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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.

Pooch McLin

I’ve been braiding hair since I was 16 years old and it’s been stuck with me every since. When I first started braiding other people hair, besides my own, I would only just do the edges of people hair. And when I seen my classmates, teachers, friends and even people I didn’t know want me to do their hair , I thought to myself I can turn this into a hustle. Everything was going good up until my senior year in high school and life really hit me. I was still doing hair and tried to maintain myself as a human being. Read more>>

Cam Clear

CoreLyfe Naturals, literally started at the core for me. My lifestyle ultimately transitioned into my business. Being a professional athlete, I was always looking for ways to maintain my weight for my position. Changing my eating habits, dieting, fasting, even working out were all essential to me trying to maintain my weight. It was just never enough. I was introduced to alkaline herbs by a former teammate that pinpointed the start of a change. Read more>>

Winfred & Kim Dalcour

Our names are Winfred and Kim Dalcour Jr. We are natives of New Orleans and have lived in Dallas for 25 years. I (Winfred Dalcour) have cooked all my life. I started cooking at the age of 9 and never stopped. I worked in several restaurants in New Orleans, including Ralph and Kacoo’s, Bennigan’s, and Chinese Kitchen, to name a few. After attending Grambling State University. We moved to Dallas because of a career. My wife was in education for 23 years, and I was in education for 21 years. Read more>>

Steve Taff

I have known I would be an Artist from my earliest Memories. It took almost 40 years to achieve my dream but every job and life experience taught me what I needed to know to be successful. At the age of 40 I lost a good job suddenly and realized It was now or never. Things started snowballing and I met wonderful people during this time which saw my abilities and helped me to grow. Some of these people some 20 years later still support me and my dream. Read more>>

William Howell

The Howell Network C.S. LLC was founded on the basic principle of; Details Influence Outcomes. From years of watching countless home owners and business owners alike go through the agony of finding good, quality skilled workers to fulfill needed tasks, the vision to form our company was born. Our mission is to simply design, build, and produce great products at a decent price for our customers. Read more>>

Daymond Sands

I have been a freelance photographer for 14 years. I never dreamed I would have ended up as a photographer. My journey started in 2002 on a vacation trip to California with my grandmother. My Mother bought me my first disposable camera. I never understood why would she bought it for me, but she explained, that life is short and you need to cherish every single moment of it. If you have something, you need to share it with someone else. That is where and how the pictures are formed. Read more>>

Patience Phillips

I moved to Dallas from Memphis to teach math. Dallas offered a better salary and opportunity for growth so I moved with me, my 2 daughters and a little bit of faith. It was my first time ever living outside of Memphis’ city limits. My first year was tough. I wrecked my car(no ins) quit my full time job at United Healthcare to pursue teaching(started as a substitute). As soon as I was on track I had a high school senior headed to college so the pressure was on! My magic bullet was that I never slowed down to make time for worry. Read more>>

Alex Johnson

I am product of cosmetology and barbering. My parents were both in the field, so their talents and skills were passed on to me. My training and learning began at the age of 15. My parents instilled in me that it was necessary to have a trade or skill in order to be successful in the future. I had dual responsibilities while in my senior year of high school. I obtained my diploma Spring of 1989 and was awarded by Barber license September 1989. Throughout the years, I was groomed by my parents in my field. Read more>>

Roberta Hall

I’m originally from Shreveport, LA! I am the youngest of four of siblings. I lost my mother at the age of eight. I underwent a lot of adversities. We moved around a bit but I eventually found myself in Dallas Texas at the age of 11. Living in North Dallas. Having to stay with my sister’s best friend when we moved out here. Who I appreciate a lot and taught me a lot as well. Then I migrating my way to the South as I got older. My sister had to take on the responsibility of taking care of her siblings after our mother passed. Even though she was young herself I really appreciate what she did. I also have some appreciation for a lot of other people that came into my life and taught me a few things. Which shape me into the woman that I am today. Read more>>

Alexa Lopez

I have always been the one who paid attention to detail in life, from figuring out what I was going to do after high school, I knew I wanted to be different, and not follow a 9-5 or work at an office. I felt as if there was much the world has to offer me, and I was going to go out there and figure it out, my mom did cosmetology when she was younger as well so I picked up from her, I am the oldest of 4 girls, I loved fashion and DIY-ing my own things, so let’s say I was creative. I went to cosmetology school and finished it less than a year straight after I worked in a Latina-based salon, I learned a lot, absorbed so much knowledge of who I wanted to be as a hairstylist, and what I didn’t want to be as a hairstylist. I’ve attended lots of education classes, met so many artists, clients who I’m able to sprinkle some motivation and inspiration. In a very saturated field that I’m in I believe staying authentic gets you to places you’re meant to be. Read more>>

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