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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.

Danielle Cianni

Really my business has just begun in many ways. I have recently started a blog to document my life, work with brands and just express myself creatively. I always remember creating something as a kid or concocting these out of this world storylines in my head. Read more>>

Rita Wilder

Hi there! My name is Rita! I’m the owner of Rita K. Wilder Photography. I’m originally from Northern Europe – Latvia. I started photography when my first son was born. I didn’t want to miss all those precious moments with him, so I started documenting them. Read more>>

Ashliegh Lisset

I began singing when I was four years old and my parents often say I was singing before talking. However, it wasn’t until I was eleven years old that music would become my refuge. My father, Sgt. Paul T. Sanchez, was serving his second tour for Operation Iraqi Freedom, and was killed in the line of duty. Read more>>

Kalyn Mastin

I’ve always really enjoyed photography and started doing it as a hobby in high school. After graduating, I got a corporate job and was there for a few years while still doing photography on the side. I knew I was meant to be doing more and I wasn’t truly happy. Read more>>

Tanya J. Miller

Probably about 15 years ago or so I began writing a weekly blog called Talking with Tanya. Literally it came out of me just wanting to help people figure out how to do life, you know how to figure out how to fit all these crazy pieces of life together so you can do life right, so you can do it well. Read more>>

Valenti Funk

Well, my story is a story that’s still in the process of being written. I feel that I have a long way to go to reach the goal I’ve had since 3rd grade. The “goal” is one that I can’t really elaborate on, but you and I will know when it’s fulfilled. Read more>>

Jeff Hoferer

Since I was young I’ve been obsessed with two things, filmmaking and baseball cards. I’m not sure which one I’m more passionate about! A few years ago I decided to combine the two loves of my life (filmmaking and sports cards) into a video series called PackGeek. Read more>>

Rachel Brown

I have been privileged to work for Touch A Life in January 2009. In terms of my career path, I always had an interest in working in some service-related capacity. I was blessed with community-minded parents who instilled within me a sense of serving others from a young age. Read more>>

Terry Smith

Many years ago I saw Tony Robbins on an infomercial (I’m telling my age now 🙂). He was offering motivational/coaching tapes. Something immediately connected with me and I said to myself, “I want to do that.” Read more>>

Kevin McNamara

My career in the restaurant industry started when I was very young. I had always looked up to my Uncle Tim. He was very successful in the restaurant industry. At 15 years of age I started working for McDonald’s. Quickly moved on up to the big drive through. Read more>>

Norma Perez

I started taking Cosmetology class at Cy-Fair High School right out side of Houston . I thought I was just going to do it as a hobby while I was getting my degree. But once I graduated and got my lisence in 2008 I started working as a receptionist at Images Hair Studio in Cypress and really fell in love with the industry. Read more>>

Brent Earles, Fred McCallister

Brent Earles & Fred McCallister have known each other for 25 years, and have been business partners for the last 10 years. In their own careers, they have been entrepreneurs, founders and shareholders. Their firm, Caddo Lake Capital, is the 4th company they have worked at together. As they progressed in their careers, they realized the compatible skills they had & decided to team up. Read more>>

Derik Devin

This business was born out of a deep desire to instill self-worth in every person who has been bullied, rejected, shamed and abused. When I was a little kid I was sexually abused and my identity took a hit and with that hit so did my self-worth, self-love, what I thought and believed about myself. Although everything seemed ok on the outside, I was not doing well. Read more>>

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