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Inspiring Stories from South East 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 East Dallas and surrounding areas below.

Gisela Garcia and Jessica Sanchez

Chicle was born on June of 2018 at Gisela’s apartment while we were discussing a zine project that Jessica had done for intersectional feminism for a design project. We reflected on the many conversations we have had about things that were troubling us as women and Latinas in our community. Read more>>

Katie Harris

I’ve always been a golfer – my dad was really the golfer, but I became one because of him. Being the youngest of three and my two older sisters didn’t play, it kind of fell to me to be the one that continued it on. I knew in high school I wanted to do something with kids, but I wasn’t sure what. I played competitive golf in high school and college and went on to get my degree to teach high school English. Read more>>

Brenda Jasso

I got pregnant at the early age of 17 with identical twin girls. Throughout the years, parents of all ages would see me, and we’d talk and talk for hours about our kids. We talked about how funny our kids are and unique like most parents do. What was most interesting to me was how open they could be with me. Read more>>

Jordache Grant

I was born and raised in Freeport Grand Bahama the Bahamas, and I left home when I was 18 to pursue a degree in music at the University of West Florida in Pensacola Florida. After I graduated with my degree, I taught middle school Band and orchestra for five years. Read more>>

David (DRASTIC) Randall

Being raised in Texas by two parents that were born and raised in Florida, I was heavily immersed in both cultures. So when it came to the old term “Cowboys and Indians,” I morally ended up with the best of both worlds. Both sides of my family were musically gifted, so I indirectly fell in love with instruments and expression. I taught myself how to play and write my own music, later becoming a recording artist. Read more>>

Annie Cortes

I started photography as a little side project of mine. I was in high school, and I wanted to create memories. At first, I was excited to take the usual nature photos. Instagram trend — but it didn’t feel like it was really for me. I have always been very artsy. I have enjoyed everything with the arts from learning how to play the guitar, to switching to keyboard, singing, drawing, writing… it wasn’t news to me when I wanted to experiment further. Read more>>

Shadana Chaney

I always loved the idea of fashion but did not decide to pursue a career in fashion until about three years ago. It was around the time I was working a full-time job at the City of Houston and taking a business class at the University of Houston on weekends. I would always get compliments about the way I dressed at work and also in the class. Read more>>

Deundre Zachery

My story begins in 1975 or so in my grandmother Effie D Hodge’s Kitchen in Vivian, LA. I watched her cook 3 hot meals a day from scratch for our family. Not only did she cook the food, but we either grew it or raised about 80% of the food we consumed. We are a big family, she had 10 children and 26 grandchildren. I was a sponge in the kitchen with grandma, being very careful not to get caught sneaking into her pots to see what was cooking. Read more>>

Shannon Prager

We built Leadit Marketing to solve that exact problem. We build the right team, with the right expertise for each engagement. We have the talent to ideate and the ability to execute your B2B marketing and demand generation plans all within one company. The benefit to our clients is simple: great marketing ideas executed faster, easier, and more effectively. Read more>>

Fermin Gutierrez

I worked at a small animal hospital for about two-three years. Horses had always been my go to after a long day of working at the hospital and well, I wanted to learn more; riding, training and general knowledge about them I made a decision to apply to Medieval Times to where my Journey as a horse trainer would start. My eagerness to learn was so much that I didn’t care about taking a huge pay cut but I knew one day it would pay off. Read more>>

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