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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.

Derek Derbigny Jr. and Tre Childs

Map Meals was birthed from one simple idea – to provide everyone in Dallas and beyond an affordable and convenient way to achieve their personal dietary and fitness goals. While there were companies out there with this same vision, my partner, Tre Childs and I felt that they were each missing one or another crucial component. Read more>>

Andrew Black

Andrew Black is an acclaimed chef and restaurant operator whose humble start dates back to when he was growing up on subsistence homestead in Jamaica with his grandmother and three siblings. He first learned about foraging for produce and food and cooking under his grandmother’s tutelage. At age 14. Read more>>

Aaron Moore

I’ve always loved music. I grew up on neo soul & hip hop from Eryrkah Badu to D’Angelo to OutKast to Kendrick Lamar. I started writing my own music at 18, discovering different mellowed’s and the art of storytelling with the help of TLMM (The Life Made Me), King Yell, & Trey Loud with many other producers. Made me where I am today your friendly neighborhood hippie HGNS (Hippie Guy Named Stretch). Read more>>

Claire Kennedy

I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and lived there until 2019. As a child, I was always daydreaming, very much existing in a world of my creation. As a result, I was always interested in drawing, painting, and creating by any means possible. This quickly became my passion, and I knew that I would eventually pursue art in some way. I began attending the University of Cincinnati in 2014, graduating with my Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2018. Read more>>

Taylur Jackson-Cotton

Ever since I could remember I always had a camera in my hand, whether it was a disposal or my cell phone, I was forever known to be taking a picture of something. In middle school, I was offered to work in Yearbook as an elective, taking photos of the students, staff, & athletes. Once I entered High School, I followed into Yearbook & my junior year, my mother let me use her Nikon. Read more>>

Marci Jackson

I am a product of how life through you lemons and you make lemonade. After experiencing losses in my life, I hit rock bottom. For me, I figured if I recovered, I wanted to live a better life instead of just surviving. My failures pushed me to go harder and seek more for myself in life, health and business. Read more>>

Ronnie Johnson

Though it sounds like a paradox, it would take a lot of work for a young artist to make rap seem as effortless as Grand National. The breezy Oklahoma City emcee is a fresh embodiment of the confident, gangster-with-sophistication spirit found in the music of forerunners like Jay Z, André 3000, Pimp C, and Nipsey Hussle. Like the namesake muscle car, National bypasses the gimmicks of competitors in favor of class and performance. Read more>>

Margaret Eppeh

I’m originally from from Africa, Nigeria and I’m 21 years old. I View modeling as an adventure, meeting new people and getting to know them. I grew up without a dad and that made me who I am today, stronger and more courageous. I watched my mom play both parents for years and she encouraged me daily. Read more>>

Sophia Knolton

I was a 15 year old girl when I saw a Russian Play called “Anna Karenina” and that was when my interest in acting sparked. The play exhibited volumes of different emotions when it comes to life and considering I can be a natural empath, it inspired me to seek out the theater program! A passion wasn’t just enough for me to excel so I went on to college and studied radio. Read more>>

Jen Turnquist

I was always a creative kid who loved fashion and design. From a young age, I remember I would ask my parents for new bedding or to redesign my bedroom for my birthday. Thankfully my skills and aspirations took me beyond the pale yellow ceiling and baby blue walls. They eventually let me try. Read more>>

Loreal Novoa

I’ve been pursuing photography since 2009! I started in high school heavily focused on art, specifically music photography. My boyfriend was in a pop-punk band, so I was quickly brought into that music scene and I LOVED it. The energy, the pace, and how much emotion it allowed me to capture. It was intoxicating. Read more>>

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