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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.

Travis Wackerly and Jared Valouch

FCM Entertainment helps create Fun Weddings that both the wedding Couple and their Guests will enjoy. We do this not only by creating beautiful Live Ceremony Music, Fun Dinner Music and Attentive DJ/MC services, but we’re also very intentional about creating experiences that won’t be soon forgotten. Read more>>

Cassandra Mashburn

My story is just beginning. I grew up dirt poor and was always at a disadvantage in life. With my childhood being the way it was, I really hated myself and the way I looked. I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup in middle school and I was always self-conscience about my appearance because everyone else had makeup on and was so pretty. Read more>>

Xavier Traylor

Owning my own business has always been a dream of mine, so I wanted to create a business that allowed me to mix the two things that I love, coaching/training and fashion. I wanted a business that allowed me to reach all people of various career fields because there are all types of people that are killing their respective fields. Read more>>

Jewel Odeyemi

Wedding and Event planning was not in my life plan at all! Growing up in an African household, the norm was for every child to grow up to become a professional in specific fields like Medicine, Engineering or Law. Going through any other professional path did not just cut it. Read more>>

Yasmin Cuevas

I worked at pacific union financial and the company got sold. I had to figure out a way to make money. I then decided to start my own recruiting company and partnered with an investor to grow the company. My main focus right now is real estate investing, wholesaling, and owner financing. Read more>>

Charleeta Latham

It’s been a long road to Wellness In Black. I didn’t know this is where I would end up but in hindsight, I’m certain all of my life experiences led me to this. I started with one suitcase in a guest bedroom of a friend’s house and no plan. I challenged fear, took calculated risks, and bet on myself all the way here. Read more>>

Rebecca Swindale

Blogging was something I could control, have fun with, learn about PR/marketing/photography, and showcase some of my writing. (My degree is in English.) I was hoping it might turn into something someday. My dad has been a small business owner for over 20 years in the programming world so I think it really left an impression on me — in a good way! Read more>>

Modesty Influencer & Thrift Expert Carina Mavula

With the love of fashion & wanting to be the example grew the love of shopping but, shopping gets expensive. My freshman year of college, my coworker told me that she shopped at Goodwill and, I was mind blown. I took a trip there and I haven’t stopped since. I, later on, found out that there were other thrift stores with amazing pieces and even better prices. Read more>>

Kayla Williams

Lit Major Entertainment is a marketing and advertisement company. I am the CEO, the head of Event Coordination and the lead promoter. I also manage artist, DJs, host, and entertainers. I am most proud to say I have not gave up on myself with everything that I have gone through throughout the whole process. Read more>>

Joyce McClure

I discovered that my true niches were creating, communicating, and helping others. Therefore, I began brainstorming and strategizing ways to turn my dream job into reality. Summer 2018, I enrolled in Stephen F. Austin State University’s Mass Communications and Media graduate program. Shortly after, I accepted an intern position at GIA & Associates, Inc. Read more>>

Jewel Sharp

It all started at the age of 22. I had just dropped out of college and had no strategic plan for my life. I started working at a bar in Dallas waitressing. One day one of my favorite customers whispers in my ear as I’m leaving my shift, “your hair stinks” words that changed my life forever! Read more>>

Martha Montelongo

I realized that a lot of the pictures didn’t have the look I was going for, so I began reading about photography and began to practice more. It was good that I had a little model because not only did I get to practice, I also got amazing shots of my baby and continue to do so as the months go by. Read more>>

Melody Najafi

I have always loved cotton candy, as it is one of the oldest and healthiest desserts with less calories and real sugar. I was not able to find a brand in the area that really wowed me, so I decided to have my own cotton candy business. I get to make a great product that makes children and adults both happy, which is very satisfying to me. Read more>>

Jill Siler

I taught high school freshmen for six years and coached swimming and loved it! I loved the relationships that I could build with my students and how I could support, encourage and challenge them not only in the curriculum but also in life. I loved that I was the leader in my classroom and could teach in any way I wanted – Read more>>

Mobeen Mian

Being a student, community youth leader, and boxer, it’s important to stay positive through every loss or failure, and once you learn to overcome that, it only makes you stronger. My brand #FOCUSEDDD simply started with an idea of inspiring others to stay focused in every situation, while looking for that “Desire, Dedication, and Devotion” within us. Read more>>

Griffin Holtby

My business is Griffin Holtby Music. I am an independent performing artist, a Texas Rocker. My music has been described as Blues Influenced Power Rock, and sometimes Outlaw Blues. I connect with people through my storylines, inspired by art and real life. My goal is to make people feel hope. I want them to know that they are not alone. Read more>>

Thunder Walker

People always wondered how I was able to land on my feet, even in the worst circumstances. As I got older, I felt the need to help others manifest and expand my gifts so I opened “The Breathe House,” which is a retreat center and “Breathe-The Meditation Bar”. My concept was simply this “You Must Breathe To Live”. Read more>>

Jasper Ledford

I was like most at the age of 21, I had no thoughts of credit and financial literacy. Then one day I needed credit, but my credit score was 492 and I needed a vehicle pronto. Thank the heavens I stumbled across credit repair, it allowed me to bring my credit score to a 707 within 60 days increasing my credit score by 215 points. Read more>>

TeKevia Windom

Hair has always been my first passion I even took cosmetology for a short bit in the 10th grade. I’m still learning and I can’t wait to perfect my skills with hair and makeup! I’m always willing to learn more! EVERYONE will know about TKShanel really soon! Read more>>

Laquita Hogan

We are an experienced Tax, Credit, and Financial Firm with over seven years of experience serving in the Dallas Metroplex area. What started the idea was helping family, friends and referred individuals on tax preparation. We soon started the process for opening a business and calling it First Step Tax Services. Read more>>

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