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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.

Samantha Wootton

Let’s start out with a brief summary of my childhood and what really formed me into who I am today. I grew up on a ranch chasing cattle with my pops in Liberty Hill, Texas. After a few short years of living in Liberty Hill, we moved to Tyler, where my family bought an arena. I’ll have to say our arena is where I hold some of my best memories. I used to walk the barrel pattern time again and again just to win five dollars each round. Besides the trail rides and chores, my parents were tough on my sister and me. Their goal was to create a strong independent woman who knew nothing but what it takes to win and for that, I am grateful. About two years ago, I started a page called “Retro Amiga’ with absolutely no strong direction other than I wanted to switch up the status quo. It’s taken trials and errors to figure out what I know today but even though I came from/live the western lifestyle, it’s not why I created my page. Read more>>

Kenneth Minier

The main portion of my story begins with my migration to Dallas from NYC back in 2017, but I will preface my story prior to moving to Dallas. As a child and teenager, I was a 3-sport athlete (Baseball, Football, & Basketball) and was talented enough to excel in both high school and college. Needless to say, at that point in my life the only things that interested me strictly revolved around all things sports-related. My obsession with sports was so tightly wound that I had even majored in Sport Management with the intention to only work in a sports-related field. I was eventually convinced to pursue a more broad avenue in studies and I decided on Business Management as that was far more applicable on a universal scale. Read more>>

Dr. Brittny Torrence

In 2011, I made a decision to move to Dallas to pursue my doctorate degree in clinical psychology. During my training, I intentionally sought a variety of clinical experiences to help sharpen my skills in this area and prepare me for a career as a psychologist with a strong child and adolescent focus. After receiving my doctorate degree in 2015, I joined a child and family group private practice in the North Dallas area, where I continued my work as a child/adolescent specialist. As parents are heavily involved in servicing this population, I often consulted individually with parents and other involved family members to help educate, equip and encourage them when addressing the child’s needs. Read more>>

Vanessa Woods-White

Well, I’ve always loved helping people. In my previous “corporate America” career, I mentored people, trained people, counseled, and helped people reach their full potential. It has always been natural for people to come to me for guidance and advice. Since leaving the corporate world, I branched out to help small businesses build teams, achieve high employee engagement and with leadership development. At the beginning of the year, I rebranded and focus on small business customer & revenue growth, career coaching, and life coaching. It has been even more fulfilling & rewarding than ever before! Read more>>

Eugene Reid Jr.

We are the owners behind this extraordinary clothing brand (Finesse Gods Clothing Co.) A lot of hard work and dedication led us to where we are today. Everything started with an idea and it manifested into a growing company. Finesse Gods Clothing Company inspires people to not only reach their best self, but we also allow you to showcase and wear the clothing as a representation of who we are. Finesse Gods. Read more>>

Avanti’ Thomas

Fashion icon Coco Chanel once said, “A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” Her words and approach toward fashion are critical elements of my pathway to success. I was in the tenth grade when the decision was made to force us to wear uniforms. The school uniform robbed me of my chance to be an individual. They did not leave room for me to be classy or fabulous, or so I thought. Eager to maintain my identity while complying with the school’s expectations, I asked my mother to purchase accessories and footwear that would allow me to stand out. By simply pushing the rules to the edge in a way that upheld the values expressed by Coco Chanel, the Signature Styles by Avanti brand was beginning to spring forth! The stage was set and the evolution of a fashion empire was clearly on the rise. Read more>>

C.R.U.S.H. YourPoet

My poetry journey started out of trying to find an outlet in order to bring myself out of a dark mental state. I began going to Dallas Poetry Slam every Friday and the connection and energy I felt fueled me. I never saw myself as a poet, but eventually, I got the courage to share my work. I then began going to poetry workshops and within six months, I made the Dallas Poetry Slam team. I began to travel and compete nationally. By the time I hit two years in my poetry journey, I had ranked 15th woman poet in the Nation at the Women of the World Poetry Slam 2020. Accolades I reached before that was 30th ranked performance poet in the World at the Individual World Poetry Slam, as well as my team ranking first place in the Southwest region and 2nd place at Nationals. Read more>>

Mallory Williams

I’ve always had a knack for cleaning. I knew I could be a blessing to others by sharing my love for a clean space with the world. I worked for a cleaning service for a while and I didn’t really like how things were being done so I decided to jump off the porch and do it for myself. With help from the best support system in the world (my family), I was able to grow and scale my business in as little as six months and I’m still growing till this very day. Read more>>

Michell Mateo

I am a professional licensed master hair colorist and hairstylist. I am certified as a curly hair specialist, balayage specialist, and certified organic hair colorist, with 18 years of experience in the hair industry. I worked in New York City for 15 years, where I received extensive training with trained professionals and top stylists in all aspects of the hair industry, including color and cutting in upscale salons. I have been featured in Avenue Magazine and New Beauty Magazine NYC as “Best Blowout in New York City” at Giannillo Salon. I am always focused on continuing my education and continually seeking out advanced hair education courses to learn new skills and keep training on my existing ones. After my time in New York, I moved to the Boston area and became a certified organic hair colorist and holistic hair stylist at one of the leading organic pioneer salons in Massachusetts, “Sky Salon.” Read more>>

Danyelle Holley

Growing up, I always had a place in the kitchen with my grandmother on Sundays after church. I would watch her season and fry chicken, make homemade biscuits and buttermilk waffles all from memory. Following her lead, I learned to cook and bake desserts from scratch. Over the years, I would just bake for family and friends for fun or to experiment with flavors and ingredients. How I got to where I am today was birthed out of grief. On December 29, 2017, my husband and I were expecting our very first child together and the most inconceivable thing that could happen to a pregnant mother happened. I gave birth at two weeks shy of six months to our son, Carter William Holley. Because his lungs were underdeveloped, he did not survive through the day. It was through my pain and the healing process that Carliam’s Treats was born. The name is a combination of both his first and middle names. My passion, love for baking and through Carter’s legacy bringing awareness to infant loss is what has kept me and continues to keep me looking forward. Read more>>

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