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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.


Years of hard work has allowed me to dedicate myself full time to my art business which now includes painting, various crafts, wood burning, and furniture restoration. I am fortunate enough to participate in art shows and festivals throughout Texas, sharing my art with great people along the way. Read more>>

Briana Jackson

I started growing love for makeup at an early age and started to take clients in 2016, all while still maintaining a full-time job as a Property Director in downtown Dallas. While my love for makeup grew, I also wanted to branch out and do eyelash extensions as a second source of income. So, I did! Read more>>

Heidy Henke

Now I have a jeweler’s bench and all the tools that come with it in my home studio. What started out as a hobby turned into a small business that has given me the flexibility to be at home to raise my two girls, which has always been my first priority. Being home when the school bus drops them off is a privilege that I don’t take for granted, and I have my customers to thank for that. Read more>>

Luke Asper

Right out of high school I started working at my local church, Gateway Church in Southlake because my family worked there and I helped create the Children’s Media department, creating the videos and graphics. That was my introduction to the creative field. After that, I got a full-time potion working in the student’s department right when they were going through a huge department change. At the same time, I got introduce to what was called StrengthsFinder 2.0 at the time that is now called CliftonStrengths, I was able to see how a ministry/team goes through a huge transition like we did and helped put people in the right seat for the new ministry model. Read more>>

Crystalyn Fitzgerald

I moved to the DFW area a little over ten years ago from a small town in Arkansas. The first year I lived here I worked a full-time job and two part-time jobs. I quickly realized I couldn’t live like this long-term and needed to take a step towards figuring out my career. The big question was college or trade school. After some serious thought, I decided trade school was the better option for me. I had an interest in cosmetology school because it was something that I could be creative in and still help people. Read more>>

Raevyn Jones

I was 23 and had very miserable in my nine-five. I had followed the whole “go to school and get your degree” formula so I couldn’t understand why I didn’t get the happily ever after. I quickly realized that the nine-five life was not for me and I needed to plan my exit quickly. On August 23, 2011, I walked out of the nine-five world and never looked back. I had little savings, but a whole lot of faith and that’s what has been keeping me and my businesses going since then. Read more>>

Cortney and Nikkia Carter

I started Texas Student Athlete Academy in 2017. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 2008, I made my way back to Dallas to pursue coaching and development of the up and coming youth and high school players. After reviewing the high school scene, I started to be more concerned about student-athletes progress and life after football. Love Kia Candles was started in 2014 by Nikkia Carter. My love for candles inspired me to open up a homemade candle boutique which then opened up my creativity and expanded the business. From there I started doing custom T-shirt’s, pillows, and Christmas sacks one of my top selling items to date. Read more>>

Brandon Owens

I literally woke up one morning with an idea to rebrand a previous clothing line that I started. That particular brand was pretty hardcore faith-driven, and this time around I wanted to do something more than just t-shirts with a cool Christian saying. I wanted to create clothes that carried the message but also learned more into fashion and culture. I remember praying and telling God what my desire was, and then it seemed like instantly the name of the company came to me. Read more>>

Kraiyola Mack

In 2009 I was sort of thrown into becoming an overnight makeup artist for a music video production my ex was directing. He told me to do some research on all the ingredients a professional makeup artist would need to slay a good face and gave me his credit card. The shoot went well and to my surprise, being my first time doing makeup in a professional setting, the model raved of my talent and was exceedingly ecstatic about her makeup and asked if I would be her personal makeup artist. Read more>>

Brett Dyer

I was born in Dallas but grew up in East Texas in a small town named Hallsville. I was raised on a farm with no artists in my family. All throughout my childhood, I loved doing creative things, but I did not really know being an artist was a career option or that other artists were out there. I was in high school before I attended my first art gallery and art museum. In high school, I fell in love with art, but I had convinced myself that I wanted to be a doctor, so I mostly focused on taking advanced math and science courses. However, I managed to take art all four years. Read more>>

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