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Inspiring Stories from North 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 North Dallas below.

Mr. Centers

I liked the clothes and shoes they took photos of, but I felt like there was something missing, that I could provide, if I were to start shooting my own shots… In May of 2018, I took the leap of faith and bought a Nikon D750 with the money I had saved from selling sneakers. In late June 2018, a cousin of mine suggested we attend an event called SneakerCon, and that I should bring my camera to practice. Read more>>

Josh Phillips

I’m a late bloomer to photography but fell in love with the ability to capture images that I hope to speak to people and encourage them. I have started to also dab in the video world. My approach using elements of design in a clean and minimalist way, help keep my photography focused on the subject(s) and the importance of the story being told. Read more>>

Cortina Jackson

I am so excited and thrilled to be the author of two published novels. My story unfolds as a former police officer married to an abusive police officer. A very unique situation to be in, as my job was to protect and serve when I could not protect and serve myself at that time. This realization kept my lips sealed, as I had to put on a strong face, and have a command presence in every job that I had during the abuse. Read more>>

Jordan Coffing

I began writing music in a songwriting class at UNT. Prior to this class, I had not finished a song, the typical crippling self-doubt got the better of me, but the pressure of a deadline and the inspiration from my classmates really helped move things along. I played my music around Denton with a band of some amazing musicians and friends from school who really helped shape the music. Read more>>

Darby Merriman

I’ve always believed that you have to surround yourself with great people and when I started preparing for my career in real estate, I looked at who had a quality of life and the success I’d like to have. I was introduced to Chrissy Mallouf, my business partner, by a mutual friend when I was considering getting into real estate. She was busy, overcommitted mom like me who loved her kids, volunteering and helping others. Read more>>

Jessica Edison and Kenneth Huggins

Through my recent adult life, the Lord has blessed me more than I deserve. I guess in life we learn how the lord gets your attention. Well, for me? He got my attention LOUD…VERY LOUD two years ago. He placed me in a position of leadership. A position of leadership that paid BIG. TOO BIG, so I thought. I’ll never forget the day I became FEARFUL of GOD. YES. LITERALLY SCARED of him. Read more>>

Shea Anne

As I progressed in my modeling career, I met my husband and had two children (that are also in the industry). After the birth of my children, I continued modeling and began working as an agent for a top Los Angeles modeling agency. I soon realized I really wanted to be behind the camera instead of in front of the camera. I wanted to make people feel beautiful and make every person feel like they are a model. Read more>>

Danielle Guilliod

Makeup in a way got me out of dark place. Before I was doing makeup, I was playing soccer at the University of North Texas until I blew my knee out resulting in two knee surgeries, transferring to Stephen F Austin State University to play and deciding to end my soccer career basically as soon as I got there. Read more>>

Brandon Watts

Have you ever found yourself sifting through old photo albums at your parents or grandparents house? I have. And I always have to ask my family, “Who is this?” Moral of the story, I may not have known them personally, but I got to experience who they were through a simple photo. A photo that someone thought to capture. I want to do that for you and anyone who will have me. Read more>>

Gary Roseberry

The search for furniture led us to purchase from online auctions; this was a game changer because it greatly reduced our travel time and offered a much larger selection of furniture. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I love auctions and got a chance to work with an online company then decided to go to Auctioneer School and start. Why Not Auction House and the Online Why Not Marketplace. Read more>>

Dina Alsaid

At the pageant, I want spokes model on my speech about autism awareness and the need for early intervention programs. I also won my division, Mrs. Texas us America 2017. I continue to serve my community and volunteer with the Warren center. Then when I went on to compete in Mrs. Plus America, I was awarded the national Miss Plus America Ms. Community Service title. I dedicated my year as Mrs. Texas Plus America to community service. Read more>>

Arbara Rankins

I had a small child with special needs. During his time in the NICU, all we did was listen to music, sing and read books. Later we discovered that during therapy which was painful for him, music calmed him. I began my search for all things music to have on hand for such occasions. Thanks to social media I found a local Dallas musician (who is also an educator) who posted a few videos and my son was hooked. Read more>>

Stella Ella

I began sharing designs on various social media platforms, and the positive response from friends and followers encouraged me to take the leap and start my own business. If it were not for the people who encouraged my work, I don’t think I would have ended up creating Stella Ella Design. Read more>>

Makayla Smith

Being a single mother and a full-time student while working was tough, but I couldn’t give up! May 2017, I graduated with a Bachelors in Communication Broadcasting, and two months later I landed my first job as a social media coordinator for Ebby Halliday Realtors. Grateful for my accomplishments but still not satisfied, I began working on my photography. After much practice and great compliments, I began my photography company Pictureme Mk! Read more>>

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