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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.

Stephanie Hobbs

I developed a passion for fashion as a young girl. I was born and raised in the small town of Moro, Arkansas and learned early on about the importance of looking appropriate for every moment. As a little girl, I would walk around in my mother’s high heels. I also inherited my mother’s style and sense of fashion, amongst my friends, I was known to be very stylish. I’ve always had a passion for styling others for any event, big or small. While attending events, people would notice my unique style and ask who created such a look. Read more>>

Kyleah Bell

My name is Kyleah Bell, I am originally from San Diego, CA, and can now say at the age of 25 that I have lived in three different time zones. I began my small business wanting to make DIY wreaths for extra cash to get my family gifts for Christmas during the COVID-19 Pandemic. I had just graduated from my graduate program, receiving my Master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration, as a first generation graduate. With the hardship of the pandemic the profit I made with my small business that winter season was more self-sustaining than the job I had at the time. Read more>>

Kamilla Silina

I was born in Uzbekistan. It’s a country in Central Asia. Have you ever heard of a Great Silk Road? It passed right through Uzbekistan. It was one of the first routes to connect Asia and Europe. This road helped establish first economic and cultural relationships between many countries. Since I was a child I loved going to a local bazaar with my mom. Bazaar is a big street market with many vendors of clothing, food and spices. I learned to hunt for the best goods and price early in life. Read more>>

Michelle Wall

Photography became a passion of mine about five years ago. In the beginning I photographed a little of everything- from child models to family portraits, trying to figure out where my passion really was. It was in 2019 that I fell in love with Boudoir Photography. Boudoir is so much more than just taking sexy photos of women. It’s an experience that women will cherish and gives them a newfound confidence. I love showing that world that all women are beautiful and worthy of having beautiful photos, not just models. Read more>>

Nafeesa Peoples

I started London-Mo’Lan Accessories back in 2014 in Hickory Hills, Il which is named after my daughter. We relocated to Texas in 2017. I’ve always had a love for fashion since I was a little girl. I enjoyed dressing up from head to toe and looking good. My friends would always ask me what should they wear and I would assist them. I realized then that it was a passion to help women look good. Once I gave my life back to Christ & started LMA I understood the assignment. Read more>>

Julie Martinez

I’ve always loved art and creating, even at a young age. As a toddler I would oftentimes add superhero drawings or draw embellishments on the characters in my Berenstain Bear books. It’s very safe to say that I ruined a lot of childhood books! I give a lot of credit to my parents as well as my grandma for encouraging me to pursue art in high school and early adulthood. My grandma used to take my sister and I to an oil painting class with her on Saturdays so that we could spend some quality time as well as learn from our talented teacher. Read more>>

Britney GIlbert

Brow Haus Beaute is here to serve! Hey DFW my name is Britney. The owner of Brow Haus Beaute. I specialize in semi-permanent makeup, specifically for brows. I have always had a passion for beauty since I have been a little girl. Fast forward to 2022 and now Im a 33 year young woman who loves making women feel beautiful. Im born Alabama, raised Louisiana and since June 2020 i have been making my mark in Texas. I can remember being younger always wanting to move to Dallas but I was too afraid of the “city life” because all I knew how to do, was to be a “country girl”. Read more>>

Quaron Gooch

My story is still being written but my photography and film making journey started only a few months ago. I’ve always been a entrepreneur but moving out my hometown during a pandemic has been one crazy decision. I’m very far away from where I want to be but I’m driven to make a difference. This has been far from easy, I went without money, being unemployed for months and months, being depressed, worried about how this will happen, how that will happen. Read more>>

Bethany Brackebusch

I started modeling about a year ago, i got into modeling after i suffered an injury and split my forehead open resulting in a scar. I think beauty if a mentality not a physicality and working in the modeling industry has really helped me come into myself and realize that our imperfections are what make us human! Human is beautiful! A photographer reached out to me through instagram and asked if i would be interested in a test shoot, it went great and he reached out to agencies he knows and then i signed with my mother agency : 42 Model Management. Read more>>

Serah Prince

ou know those stories that seem to come full circle? Well, that is kind of how this one goes. I have always seen the world from a slightly different angle and try not to look at things straight on, but instead try to find the most beautiful ways to see it. As a child I had a Pentax camera that took 110 film cartridges… you know, the kind you had to manually wind?! I loved it and took so many pictures of my friends. We had to wait days, sometimes weeks to get our pictures developed. Read more>>

Christian Gonzalez

I believe there’s 2 main reasons why people become barbers. one being through passion the other through financial desperation. For me it was definitely a case of financial desperation which with time became a passion. I’ve been a barber since august of 2017. It started off as a “hustle”. In 2018 is when I grew an immense passion for the craft once I attended my first barber convention. Afterwards, I went on to become more involved with the educational side of barbering. Read more>>

