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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.

Christi Wilson

I started my cosmetology career later than most. I decided to put myself through night classes when I was 27 years old. I worked full time and then would spend three nights a week from 3:30 – 9:00 Tuesday – Thursday and every Saturday from 9:00 – 5:00. It took me two years to complete a cosmetology school. I remember telling my teacher that my goals to have and run my own salon within two years of finishing up school, which leads me to where I am today. I worked with my mom for a year in her small salon until one day, I decided that I wanted something bigger and better for both her and myself so we opened up Salon on Main. Read more>>

Alana Marie Woodson

I’ll try to keep it engaging but concise. I always had an interest in working in the creative space but didn’t see it as a revenue-generating opportunity. I’ve worked in academia since graduating from undergrad in 2012 and would do creative work on the side. I started with blogging and eventually getting picked up on national publications like xoNecole, Blavity, The Root and Delux Mag. I went back to school in 2015 to get my Masters Degree in Social Work because of my passion for working within the Black community – specifically within college access and social & economic development in low-income areas. I hit a wall because I knew I wanted to do this work but I didn’t have an interest in being a traditional social worker – not just because they pay sucks but also because it didn’t leave room for my creative passions to roam free. Read more>>

Terrance Brashun

I started a Classic Villain in 2015. The idea originally came from a disagreement I had with a former associate of mine. It was a situation where we had done numerous things together to make money and develop a good rapport. On one occasion, we didn’t see eye to eye and the entire relationship imploded. No matter how many times you tell a person yes, the one time you say no will stand out. From that, no, I got painted as a bad person. A villain. I took that situation and looked at other relationships in my life that were similar. No matter how long you try to be a hero or a good person to people, when you stand up against them or disagree with an opinion, you will become a villain in some way. Read more>>

Jasmine Fain

I all started my freshman year of college, when I decided to leave Dallas to go to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater to guide my athletic career to become a competitive cheerleader. Within my first year of college, I re-injured my MCL and I was sitting in my room wondering what my purpose in life was now. Yahuah (God) directly asked me, “Will you hand it all back over to me, and let me guide you.” I let go of the reins and let him guide me, and the opportunities to impact came to me, and I was able to make a huge impact on my OSU community. The nonprofit world entered into my life Summer of 2017 when I began working for For Oak Cliff and Commit! Partnership. Read more>>

Hasani Burton

Over the last 13 years, I served on the board for a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO), served for the City of Dallas on the Landmark Commission, been a member of Preservation Dallas and have explored the connection of homelessness and poverty on the Mayor’s TaskForce on Poverty. I also participated in economic development initiatives on the South Dallas Fair Park Opportunity Fund, along with a group called Working In Neighborhoods Strategically (WINS). Read more>>

Deezil Greezil

I am originally from Detroit and have been in Texas for most of my life. I started my entertainment career as a rapper and published several indecent projects before transitioning to comedy. I started my comedy career in May of 2019 and fell in love with the stage all over again. My only regret is that I wish I had of started sooner. When I first started, I really felt like I had found my purpose in this world. The gift of laughter is the best gift we can give one another. Since I started, I have worked with comedic greats such a Marc Curry, Tony Roberts, John Henton, and mentor South Philly Reef. Read more>>

Tyler Hobbs

I wanted to study art but ended up going to the computer science route in college for practical reasons. After school, I worked as a software engineer for a tech startup. Meanwhile, I was continuing to make art, mostly traditional drawings and paintings. I decided to mix programming into art. It was a big part of my life and had shaped the framework through which I viewed the world: evaluating my surroundings as patterns, processes, sets of rules, and logic. Read more>>

Jencey Keeton

What pops into your head when you hear, “Sweet Tooth Hotel?” We bet you didn’t initially think experiential art. Which is, we think, exactly the point. You’re invited to check-in at Sweet Tooth Hotel, created by wife and husband duo Jencey and Cole Keeton, an immersive art venue that features emerging experiential artists. Visitors make their way through 5,000 square feet of adventures in the form of art installations – exhibits have included everything from large-scale new media productions to retro-futurism to yarn. Yes, yarn. It’s unexpected, imaginative, impressive. Read more>>

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