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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 Khattak

The story of K.Co begins in 2016 when Stephanie left a job in corporate IT. While she was interviewing for similar tech jobs, she began creating visual art, and over time chose a different professional path, opting to blend her creative, business, and entrepreneurial skills and start K.Co. Initially, it was an art-centered PR agency, then evolved into a visual arts and tourism-focused program consultancy. Like many other small businesses, K.Co made a “pandemic pivot” in 2020, expanding its arts focus to include broader culture, history, and other local favorites, and moving from in-person service providers to online publishing of guides, maps, and other travel resources for small-town road trips and independent travel.  In 2022, we will launch K.Co Press and in March, publish our first physical book, Ten Texas Towns. This hardcover book features professional photography and unique observations from ten of our favorite Texas road trip destinations. (And yes, it was very hard to narrow down!). Read more>>

Katrina Ceaser

I currently reside in North Dallas with my husband, toddler, and Pomeranian. I originally went to school to become a Nurse. Working with in the medical field with newborns and moms, I grew passionate about capturing those fleeting moments of motherhood. In 2015, my husband whom graduated from the Art Institute of Hollywood, encouraged me to start my own photography business. I started off shooting for my friends and family, before I knew it my photography business took off. Working full time at the hospital and shooting on my days off I became very busy. My love for capturing breathtaking moments made it all worth it. After having my daughter I decided to quit my job at the hospital and go full time with photography, all the while enjoying the joys of motherhood. I focus primarily on maternity, newborn, and families. I love capturing the “in between” moments at all of my sessions, and my style is a mix between posed & candid captures. Read more>>

Parker J. Bergeron, Esq

I was born and raised in Lewisville and Dallas, Texas. Infinite Greens is a small family business and was first established in 2017 cultivating hydroponically grown organic leafy greens and vegetables for sale to chefs and restaurants in the metroplex while I attended SMU Dedman School of Law. With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, we decided to convert the farm over to the hemp/cannabis industry. My mission was to provide Texans with Premium Texas Hemp Flower and Pre-rolls, as well as the highest-quality Artisanal CBD Edibles, Tinctures and Topicals for all their health and wellness needs. All of our Hemp/CBD products are hand-crafted from premium small-batch Hemp flower grown and manufactured from our hyper-urban, indoor farm in Farmers Branch, Texas, which allows us to control all environmental factors and prevent the use of any chemicals, pesticides or other toxic inputs. Infinite Greens strives to be a trustworthy and transparent source of Texas Hemp & CBD products for our customers, which is why all of our products are also third-party tested. Read more>>

Cassandra Montgomery

In 2016, I was asked to help start a GED program at my church in The Colony, TX. There I became the GED Program Servant Leader and Instructor. I was responsible for the creation of the program as well as marketing and advertising. Because I have such a passion for teaching, I decided that I would teach the Math/Science classes while another sister in ministry taught Reading/Social Studies. Although we were able to help some adult learners in the community prepare for the GED exam, there were many adult learners within the City of Dallas and surrounding areas seeking assistance but were unable to commute to The Colony. I then knew what my true purpose was. I wanted to ensure that I catered to all adult learners no matter where they resided. In January of 2017, I started Opportunities For Success Education Center in Dallas, TX. One of the main programs offered was and is GED Test Preparation both in-person and online. Many students have completed the GED program and have moved on to better career opportunities or pursued post-secondary education. Read more>>

Rondregus Underwood

I like to believe I was born into this industry because its always been a passion inside of me. I started out modeling at the age of 15 after being discovered by a talent agency in Montgomery, Al. During my first ever professional photoshoot downtown Birmingham Al, I knew then that I had the desire to do this for the rest of my life and that it was my life purpose to help others feel what I had felt in that moment. Even though being a male fashion model was amazing, I knew I had other gifts and talents that needed to be brought out. That is where I began branding myself as a fashion stylist and reached many hights in doing so for years having the chance to not only style clients but models for fashion shows and work with celebrities along the way. Ive always been a person of vision so when I decided to pick up a camera along with all the other skill sets that I had already matured I knew it only made the perfect since and combination for success. Read more>>

Alyssa Scott

My organization Because of Jesus began with small acts of generosity. During my senior year of high school, I would bag up extra food we had around the house and take it to homeless people in my city (Lancaster, Tx). I wasn’t sure how to best help them, but I wanted to do something rather than nothing. As I continued to go on these trips, I met a woman who was in need of medical attention. She had a badly infected foot that was keeping her from walking so, after hearing more of her story, I made calls to local shelters, hospitals, and other organizations to see what her options were. I couldn’t turn a blind eye to her suffering. About a week later, she was transported to a place where she could receive the help she needed. This experience changed my mindset drastically. I realized that I didn’t have to be a certain age or within a certain income bracket to effectively help those around me. Now I firmly believe in doing what you can with what you have. All change starts with small actions. Read more>>

