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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.

Olya Perevalova

I have been a doodler for as long as I can remember—my primary school notebooks were full of little animals, flowers, and fanciful squiggles. In college, part of my work-study program included painting murals for the athletic facilities and doing temporary artwork for the library. Read more>>

Summer Lydick

I’ve always been an artist, from the time I was a little girl old enough to hold a pencil. At that age, I was drawing huge self-portraits, my head filling the entire sheet of paper, with teeny little arms and legs, because I was the biggest thing in my world at the time. Read more>>

Rosa and Mike Guerra

Mike and I started off as a young couple who wanted a family to call our own. Once we decided to take those steps, we realized it was easier said than done. It took years and a failed pregnancy to finally fall pregnant with our son Mikey. We knew bringing Mikey into this world took a lot of prayer and patience. Read more>>

Jasmín-Anh Tran

I’m a first-generation Vietnamese-Mexican-American. Born in Austin, I grew up on the east side of Ft. Worth. Growing up, I had wanted to become a scientist or forensics examiner, however after a turbulent high school experience, I decided last minute to apply to art school at Texas State. Read more>>

Heather Garcia

I started this small business by looking for entertainment for my daughter’s first birthday party. There was not much to offer for a baby and I wanted her to enjoy it and have fun. Then I came upon soft play while searching on Pinterest and I thought. Read more>>

Rheisha Shol

Rheisha Shol was born in Belmopan, Belize. Her family decided to move to Houston, Texas when she was six years old to get a better education and to live the ‘American Dream’. She currently resides in Austin, Texas while pursuing a career at Oracle and is on the Oracle Women’s Leadership Board. Read more>>

G. Peoples

It’s been a hell of a journey. I first gained a lot of exposure through my modeling in Dallas, TX I loved the idea of using my body as a form of creative expression, being able to transmit so much through just a photo. All that creative energy transformed. Read more>>

Daniel Riddick

While visiting a corporate attorney friend of mine, I told him of my desire to become a professional photographer. I believed he would be non-supportive. Here I was a 55-year-old corporate accountant, a retired Army officer and combat veteran, seeking a new profession. Read more>>

Stacy Hall

December 11th, 2017 – I was fired from a stressful sales job that kept me financially comfortable. I was so devastated – “how dare they do this to me!? and at Christmas time!” I was so hurt and scared and looking for someone to blame. This victim attitude had been a theme in my life since December 2009. Read more>>

Robert Villanueva

It all started in Queens, New York. Growing up in a household with a single mother from the Dominican Republic and two younger siblings (brother and sister) in a rough neighborhood pushed us all to strive for a better living and reach the “American Dream”. Read more>>

Ebony Lumpkin

I remember going to the MAC counter in high school and playing around with the eyeshadows not having a clue about what I was doing. The first time I played in shadow I was looking for something to remove the eyeshadow and used adhesive glue. Read more>>

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