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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.

Lauren Paschall Burcham

I got married in December of this past year. It is funny because most brides want nothing to do with anymore wedding planning after their wedding is over. For me, it was different. I missed wedding planning so much! The decor, the creativity, talking to vendors, it was so fun for me! Read more>>

Lisa Starks

Thank you for asking! I’m Trying to make a long story short, lol. I Moved to Dallas from Chicago In 1999. Upon My arrival I aggressively took off ” working ” The corporate world. being from Chicago and being given a chance to work in the corporate world. It was my goal to climb the corporate ladder. Read more>>

Victoria Samone, Brittany Woodard

Live XXV was founded by two friends, Victoria and Brittany. Our friendship began in college where we bonded in the club over shots of tequila and loud music. However, as we matured we craved more than shots and sweet chasers. After reaching the milestone age of 25, we knew that we wanted more excitement than just the typical club scene. Read more>>

Latoya Moppins

Through the life changes of Latoya Moppins came Adversity at its finest. Latoya Moppins became homeless as a young adult leaving her to use survival tactics to stay alive bouncing around from place to place and family members taking her in and putting her out because she was pregnant. Read more>>

Kristy Epley

I started crafting at a young age. I learned to sew from my Mamaw, made mums and wreaths with my mom, & tried to learn to crochet from my aunt. One of my sisters and I made floral arrangements and candy bouquets for a while. I’ve always crafted but when I saw my friend’s vinyl cutter, I knew I had to get one! Read more>>


I am a host and model located centrally in Dallas, Tx. I am originally from Austin, Tx and moved to the DFW metropolis in 2014, which is the year I began modeling. I soon found an interest in radio, expanding my talent to the internet radio airways in the summer of 2015. Read more>>

Daniel Wheat

I was born In Dallas, Tx and I grew up in Grand Prairie, tx which is about 25 min west of Downtown. I’m a product of an immigrant farmer who came to this country to provide for his family and a Native American bloodline who’s history is nearly forgotten and only left to history books. Read more>>

Chelsea Burnett

I have been an avid weather fan since toddlerhood. I’d watch the storms out the window, listen to my NOAA weather radio, and clip newspaper articles of storms that occurred every season. I still have a binder and a journal of my daily weather observations! Read more>>

Chris Wayland

I started photographing while working as a reporter on a small daily newspaper. We had one staff photographer. One day he had other shoots and out of necessity, he loaded film in a camera for me, showed me how the light meter worked and sent me out! I loved learning something new — although a little more instruction would have been handy. Read more>>

Vennesa Villarreal Torres

All throughout my childhood- I found myself wanting to surround myself with order and symmetry – even as a young toddler. I have vivid memories of sketching all over my father’s blue prints on the dining table then arranging his colored pencils so they laid in a straight line – even before I knew how to walk. Read more>>

Deana “Denise” Davila

My name is Deana Denise Davila, but I go by Denise. I’m 27 years old. I grew up in Oakcliff, Texas. I’ve always loved art since I was in elementary school. I was always doodling on my school work. I remember getting in trouble in the 5th grade cause I doodled all over my TAKS test. Read more>>

Rufus Williams

Humble Flourish Brand started when I met my business partners Keith White, Julian McDaniel and Chris Mahone at Bowling Green State University. We would frequently use the word ‘Flourish’ in conversation. One day Keith, had the idea for a t-shirt design that utilized the phrase we all loved. Read more>>

Mat Nguyen

I have always been influenced by creating with my hands and making things myself. I would see a design and or a technique and would tell myself, I could do that. So, I would go out and do my homework and then jump right into whatever interest that was at the time. Read more>>

Nicollette Mollet

I graduated from The Art Institute of Dallas back in 2013 with a BFA in Photography and I currently reside in a spacious loft deep in the heart of Dallas, TX where I work and play. With a long-time obsession for fashion and beauty, I was inspired to experiment with photography in middle school by the hit TV show America’s Next Top Model. Read more>>

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