Lynna Scott-Diggs

When I was 12 years old, I got bitten by what I call “the fashion bug.” I was obsessed with high fashion and subscribed to all of the top industry magazines from age-appropriate “Seventeen” all the way to my favorite “Elle” and “Vogue”. I had learned to sew at a very young age (4 years old) and switched from sewing cute little clothes for my dolls to designing and creating quite unique pieces for myself, my sister, and a couple of my “very supportive” friends lol. Every designer has to start somewhere, right???  Fast forward a few years to high school, I was a full-fledged designer with orders from almost every one of my friends and even some of their friends who went to other schools in the city. From custom jeans to casual outfits and flirty dresses, no ask was out of reach for me. By senior year, I was the go-to for designing custom prom gowns for my closest friends. So, when college came along, it was a no-brainer, I was headed to F.I.T. in NYC, right?! Wrong, I ended up at a state school with a business major instead of fashion. Read more>>

Charitee Higgins

I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be an actress and be involved in the arts. I had always seen myself as a creative but excelled in academics. Because of this, I ended up pouring more of myself into my studies and neglecting that side of me that yearned to create.  I grew up a dancer from the age of 4. As an introvert, being on the stage, using my body to communicate–that’s where I felt the most comfortable.  I dipped my toes into the acting realm for the first time when I was still in grade school. A group of scholars were chosen from around the country and flown to D.C. where we were given the opportunity to not only witness the 2008 inauguration of President Barack Obama but select a project that we would present to all of the parents and program administrators at the end of our trip. I selected drama. We wrote, directed, and starred in our own rendition of The Wizard of Oz, and although I did not go home and immediately sign to an agency and move away to Hollywood, it stuck with me. But the introvert in me was very hesitant to get on board. Read more>>

Shynesha Howard

I initially embarked on my marketing journey in 2017 when I began selling virgin hair extensions. My love for beauty is what motivated me to branch off to other areas of beauty and self care. So, I also began making lip gloss and perfume oils. I did this until I started college. College was absolutely the plot twist of my life. I learned how to get out of my comfort zone and talk to people more (network). This was huge because I had always been on the shy side. In 2019, a friend invited me to a huge growth conference in Las Vegas. This would be my first time on a plane, but also my first time at a conference. The conference was the 10x Growth Conference hosted by Grant Cardone. Immediately after I attended that conference, my mindset completely shifted. I taught myself to believe that nothing is impossible. I could achieve anything I wanted to. This mindset is exactly how I managed to organically build a community of over 2,000 aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. It is also how I managed to start and operate my social media marketing agency today (www.winedownmarketing.com). Read more>>

Amanda Adabah

It all started my senior year of college. The pressure to lock down on a job or an internship before graduation was more than overwhelming, not to mention the impeding student loans I would have to pay back and rent. I didn’t want to give my life to a company that wouldn’t pay me my worth in a world where inflation is constantly threatening millennials and those alike. That’s when the awakening happened. Spring time came along and I knew something had to change. I had gotten very sick and lost so much weight that my friends, family and even I couldn’t believe how different I looked. There was a change going on within me that I didn’t understand until much later, but that energy was propelling me to do things differently and sit in that uncomfortably. Thankfully I had graduated with my BA in Psychology, but I had lost a childhood friend and had to say goodbye to my college crew. That was the breaking point for me. Read more>>

Farah Naz Siddiqui

Bringing beauty to everything around me was always my passion. I am a big foodie and I love to entertain people, but I never wanted to do that in a traditional way. I always try to add fun and excitement to whatever I do. Be it food or activities I did my certification in event planning and worked as a design consultant. Pandemic hit and the world shut down, but not my urge to learn and follow my passion, so I took an online certification for event decor. Luckily, I had a great teacher/mentor who opened our minds towards so many possibilities around us.  I started my search as to what can I do which involves my passion, my creativity and whatever I have learned throughout.  I was alien to social media, so I had to teach myself how to use all the platforms to search about my potential ideas and then how to market my business through them.  Luckily pandemic gave me ample time to do all what needed to be done and despite of the whole ” pandemic ruined the businesses ” I started my business in November 2020.  Read more>>

