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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.

Joshua Okpara

It all started when I was 8 years old. I was a young boy in Nigeria who just lost his mother and was left with his big sister and his dad. We had little to nothing and had to literally struggle just to survive. I remember noodles being a luxury meal for me. Life was tough. Read more>>

Heather Buckley

I graduated from California State University, Chico in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art & Photography. I have been working with photography for the past eight years…. Professionally for four years now! My love for photography started in high school, I picked up my mom’s camera and shot photos of everything around my property of 6 acres….and I have not put a camera down since. Read more>>

Gloria Paz

My dream since I was a little girl was to become a ballerina and retire as one… But OBVIOUSLY life (as usual) had other plans in store! The reason I’m a hairstylist today is really because of my mom. She’s always wanted me to pursue my dreams and experience life with no regret. So that being said my mom also wanted me to have a ‘back-up plan’ you know, in case I got injured or anything of the sort. Read more>>

Michelle Hoover

When I was 17 years old, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease. That diagnosis completely rocked my world. Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disease of the thyroid, and I experienced chronic fatigue, debilitating stomach pains, panic attacks, fainting spells, anxiety, unstable weight, and more. Read more>>

Stacey Jemison

I have always been drawn to the creative side of life, whether it was studio art, ceramics, or creative writing, but photography was a field that I fell into without too much forethought. I was working as a bartender while attending community college in Austin, going a whole lot of no direction at all. Read more>>

Nick Corso and Kyle Clark

While living a healthy and active lifestyle, we consistently found ourselves searching for the right meal prep service. After trying multiple meal prep companies, we quickly realized we could bring a different dynamic to this industry. That’s when the concepts of “The Basics and Bulk” was created. Our everyday mission is to provide healthy gourmet food options to the table of busy families to competitive athletes and everyone in between. Read more>>

Marianne Galloway

I graduated from University of Florida in 2000, and found myself moving to Texas, where I knew absolutely no one. I couldn’t get work as a young director, but managed to get work as a stage manager. Through this work, I began to meet other young artists from various disciplines who were struggling against the same problem. Read more>>

Brittany Barclay

It all started back in 2004 when I helped a photographer friend coordinate a wedding. She asked me to get everyone down the aisle and then asked me to help get the family shots lined up. I had so much fun and loved weddings. Read more>>

Emily Bragg

I feel like I have always had an eye for photography and would constantly take pictures growing up of literally everything. I went to school to originally become a Veterinarian but I think I was too emotional to be able to handle that so I changed my major to Art, something I always loved. Read more>>

Christie Smith

I have always been a dreamer, since a kid. You know? I was that one running the lemonade stand, or selling stuff from my playhouse to the neighborhood kids. I love coming up with ideas, but to implement them is another thing. The idea for COOL caboose came the summer of 2014. That was a crazy summer; having my third child (June 12). Read more>>

Jenny Tuyet Bui

I’m originally from New Orleans, LA. That’s where I grew up and where I first fell in love with photography. Growing up, I was always in touch with my creative side. I wanted to become anything related to the arts– an actress, a dancer, a photographer. Read more>>

Elizabeth Miller

I am a natural light photographer specializing in life style portraiture of children from maternity to newborns, to children of all ages to high school senior portraits. I adore family sessions. I can’t remember a time when I was not interested in photography and taking pictures. Read more>>

Andrea Ewelike

My-Identity started as a Vision Board Party amongst 12 women in 2015 in Irving, Texas. The purpose of the event was to help women in the local Dallas area create a visible vision of their goals and dreams that was always within them but never written down. Read more>>

Jason Lewis

Jason Lewis, Founder of Five Star Event Services and Venue @ McKinney Town Center may be the best-kept secret in North Texas. In short, the man simply loves a great bash! Jason founded Five Star Event Services in November of 2009 after identifying a need for his clientele, a one-stop-shop for Wedding & Event services in the North Texas market. Read more>>

Amber Colberg

Prayerful Signs began in my journal in 2013 with both of my daughter’s names written in acrostic poem form. Being a 1st grade teacher for 6 years, this style was an easy way for me to remember things I wanted to pray for each of their lives. Read more>>

A’Sheka Jordan

My work as a Planner begin in 2008 in Virginia Beach Va, continued to San Diego, CA, and has now found it’s home in the lovely Dallas, TX. We are here to stay! like to say that my work as a Wedding and Event Planner started out like most Wedding and Event Planners, planning events for family and friends. Read more>>

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