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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.

Darrin Kobetich

Amillion Pounds disbanded in 2004 and the following year, Darrin and Adam founded the Electric Mountain Rotten Apple Gang to play bluegrass and mountain music. The Gang eventually evolved into the Blackland River Devils. Darrin has provided music for theatrical presentations at Hip Pocket Theater and performs with various artists. Read more>>

DJ Nayyz

My bigger vision was to align myself with people who I admired. It was very easy to ask questions & pounder why things were done the way they were. Slowly, it all came together. One of my favorite quotes is “opportunity only dances with those already on the dance floor.” It’s very true. You just have to be there. Read more>>

Christian López Lamelas

I started studying acting in Barcelona (Spain) at the studio Nancy Tuñon I Jordi Oliver where I trained for three years. At the same time, I was finishing my music studies at the Conversatori del Liceu and after graduating from music school I moved to New York. I was 21 years old when I left Spain. Read more>>

Gregory Baylock

Makeup was still in my blood so after much research, blood sweat and tears, I decided to create Greg Charles cosmetics. It was a dream come true and being able to see my name on the packaging and to know that I created the formulation and working with my lab. I feel like I’m exactly where I dreamed I’d be. To go from Humble to Los Angeles than to see my name on my products. Read more>>

Michael Torres and David Laws

HP was started out in 2016 out of Cole Creek Park on the northwest part of town. We had a friend that owned a Pilates studio nearby that would let us use her space to train a few people but it was very small, so we held our Bootcamp’s at the park. Read more>>

Mar’Lia Gordon

FEMMÉ Beauty started in November of 2017, then locally in Cleveland, Oh. I opened a beauty bar to service clients with makeup while selling my makeup products. which was only lipsticks and highlighters at the time. While working my full-time job as a traveling ultrasound technician, I juggled both the business and my career. Read more>>

Kirk Richmond

I believe whenever you’re chasing your dreams or working towards your visions, during the process of getting your feet wet can be the most difficult times of you’re a journey. I’ve had the struggles of not knowing what to do at times, not knowing who to talk to for advice. Read more>>

Ren Mitchell

As a small business owner with a background in non-profit management and communications, I enjoyed taking charge of marketing and brand management for a wide range of clients with diverse needs. From preparing marketing materials and community engagement initiatives to social media planning and execution. Read more>>

Chris Mitchell

I began my journey in 2011 by performing with my guitarist, Tolga Guner, on a sidewalk in front of Turquoise Restaurant in Sugar Land, TX. We performed 8-10 hours per day for tips. We recorded requested songs from guests and named the album after the restaurant we performed in front of. Read more>>

Diamonds Carter

I’ve loved to express myself in different ways for as long as I can remember. I started collecting enamel pins and buttons as a form of self-expression. As I began collecting, I realized there were not many pin/button shops who provided products that represented me. Read more>>

June Tejada

We know that the first few years of business will not be so smooth. The type of mindset we have now is that of the ant story. If you put a pebble in front of an army of ants, it will either go over it, go around it, or dig a hole under it. If all of that doesn’t work, the ants will eventually start gnawing their way through the pebble. K.I.G will look for ways to make thing happen. Read more>>

Gabriel Antonio

I served this country in the United States Marine Corps as an infantryman then served in special operating forces with Marine Special Operating Command. I spent many tours overseas where I learned my leadership and drive for success. Read more>>

Temptest Williams

Painting helped me to deal with some of the emotional issues that I was having problems solving. It still does serve as a form of therapy for me. I never had any intentions on pursuing art as a career but a few of my friends encouraged me to enter into some of the local group art shows. Read more>>

Raphael Oloyede

One thing about me is I’ve always had a creative mind. I would say that I am able to see things in a way that most people can’t. Where it all started to show to the world though was around my freshman year in college when I started to post more of my creatively thought through pictures on Instagram. Read more>>

Wayne Willis

I knew I wanted to follow my passion in men’s fashion. I wanted to create something unique and signature from my perspective of style, class, and swag. In 2016, it brought a pivotal point in my life where I began my wedding planning. I knew I wanted to be in good style on my wedding day, and I wanted everyone standing next to me to be in great fashion. Read more>>

Brittany Darrington

After working at a Fortune 500 company, I quickly discovered that the 9-5 world was not for me. I was frustrated and feeling stuck in the rat race. I was consistently stressed, having anxiety attacks, and doing busy work for long hours. So, I decided to quit my six-figure marketing director position and go full force into starting a business. Read more>>

Jazzilyn Simmons

H.E.R. Community is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to serving disadvantaged women of Greater Houston and beyond. As a survivor of childhood homelessness and domestic violence, H.E.R. Founder/C.E.O. Jazzilyn Simmons dedicates herself to building up broken women because she knows what it once felt like to be torn down. Read more>>

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