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Inspiring Stories from North West 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 West Dallas below.

Diane Leakey Derden

My journey began in earnest eleven years ago when I was trained in Reiki as a volunteer at a Dallas faith-based hospice. Reiki is hands on healing and gave me the first glimpse of ancient healing practices. A second glimpse came in the form of a surprisingly (at the time) effective and profound healing session with a shamanic practitioner in Santa Fe in 2008. Read more>>

Adrian Fuller

Barbering has always been a childhood dream. My aunt who was a stylist and salon owner inspired me. Being a barber was supposed to be my part-time job. But when I moved to Atlanta in 2001 I met several entrepreneurs who reminded me of what my Aunt built but I did not pursue my dreams at that time. Read more>>

Cyndi Williams

I am from a small town near New Orleans, La. I relocated to Dallas, TX in 1999, in hopes of providing a better life for myself and my son. While photography was always my passion, I spent my first 8 years in Dallas working for the Dallas Cowboys, always trying to figure out who I was, and where I belonged. Read more>>

Nicole Smitt

As a child, my family always put the importance of pictures so I grew to love taking photos. I was given my first camera in 5th grade and things just continued to grow and evolve from there. I fell in love with photographing newborns about 8 years ago after attending my first newborn workshop. Read more>>

Brad Albright

I began my illustration career focused on narratives and sequential storytelling, experimenting with animation and graphic novel formats. As I dug deeper and progressed along, I started shifting my focus away from the sequential art to individual images with more intricately crafted compositions, expressing more within a single confined space. Read more>>

Hedison Mui

Being of Chinese descent, I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. As a child, I grew up watching kung-fu movies and idolizing martial art stars like Bruce Lee. Thanks to my parent’s hard work, I was blessed with the opportunity to seek higher education in the US in 1999 as the socialist; Hugo Chavez became the president of Venezuela. Read more>>

Parker Cates

I grew up with a single mom, without much money, in good ol west Texas. I moved out at 15, was a prostitute for a very wealthy person and a criminal. I ended up making enough money to buy 6 cars, copious amounts of drugs, apartments in different cities, and a ridiculous amount of material items. Read more>>

Todd Mueller

Born and raised in Denver, I became a digital 3D computer artist/animator and have been creating 3d art/animation for over 35 years. My family and I were blessed to be able to move to Dallas 7 years ago, all while keeping my 3D artist job. I love the old west and all it offers, so moving to the Dallas/Fort Worth area was a dream come true. Read more>>

Noel Cookman

It started with a question – What If? I was new in the mortgage business and noticed that divorce tended to have a deleterious effect on borrowers. An idea came to me. What if I could consult divorcing homeowners and their attorneys BEFORE their divorce settlement were “inked” and finalized? Read more>>

Eric Patrick

I’m originally from Tampa, FL and moved to Washington, DC in 2007 to attend Howard University’s College of Pharmacy. The entrepreneur mindset has always been in me from selling candy in elementary school and CDs (compact discs) in high school, which then carried over to selling lunch coupons in pharmacy school and working deals out with local club promoters for either extra cash or “party perks.” Read more>>

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