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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.

Kathleen Janvier

I am here today, sorting thoughts and feelings through making with my hands, only because of the orchestrated encouragement of so many friends and mentors. My parents taught me to find beauty in small things and to mine garnets beside waterfalls in the mountains of North Carolina. My first 3D instructor at The University of Georgia, Martijn Wagtendonk, nearly escorted me to the jewelry studio when he saw how ‘detailed’ my work could be. And once there I fell under the lifelong guidance of Rob Jackson and Mary Hallam Pearse, who each taught me technical proficiency and conceptual integrity with the reverence and excitement of a shared secret. Read more>>

Doug and Leanne Goddard

As a young boy, my uncle used to take me bass and crappie fishing near Dandridge, Tennessee where I grew up. Like many kids I fished less as I grew older, entered high school and I became more involved in traditional sports like baseball, basketball and football. I even played a little tennis and discovered girls too. I was at that age where teenagers believe they are invincible. All that changed in 1983 when I had a diving accident between my sophomore and junior year that left me paralyzed and without the use of my legs and hands. Read more>>

Bob and Polly Hamp

I have played a number of roles trying to best find my fit in the world. I have been both a counselor and a pastor. Before I moved to the metroplex I had begun a group of counselors called “Freedom Counseling” in Abilene, TX. I moved here to work at a local church and help them develop large scale programs that could deeply change peoples lives. When I left the church five years ago, I went back into the counseling practice. Read more>>

Lisa Rose

In 2007, I was called to help meet the need in our community for women to receive genuine hope and practical help to positively navigate life’s increasing challenges. Certain friends were already helping others through philanthropic groups and churches, but there had to be something more. So, we came together to organize an effort to meet that need. 2008 saw the birth of First Friday, a free to the public, speaker event on the first Friday of each month from September through May. Read more>>

Phil Thomas

I entered the music business from the performance side. I’ve played drums since my parents put me in lessons in 5th grade, all I wanted was to be Peter Criss! I did get to play in multiple bands through middle school, high school, and college. Read more>>

Susan Jones

I was born and brought up in India until I got married and moved to the greatest country in this world, the United States of America. At a young age growing up with my grandparents, I always wanted to be my own boss. Read more>>

Rosemary Lewis

Becoming a real estate agent is something that interested me for a very long time but I was scared to take the leap of faith. I grew up in a household where it was encouraged to go to school, get a degree, find a good job and retire…THE END. Read more>>

Derek Hill

I started my career working in the Dallas Stagehand business working shows like the Dallas Summer Musicals, the New York Metropolitan Opera when it came to town, the State Fair of Texas Musical, the Dallas Opera and Dallas Stage Scenery during my summer breaks from college.

The KG Lifestyle

For as long as I can remember I’ve been an entrepreneur. Of course, when I opened my first lemonade stand (unbeknownst to my Mom) at the age of nine, I didn’t have that fancy word. My businesses ranged from candy stores to miniature golf courses (those were always a hit) and each one of them was rooted in filling a market gap and having fun! Read more>>

Michael Shellis

I have been painting since I can remember. I went to a strict private school that discouraged creativity and had a very large “FALL IN LINE” culture. Read more>>

Matt Marciante, Jacqueline Marciante

Long before we met, my wife and I shared a passion for footwear. After we got married we wanted to do something creative together and had the idea to create top-of-the-line quality leather footwear and accessories, but make them available at honest and fair pricing rather than some of the outrageously marked up name brands. By using small batch tanneries and boutique factories in León Mexico (the leather footwear capital of the Western Hemisphere) and cutting out the middlemen, we found that we could go straight to consumers with a high quality product we knew they would love, at a price they could feel good about. Read more>>

Kay Smith

I’m what you call a late bloomer. I was the freckly, pigeon-toed redhead who wore braces in school, I definitely was not part of the popular crowd. And the insecurities and rejection I felt as a kid carried over into my adult life. It wasn’t until after the age of 50 that I was able to overcome my fear of getting noticed. The first “a-ha” came after I took a 4-day workshop on “how to dress” for my unique energy. It was amazing the difference in how people treated me. So I became certified as an image consultant. Read more>>

Dianna Booher

I haven’t always been a professional writer and public speaker. Far from it. In fact, I started this business as a young mom with two small kids and a husband struggling with severe depression. Although I was substitute teaching a few days a month, I feared that my husband wasn’t going to be able to hold his job much longer and that I was about to become the sole support for our family. Read more>>

Mai-Lynn LaTrace

I grew up in a family that moved around constantly – from living in California, moving to Vietnam, followed by Belgium, and then back to the states in Florida. I would definitely say that my upbringing has instilled a nomadic spirit in me. I can definitely say that life was challenging toward the end of my high school career. Read more>>

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