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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.

Marcus Crawford and Amanda Whittington

TheLCLifestyle (LC Apparel) began as a line of shirt in a college ministry I was over in Auburn, AL. After an event we hosted, I noticed that people are their best when they are doing what they are most passionate about. I wondered to myself, “What if there was a culture of people who simply love Christ and were serious about developing their gifting and pursuing their passions?” Read more>>

Monica Denais

I love what I do but I felt something was missing; I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. I’ve always wanted to help millennials like myself minimize the stigma of mental health and just start open conversations with people. I received guidance from friends and my now husband about pursuing my dreams but had no clue how I was going to execute this. Read more>>

Marcus Taylor

I’ve been in love with music since a child. Since elementary, I’ve been singing and rapping and performing on stage. I actually started to pursue a music career after being diagnosed with cancer in 2002. I received a $10,000 studio from the Make A Wish Foundation and released my first project in 2002. Since then, I’ve been signed to a couple of local labels, released over 12 mixtapes and 5 albums. Read more>>

Rachel Bellotti

I believe authenticity is a superpower and only when we know ourselves can we truly connect with humanity. After having cancer as a teen, I basically went numb as a way to cope. It was easier to ignore how I felt; until it wasn’t. I tried therapy, 12-step programs, self-help books, yoga, art therapy, and lots of other healing techniques. It wasn’t until I found a specific style of life-coaching that intuitively reconnects you back to yourself. Read more>>

Courtney Brown

AGSPOSURE Incorporated is a culmination of my life’s work, addressing underserved and minority community issues through a distinctly sentimental lens of agriculture by creating community engagement activities and storytelling. Many of my inspirations can be traced back to my upbringing in Tennessee, where my family had deep roots in agriculture and supporting our local communities through big and small gestures. Read more>>

Skylon Smith

Music has always been my passion from piano lessons in elementary school to marching band and rapping in high school. I knew I wanted a career in music, but what specifically? I didn’t want to play an instrument professionally, and I’m not built for teaching, so I went to college, majoring in audio engineering. College didn’t go as planned, I was depressed which led to me dropping out. Read more>>

Str8Drop Mega

Inspired by my little cousin JaMichael “Truth Roccz” Wilson, I began spitting freestyles at the age of 17. Over the years life hit hard, and depression and negative thoughts took over me. As time flew by I knew I had to renew my mind and get on my grind. Dropping my debut album: Strusslin “The Struggle of the Hustle” in 2019 was a blessing. Noe, it’s crunch time! Read more>>

Earlyshia Thomas

Pearl Bailey once said, “No one knows your worth, but you.” Many people may never believe it, but I always knew what I wanted to do, however, I didn’t always know… understand… my PURPOSE. Education has been at the forefront of my life since birth! Read more>>

Scott and Joel Bayer

We are originally from a town called Gainesville but moved to Dallas in 2004. We grew up in the construction business working with our dad, Dale, who is a master builder. Originally, we came to work as PA’s for various photo studios around Dallas but realized quickly that with the training in construction we learned from our dad that we were really passionate about building sets and props. Read more>>

Jeremy LaRue

One of the great advantages of teaching is having time outside of the school year to focus on other pursuits. At the end of 2013, I bought my first DSLR and started to learn a lot about photography. I do travel quite a bit when I’m not teaching, and I got to take photos of some really neat places. I learned more about composition, seeing light, and how to make strong images. Read more>>

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