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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.

Joey Nicotra

So, my story actually starts back when I was 8 years old. I fell in love with skateboarding at a super young age and knew that was exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I committed everything I had to the sport and at 16 I was beginning to travel, skate big contests, acquire sponsorships, and make money through skateboarding. Read more>>

Brian Carey

I come from a family of entrepreneurs. Most of the adults in my family have started multiple businesses; some successful, some not so much. I suppose it’s in my blood to want to create my own destiny but I’m the first person in my family to go college. Read more>>

Shelley Stull-Coffee

Growing up in New Orleans and then moving to Los Angeles (LA), when I was a child I was enamored by the glamourous allure of Hollywood, the thought of being a part of that world was just a dream. After graduating from college with a degree outside of makeup artistry, I landed a cookie cutter career that suited my degree perfectly, but was unhappy and unfulfilled. Read more>>

Lindsay Goldapp

I met most of the creative team from Stomping Ground in the early to mid 2000s in Dallas when we were all doing comedy or theater. We’ve loved working together and learning from each other over the years and have all left to train at different institutions in the country- Groundlings, iO, Second City, Comedy Sportz, etc. Read more>>

Cheryl Johnson

A FRIEND INTRODUCED ME TO YOGA : I’ve been practicing yoga for years. A good friend introduced me to the practice while I was in art school in south Texas. I moved back to Dallas and continued to practice. This same friend moved to Dallas, started a family AND that is when the prenatal yoga practice began. Read more>>

Stefani Billings

Ever since I was a child, I’ve always been so intrigued by graphic design. I started on kidpix when I was 3 years old, I remember designing typefaces in 2nd grade, or designing bookmarks for my friends in middle school. Read more>>

Tiffany Taylor and Flann Harris

Tiffany: Scout was born out of a love for travel and finding unusual items for the home. I grew up going to flea markets with my parents and, though resistant as a child, their love of Scouting eventually wore off on me. I am always on the hunt for the next treasure; it’s in my DNA. Read more>>

Christina Jinez

I have several roles. I’m a Nutritionist first & foremost, a lactation educator/ International Board Certified Lactation Consultant mentee, & an American College of Sports Medicine Personal Trainer student. Health has been of interest to me since I was old enough to know that there was a correlation between the nutrients we put in (or don’t put in) our bodies & what our bodies give us in return. Read more>>

Michael Rowley

I was born and raised in the dusty town of Amarillo, Texas. Most people know it because of the 72 oz steak or the Cadillac Ranch – a few attractions for those passing through on Route 66. Despite its kind people and weird quirks, it is not a hub for documentary filmmaking opportunities. Read more>>

Dana Walsh

When I was growing up, I always knew I wanted to help people. I started at a young age volunteering for the Special Olympics and working with kids. When I was in college, I majored in community health with a focus on physical therapy. Read more>>

Carol B. Mitchell

Carol B. Mitchell, a Southern Regional Realist, portrays her subject matter in a representational style, combining the best of Maryland, the Carolinas, and Texas traditions in painting. She is interested in developing paintings with strong compositional elements and saturated colors with warmth and vibrancy. Read more>>

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