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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.

Devyn Walker

Everyone has a turning point in their life and my turning point happened in 2011. During the summer of 2011, I lost my father made the unfortunate decision to take his own life and I was the person that found him afterwards. After experiencing that trauma, I was clinically diagnosed with major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The following years up until 2014 was a struggle for me, I even attempted to take my own life. It’s interesting to think that I found my passion and purpose during the lowest moments of my life but due to this trauma I was introduced to therapy and my therapist later introduced me to yoga. Read more>>

Christina D. Yielding

I have mainly been known as a garage artist for the previous 14 years of my life until I turned my hobby into a career which was about 6 1/2 years ago when I went to San Antonio for the summer to help my aunt and uncle with their land. My only requirement was that they set up a tent so I could paint, one day while I was on my way to Home Depot to get materials, “mind you , you have to drive 10 miles in each direction to get anywhere in Bourne. Read more>>

Candace Hora

Growing up my big sister told me “the way you keep your room is a reflection of how you feel on the inside.” I found that to be so interesting and to this day I am mindful of this as a powerful honing tool in understanding others thru observing their space. Read more>>

Earl D. Thomas

Well, I got started right in West Dallas. I mean honestly, people would say “man how did you learn to mime so well.” Read more>>

Onjalai Flake

I remember the first wedding I went to – I was 13. It started two hours late, there was no flow, and they ran out of food, I didn’t realize it at the time, but I began to consider ways to make it better. Read more>>

Diana E. Martinez

After graduating from college with my Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing, I worked for a small retailer as their Marketing Coordinator. Quickly, I found myself wanting to do more and in hopes of one day being an entrepreneur I went back to school for my MBA and graduated in 2015. Shortly after that, I moved to the DFW area. Read more>>

Brittani Carter-Durant

Over the course of my career I’ve worked for a number of Fortune 500 companies conceptualizing and implementing digital strategies to attract consumers to brands but something was missing since my passion was always in the philanthropic space. After eight years I decided to take the leap into non-profit handling the digital media and volunteer recruitment and retention for an organization committed to supporting those impacted by sexual violence. Read more>>

Brandi English

Brandi Vonne started her fitness journey in 2012. As a classically trained ballerina, former track runner and cheerleader; being fit was something that came second nature. She created Summertime fine Fitness in hopes to inspire young women to change their lifestyles to a healthy lifestyle but still realizing that at any shape or size we are all beautiful. She began instructing bootcamps with a fun hip hop cardio class she named “STF Soul.”She then started boot camp style training sessions. Read more>>

Aaron Glover

The road that lead me to The Writer’s Garret has been full of surprises. My background is performance; my undergraduate degree is in Musical Theatre and my graduate degree is from the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Houston. Read more>>

April Kirby

I’m a filmmaker and visual storyteller in Dallas, TX. My primary focus is on documentary work for non-profits and small businesses as well as a limited number of weddings and elopements. I just entered my 30s and it’s hard to believe I’ve been doing this for over half my life. Read more>>


I began my career at Toni and Guy as an apprentice the day after September 11th. I stayed with the company for five years, had a child and eventually began working on my bachelors in business. After working for an Aveda concept salon in Highland Park, I worked as a freelance artist for MAC for three years. Read more>>

Rachael Sneed

I love writing but had no sense of direction when it came to making it a career in college. So, I obtained my Bachelor’s in Literature at the University of Houston and ended up working in digital marketing after I graduated. Blogs were becoming popular for many companies and they needed someone to write content for them. Read more>>

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