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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.

Emeli Reed

Soon after graduating from high school in 2015, I enrolled in a Certified Makeup Artist program. I wanted to broaden my knowledge and absorb the different styles, techniques, and trends this industry had to offer! Growing up, I was always very interested in art and being creative. I always knew I wanted to be a makeup artist. I’m going on my fourth year of this vibrantly fun career and I can’t wait for more to come! Read more>>

JC Barba

Somehow against all obstacles I am a professional artist having worked and done work for big-time non-profits, select art shows, video game studios, animation studios, I have taught Conceptual Illustration at four different schools and currently teach at the Creative Art Center of Dallas and also teach out of my own studio in the Oak Cliff arts district. Read more>>

Tamyra LaFrance

Hmmm… where do I start? My inspiration to do anything pertaining to creativity came as a child. I was surrounded by creatives. My mother and her sisters were all seamstresses, cousins who were hairstylists and a family friend who was a florist and wedding planner. I was initially and truly inspired by Richard Johnson the family friend, as I watched him operate in his gift. Read more>>

Anjelica Salinas

The more I created, the more I realized how much I love design and art. I began to see the art around me and I was coming to the realization art is essential to our everyday lives and I want to contribute to the beauty all around us. I decided to move back home, take a semester off and pursue a degree in graphic design. Read more>>

Alfred McAdory

I moved to the Dallas area in August 2016 from Louisiana. For a while, I have always said I wanted to be a mentor or someone that can speak or motivate the upcoming generation, specifically young men and boys. I honestly didn’t know where to start. Some people would tell me to just go for it. Read more>>

Jocelyn Meave

When we got to the convention, we saw lots of people cosplaying, people that dress up as their favorite characters from anime, video games, movies, etc. We were so surprised and excited, we had no idea that such a thing even existed. From that moment on, we continued to go to that same convention every year, and many others and started dressing up as well. Read more>

Alexis Gomez

Now, I’m developing my solo project under the pseudonym “Alex O’aiza”, inspired by rock and roll, and indie sounds from artists like: The Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, The Killers, and Royal Blood. I just released my second single “Money”, and I am currently building plans for a possible EP. More details will unravel in the near future. Read more>>

Taye and Seun Rita Ajibulu

Years after being in the United States, I met my lovely wife, Oluwaseun, I call her Sunshine. She saw how much I loved cooking and encourage me to continue to cook. After we married, we decided to officially start a catering business where I do the cooking and she is so amazing with all the day to day business matters. Together, we make up T and K Hospitality Services in Dallas, Texas. Read more>>

Taylor Doyle

I started trying new things and taking risks and unfortunately, it was not well received. I found myself one morning without a job and blindsided. I panicked and moped for a couple of days but very quickly realized that this was the best thing to ever happen to me! I needed that push! I woke up and went to work for myself one day and haven’t looked back. Read more>>

Tamara Jenkins

Always finding time to motivate and encourage others to lead a healthy lifestyle, she teaches group fitness classes at Lifetime Fitness and 24 Hour Fitness. She has received recognition for “Changing Lives Through Group Fitness” for 24 Hour Fitness in 2007, 2009, 2014 and 2017. In January 2017, she was selected one of twenty instructors nationwide from 24 Hour Fitness. Read more>>

Jolie Rashawn

Over the past seven years, I have touched so many lives and I look forward to pouring into more. I am humble enough to also learn from people as well. I am still growing, still healing and still motivating myself as well as others. “Stay focused! You got this” is my motto. It’s a daily journey that’s rough, at times, but the outcome is truly amazing! I am a certified life coach. Read more>>

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