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Inspiring Stories from Katy

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 rising stars from Katy and surrounding areas below.

Nia Brown

Growing up as a young black girl has always been a gift for me. Knowing that I was different from what the world was used to seeing win, I’ve always been determined to grow up and beat the odds. Being from St. Louis, Missouri was just the start of it all. Coming from a small city that many people don’t make it out of, I’m always mindful of that. The way I grew up and seeing my city for how it was plays a big part in my drive and my ambition to be great. When my family and I moved to Houston, it was a fresh start to my bigger dreams that I wanted to accomplish. Read more>>

Mateo Suarez Serna

I was born in Bogota/Colombia, my mother and grandfather were always exposed to music but never pursued it. I started my musical career at a very young age, when I was 4 I started with the drums and at the age of 7 I started playing piano and singing. When I was 10 I was introduced to Berklee College of Music and since then I knew that that’s where I wanted to study. When I graduated from high school I went to one of the Berklee Global Partners “Emmat”in Colombia. Read more>>

Chrishayla Smith

I’ve always been a creative person and it literally pumps through my veins. I come from a long lineage of entrepreneurs in many different fields. My family has someone who does almost anything you can think of….Tax services, event styling, hair, real estate, film makers and wardrobe styling just to name a few. So the desire to have my own business has always been on my heart, I just wasn’t always sure what the business would be. I grew up DIYing EVERYTHING because I was introduced to creativity at a very young age. Read more>>

Shelley Cooley

In 2009, I was working as an educator and decided to start a side buisness as a Home Stager. I was introduced by a mutual friend to a Houston Area Realtor, Jimmy Franklin, who was looking to hire a stager to assist homeowners with getting their homes ready for the market. This side gig as a Home Stager is what ultimately led me into the Real Estate industry. In 2013, after serving as an educator for 15 years, I Ieft teaching and joined The Franklin Team as a full-time Business Development Specialist. After serving in the buiness develpment position for over 3 years and working as The Franklin Team’s sole stager, I decided I was ready for the next challenge.  Read more>>

Tracey Holmes

My brand, TraceyAlena, was birthed from my love of home décor and wanting to help women my age get their lives and spaces in order. I purchased my first home in October 2021 and after I purchased, I started to post little tidbits of me buying home décor and showing my audience how to make your home beautiful without spending a lot of money. A lot of my followers were interested in that content and just seeing my everyday life, so I thought “Hey why not turn it into my own brand!” Read more>>

Doretha Brown

Love on the Spectrum is Inspired by my second born son Jaquan Gibson. Jaquan is now 18 years old. Late 2003, I noticed unusual activity, I knew something wasn’t right but wasn’t exactly sure what it was. I made several appointments with my son’s pediatrician which he kept telling me that my son would grow out of it. I just didn’t believe that… a mother’s intuition you know? After a couple of months I demanded the pediatrician to refer me to a specialist and when we walked through the door, he immediately told me that my son has autism! Read more>>

Charlene Irani

I’ve been interested in photography since I was a kid, but it’s an expensive hobby to have. So when my coworker was selling his old Canon Rebel for $150, I jumped on it. That was in February of 2020, and two weeks later, we all went into lockdown. With all the uncertainty around the pandemic, I started taking online courses to help make myself more employable. I started with graphic design but quickly got distracted by a photography course. Read more>>

Mariana Castro

I started in my freshman year of high school. I had just turned 15 & my parents would always tell me that once I turned 15, I could start wearing makeup. I remember asking my mom to go inside Sephora with me. She bought me my first eyeshadow palette & that’s how everything began. I got into it cause I wanted to learn for myself. I’ve always been into beauty so that was a must. Once I started wearing a full face, I would get stopped in the hallways by teachers asking me what foundation was I wearing & I had this friend in gym who would always compliment me & she was in a higher grade level so she told me one day that if I could do her makeup for Prom.  Read more>>

Gladys Reyes

It had not crossed my mind to become a model. However, six years ago, while studying for my citizenship, I befriended a woman who continuously praised me for my appearance. She told me I was beautiful and happened to know a designer. she talked with him about me, Then she contacted me with the surprising news of my very first audition to model on the catwalk. and that’s how my dream of being a model began. Read more>>

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