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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.

Anthony Andrews

I was born and raised in Dallas, TX (Oak Cliff). As a child, visiting my grandparents, I can remember my grandfather having walls covered with family photos. There were so many it literally looked like wall paper. He loved photos. Like my grandfather, I became infatuated with cameras and photography. Read more>>

Trent Stevenson

It started in January of 2018, where I was coming out of a bad relationship and was forced to get uncomfortable with life which for I, it only brought on more strive and dedication to put towards myself and my dreams. I had to learn to take my mind to a different level. Read more>>

MarQuel Eiland

My photography journey started about 2012, the summer before my freshman year in high school. My family took a month-long trip to Alaska & just seeing the landscape & nature intrigued me to capture it. Originally, I was focusing more on architecture studies but that quickly changed after my trip to Alaska. Read more>>

Mike and Katie Beitler

We met in college as art majors at Abilene Christian University. We were married the summer after we graduated and we both immediately went to work as graphic designers. Over the years, we’ve both independently worked our way up the entire length of the design career ladder. Read more>>

Britty Hamby

We started ATX Vegans a few years ago, when we noticed despite their being small support networks and recurring potlucks, there were no “veg” nonprofits that served the whole population of Austin, including those who weren’t vegan or were new to veganism. Over time, we broadened our programming to include free cooking classes. Read more>>

Chris Lopez

I started Squinted Cinema as my second career. I went to college and graduated with a BS in Biology. I love science and as the first in my family to go to college, I went with the intent of finding a career that was stable (and safe). So, I went pre-med and even got a job at a nearby small hospital. Read more>>

Shay Mechelle

Shay Mechelle was born in Dallas, TX. She took a leap into the industry in 2008 where she joined local modeling group Luxurious Ink Models and since then been rising to the top. Although starting off as a model, she has taken her role in the music/entertainment industry a bit further creating a platform for several upcoming local artists in the DFW. Read more>>

Maxwell Silverhammer

I began performing when I was introduced to the LGBT scene for the very first time by one of my burlesque inspirations, Kimber Fox, in Dallas. For so long, I had denied myself any true connection with my identity as a transgender individual and isolated myself from the community. Read more>>

Alisha Robertson

There is this tiny little town halfway between Denton and Wichita Falls called Nocona. That’s where I’m from. It’s about twenty-five hundred people who all know each other. We all go to public school and we all end up with a pretty good education. I didn’t know what a privilege that education was until years later. Read more>>

Lexi Meleski

After graduating from chiropractic school, I had an open case with the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners for practicing without a license, and wasn’t sure if I would be getting my license or not… so continued on hosting at a restaurant and attending births as a certified birth doula. Read more>>

Ashley Gallegos

There wasn’t a long period of me sort of questioning myself or curious as to what I should try to obtain and achieve within my life. I’ve always known that ultimately, my goal is to inspire and allow people to feel something through whatever it may be that I found myself doing. For a while, I thought I wanted to be an actress, and then I wanted to become. Read more>>

Liz Holleman

I graduated from The University of North Texas with a Merchandising & Business degree. I worked for Nordstrom as a Visual Merchandising Manager and stylist. I loved setting the tone for the store and developing ways for the store to look appealing and functional. Read more>>

Jaime Kowlessar

I grew up in Brooklyn, NY in the year 1979. Most of what I remember from growing up in Brooklyn was the 90’s. Brooklyn was plagued with a lot of gangs and violence. I spent a lot of time in the church and the community. I had friends on both sides that I loved cared about a lot. Read more>>

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