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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.

Janeth Banda

It all started during the pandemic; most places were closed, and Mother’s Day was right around the corner. I thought about the idea of making gift boxes that’ll include a wine glass, personalized shirt & chocolates. If I’m being honest at first, I doubted myself thinking this wasn’t a great idea, but my first order was five gift boxes and orders were being placed throughout that time frame. Then, I continue with graduation and Father’s Day gift boxes. Thank god they were a success. Fast forward I now offer customized items such as shirts, cups, shadow boxes, gift boxes, etc.  Read more>>

Lindsey Judson

I am in a way an accidental entrepreneur. After working in er and critical care for a little over a decade as a registered nurse, I had 3 children in two years. When my last was an infant, I decided that I would not be returning to nursing and would instead work from home. A couple of years later I took over my grandparents’ business that happened to be a convenience store in my hometown of Marquez. I literally had no clue what I was doing… I was just figuring it out as I went along. My husband is an oil and gas distributor, so he was a huge help. Read more>>

Jake Wangner

2010 was my first payday. I took photos and made a video of a graduation at an alternative high school. I sold DVDs to the parents and made enough money to believe that visual arts could be my career at the age of 14. Since then, I’ve traveled a few different paths and had many amazing opportunities to work on creatively fulfilling and award-winning projects. Today I’m focused on creating books that are inspired by my interactions with people and nature. I am also working on commissions for album artwork and other fun projects. Most of my client work is through licensing images from my archive of personal work.  Read more>>

Gena Tinsley

I’m from a small city in California named Gilroy where I was always surrounded by a melting pot of different cultures but I always stood out for my braiding abilities. I worked at my uncle’s hair salon as the only braider in town and that’s how I was introduced the hair industry. I learned how to care for different textures of hair and how different cultures have different regimens and ways they take care of their hair. Read more>>


Sigifredo Flores

My name is Sigifredo Flores, I was born and raised in Dallas, Tx. Specifically, in Oak Cliff. I bore witness to activities that made the rumors that float around today true. Despite it all, I just used it as well needed experience for the world I live in today. I grew up wanting to draw but I never caught on, so I started writing poetry. At the time I wasn’t listening to rap music or anything like that, so it was more storytelling. Eventually, I started listening to Biggie, and at around the age of 13-14 I heard what it was like to paint a picture with lyrics. That’s when I picked up the pen and started sharpening the blade. Doing shows and rocking the house is a feeling you can’t really get anywhere else. Read more>>

Salester Gulley

As a kid, I was always good at math so at a very young age I decided I wanted to be an accountant. After college, I immediately went into Corporate America like an average adult. As I became experienced in my field, I noticed that a lot of my family and friends would come to me for advice or help dealing with their finances. Starting my own business didn’t become apparent until tax season. It initially started with me just completing my own personal taxes yearly but then family and friends would always ask if I could do theirs as well. Read more>>

Taylor Cleveland

I’m from Dallas. Up until 2014, I was creating art, performing music, and freelancing locally. I left in 2014 to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (in the Film, Video, New Media, & Animation department), and graduated in 2016. I moved to NYC to work for Ogilvy & Mather’s Dialogue Strategy team primarily servicing the American Express account. I was back in Dallas by 2018 when I started working with Flight School Studio – again servicing American Express except this time doing event activations at the US Open & Wimbledon. Read more>>

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