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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.

Jay Truble

I’ve had a hand in music all my life. I’d pretty much given up on making a career of entertainment. I was working a regular 9-5 when a few co-workers heard my music & passed it along to the “higher ups” who strongly urged me to give it a real shot. Two projects and a handful of singles later, I’m here. Performing, traveling and promoting musuc & merch. Read more>>

Eduardo Harris

Right after I got back from active duty training in the marine corps and started reserve duty, I started in land surveying. The owner I worked for closed his doors one day and laid everyone off that morning. My manager found me a position as superintendent in their custom home department, so I continued working with them. I enjoyed that so much I began a construction management program with Northlake college. Read more>>

Shantel Nobles

I did not realize that there were things that I didn’t have that other people had. I was happy. I had a full life. There was always food on the table. Mom and dad were always there. Now that I’m an adult, I know we didn’t have any money at all. But as a child, I did not feel or see that. The vision of my company and brand started at an early age watching people I love struggle with literacy. Read more>>

Grady McGahan

Over the course of my life, I’ve honed a unique set of skills through a diverse complement of experiences. I firmly believe that luck is where preparedness meets opportunity, and I’ve focused on recognizing and realizing the opportunity as much as possible to the best of my ability. As a result, many consider me to be a fortunate person. Read more>>

Kasey Pickett Allen

My name is Kasey Pickett Allen. I am the widow of Texas State Trooper Damon C Allen. Thanksgiving day in 2017 (November 23, 2017), my husband was killed in the line of duty by a man who was stopped for a speeding violation. My life forever changed that day, and I wanted to do something to remember my husband and help others at the same time, so the Trooper Damon C Allen Memorial Foundation was formed. Read more>>

Deandra Vashae

It’s crazy because I started by simply playing around and going live on Fb with the caption “slanging berries” a few weeks later, I posted and orders slowly came in. Over the weeks as I got better at it, more orders came in. I added the pineapple bowl eventually. It was something different that people wouldn’t mind trying.. but It’s all about word of mouth, I knew I wanted to go ahead and push it. Read more>>

Creshawndra Edwards

I started braiding at the age of 13. I began to do family member hair, classmates, and I build a clientele just on recommendation alone. At the age of 19, I registered my business name and opened a beauty supply located in Seagoville, TX. Hard work, training, and determination played a part in how I became successful today. At the age of 20, my business had grown and I was on the road to success. Read more>>

Mike Melinoe

I’m from Detroit, MI but currently resign in Austin, TX. My life story is constantly experiencing life with time, so we could talk for days about it, but I’ll keep it short. I began creating as Mike Melinoe in 2012, which was just me rapping at this time. Then as years went by, I traveled more and found myself knee deep in my craft and now I’m pretty much a full renaissance man. Read more>>

Edith Botsio-Adom

My family and I emigrated from Ghana to Dallas in 1995. I come from a culinary family; my older sister had a restaurant that is a household name in the Greater Accra region in Ghana. My culinary resume started with fast food establishments until I began managing the café at Ann’s Health Food Store in 1998. I helped Ann’s grow to a neighborhood favorite by introducing smoothies, sandwiches, and baked goods that I created from scratch. Read more>>

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