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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.

Natalie Cain

This business was inspired by own personal journey. I have always engaged in fitness when it came to sports like basketball or volleyball but I initially started my actual fitness journey back in 2014 when I realized my weight was constantly increasing. It was very challenging for me because I also suffered from a condition known as irritable bowel syndrome, which affects my large intestine, in turn, my food consumption. To top it off, in 2016, I experienced one of the most devastating times of my life, in which my health drastically declined and the prescribed medicines that were supposed to cure me had adverse side effects. As a result, I received all Incompletes at my university, my body was filled with toxins, and mentally I was drained. This leads me to two options, stay in the sunken place or RISE. I found myself constantly thinking about an excerpt from my father’s favorite poem, “IF by Rudyard Kipling,” “If you can fill the unforgiving minute with 60 seconds distance run, yours is the earth and everything that’s in it”. Read more>>

Apree Clicque

After graduating with my Masters, I moved around to a few levels of therapeutic care: residential, outpatient and private practice. During that time, a fellow therapist and I began talking more about what it would be like to create a business model based on a healthy culture. I had also been spending time volunteering with a group called Team Rubicon, where this idea of culture was really driven into my values. It just became crystal clear how important it is for people to feel safe and validated within the cultural context of their environment. Eventually, I – along with my business partners, Mika Smith and Zakia Inyang – created Dallas Therapeutic Services, which is a mental health private practice in Las Colinas. We have been striving (some times successfully and some times not!) to create a thriving environment where people want to work and feel more like family than employees. Outside of work and volunteering, my life is filled with family. I have two nephews that I adore and try to spend copious amounts of time with. Read more>>

Kyra Addison

I started my journey of being a business owner and content creator in 2020 after a shift had taken place in my career path. Through my personal trials and tribulations, I have been able to identify what my passions are based on various volunteer opportunities within my community. My passion for a purpose-driven and confidence-building lifestyle drove me to do intense research about the cosmetic industry after being laid off from my former job due to COVID-19. I decided to name my cosmetic brand “KyDee” because it is my nickname and I wanted to create a brand name that was not only distinctive and simple but also easy to remember. Honestly, God receives all of the glory for my success today. Because of His grace and mercy, I have been able to walk in faith while trusting that He will direct my paths with my life and business. Read more>>

Beverly Adams

Growing up a daughter of a USAF serviceman, my family traveled throughout the United States and lived in Okinawa, Japan as well. While some may feel it is hard to move around to different cities, school and air bases, I found it thrilling. My parents taught us the value of accepting people from every walk of life and valuing the differences and commonalities we all have. My first volunteer job was as a teen working at the Family Services Center, assisting new families and welcoming them to the base. It was so rewarding to me to understand these new families and offer my help. During my time as a broadcast executive in Dallas, I received some advice from a cable network executive which would change my whole life’s focus: He said: “Your job is what you trade the days of your life for; therefore, your job has to have significant meaning to you.” This was a “a-ha” moment that ignited in me the idea that you do not have to sacrifice who you are or what you are passionate about to have a career. Read more>>

Eunice Martinez

My life journey is rooted in my solid upbringing, for which I am forever grateful to my wonderful parents. They always provided a very nurturing environment while raising my brother and I to be a very hardworking, driven, and goal-oriented individuals. When I was growing up, you could often find me playing with our family camera, pretending to be the teacher to my stuffed animals, playing tennis, and attending church every weekend to praise The Almighty. I was in middle school when my love for photography started. I then dreamed about being a photographer one day and owning my own photography business. I was 17 when my dad bought me my first professional Canon camera. Because of him, I was determined to start practicing shooting sessions. After graduating from high school, I decided to focus on my career in education. I earned a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Bilingual Education. Read more>>

Taylor Mobley

I graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio with a degree in communication and theatre. After graduating in 2016, I began working as an Associate Producer for the San Antonio Living morning show. It was during my role at San Antonio Living that I created Taylor’d For You. Taylor’d For You began a monthly fashion segment that strived to make fashion more inclusive and accessible for people no matter their age, body type, or style preference. I noticed that the media often shared the fashion trends but did not represent those trends on diverse models. The Taylor’d For You segment allowed viewers to see trends in a relatable way on a monthly basis. During each month’s segment, I would highlight a trend on three models using clothing from a different San Antonio designer or boutique. There would be a model in his or her 20s, 30s-40s, and 50s. While the segment was successful, I wanted my platform to have a greater purpose and to serve the community in a more specific way. Read more>>

Cynthia Perez

Growing up, baking was always a fun family thing. I remember baking birthday cakes, bread, pies, christmas cookies, and other treats with my mom, aunt and younger sisters. I’ve always been interested in baking and have been told my treats are delicious. As the years passed, I stopped baking as I became busy with school and then my job. After having my daughter and having the privilege of being a stay-at-home mom, I decided to pick up the mixer and start again. Originally I chose to start selling macarons because of how cute they are and because you can do so many different flavors. I had never made a macaron before I started selling them but It’s so fun trying new and difficult things. I’ve had a great core customer base and can’t wait to expand more. Read more>>

David Richardson

I have been working in the marketing agency world for the last seven of my 12-year career. Back in April, I left an agency called Spire that I had built up for four years as the Vice President of Client Services. The CEO of one of the agency’s clients approached me with an offer to join his company and grow it as I had done with Spire. After talking over the opportunity with my wife, we decided to take a leap of faith and see where it would take us. It didn’t take us very far. After 90 days, we ended up parting ways with the company and were challenged with the tough question of “What is next?” I knew I always wanted to start my own business but like most business owners, you never know when the right time is to do it. I leaned on my amazing network to figure out what to do next and the encouragement I got from so many people to start my own company was overwhelming. I was so humbled. I went on a walk one night to just clear my head and think through everything that was going on. It was the longest walk I had taken in a long time. Read more>>

