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Inspiring Stories from Downtown

The heart of our mission at VoyageHouston 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 Houston’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 Downtown’s rising stars below.

Isabel Flores

While planning my 30th birthday celebration, I wanted to hire models to serve my favorite cocktails and some small bites without having to hire a whole catering company. In addition to the models. Read more>>

Jaleesa Brown

As the owner, I noticed the struggle for finding bras that I actually liked to fit my large breasts at a young age. Enough was enough when someone tried to sell me their “bestseller” and it resembled nothing less of a bulletproof vest. Read more>>

Edna Mancia

I volunteered at church helping to manage the various social media pages and working a lot of the main production during the services. While I was mostly doing the volunteer work as a creative outlet. Read more>>

Carolina Rodriguez

I started with HLB by searching Latina Bloggers on Instagram. I wanted to start a blog about my events and experiences. I stumbled upon the page and from there on I loved the concept of it. Read more>>

Nnamdi Augustine

I started drawing when I was three years old of age. At first, my parents never liked the idea I wanted to be an artist. My mum suggested I go into nutrition while my Dad suggested Law. Read more>>

Adele Verrengia

I’m a born and raised Texan with a niche for marketing. My full-time profession is marketing and my passion is content creation. Photography, videography, website design, branding- let’s do it all and grow your business while you learn valuable skills. Read more>>

Lenesha Jones

I’d always wanted to write for a magazine. I worked on the newspaper staff all the way through college however I didn’t take the steps to get to my dream thereafter. Fast forward, and here I am, two degrees in hand and I’m a classroom teacher. Read more>>

Sissy Martin

I wanted to get involved in the music industry somehow and I wasn’t very musically talented… So I looked for other opportunities and found photography. Basically I haven’t looked back since I absolutely love the medium. Read more>>

Bianca Wooten

I have always had a passion for being able to do something fun on the side outside of my normal 9-5 job. A good friend of mines has a photobooth business and I saw her advertise her company and I was like oh this seems like alot of fun. Read more>>

Astrid Gonzalez

My interest for being a Nail Technician started after I decided that CRNA (certified registered nurse anesthesiologist) wasn’t for me while I was attending college. Like many I decided for a career change when reality hit. Read more>>

Duane Fraser

My journey began around 2004 when I became diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Around this time, I had just began to take an interest in fitness and decided to take it up a notch when I realized my life depended on it. During the process. Read more>>

Lyriq Hill

I remember running around the house for weeks singing “His Eye is On The Sparrow” and all of the lead parts she led in the other musical pieces in the film. Later on, I found my singing voice around the age of 14 and I started experimenting with writing music. Read more>>

Darriuz Carter

I grew up around photography my whole life my nana (aunt) worked for life touch and would bring backdrops home so she could practice so my brother and I where always models for her. Read more>>

Bria Evans

I started designing when I was 10. My aunt made a beautiful wedding gown and I knew from that moment that I wanted to be a fashion designer when I “grew up”. She bought me a Fashion Design Kit that Christmas and I couldn’t put it down. Read more>>


One being that the college crowd was brutally honest so if you were able to maintain steady performances you knew you were on to something. This is why I feel some many artist have been birthed from the campus and continued their careers beyond college. Read more>>

Kayla Simmons

One of my favorite quotes reads, “The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.” I graduated high school in 2010 at the age of 17. I remember entering into my senior year of high school, everyone seemed to know what their next steps were. Read more>>

Jacqueline Garza

My dad opened La Casa summer of 2016. Business was ok, not that many people but he managed. In 2017, my dad finally realized his restaurant was struggling on a busy street in Northside. Read more>>

Susan de Boisblanc

I was initially introduced to Honor Flight Houston through my affiliation with my employer at the time. I volunteered to “Welcome Home” the very first flight of Honor Flight Houston. back in 2014. Read more>>

Jarvis Jack

I grew up in a family of business owners and I have had the pleasure of being exposed to a variety of people and experiences. My parents would often take me on a variety of vacations, meetings, and banquets. Read more>>

Sami Toussi

At first, my hobby of studying personal development was a hobby of mine. Drew me to the practice of coaching. I was so inspired by my teachers the Dalai Lama, Thicht Nat Hahn, Louise Hays and Tony Robbins. Read more>>

Jasmine Pope

The journey of Blessings In DisguiZe really begins after I called off my engagement in 2014. I was in a place where I was really questioning everything that had happened in my life up until that point. Read more>>

Chris Salazar

I’m a Rapper from Denver Harbor. My whole life growing up music has been a huge part of my life. No matter what I was doing I was listening to music, whether it was hip hop, rock, corridos or whatever. Read more>>

Alexis Kahlilaa

A professional audio engineer, avid vegan chef, graphic artist, podcaster, photographer and bass line connoisseur. My expressive art spreads across many platforms and I’m just getting started. I’m originally from Alief, the southwest side of Houston. Read more>>

