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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.

Genesis Women’s Shelter

For more than 20 years, the Genesis Benefit Thrift Store has been making incredible contributions to the Dallas community. From that dress you haven’t worn in years, to the chair that doesn’t match your new décor, our Benefit Thrift Store is a great place to bring all your gently used items. At the Thrift Store, you can feel good about rehoming your once-loved items, because all Genesis clients are able to shop at the Thrift Store at no cost. This is especially impactful because each client can pick out what she needs for her unique situation – furniture for a new apartment, a dress to wear to an interview, or a set of sneakers because she left everything behind when she fled her home in the middle of the night.  Read more>>

Don Tortellini

In 2020 during the height of COVID 19, I was furloughed from my job and forced to find another way to support myself. In that process, I knew that I wanted to be fulfilled in the next job that I took. I applied for jobs in different fields and industries, and nothing resonated with me. I tried to be creative through different mediums such as art and music. Nothing obliged. One day I went into a camera store (Don’s Photo Equipment). I met a man by the name of Todd who taught me the basics of how to use a film camera and the simple basics of how to take pictures. When I first started, I was not good at photography, actually, my camera had a slight defect in it which I quickly found out that I had light leak in the body of the camera causing my images to come out bad. Read more>>

Andrew Abamu

I’ve been into art just about my whole life, from drawing to painting to working with wood and welding. I had let my passion for drawing sort of slip away after I had my drawing binder stolen in high school that had drawings from as early in my life as I could remember un until I think 10th or 11th grade. It was kind of discouraging to have all my work taken away and if you draw you know how long 1 quality piece of work takes to make, so I felt like replicating even a fraction of my work back would take forever so I let it go for the most part. Read more>>

Michael Thompson

Thank you, Voyage Dallas, for this tremendous opportunity, and thank you for being an unbelievable representation of our great city and giving light to so many hard-working people! I am Michael Thompson, Executive Director, of Mayor Johnson’s new initiative, Workforce Dallas. I pride myself of impacting lives and to this opportunity to impact my community is everything to me. Growing up wasn’t easy but my parents instilled in me to always put others before oneself. I played basketball growing up and I would bring home trophies and my parents would say, “that’s great son, but how did you help your teammates, how did you impact your coach?” That is why I have worked so hard to help others.  Read more>>

Tonisha Moon

I believe I was destined to entertain ever since I was coming up at a young age. Being on someone’s television screen was always the goal for me. While in elementary, I had the pleasure of having many major roles and always being the face of homecoming, those experiences made me set it in stone that I will be the next Taraji P. Henson. I’m still dedicated, motivated, and adamant that I sore to the highest mount to continue my acting journey. I know one day I will be one of the greatest.  Read more>>

Kris Rogge Fisher

I have always loved to sing and have been involved in music most of my life. From childhood days through high school, I loved performing. I learned a little guitar way back in the day from one of my best friends, Penn Pennington, who has been a solid presence in the Nashville music scene for many, many years. We were probably somewhere around 10 or 11 years old then. We are still friends to this day, and we’ve done a few projects together.  Read more>>

Antia Jones

I started Conceited Fashion (formally Iam Doll Glam) as part of my passion for Beauty. You got to feel good to look good right and what better way than fashion & aesthetics. When I was in High School, I was enrolled in Cosmetology and never finished my hours. I came close but with the amount of time enrolled in the program and graduation I wasn’t able to clock the projected hours required. Instead of finishing after graduation, I began college in the medical field but that also didn’t go as planned so I just stuck with working. Read more>>

Kendall Castillo

I’ve always grown up with a passion for people. I went to a school with a graduating class of 1500+, which meant I had my specific circle of people as a small fish in a big pond. My mom worked for a non-profit for a majority of my childhood, so I saw firsthand how people can effect change for other people. That’s when I knew I wanted to be the change I wish to see in the world. My entire career I’ve worked for non-profits. Now, I work for The DEC Network as their Senior Manager of Events. We help entrepreneurs start, build and grow their businesses. Additionally, we specifically focus on Women and People of Color Entrepreneurs, which is so near and dear to my heart as a woman and person of color. I love advocating, connecting, and working with this group of people!   Read more>>

Brianna Hogg

If I could describe myself in one word, that would be: servant. Since I was a little girl, I’ve always been passionate about serving others and giving back to my community. Along with serving my community, I have always loved planning events and bringing the community together. It’s something about uplifting people and seeing the smiles on their faces. Those moments made life a little brighter. So, in October 2020, I was blessed with the vision to create a business that allowed me to bring my favorite things together. It was at that moment that Boss Hogg Productions was born.  Read more>>

Erin Brown

My best friend and I were always doing more high fashion and art focused hair, makeup, and wardrobe growing up, so when she decided to become a wardrobe stylist in LA I decided to leave college and go to cosmetology school. While I was in cosmetology school in Dallas I started working on music video and commercial sets. I just continued to keep my head down, work hard, and make as many connections as possible. My drive and love for all things art and fashion pushed me to get where I am today which is a full-time freelance hair and makeup artist. Read more>>

Isaiah and Tylee Fierros

Tylee and Isaiah met in early 2019 and quickly became best friends. Their shared passion for people and outside-of-the-box creativity led them to many late night conversations about the future. In October 2020 Tylee founded Tyleebrett and began operating out of her small bedroom. Isaiah was TB’s biggest supporter and kept Tylee sane through the highs and lows of owning a business. After their marriage in 2021, They both began fully investing in the dream! Today they’re devoted to loving their customers and building the TB family. Read more>>

Adriana Rodriguez

(We are actually in Southwest )I began my business as a form of self care for myself when I was a full time student , part time caregiver, only child, working mom and wife. Being an only child my mom’s condition , known as Huntington’s Disease which is a neurological disorder worsened which caused me to put my life on hold. I was giving so much of myself and running two households, teenagers and being a carer caused Caregivers’ burnout. I searched for a trade that would incorporate into my fitness and mental health journey but also helped give me purpose and something I could do part time from home. I began body sculpting and wood therapy, which helped me lose inches, and make extra money. Read more>>

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