University of South Alabama along with a non-profit organization called Hope Contained which strives to impact mental health through education and awareness. Read more>>


A few weeks later, a friend of mine presented me with the opportunity to move to Texas. I had no reason to stay in Indiana, so I immediately agreed. She asked me at 9am and by 7pm I had convinced four other friends to move with me. I sold and gave away most of the stuff I owned, and shoved the rest into the U-Haul we all split and the back of my ’93 Buick LeSabre. Read more>>


Everything is relative. Everything is perspective. Everything is an opportunity and I’ve built up mountains in my life just to have something to overcome. I find myself constantly putting up obstacles, so I don’t get stuck in the mire of my own making. Read more>>

Alicia Yost

God is seriously so good. I know reading all this it sounds so simple and easy but the road to get where I am now was far from that. However, I am a strong believer that change starts with US. We have the ability to create and nothing is permanent. It starts with a goal, determination, hard work, not giving up when things aren’t easy or feel defeating and just always having a heart of gratitude. Read more>>

Christina Hardman

Fetching was started by a friend of mine as a private shopping experience located in a co-working space. I immediately loved the concept and we would discuss her business at length every time I shopped with her. When she decided to sell it and asked if I would be interested in taking it over, I just couldn’t say no! Read more>>

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