Matt Krause

Growing up, I was always interested in art, creating stories and images in my head. During middle and high school, I was learning photoshop, coding, and basically anything I could get my hands on to create. While I was in college, I mainly focused on graphic design but also learned a bit about animation and 3D. With the help of many of talented peers, I ended up pursuing animation and wanted to make it my main career. So while my first job was as a graphic designer, I still found opportunities to create videos for that company and on the side when I could. Fast forward ten years and I’ve created content for fortune 500 companies, animation studios, churches, and small businesses all around the US. Along the way, there have been some amazing mentors that I’ve not only grown my skillset with but learned valuable business and personal lessons from as well. Read more>>

Tamla Johnson

In April of 2020, my boyfriend and I packed up our life in a small, rural city in Mississippi and relocated to Irving. Yes, in the middle of the pandemic! We had a smooth transition into our new home, but I was having a difficult time finding employment. Instead of getting discouraged, I took it as a sign to do something outside of my norm. So I stepped out on faith and started my own wig line, Fantasy Girl Hair. I had always had a passion for not only beauty and hair care but affordable beauty & hair care. I knew that when creating Fantasy Girl Hair, I didn’t want to make these insanely priced wig units for the everyday customer. You shouldn’t have to break the bank to get a new hairstyle. I appealed to the average girl on a budget. With the success of Fantasy Girl Hair growing, I began to get that urge to step out on faith again. I had always wanted to write a children’s book and represent children of color with the illustrations. Scared of the process of going through big publishers, I researched self-publishing options & successfully completed my first children’s ebook, “Dizzie’s Day In Daycare” on the Amazon Kindle App. Read more>>

Trina Ueal

Our journey began with the desire to advance our lives through ownership of our own business. We looked at several types of businesses and eventually settled on pursuing a Lenny’s Franchise for several reasons. The brand is small, the food product is outstanding, and the potential for growth is tremendous. With Memphis, TN being the home of the Lennys brand, opportunities to develop multiple stores there were limited. So, we decided to locate our store in the Dallas/Forth area to join forces with two other existing stores already established in the metroplex. After two years of searching for a great location, lease negotiations, contractor negotiations, and construction, we finally open our doors in November of 2019. While there were two stores in the metroplex when we began the process in 2017, there were none (due to franchisee mismanagement) by November 2019. This was not expected (and was very disappointing), but we had no choice but to go forward. Our life savings is in this business so we had to move forward. Not knowing what business would be like for a new brand in a new local territory, we were quite surprised with the business we received during our first week. Read more>>

Aarav Bhatt

I have been an avid reader since a very young age. I don’t remember exactly, but my mom says that I started reading at the age of three and a half. Whenever there is available time during the day, I just grab a book. On weekends I usually start my day with reading. I constantly look for new books to read, and my favorite place to get books is the Irving Public Library. I also have a small library of my own at home that I now share with my little sister. Since I already mentioned about her, I would like to share that my little sister actually happens to be the inspiration of my book “Sibling Stories… from a Brother”. I got the idea of writing my first book in summer 2020 when most of us were home due to the Pandemic. Library visits were on hold, schools were closed and I had exhausted my collection of books to a point that I had touched each and every book many times. My long-time cherished thought of writing my own book came to my mind again and that is how it all began. It was summertime and having the whole family home, we used to browse through our old family pictures and recall the moments a lot. Read more>>

Swathi Nelabhatla

After finishing my under-graduation degree in India, I took up a job, but to be honest, my mind was always with starting some kind of business. I really don’t know why I was so much inclined to Entrepreneurship. None of my family members were into business. My father was Journalist and Mother was a Govt Official. I didn’t knew what to start, how to start but I use to explore whatever the small business idea may be included selling dry fruits, (in fact this picked up so much) or even to try starting an ice cream franchisee at least. Due to some personal circumstances I left my job in India and came to the USA and had to take few jobs for my living… But, the burning passion to become an entrepreneur and non-flexibility issues at work motivated me to start something on my own. At that time, I thought, no matter how small my business is going to be, I just want to be independent. This whole thought of being independent made me feel contended. Read more>>

Sophia Stewart Adams

My passion for cooking was cultivated by watching my Granny make heartwarming delicious meals for my family and friends. I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, where the sun barely sets during the summertime and hardly comes out during the winter season. Seeking a much-needed change of pace, I moved to Arlington, TX after high school to attend the University of Texas at Arlington. By the time I graduated, I had become a foodie who enjoyed creating my own recipes to share with my family and friends while traveling to interesting places for inspiration. As an entrepreneur, I enjoy receiving positive feedback from happy customers on my simple and savory recipes. This is what started my journey of So So Good Cooking with Sophia and my seasoning blends. My mission is to rekindle your passion for cooking with creative recipes, fun style, flavorful seasonings and artistic meal presentation. Read more>>

Fuego Latino Radio

Fuego Latino Is A Nightlife Ent & Pop Culture show hosted by influencers from Dallas. The premise of the show is to showcase local artists & entrepreneurs across Texas. Hosted by DJ AVII, Joshua D (TK), Lizbeth O, Natalie C (OG NAT). FL is a popular Latin Podcast Reaching over 30 k streams on Facebook & Youtube becoming one of DFWs favorite online Latino Radio/Podcasts. Produced by : Jessy Jam Audio/Sound Director: Leo G Photographer: Gilbert (Gil The Creator). Read more>>

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