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Inspiring Stories from South 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 South Dallas and surrounding areas below.

Philip Vasquez

My husband and I were married outside Santa Fe at Ojo Caliente in our 2006 Safari Airstream in 2014. We traveled to an Airstream Rally called AlumaFiesta in Tucson, Arizona and to Marfa, Texas for our Honeymoon. Together we enjoy glamping and visiting all parts of the United States. Philip Vasquez and I are always the happiest when we are spending time in one of our trailers. Read more>>

Jessica Cannon

I’m in what screenplay writers call the second act of my story and what I consider my second career as a Proactive Caregiver. I stepped away from an 18-year industry accountant career to care for my Mother. My parents were married for 37 years but finally divorced during Mom’s early stages of Frontotemporal Dementia. Read more>>

Gunnice Osunwusi

I’ve been drawing ever since I could pick up a crayon, and I suppose I just haven’t set one down since. For as long as I can remember, creativity has always come pretty easy to me, and it was my one beacon of expression – whether it was drawing out these letters to my mom every other day, or writing out an entire dictionary of a language to this ideal foreign land of my imagination. Read more>>

Greg Jones and Antuan Walker

While serving in the military as a Navy Corpsman, I always had the inspiration and drove to start my own business. When I left the service, I started back in the workforce but found little satisfaction but a compelling drive to venture out and do something I loved. I was at a friend’s food truck when I decided to give one of my Navy brothers a call. Read more>>

Kelly Needham

I never wanted to be an author or a speaker. In fact, writing and speaking were two activities I was determined to avoid. Growing up, I was the shy, math nerd who competed in spreadsheet competitions (yes, they exist!) and helped my friends with their algebra homework for fun. While I never loved writing or speaking, I’ve always loved helping others. Read more>>

Jerrell Trulove

The story of how I got started is rather simple. It was 2011 and I was working in the oil field as an equipment operator, a job I thoroughly despised. I’ve always been a creative person whether it be taking photos at holiday get together’s or drawing comics for the high school newspaper and one night I told myself that I needed to find a new creative outlet. Read more>>

Gail McGee

In 2018, I lost one of my best friends, Billie McBeth and my other best friend, Verniece Strickland, was diagnosed with cancer.  She is cancer free now. I also lost my sister, Dwana Van in 2008, my lifetime best friend/cousin, Diedra Ausborne in 2009 and my grandmother, Archie McGee Phelps in 2014, all of this made me take a long look at my life. Read more>>

JiaJuan Smith

I’m a deeply devoted father. My mindset shifted in my life to were I wanted to do more. Everyday throughout 2019 I took key concepts that I use to be a good father to build the foundation of my company. I wanted a company people would be proud to represent. The vision I have for my company is big, and I work towards growing it every day. Read more>>

Jake Baine

I have always been a creative person from what I can remember. I always took to cameras although my interest in creative activities manifested itself in many different forms. In middle school, I wanted to be a DJ/Producer, although that fell through. In high school, I went through my first young heartbreak and being a sad. Read more>>

Shanay Wise

My grandmother is responsible for inspiring my desire to cook and bake delicious food. After her passing in 2007, I launched Catering Done Wisely to honor her. My goal was to prepare healthy food for the soul. Originally I started out cooking savory foods for special events and private shows. I then realized I had a great talent for teaching. Read more>>

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