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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.

R. Jay Berry

Hearing my maternal grandmother tell me her life’s story, I heard her message that could possibly help others but she did not. Not able to begin my writing until after she passed, I was encouraged to write her story in the Sunday Rose Trilogy. With the success of the trilogy, I wrote three additional books and all have the themes of faith, family, and friendships. Read more>>

Cruz Rendon

I started modeling in high school while attending Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. I was behind the camera making short films in high school and eventually, I ended up in front of the camera. A Dallas-based photographer found me on Instagram and asked to do some test shoots for his portfolio. Read more>>

Amber Williams

5 years ago my sister told me the most exciting news, she was pregnant! We were so excited per this little bundle of joy was going to be by mothers first grandchild, and my grandparents first great grandchild. We are a very tight knit family so this was a big deal! After my sister learned that she was having a girl. Read more>>

Regina Ortiz-Blancas

I was 6 when my parents gave me a Polaroid camera for Christmas and I went around for several years taking pictures of my family. As I got older my dad let me have his old film camera. It was very old even back then, but I loved taking photos of random things. Read more>>

Ishia Hodges

I started making cheesecakes 2016 around my husbands birthday. Each year he’d request a cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory. This particular year, I decided I was going to give it a try myself. I made my husband one and he enjoyed it so much that I started trying other recipes. Read more>>

Mariah Williams

When I entered into high school I wanted to be apart of one of the various spirit squads offered there. During my freshman year, I played percussion in the band and did not find that it was my true passion. At the end of my freshman year, I decided to try out for the majorette team. Read more>>

Nicole Lazard

Unbeknownst to myself I sit back and recall being the person heading all fitness related activities among my friends and previous coworkers. Things such as Biggest Loser, Fitness challenges, daily workouts, food tips and just helping others stay accountable. Read more>>

Jennifer Thornton

It was early in my career when I became aware that results are 100% tied to the quality, skills, and knowledge of the team I was working with. Because of this realization, I became a student of human behavior in the workplace. I became obsessed with learning about team dynamics and how to manage high performing teams. Read more>>

Philip Chen, MD

I have always been fascinated by the complexity, fragility, and resilience of the human body. My character has always been to try to know as much as possible about a topic, so it was no surprise that I sought specialty training in otolaryngology- head. Read more>>

Kelley Lewis

I’ve been in music since I was 8…..singing in the Birdie Alexander Chimes under Linda Searight…..so yeah it all started with me singing…..all through elementary, middle school high school and college….UIL, Solo/Ensemble, All City and All State Soprano, singing and traveling with God’s Property. Read more>>

Courtland Brown

My photography journey started March 2011. I was an inspiring Dj at the time and one day I heard a lil voice tell me to buy a camera and start photography. The next day I did exactly that, not knowing anything about composition, lenses, angles I bought a Sony camera an a 50mm lens and started to give free photoshoots. Read more>>

Stephen Paprocki

Stephen Paprocki is the founder of Texas Black Gold Garlic, a company that heat-ages standard garlic, grown by independent farmers in Texas. He also is the owner of Top Chefa in San Antonio, a consulting company specializing in the food, restaurant, beverage and entertainment industries. Read more>>

Will B. Jenkins

I always wanted to be a writer, my head has always been bursting at the seams with stories. But getting those stories out there for a writer is hard. I got involved in the Theatre Department at Texas A&M in College Station. While there I did a little acting, which I was never really fond of, and then I also got a chance to write. Read more>>

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