Wavybandz

Music has been in my life since I was really young. I grew up listening to really good music because of my Dad. Earth Wind and Fire, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Santana, Kurt Cobain, inspired me. When I started creating music it came really naturally, like a force of nature. I was really driven to show the world the music journey was for me and not just a hobby. I thought I could possibly be a famous musician or artist. I just know I wanted to create music. Read more>>

Alyssa Moreno

The event therapy was never planned!! Even days like today I still look back and be like how in the world did I get here. However, I lost my twin brother in 2020 unexpectedly and fell into a survival mode because shortly after the pandemic happened. I felt like I lost my drive and just lost who I was as my world had got turn upside down in so many different way. Not only was a grieving I was unable to see my family because the day of the funeral is the day that the world shut down so I go eight weeks without seeing anyone . Read more>>

Nikki Hunter

I started in the industry back in 2016 as a manager. I manged music artist & models. It was a great experience & I learned alot. In 2019, I decided to completely be done with management because I felt that I belong somewhere else in the industry. I started my talent agency called NH Bookings in 2020. We threw tons of events to help models, photographers, make-up artist, clothing brands and designers bulid their portfolios & get the necessary content they may need to boost their careers. Read more>>

Angela Pitts

Even as a young kid, I was a natural observer. Quiet and reserved, I enjoyed noticing details and creating drawings, paintings and crafts. As a teenager, I discovered the camera, and enjoyed taking pictures of my home, my life and travels. During my senior year in high school, my parents divorced, and I was left dealing with extreme loss right in the middle of a huge life transition. So, I ended up turning to the visual arts to work through my underlying grief. Read more>>

Mollia Evans

I was laid off from my corporate job June of 2020 and I knew I didn’t want to start a new job right away. Wanted to take a little break. But I also knew I would need to find something to occupy my time while being home. Therefore, I did my research on making shirts and that’s how my journey/business of making custom t-shirts began. Learning how was pretty easy for me. I caught on very quick. Of course there is a lot of trial and error but it wasn’t anything that made me want to give up. Plus I had a lot of support which kept me going as well. Read more>>

Shanice Rice

It begin as a self journey. I’ve always loved pouring things that made me feel good into my body. From remaining active to what I ate. Then it became a demand from those around me and at work needing help with ailments. Of course I was taking jugs of tea orders to work at that time, not knowing how to utilize loose leaf and tea bags. Once I knew I was aligned with my purpose, I then took to learning the business structure of that thing. It not only helped me more understand the things I was using on a daily basis, but how others can incorporate herbs and remedies into their lives as well! Read more>>

Timika Coleman

I have always had a passion to help others and real estate was the vehicle I was planning to use to do so. In 2008 I had plans to start my professional real estate career; however, I allowed everything in my life to get in the way of my plans. I continued to pray about my purpose in life and the desire to help others through real estate kept coming to the surface of my mind. Fast forward, 10 years later, in 2018 I finally gave into my gift to help others through real estate and earned my Texas Real Estate license. Read more>>

Angela Senor

I have always been in the people business. I have always enjoyed being apart of a bright part of someone’s day. I started out in the food and beverage side- serving patrons of Snuffer’s and Stan’s Blue Note while starting g my cosmetology training with Ogle. After graduating I built up my clientele from my waitstaff colleagues. I also worked at a funeral home doing hair. Talk about an honor! To be tha last intimate touch on someone who has moved on from this Earth. It was very special. After about a year of working solo, I decided I was craving advance training and skills in my haircuts. Read more>>

Londyn Pourciau

Honestly, it all happened really fast. I expressed interest in modeling with my mom, and a few weeks later we were heading to Dallas to do some photoshoots with Tim Bracey. Since then I have shot with a few photographers around the Dallas area and have been published in quite a few publications. As with anything else in life, if you want to be good at something, it takes a lot of work and practice. Model, I love high fashion! What sets me apart from others is that I know that in order to be good at modeling that I have to want it and work hard for it. Read more>>

Rayshonda(Ray) Nelson

My love for fashion begin as early as 7 years old. I always looked forward to getting dolled up for Sunday service. This was a place that I could express my love for hats and ” extra” attire. I knew I something special because my eye for clothing was a bit different when I use to use my map pencils to redesign my paper doll outfits( I probably just told my age,lol). Going up in the south dressing up for Sunday service and eating Sunday dinner was the highlight of the week. Well,as I grew the traditional southern comfort food made me a ” curvy” teenage. Read more>>

Zach Dunham

In the fall of 2018, while attending the university of Wyoming, I met someone named Jacob Sonntag who was a creative mind and soon became one of my closest friends. He was an avid photographer and inspired me to peruse my own photography journey. In January of 2019 I purchased my first camera which was a Canon T7i. Over the next year and a half I took as many photography opportunities as I could in the small college town. Whether it was portraits of friends or adventures to the medicine bow forest I was becoming obsessed with photography and started to fall in love with it. Read more>>

