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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.

Kenny Maestro

I was raised in a suburb of Dallas, Texas, and went to study Computer Engineering at the University of North Texas. Along that journey, I was able to network and find some of my true passions in life and began to explore them leading up to and after graduating college. First was my passion for engineering. Engineers are the people that allow us to go through life just a little bit easier. We look at their innovations every year with amazement and I wanted to be a part of that community that would make the world a better place. Read more>>

Tiana Morris

– [ ] Hi, My name is Tiana Morris , mother, natural body care collection creator and real estate entrepreneur Originally from the suburbs of Chicago now living and thriving in Dallas, TX. – [ ] I started my first business as a hobby. I made natural products for my hair to keep it moisturized then later realized my oldest son had eczema which bothered him so much because of his irritated and itchy skin. Although there were plenty of eczema lotions in store, I started researching how to heal his skin while using natural ingredients. Read more>>

Emi Matsushita

My journey started in Japan, my birthplace. I grew up in a small town and immediately knew that I was different. My classmates teased me for having a mom who was white, often being called”gaijin”, which is a not-so-friendly term for “foreigner”. The feeling of being different continued when my family relocated to the US; again feeling like a stranger to the land. Besides the external pressures, I also had a family environment which made me feel like I wasn’t allowed to take up too much space. As I grew up, I often felt like I wasn’t secure or safe in being myself fully and completely. Read more>>

Shweta Sonavane-Khole

I am a Research Scientist, Life coach, dance teacher and my biggest achievement is now that I am a new mom of my wonderful son Samarth who has given me so much joy and recently won beauty pageant also. I participated in a one of the biggest Pageant competition “Mrs. South Asia World 2022” where I earned Winner crown in Mrs South Asia world Pageant category, I was crowned by popular Bollywood Actress Preity Zinta and this high profile event was organized by biggest organizers-MyDreamTV Entertainment. CEO-Rashmi & Jhanak Bedi. Read more>>

Richard Ledferd

To many, stories seem to stem from either being born to do something. Or experiences molding them into who they have ultimately become based on the choices they’ve made in the past. My story is sitting in the fine line between that. I strongly believe I was born to be in athletics my whole life. Never imagined flying drones for a living and producing content for brands. What Honestly started this whole venture was the moment I found out I was going to be a father. Prior to this, I worked many corporate jobs. Read more>>

Aisha Khan

So basically i was born and raised in Pakistan. After completing my education i found myself more interested towards art . I started doing paintings and potraits but that was not enough. So I started doing my family member and friend’s makeup and hairstyles and that was the moment I realized this is my true passion and so i began building my career in makeup artistry . Right after i got job in a salon as a MUA . Then in January of 2019 I moved to Dallas tx , everything was new to me. I was alone and did not have any idea where to start. Read more>>

Senaida Martinez Gaona

I started crafting as a teenager, making simple paper crafts and its been with me ever since. I love creating crafts with my kids, especially during birthday parties, it helps me practice and expand my creativity. I started my journey with Serenity Designs in the fall of 2021. I was in nursing school and things ended up going in a different direction. After leaving nursing school, I studied abroad in Hawaii and when I came back to Texas I decided to make my hobby full-time. I guess you can say Hawaii gave me a cleanse. That’s when I started Serenity Designs. Read more>>

La Shawn Thompson

Hello, I am a hairstylist and makeup artist turned certified relationship coach. The best part of my job is my clients. I have met women from all walks of life and the connections I have made have been blessings. I have heard it all in my chair while doing hair. The topics mainly were about relationships. The up and downs and lack of. I had my own issues during my career in my relationships as well. After my second divorce I realized that I was the common denominator in my marriages and went on a journey of healing so I could have a healthy and loving relationship. I became healthy, really started living my life, and fell in love with me. During this time, I started coaching my clients and I saw them getting results! That’s when I realized I had a gift and I became a Certified Relationship Coach. Read more>>

Chermanda Johnson Frazier

I grew up in a home where my father was a professional businessman/entrepreneur and my mom was the hometown decorator for everyone and everything— shoutout to my Memphis, TN family! As a child, I observed and learned from my parents how to navigate the world by working hard, shooting for ambitious dreams, and keeping God first. My strong foundation has helped me live out these three core values in all that I do. Read more>>

David Fuentes

David Fuentes was born and raised in Corpus Christi, TX. David was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy on the right side of his body in 1978. At a young age, he was very determined to not let his disability define him. David was influenced by toys and comics from the ’80s and ’90s and knew he had an aptitude for drawing that has stayed with him throughout his life. Most recently Fuentes has self-published his first comic book called ” Warrior of the Wind”. He has participated in numerous local, national, and international exhibitions. Also, Fuentes has been published in newspaper and magazine articles about his work with Cerebral Palsy. Fuentes earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2005 from Texas A&M. University-Corpus Christi. In the fall of 2010, he earned his Master’s of Fine Arts from the University of Dallas. Read more>>

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