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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.

Tobenna Attah

Ever since I first started track & field in 7th grade at Austin Middle School, it was always a goal of mine to become an Olympic Athlete in the 400m Dash. I spent my summers dedicated to getting better and running for multiple summer leagues. Of course, I never ended up running in the Olympics, but having such high aspirations put me in a position to “shoot for the stars and fall among the clouds” when it comes to athletics. My time as a student-athlete at Cornell University was an unforgettable experience, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. Read more>>

Deonte Epps

I’m Deonte Epps and I was born and raised in Killeen, TX. I am the youngest of three boys and was the first college graduate in my family. I majored in film and digital media with a minor in corporate communication at Baylor University (Sic’ Em!). After college, I was a sports reporter for a news station in Waco for about a year before becoming a full-time teacher (now in my fifth year). Sports has been the mainstay in my life since I could learn to walk. Although I played a ton of sports growing up, football is what stuck with me and became my life. I’ve known Dane Beasley since the 3rd grade and we grew really close during our high school years. One of the things that made us grow closer, of course, was our love for sports. We would always have conversations about what’s going on in the sports world, as well as entertainment, comic book movies, video games, and everything in between. Read more>>

Haylee Ryan

I have wanted to be an artist since I was a little kid. Besides drawing on walls and carving into my parents bed, what sealed the deal in my future as an artist was when my grandfather was about to pass away, I gave him a folder of all of my drawings up to that point. Read More>>

Heather Daniel

I was born and raised a small-town Texas girl. Growing up in the Texas Panhandle taught me a lot about how to connect with people, treat them right, and work hard to make sure that every encounter they have is a great one. As a child, I watched my parents turn a struggling flower shop into one of the top boutique shopping experiences and luxury event businesses in the area. They’ve gone from just doing flowers to being the place you go for all of life’s celebrations and to style your life. To say that I was brought up in hospitality and entertaining is definitely an understatement. Loving, entertaining and hospitality led me to get a degree from Texas Tech (Guns Up!) in Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management. Since I was catering events for my mom even through High School, I thought I wanted to have a catering business, or an event planning business of some sort and I was working to make that a reality. Read more>>

Phillip Rohe

In 2006 I moved from Buffalo, NY to work for my uncle, who owned and operated Darco Designs here in Dallas. I started as his assistant running materials to various job sites and eventually apprenticed under one of his tile setters. From there, I was able to learn the business from the ground up. Unfortunately, in 2013 my uncle, David Rohe passed away. With the support of my family, I started EDKO in January of 2014. Then in 2018, I had the opportunity to expand my business and purchased our current building in Irving, TX. Read more>>

Carlos Castillo

Son of an immigrant family moved to Texas at a very young age. Grew up in Dallas, went to booker t Washington, a high school for the performing and visual arts. Studied set design, lighting design and technical production at Marymount Manhattan college. Spent some time in New York working. I moved back to Dallas permanently after traveling the world for two years. Got married shortly after and worked in the Dallas area. Projects I participated in during this time include lighting design for concerts and festivals, window display work for retail stores, production management for theatrical and dance shows. Scenic design for dance and theater. Carpentry first shows and tour management. Read more>>

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