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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.

Karyn and Calvin Medders

Chubby Dog Farm is a small, beyond organic farm in deep east Texas. While living in the suburbs of Houston and in the CrossFit community, we learned about the paleo diet and sustainably raised foods. Calvin, who grew up on a small ranch in south Texas and has always hunted and had a garden, felt a pull to the farming life. Read more>>

Elizabeth Uduehi

For a long time, I knew that I had several types of talents that would guide me to and through my purpose, but it was hard to summarize them into one title. I wasn’t just a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) enthusiast or just a body cream maker, I was a processor. A grocery store aisle dancer. Read more>>

Luke Lorick

It started as a teenager and going to my first college football game. The tailgating experience hooked me. From the friends, fun, food and football I couldn’t get enough. I grew up in South Carolina and attended the University of South Carolina. This is where the love of tailgating continued to grow as I pursued my Business Administration degree. Read more>>

Estevan Barreiro

I have been creating work professionally since 2014, but have been honing my skills since 2001. I attended University of Texas in Arlington for formal training in the studio arts concentration in drawing and illustration. At the moment, I am currently helping my brother run our family restaurant in the Bishop Arts District while continuing my practice in the Oak Cliff area. Read more>>

Linda McAlister

My father was a drive in theater/indoor theater owner all of my life. I loved movies and TV! I wanted to be a producer. When my oldest daughter started acting and proved to be very talented, I became an agent instead. I am a SAG-AFTRA franchised agent, representing experienced, trained professional actors of all ages for film, TV, commercials, industrials, commercial print, voiceover and live events. Read more>>

Deb Tamez

Sometimes when you run a small business, it takes you away from family time. So I wanted to start a small business venture where I could include my kids and my husband. Last fall, we came across a vintage camper that needed some TLC. Read more>>

Shanta Maxey

I am a certified professional braider/ freelance makeup artist. I started out braiding my families’ hair and few ladies from the church at my house. My clientele had gotten bigger, so went into a salon paying both rent. I’m so thankful for my clients they are more than clients they have become family. Read more>>

Corey Pratt

I grew up in the grossly impoverished southern sector of Dallas in an area known as Highland Hills. I was one of the lucky few who had a two parent household. My father, an Ex-Con who had an insatiable thirst for knowledge; instilled in me the value of chasing your dreams and never settling for what someone gives you. Read more>>

Jonathan Johnson

I’ve always been a fan of books. When I was a child, I loved to write. And that passion for writing stayed with me into adulthood. My passion for writing runs deeper than just words on paper. My biological mother at me at the age of fifteen. Read more>>

Becca Webb

With the support and encouragement of family and friends, I began to pursue my dreams of owning my own creative business, Onyah Designs after a season of teaching art and coaching volleyball at a local private school. Read more>>

Myriah (Rye) Shaw

I have always been a creative. When I was little I would spend hours and hours sketching portraits, molding clay, felting, taking photographs, writing poems, cutting my own hair; you name it- I crafted it. Read more>>

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