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Inspiring Stories from West Dallas

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 of West Dallas and surrounding areas below.

Juan Olivares

Life now is not something I ever really thought would be a reality! Super happy to have had Tattooing seek me out. Life has not been at all boring because of it! Started out in a small Texas town (Cleburne) shout out C-Town! Somehow made it out of my hometown, decided to give up firefighting. Read more>>

LuTyna Goodman

It started sitting in my living room reading. I heard Naomi’s Daughters so I wrote it down on paper and put it away. Going back to my normal routine of doing hair as a licensed Cosmetologist, I always found myself being a listener to issues, life challenges, people needing advise and this had gone on for many years. Read more>>

Josh Watson

I started painting murals in Dallas at the age of 15. My mom put me in the Mural Art Program to keep me out of trouble. This program was sponsored through the Dallas Museum of Art. From there, I painted several murals throughout The Bishop Arts District. Within two years, I became an apprentice and was given more responsibilities on projects. Read more>>

April Crimbley

I started writing when I was a teenager. I wrote poems, short stories, and plays. I would invite friends over to play the parts in the plays I wrote and record them on a cassette tape. After I graduated from college, I went to work at a government agency helping people find work. I was eventually asked to lead a job search seminar for executives which required updating the training materials for relevancy in the current job market. Read more>>

Shelley Graham

I have loved makeup and hair ever since I was a little girl. When I was a teenager, I would always do my friends hair and makeup whether we were staging our own glamour shots, going out, or even bigger things like prom. From there, I ventured out and started doing hair and makeup for the friends of my friends and family. Read more>>

Andrew Snow

I have nearly 20 years of experience fundraising. I cut my teeth at SMU at the beginning of their campaign to raise $1B. I ended my career as a fundraiser as Chief Development Officer at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. The juxtaposition of an established fundraising operation vs. that of a younger organization inspired the creation of this company that can apply best fundraising practices for the client on a daily basis. Read more>>

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