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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.

Katrina Ventrca

I have always been a very craft and talented person when it came to creativity since a young child. My mother uses to always tell me I need to find something to do with my talents. I always wanted to be my own boss and about a year and a half ago, I was thinking go ways to put my creativity and artistic skills to use. After contemplating, the thought of starting an event planning business and customizing shoes stuck with me and I’ve been doing it ever since. As for any business, I started off slow with bookings, but as of today, I am beyond blessed with the amount of booking I’ve had and I have already for 2021. I absolutely love doing what I do. It brings great satisfaction to not only turn people’s dreams into reality but also getting paid to do so. Read more>>

Mechi Renee

9 to 5’er to C.E.O. (Christian.Empowered.On the Money) Mechi Renee is the Co-Founder and COO of Unikorn Trybe. Mechi holds a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management with a concentration in Organizational Development. She has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources, Recruiting, Coaching and Project Management. Mechi Renee is a Certified Mediator, Christian Business & Monetization Coach, Online Entrepreneur, Speaker, Author, Blogger and Writer. Mechi Renee helps high achieving Christian women ditch the hustle mentality to build and scale an impactful business online to make a consistent profit. The women Mechi Renee serves to want to go from employee to employer to live life on their own terms, making money from anywhere, doing anything, consistently making a profit monthly. All while serving God and doing business God’s Way. Mechi Renee has struggled for a long time trying to incorporate her faith into her business. She tried to leave God out, so she didn’t offend anyone, but her business didn’t prosper so she decided to do business God’s way this time #doingbusinesswithGod. God is her C.E.O. (Chief.Executive.Officer). Read more>>

Zana Bridges

Starting my own clothing boutique has always been a big dream of mine. In August, I just kept battling with myself about doing it. One day around two in the morning, something woke me up out of my sleep and I know for a fact it was God talking to me. He told me not to go another day without pursuing my dreams. I owe everything to God, where I am today. My friends, my family, and my boyfriend have been my greatest support system. It’s been times I’ve wanted to give up but they push me every day and keep me motivated. Read more>>

Raul Marez

I can remember drawing from an early age. I had Leukemia as a young kid and would spend a lot of time drawing in my hospital bed between chemo treatments. I also remember my parents handing me a pen or pencil anytime I said I was bored anywhere and I would draw things on napkins or computer paper when my dad had his laptop bag with him. It was an escape for me, allowing me to focus my energy and create something. My art was mainly just a side hobby, I would design tattoos for people or random drawings of cartoon characters for friends. It wasn’t until the end of my sophomore year at TCU that I started to take my art more seriously and I switched my major to Printmaking from a general business degree plan. Read more>>

Godstime Ebeagbor

I am an International professional chef with 13 years of experience, I grew up in Italy and studied in Italy, I worked and traveled around Europe, Passionate and talented chef with over 12 years of experience in upscale dining internationally, organized cooking classes for over 120 people, private chef Table and cooking shows. I am currently a Restaurant sous chef with the four seasons Hotel, I have been with the company for seven years, I love cooking, I was once a law student before I discovered my true passion was in the culinary and hospitality industry. Read more>>

Tonika Owens

I started doing nails whenever I was about nine years old. My mom and aunt would take me to the nail salon with them often, and I would watch the nail technician create these designs that amazed me. I started practicing and finally decided to try it on my mom’s toenails, and I was so excited because I succeeded with the design. Once I became more comfortable with working on other ladies, I started to take my polish and nail art to school starting in middle school and high school and Slowly started to create a name and a reputation for my nail art. Read more>>

Janet Vargas

I have worked as an educator for 18 years, but I’d like to think I was born an educator. I started teaching the Montessori method in 2007. My passion for the Montessori way of education has led me to become a Certified Montessori teacher and also teach many others about Montessori education. Due to the Covid-19 and the pandemic my job was a force to close down so I lost my job, didn’t know what my next move was going to be so that’s when I decided to open my own Home-Based Montessori school in October and call it, All About Kids Montessori Academy. Focusing on a small classroom setting to give parents a safer option to larger class sizes. Read more>>

Emmanuel Kalumbata

I’m Emmanuel Kalumbata, a young entrepreneur, Founder, and CEO of Awakening Africa Group. A bilingual publication directed to the African Diaspora. I’m very proficient in Graphic Art and marketing and I’m very devoted to changing business premises to an incomparable brand. One of my key driving forces is to create, enhance, and maintain a unified brand experience. I’m passionately working to leverage young talent to make an outsized impact on the diaspora and the African continent. Since 2018, I have proven my dedication to Africans in the Diaspora by launching a variety of initiatives. The two most notable of these initiatives are the African Business Lounge (www.afblounge.org) and Awakening Africa Magazine (www.awakeningafricamag.com). My first big goal when I got to the US was to have a great impact on my community. As a newcomer back in 2017, I worked day and night in different companies with low paying wages to be able to pay my bills. Read more>>

Shemeika West

I was a committed track athlete in college. I never had to “create time” to work out or tend to my health because that lifestyle was a norm for me, that’s how my college years were being paid. It couldn’t have gotten any easier than that! However, it wasn’t until after college that I realized my “track body” couldn’t maintain itself. I didn’t have a coach to push me, didn’t have teammates for accountability, and didn’t have track meets for motivation and consistency. All I had was my personal God-given power of choice—the choice to be healthy or unhealthy and I had to make a decision because the track-life was no longer an obligation. So, I decided to get back in the groove by working at a gym and start training again which is where I picked up my first client. After seeing the excitement and appreciation on my client’s face after seeing her results. Read more>>

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