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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.

Paige Olvera

I was born in Dallas, Texas. I grew up in Irving, Texas, just right outside of Dallas. I am the second child of four, so growing up was interesting, being a “middle child”, haha. I’ve always been the loud one, ever since I was younger. My siblings will testify to that, haha. I loved going to school and participating in different things, I participated in choir and theater, and it was so much fun. Read more>>

Michael Morse

I started acting back at the age of ten in my hometown Mobile, Alabama at the school of Dunbar Creative & Performing Arts (Formerly known as Dunbar Magnet.) At Dunbar, I took electives in Drama & Band. Here is where I started to “fall in love” with acting. However, I did it for fun & did not take it as seriously. By the age of seventeen, I slowly got back into acting with a similar route in modeling. Read more>>

Karen Ahaus

Twenty four years ago, I began a Master’s degree in Art Education. I took my first Ceramics class and touched clay for the first time since first grade. It was love at first touch! Ceramics and pottery making was a hobby until 2011 when I began to sell my work. Ahaus (Ay-house) Pottery was born. I began selling my work at local art shows and markets. I opened my Etsy shop and never looked back. Read more>>

Brian Holm

My interest in photography started during college. I didn’t have the time or the funds to take any of the photography classes that were offered, but my parents bought me a 35mm SLR for Christmas and I began to practice with that. I briefly dabbled with a dark room that I built into the corner of my bedroom, and while I learned techniques that still come in handy to this day, the cost involved was prohibitive. Read more>>

Thomas Foley

I had the fortunate opportunity to attend Colgate University and Villanova University Law School, where I earned my BA in Economics and Political Science and my Juris Doctor, respectively. Having always wanted to be an attorney, I now had the chance to practice in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. I started my legal career in New York City, focused on litigation matters, business law, and real estate law. Read more>>

Taylor Anne Neel

I knew I wanted to study photography as my major during my senior year at Coppell High School. I was taking pictures of anything and everything and studying art on my own time, and trying my hardest to use what I had (at the time it was a little Canon point and shoot camera) to create my own art. Even before that, I remember very distinctively during a trip to Paris with my mom. Read more>>

Jen Sugermeyer

I began climbing the corporate ladder after college ended and after my sabbatical to Italy. My life appeared perfect on the outside, and I was excelling in so many areas. My career was advancing, I bought a home in Dallas, I had a gorgeous diesel F-250, I was traveling the globe, but I was miserable on the inside. I had become entirely disconnected from the person inside. In my mid-30’s I looked in the mirror and didn’t recognize the woman staring back at me. Read more>>

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