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Irving’s Rising Stars

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 rising stars from Irving and surrounding areas below.

Tabitha Le’Sha Franklin

I was inspired to pursue entrepreneurship due to being laid off a company where I have worked for many years. Instead of feeling sorry for myself, I used that energy into starting my own cruelty-free cosmetic brand. I would wear lip-gloss all the time even to bed. So I said hey start making your own and having it smell like candy and I did just that. Read more>>

Marwah Hussein

I started my fitness journey after giving of birth to my first child about eight years ago I fell in love with muscle building lifting weight help me change my physical appearance and mentally as well it helps a lot with my depression and anxiety I decided to become a personal trainer to help woman so go through the same thing that went through especially in my culture as a Middle Eastern woman the concept of bodybuilding it’s only for men and a muscle for woman it’s a big no-no five years ago I made it my mission to change these concepts so I decided to take my personal trainer certificate when I worked at the gyms I feel like I could not Express my passions to fitness for the gyms it’s all about the money and how much money they can make an hour to meet with each transformations I live with my client it’s a big deal to me so I decided to do a small gym in my garage that help me take care of my little babies while working since the idea of putting two kids in daycare not only expensive but I wasn’t too happy about it because I want to see their moments growing up. Read more>>

Kirtana Banskota

Like most, ever since a child I have been fascinated by the films. The idea of being able to learn about places, people and cultures, about stories both heard and unheard, about living beings from the deepest depths of the oceans to the highest parts of the mountains- one click of a button and I could be transported to a place far far away. At a very young age, I knew I wanted to make others feel the same way I felt. A highly expressive kid, I grew up writing and acting in theater. Later I decided to go to film school at Temple University in Philadelphia. As I grew older, I realized filmmaking was an art, I knew how to create something but I knew nothing about negotiating my ideas and my thoughts to sell to the world, so I decided to jump into business development while mastered the art of low to no budget filmmaking. As time went by, I realized I had started focusing my energy on business instead of creating- I realized I was beginning to lose myself and I was neither happy with the work I was doing or was giving the time for what brought me joy- the art of filmmaking. That is when I co-founded Nepal America Film Society and Nepal America International Film Festival. Read more>>

Jen Sugermeyer

Spent 15-years as an IT leader in corporate. From Afghanistan to California, from contracting to the government to private and publically traded companies – I’m all too familiar with corporate America. The money was good. The benefits were predictable. The travel was fun. But, there was something missing. I knew there was something more in the world for me and I was supposed to make a big impact. I didn’t know what that thing was until I looked at myself in the mirror one day and committed to learning to love myself and find my own happiness. The success wasn’t enough to bring me joy, clarity, fulfillment, and that’s what I was truly seeking. I launched fully into this journey of self-discovery and I learned about the power of the mind. A funny change started to happen. Not only did I feel better about myself, but I got a promotion, my personal life improved, I enhanced my relationships. Read more>>

Stephanie Espinal

My journey started outside of my therapists’ office five years ago when I realized that what was truly affecting my mental state wasn’t that I hated who I was but that I disliked the version of myself I was pretending to be. My whole life, I masked who I was because I believed I had to look, speak, behave, or live a certain way to succeed, be loved, and accepted. These beliefs all stemmed from colonial programming. And even though I didn’t know the term for what I was experiencing then, I knew I wanted to heal deeply and discover who I was underneath the programming. So, after that day, I decided to dedicate my life to self-discovery, healing, and freedom. I wanted the freedom to be and live authentically. So for the next couple of years, that’s what I did. I went to a 10-day silent meditation retreat in India, traveled all over the world, read all the self-help books, got certified in holistic healing modalities, developed my spiritual abilities. Read more>>

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