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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.

Nishidha Kumaresan

I was born in India into a family filled with legacy. On my paternal side, they built schools, hospitals and provided various other infrastructure for the development of rural areas. My maternal grandfather came from humble beginnings with no education but a very successful businessman. Read more>>

Christy Vedia

I started working for a home health agency as a receptionist right after I got my Bachelor of Arts from Our Lady of the Lake University back in 1994. At that point, I didn’t know if I wanted to teach or continue my education and pursue a law degree. Read more>>

Samantha Matthews

There was a period of time that I felt completely and utterly stuck! I didn’t know what I wanted to do in life and I wasn’t really happy with my right now. I had a good girl friend named Waverly Champion and we would talk hours on end about getting women together with cocktails involved and just talk it out. Read more>>

Trip Ghetaway

I started doing photography back in the 80’s. While most kids wanted to play with toys, I always had a camera in my hand. My parents used to travel a lot, so they would constantly ask me to take photos because they said I was good at it. In 1990 I took actual art classes to learn shading and contrast which I applied to photography as I love contrasty photos. Read more>>

Mahvash Armand

I grew up in Iran in a large family with four brothers and two sisters. My parents taught me and my siblings from an early age that we could achieve anything that we set our mind to. Read more>>


Brian Hayduk

Coming out of Lehigh University in the early 1990s and growing up near New York, I thought I wanted to be a Wall Street banker. A law abiding version Bud Fox or Gordon Gekko would have been fine. I didn’t get a job on Wall Street but did get a position at a bank. Read more>>

Nathan Acosta

Man lets see, where do I start? Honestly, I started DJ’ing by chance. Back in 2005, my family was looking for a DJ for my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary. We were all standing around when my aunt Mary Lou looks at me and says, “Hey! Why don’t we have Nathan do it?” and to my surprise everyone agreed! Read more>>

Deborah Hartigan Viestenz

Thank you for your interest in my art and my story! I am an artist, specializing in large scale multi-media abstract paintings seeking to translate nature into feelings and work with clients on art placement and commissions in their homes. Read more>>

Ashlie Woods

The business that I run today was born out of a vision I had almost 5 years ago. My partner and I were traveling throughout Southeast Asia on the trip of a lifetime. I was taking advantage of all the extra time on my hands to religiously work my way through The Artist Way, a 12-week self-guided program for unblocking your creativity. Read more>>

Tressa Broadhead

I really didn’t ‘find’ animal rescue, it found me. After doing some research on ways to give back in the community, Animal rescue meshed well with my love of dogs and I was taken in quickly by the camaraderie, friendships and quest to help the helpless. Read more>>

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