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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.

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>>

Gary Walker

Le’Garon started his music endeavors as a student at Greiner Middle School in Dallas, TX. His earlier development came from studying vocal training and developing his profession; by learning how to play 2 musical instruments. Read more>>

Sasha Hampton

I remember when I was 15 or 16 years old, back when AOL and dial up for a thing. I would spend hours searching for stamps, scrapbook paper, envelopes, and fine paper. Not exactly your typical Google search for a teen. I can’t really pinpoint where this little obsession came from, but I was convinced that I would get older and open a stationery store. Read more>>

Stevan Alva

I started playing music when I was 19, my younger brother Zack basically taugnt me to play guitar when he was 16. We grew up in Bakersfield, CA home of some metal bands and country artist oh and Mosrite guitars. During those days we just always played music in our bedroom, we even one day decided it was a good idea to get rid of all the beds and replaced them with a drum set that my older brother Mychal played the shit out of haha, I haven’t thought of that in awhile. Read more>>

Jessica Kate-Martinez

I’m originally from San Antonio but moved to the Northeast for school and fell in love with life up there. I actually went to school to follow in the footsteps of others in my family to enter the medical field. I went to the University of Maryland where I majored in women’s gender studies and biochemistry with hopes of eventually becoming a cardio thoracic surgeon. Read more>>

Michelle “Missy” Seyler

We opened our gym 9 1/2 years ago because we love the sport of gymnastics and our own children love it as well. My husband and I were both gymnasts our whole lives and competed collegiately for The University of Oklahoma where we met doing gymnastics. Read more>>

Erin Hossley, John Paul Hossley

We opened the shop back in 2012 after working at different Interior Design and Architecture studios for a good number of years. Since that was our background we decided to open a home furnishings store that also offered design services. Read more>>

Erica Guajardo

My story started about 8 years ago, I was an interior designer who had a craving for more. Selling other people designs and art where not enlugh because I knew that I could make it too! I ended up taking this roller coaster of a ride through the Dallas Art scene movement social scene. Read more>>

CJ Critt

In a multi-hyphenate world, I began as an actress, singer and raconteur many moons ago in New York City, making my way to scores of TV commercials in the post Mad Men days of the 1980’s when I also appeared on and off Broadway and discovered that I liked to write. I have lived in Oak Cliff since before it was a hipster enclave, and would commute back and forth to NYC via DFW airport. Read more>>

Ree and Jason Willaford

After working in corporate retail visual design and merchandising I left the executive part of my life and traveled to Europe for six months, I was in my 20s I was too young to be in an executive position at the time, it was a little too much to handle running 29 stores and six divisions. I freelanced and worked for Giorgio Beverly Hills and other retailers in and around Los Angeles. Read more>>

John & LaNelia Ramette

On June 12, 2010, my husband and I came home from breakfast with our daughter, when we found our son, Michael, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 20. We had no warning signs— our son was a caring person with a servant heart who reached out to friends who were struggling and always had a smile on his face— and were completely shocked at such a horrific turn of events. Read more>>

Jennifer D. Holmes

I have wanted to be a Realtor since I was eight years old. Growing up in Long Beach, California I would watch GLOW (gorgeous ladies of wrestling) and when it would go off the real estate show would come on. I loved watching the show and how they described the features of the home in a way that seemed to make me want to buy every home. Read more>>

Haylee Ryan

I always loved to draw and paint, even as a little kid when I carved drawings into my parents wooden bed and drew pictures on the wall. When my grandfather passed away when I was 9 years old, I prepared a whole “portfolio” of my artwork to give him as a gift. Read more>>

Jake Nice

I started playing music as a young kid. I took lessons on piano and guitar, and eventually started writing my own songs. In high school and middle school, I got really into theatre and started acting in school plays and musicals. I also performed in multiple school choirs. During our last years of high school my best friend Trevor and I started writing folk/rock songs together. Read more>>

Natasha Khan

It started with Barbie Dolls, scissors and a bottle of Clairol under my mom’s bathroom sink. It’s not that I necessarily chose hair. It chose me. I’ve had a creative passion for it ever since I was 6 and fell in love with everything about it. Read more>>

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