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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.

Darryl Wyrick

I’ll start by saying the platform that I use now, pushing the agenda of reading more, is not the path that I ever saw for myself. In college, as an athlete, I would always say that I was one-and-done. I had plans to go chase a dream in California and just needed to get by. Read more>>

Chakina “CC the Great “ Watkins

Chakina “CC the Great” Watkins is a three-time award-winning celebrity hairstylist and make-up artist in Arlington, Tx! Creativity, innovation, and motivation is what makes C.C. a leader amongst her peers! CC the Great has made history as the first professor of cosmetology at Tarrant County College where she is pioneering and building their curriculum and classes! She is the published author of Hair University textbook (available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble). Read more>>

Jameca Bailey

As the founder, I’ve always been passionate about fashion and putting together the right looks, so I decided to create a company that provides women with a variety of pieces and tips on how to wear them. At Twelve05, we forgo fads and focus on style. Each piece is carefully picked with the bold and stylish woman in mind. From girls night out and brunch dates to red carpet events and business meetings, Twelve05 is your go-to destination for flawless style. Read more>>

Stephanie Spruill

Our entry into the business of laser engraving was a natural outcropping of our retail business that we started in 1998. We had been providing diamond bit engraving, foil transfer and monogramming to our customers at Inside Out Designs, our store in Fort Worth, managed by my mother and partner, Kay Spruill. When major layoffs occurred in my corporate career after I had survived numerous buyouts, mergers and downsizing activities, I decided it was time to change gears and do something fun, creative and service-oriented over which I had both flexibility and control. Read more>>

Chris White

From a very young age, I loved to write. I use to write short stories, plays, and poems all the time, As time marched on and “adulting” became an inevitable rite of passage, my passion for writing faltered. That all changed two months ago when I started a blog Initially, my idea for the blog was to provide music and concert reviews. However, due to the lack of quality music, I decided to add more interesting content to my blog. Therefore, I incorporated my take on politics, eatery reviews and a peek into my world which can be a mess at times. Read more>>

Dominic “HARMINI” Bonsignore

Dominic Bonsignore aka “Harmini” is a multi-talented rap recording artist whose music and message is able to both impacts and edify the Christian community as well as a crossover to positively influence secular audiences. “Harmini” is under the management of Christian Artists International, Inc. and is signed to Rising Higher Recording Label. Harmini’s songs are spiced with deep melodic harmonies and passionate vocals engaging the listeners to focus on his message and the raw, pure talent of a dynamic singer, rap artist, and actor whose talent shines on stage and abroad for others to enjoy. Read more>>

Jordan Johnson

I started with my own workout journey three years ago. I gained a lot of muscle and weight during the first year and a half and got a lot of questions about how I got to where I had gotten. I had no personal training experience and only worked out by myself, but I knew how to build a workout. Therefore, I started selling programs, and Controlled fitness was born. I started out selling workouts by body parts but later started combining them into complete packaged programs. Read more>>

Beau Jacobson

Growing up I was always overweight and struggled with obesity. I weighed almost 300 pounds in high school but thought that was necessary in order for me to continue starting on my high school football team. Despite success on the field, I dealt with teasing, body image issues, and extreme insecurity. Up to that point in my life, I lived a great life, I have two AMAZING parents and one AWESOME sister who always supported me. But despite all of that, I was never truly happy. Once football was over, I decided to lose weight, and it was going great until I took it to an extreme and suffered from binge eating disorder during my first few years of college. Read more>>

Marci Orr

I started in corporate American in the industry of advertising, marketing, and promotions. At the time of the global economic downturn of 2008, I owned a small advertising agency with a few key clients. Once clients began to cut their advertising budgets, I began to realize that my passion for the ad business was waning so, I started researching counseling programs with universities in the DFW area. It wasn’t until four years later that I decided to go back to school and obtain my Masters in Counseling from Southern Methodist University. My life has been forever changed for the better by this decision! Read more>>

Jordan Boone

I started NationTen Brand at Texas Wesleyan University (Ft. Worth, TX). I was selling regular t-shirts, socks out the trunk of my car. Once I graduated, I sold cars for a few months gaining sales experience after a few months I quit and decided to work full-time as an entrepreneur. I began making calls to teams locally, across the state and nation. We started producing custom uniforms (basketball, football, soccer, etc.) and instantly grew to hundreds of clients in a few months. In less than a year, we now have deals with arena football leagues, high schools over hundreds of youth organizations. Read more>>

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