Brad Ellis

I’ve been making art most of my life. I was born and raised in Tulsa, OK and started drawing and painting at an early age and ultimately graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Tulsa. A few years after I graduated, I moved to Dallas in 1987 and for several years had a corporate day job and painted on nights and weekends. As my work started to develop and evolve, I began to get more visibility and recognition which eventually led to gallery representation and that expanded into several markets and commission opportunities. Read more>>

Bryson Fowler

I grow up in the Dallas County area and participated in sports which eventually helped me make my way to the University of Texas at El Paso where I first began my professional career as an entrepreneur. A group of friends and I started an event and promotional company as a way to make extra money while struggling to pay rent in college. Learning a lot from my early years I learned a lot of changes but one thing that remains absolute is that whatever you decide to get into you have to go hard in promoting your business and telling everyone you know and them telling everyone they know about your business. Read more>>

Obafemi Kinsiedilele

MCE is a music trio from Pine Bluff, AR which formed about 2008. We make socially relevant, uplifting and empowering music We dropped our first project titled “Knowledge Of Self Vol. 1 back in 2009. It has been an uphill battle! The music industry is saturated with artists, and mainstream rap publicity is typically surrounded by artists that promote violence, drug use, sexual recklessness and more. But there is a growing lane of fans that appreciate a more positive approach to music, especially in hip hop. Read more>>

Caleb B

I initially was interested in creating a career in the performing arts. Dance, cheerleading, and music were my foundation. However, while still in high school from designing cheer uniforms and creating game day looks, I discovered my talent for styling and infatuation with fashion. So that journey after high school lead me into high-end retail stores such as Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Bebe. Where I was able to work hands on with the public, looking for things to wear for all types of occasions. Read more>>

K’AY SAMONE

These 6 descriptive words are my story. However, these impetuous seeds all started from the root of my family. When I was a little girl (age 8), a little girl of many curious and active qualities, I was first introduced to design and construction through my father and grandfather, we called it the “Love Corporation.” Love Corp. infrastructure was simply targeting family-owned or small businesses in search of landscape, construction, and electrical design for residences and privately-owned buildings across the state of Mississippi. Read more>>

Dos Jay

I saw tooth gems on someone almost 3 years ago and thought they were so cute. I tried them on myself but never went anywhere with it. Within the last year or so I’ve seen that too the gems are becoming more popular so I decided to take the full leap and start a business! It unfortunately hasn’t been a smooth road. I see there is big competition out here that are all shop based. I’ve decided to lower my prices and I’ve gotten a good amount of clients just not enough. The struggles I have is honestly just marketing and the bigger competition. Read more>>

Young Rich Boy YRB

I am a upcoming rapper from baton rouge I moved up to Dallas to further my rap career I now have my own clothing line Draco plus clothing also I invested my own business and got my label off the ground and now we have 3 artists who have surpassed A million streams within the first year of being signed No I had faced a couple roadblocks like jail time house arrest and I lost love ones in the process. Read more>>

Tamara Grantham

I was born in a small Texas town. Growing up in a place where there’s not much to do, I spent a lot of time outdoors. Riding horses and helping my grandma in her garden were some of my favorite activities. I started coming up with stories at a very young age. Some I wrote down. Most I didn’t. When I finally attempted to write a novel, I got a few chapters in and quit. The story never went how I’d imagined. I got frustrated, felt like I wasn’t a very talented writer, or maybe writing just wasn’t my “calling” and so I stopped. Read more>>

Temitope Oshomoji

I am Temi Oshomoji, born and raised in Nashville, TN and currently residing in Dallas, TX. I am a Project Analyst with UBS, an author, a domestic violence activist, and most importantly a mother. I am a first-generation Nigerian American who is devoted to bridging the gap between Africans in the diaspora and those abroad. I currently hold the title of Ms. International Lone Star State 2022 and will compete this September in New York at the 2022 Ms. International pageant. As a Domestic Violence survivor, I know firsthand the importance of genuine assistance. I organize intimate events in order share my story and raise funds and awareness for fellow survivors. I recently published a book called The Reason I Smile that shares a snippet into my life. I really just want to empower and encourage people. The book is available on Amazon. Read more>>

Yoshika Green

My story is that I started working when I was 20, as soon as I got out of college. I was a teacher for 13 years then went into educational business and worked with companies such as Scholastic. From there I worked 10 years in the non-profit sector in program start-ups, program director, and special events. Now I’m working for myself as the owner of Yoshika Green Consulting LLC, a boutique writing firm where my team and I write, edit, and consult those that want to make 6-figures from their hobby. My hobby, my gift all along was and is writing (I used to write grants for fun when I was a teacher and I would win all of them so I started teaching others how to do the same). I wasn’t paying attention to see that writing was what I could be doing to make way more money than I was in a 9-5 setting. Read more>>

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