Germyah Heart

I grew up on the Northside in the Parklawn projects with my mom and siblings. My mom was a student and worked full time to provide for us. My mom enrolled us in the nearby school and ymca for extracurricular activities. Read more>>

Quinette Collins

Money at my job at the time paid the bills but I still needed government assistance. As a single mom of 3, I felt I needed to further my education so I could be financially stable enough to support myself and my children without ANY government assistance. Read more>>

Garrin Chillis

I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. I started off singing, and I never thought about modeling. The thought of modeling did not come until I turned 17 years old. I was approached by a model scout at the Galleria mall. Read more>>

Nicole Scott

Our mission is to create feasible and sustainable community service projects. The first project we launched was the Yoga Noir Project or YNP. YNP was created after I started attending yoga classes more regularly. Read more>>

Denzel Lamar Washington

Working with top brands like Bank of America, Google, Apple, WETV, and Almond Joy to name a few. My ability to bring my own personality and style has kept me in the entertainment game for over 15 years strong. Read more>>

Courtney Wyckoff

After the birth of my second daughter eight years ago, I went through a really tough period of excruciating back pain. As a former professional dancer with the Houston Ballet and Pilates teacher at the time. Read more>>


I’ve been singing and performing for as long as I can remember. Which is funny, when you think about it, considering I’ve always been desperately shy and was introverted as a child. Music chose me! I was born and partly raised in West Africa. Read more>>

Jasmine Johnson and Jannell Meyers

Me and my partner met during college working as bartenders. From there we graduated and I became an accountant and she went into social work. We both had a passion for entertainment and bartending so we decided to start a mobile bartending company. Read more>>

Roniel Bencosme

I have always been in love with fashion and using it to stand out. I used to go to Salvation Army and get second hand jackets and t-shirts to make sure I looked different. A few years ago, I bought my first flat brim hat and have been a big hat guy ever since. Read more>>

Angel Gayden

As a kid, I would help my aunt prepare candy bags and decorate for her kid’s parties, over the years I started to develop a creative eye for decorating different events and family functions. Read more>>

Kee Eddings

My love for travel began during our family summer road trips. Growing up with a big family we weren’t able to travel on exotic trips but, my parent’s always made sure to take us on at least one road trip vacation a year. Read more>>

Daniel Vercher

My life has not always been great. I knew since I was ten that I wanted to be a chef because I cooked for my disabled parents. As a kid, we would move from rent house to rent house and the lights would get turned off on occasion. Read more>>

Devonte Hill

Before taking the job as the Community Outreach Liaison, my career began working with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to help tell stories about the state parks to those who have never experienced them. I also helped with their PBS Buffalo Soldier TV specials. Read more>>

Brooke Santos

We are a collection of artists, makers and entrepreneurs focused on creating great quality products for you to love for years to come! The Pop Up Shop came from a few of the I Speak Boutique clients looking to expand. Read more>>

Kaya Simmons

I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan growing up in the late 70’s, & 80’s. I consider myself a daughter of unions. Meaning, I’ve always been keenly aware of working conditions, morale, workers rights and the importance of a fair wage. Read more>>

Byron Edwards

I started doing music back in 2016. It was something that I started out as doing with my roommates just as a hobby, but then I began to grow a passion for it and it became something that I loved to do. My groupmates Mitch and Shawn really helped me understand what quality music is. Read more>>

Jonte Garrett

I watched my Grandmother, Willia Mae Taylor Wilson, cook (breakfast, lunch and dinner) daily. As a child, I can count the number of times we ate out or she didn’t start preparing her meals the night before. Sunday dinners always involved ONLY her cooking and the food was ALWAYS ready after church. Read more>>

Angeles Brito

I have always been someone that loves to decorate. Whether that be my home or for parties and special events. I was always the person everyone called for help and ideas. I also loved to bake so I started decorating cakes for birthday’s but never felt completely content with it. Read more>>

Lou Guillory

THE VENUE @ CENTERPOINTE MIDTOWN is an elegant newly renovated intimate setting located in the heart of Greater Houston Midtown Area, just minutes from Downtown Houston. Read more>>

Allison Johnston

My mother says she used to place me at the kitchen table with a stack of paper and some markers or crayons and I was content to sit there for hours. When I went off to college, I ended up majoring in graphic design. Read more>>

Jorge and Jordan Martinez

We have both had an interest in photography from a young age. We started attending conventions together in 2015 and kept going to more and more. By mid-2018, we were taking our camera to every event we went to, festivals, anime conventions, and comic cons to shoot photos and video. Read more>>

Alicia Porras

I’ve always had a love for photography! When I was little, I loved flipping through fashion and bridal magazines. I loved how clean and timeless the pictures were so much that I even had a little binder that I kept with all my favorite ones! Read more>>

Whitney Glasscock

I was an athlete growing up, in and out of habitual health and fitness routines yo-yoing through my early 20’s. I have an Associates of Science but never went back to get a degree from university simply out of procrastination of truly NOT knowing what I was genuinely interested in! So after years of bartending. Read more>>

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