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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.

Brandon And Asia Carter

That’s BAE was initially formed in early 2021 while just brainstorming ideas of how we could share our stories to help not only support others but encourage others. Brandon and I had been talking for months on starting a podcast, but we weren’t just sold on the idea yet. After many conversations and much prayer, we decided that a podcast could be the perfect platform to start sharing our stories in a way that was authentic to us. Both of us, while similar in so many ways, we had many differences, especially in how we were raised and in our method of thought currently. From there, we decided that instead of paying people to produce our own merchandise that we would learn that side of the business and we started making our own shirts, which grew into our “That’s B.A.E.” clothing line, and we started creating other items such as custom apparel for parties, masks, wristlets, tumblers and more. Although this was more than enough to keep us busy, we were still looking for that niche that we felt had not been explored so readily, which is when we decided to research and start making our own brand of Hookah Shisha. Read more>>

Taylor Terry

Both of us come from very supportive families who would help us sell bottled air if that’s what we wanted to do. So, other than the need for money to sustain, we never felt pressured to go the traditional route and get a job and move up the ranks and settle for that. I was always encouraged to find a passion and pursue that. Taylor, even though she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and after already working half her life at this point, decided working for herself is the best course of action. So she started by making customized tumblers; The mugs that retain temperature pretty well. She was doing well but the labor and profit return didn’t add up, plus the market was oversaturated by the time she joined. Then she saw a White Castle bounce house on a celebrities Instagram and pretty much said “let’s do that.” So we did and it’s been a blessing ever since. Read more>>

Zach Cavender

I got started with photography at a summer camp in middle school and discovered my love for creative/visual arts from there. As the technology changed, adding video features to more consumer DSLR/mirrorless cameras, videography was a natural progression for me. That led me toward a career in filmmaking, and I’ve worked as a PA, camera operator, and editor for several television shows and businesses across the country. Another subject I started getting into was audio production – mainly for film/dialogue, but music has always held a special place in my heart. As I’ve expanded and refined my skills and made more connections with creative minds, I’ve been lucky enough to work on countless projects from music videos to podcasts – even building out my own studio. Read more>>

Jonathon Barrientos

I never thought for one second growing up, “Hey, I want to be in real estate” actually I was always more interested in working with my hands and building things, so I spent seven years as an overhaul tech building turbine engines which were used to generate power for offshore oil or were even used as back up generators for certain facilities. I actually aspired to work in hazard zones such as going in the middle east or certain parts of Africa where you had to be transported by military when going to your work station, I mean hey if the pay is good why not go right? But at the end of the day, I started to realize how much time I’d be away from my family and well being away from my grandparents didn’t sit well with me at all. Before you know it someone started mentioning real estate investing and my fire for real estate began. Read more>>

Alexius Pate

I actually started my business back in 2020, at this time I was working at Walmart as a pharmacy tech. I always knew I wanted to be in the beauty industry. It didn’t matter if was YouTube or starting my small cosmetics & accessories business. I actually started a little after pandemic, so it was a little discouraging at first because I wasn’t very outspoken as I am now, so it was struggle at first. I was a shy person and I knew if I wanted to start a business, I have come out of this shell of mine. My little sister and I actually came up with the name of my business we struggled so many nights trying to find a name that stood out for us, but we eventually got it right on the money “the lex effect” but I knew wanted to add different product in my business so we added “collection” at the end of it. Read more>>

Aaron Ingersoll

First Class Productions recently celebrated six years in business. When the decision was made to start the company, I wanted the ability to do what I wanted to do, how I wanted to do it, and I wanted to be the boss. In six years, I have learned that it’s not about being the boss; it is about surrounding myself with the best people I can find and trusting them to help me make it all happen. Over six years, I have had so many ups and downs. There have been health issues, family issues, and even growth issues. I have had equipment stolen and friendships broken. However, I have also made new friends and I have strengthened relationships. I have not let any of the downs overpower the ups. I have had family support since the beginning and I have gotten stronger in my faith because everything that has happened, is currently happening, or will happen has already been planned. Read more>>

Rachel Polley

I have always loved baking but always looked at it as a hobby growing up. When I was faced with the decision to go into it as a career, I chose a more conventional career. After a semester in college, I dropped out and chased my passion for food. I worked at two bakeries and went to culinary school prior to opening my business. Read more>>

Toni Reynolds-Criner

I grew up in Oak Cliff, Texas with my grandmother in this small three-bedroom house right across the street from W. W. Bushman Elementary School off of Bonnie View Rd. The house was always packed with me and my siblings and all of my cousins. I remember spending summers racing my cousin’s barefoot during street races, hustling a few dollars from my uncle to buy my favorite candy from the corner store, and let’s not forget “tippin on 44’s” down the street on my big wheel with my braids and a head full of bow bows. Those family traditions came to a halt at the age of six when my life became micro scoped as I was taken away from my biological family and placed into Child Protective Services. I shortly became eligible for adoption and featured on WFAA Channel 8 Wednesday Child session. I had been placed in 15 different homes around the Dallas Fort-Worth area before finding my forever home. At the age of 12, and by the grace of God, I was placed with a family who later became my adoptive family, where I then became Miss Toni Reynolds-Criner. Read more>>

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