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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.

Nolan and Asia Cook

Our faith has carried us through our journey, we are currently along with a path that God has been shining his light on. In 2016, we were blessed with an idea that was birthed three months later. Our chef, Nolan Cook, has been passionate about cooking since he was a child. In his grandmother’s kitchen, he would sit on the countertop and watch cooking magic happen. He knew at a young age that being a chef was his calling. Read more>>

Brandon Thompson

I liked to draw but did not think I was any good, but really found graphic design and illustration interesting which led me to study it in college. While studying graphic design, I found out that it was pretty boring. Working with clients, you have to create their vision, and their input is valid. I eventually got tired of it and wanted to pursue my own ideas, which led my interest in doing more fine art and found painting and sculpture to be the best medium as a creative outlet. Read more>>

Roswell Dean

I have always loved shoes and considered myself a sneakerhead. As a child, I grew up in Houston without a lot of money. When the popular Jordans came out, I could never afford them. This was the case until I became an adult. For college, I moved out to the Dallas area. While I was in school, I began to participate and go to different sneaker shows. Read more>>

Yasmine Lockett

People say I should write a book because my story is surreal to most. How does a career dancer turn into a youth development guru? In July of 2008, after spending four years obtaining my BFA in dance performance at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, I auditioned for the world-renowned Dallas Black Dance Theatre II. Read more>>

Rusty Scruby

I grew up with a love of music and math, but the assumption that I would pursue a field in science or math. I moved to TX from Salem, OR to study engineering at Texas A&M, however, in my 4th year, I began studying piano in my spare time. Soon, music (playing and composing) consumed me. I switched schools to North Texas State University to study music composition, but after two years I realized that neither engineering nor music was quite right for me. Read more>>

Jazmine Gil

I got started with my plant-based journey because I was sick. I was having pains in my chest and nausea, vomiting, dry skin, and fertility problems. I was 24 at the time which in my mind I knew I needed to make changes within my diet because I was clearly very toxic from the food I was consuming. Read more>>

Newt Burris

To have the opinion that photography could be very fun, interesting and new way for me to create art and express through this new media. I’ve obviously found new styles and techniques that differ from my filmmaking background. I particularly enjoy street style photography as it has so far been the most difficult style of photography I have tried. Read more>>

Josephine Avina

Getting my lashes done I became obsessed with getting them done, I never grew interest in actually doing them. I was so motivated to learn how to do makeup at the time I didn’t notice the passion I had for lashes. I was a consistent client who booked months in advance to make sure my lashes were always good, until one day I became curious on how to duplicate a “ falsie” or as others know them as “ strip lashes” and it just hit me “ why aren’t I doing lashes? Read more>>

Demarcus Thurman

It has been an exciting journey, and I feel like I still have a ways to go before I can just feel like I’m satisfied, because this is an exciting business and I’m constantly learning new things. I love being able to capture images that make people happy and want to show it off to the world. Read more>>

Jasmine Moore

All of these factors have ultimately shaped my life. I have overcome adversities and experienced resiliency in my life, and I want to help empower others to do the same. How can I do this? Then it hit me: FAMILY THERAPY! Doing some research, I applied for the Master’s program at Texas Woman’s University and within my first semester of coursework all of my years of being curious made sense! Read more>>

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