Cencaria Gainous

I started making wigs for myself in 2016. I was a sophomore in college at FIU with little to no money but I still wanted to look good! I didn’t have the luxury of buy hair and getting my hair done every 2-3 weeks. I came across a video on YouTube of someone making a glueless wig and they was talking about how easy and convenient it was so I became very intrigued. I would watch a few videos a day until I felt like I could do it. I remember the first wig I made for myself, it was about 22 inches with a part down the middle that I had dyed burgundy (I had watched a bunch of videos on how to color hair as well). Nobody couldn’t tell me nothing about my red glueless wig! I felt so accomplished. I had never done hair before, I didn’t even know that I could sew! After that, I posted the wig on social media and I received great feedback. Many people in the area (Miami), didn’t know about glueless wigs because naturally everyone would just go to a hairstylist. Within a week, a friend of mine reached out to make her a wig. From there, I started my first business making glueless wigs called “Wigs Galore” in January of 2017. Read more>>

Pamela Tuckey

I began my photography journey as a young mother in the early ’80s wanting to take photographs of my children. I bought my first Canon film camera and the manual that came with it was so hard to grasp the unfamiliar terminology of the f-stops, aperture, and shutter speeds. The aperture that has the widest opening is the smallest number, for example, an f.22 is small and an f.18 is large. I took night classes and taught myself as well. Shooting in manual mode is natural to me now and the only way I shoot so I have complete control over every aspect of my images.  Read more>>

Cameron Hawthorn

I’m a singer-songwriter from Kansas. When I left home to go to college in California, my parents moved to Dallas. “The Big D” quickly became a new home for me when I would come home for summers or the holidays. After graduating from the University of Southern California, my parents allowed me to move home to Dallas so that I could pursue music. It was in Dallas where I began my journey as an artist. I had always written songs on my own, and I started acting and modeling with The Campbell Agency to help pay for getting these songs produced. After releasing 2 projects and playing live shows for 2 years, I decided to go on a six-month adventure to Australia. Also, during this time, I was finding success in licensing my music in film and television. When I returned from Australia, I had saved up enough money to move back to California and continue pursuing music full-time in Los Angeles. I tried to continue to create music for licensing but was starting to hit a roadblock. Read more>>

Siedah Blount

Growing up in Beaumont, Tx, it seems like there’s not too many options for creatives to make a living because fashion and artistry wasn’t too popular.  I began doing makeup for family and friends when I started college in 2006. I didn’t branch out further than that due to not being focused and doing other things. Those who allowed me to beautify them, always asked why I didn’t promote myself. I never had an answer. I never imagined I would turn my passion into a business until I moved to Dallas. When I moved here in 2018, after a couple of run-ins making new friends, I started as a beginner in the modeling industry as a plus-size model. I was able to step into that world and see the ins and outs of the industry and I knew I could make my mark with my gift. That gave me the confidence to take a leap of faith, along with some prayer, and my work began to promote itself. As things progressed at the beginning, I doubted myself, but every step of the way God has proved to me that this is the purpose that He has set forth before me. I am now a business owner doing what I love, makeup artistry. My clients are amazing and my support system is even more amazing. Read more>>

Adrian Hernandez

I am the founder of Drevago, L.L.C. and I must say that I have enjoyed building my company every step of the way. Drevago operates in two lines of businesses; Prestige detailing services for exotic vehicles, private jets, and motorcycles (www.drevago.com); and secondly, in the CBD and Delta 8 industry (www.drevagocbd.com).  I started by focusing on building a dynamic business model that would be straightforward yet interactive in every visit. I sought partnerships that would help me position Drevago among the top players in their respective industries, and always brought my drive and passion into every meeting. Today, I have formed partnerships with strong national, and local companies such as Sezzle, System X, and CBD Farmhouse to bring the highest in quality services, and products across various platforms.  Read more>>

Brian Egan

I grew up in a smaller town of Prattville, Alabama were football runs deep in tradition. We were an elite program within the state and the head coach Bill Clark was in search of a new kicker. Me being a soccer player he sought me out, I met with Coach Clark in the last few weeks of freshman year where he offered to bring a kicking coach Mike McCabe who was known as the best kicking coach in the country to Prattville to run a camp. In return, I would come out to the first week of summer practices. Long story short he ended up hiring the kicking coach Mike McCabe to the staff at my high school and that is where my kicking journey started as a sophomore in high school. We won 3 state titles over the next 3 years and were nationally ranked in the top 10. I was named a parade All American and MVP of the state title game, which put me in a position to get recruited by many universities. Read more>>

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