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Inspiring Stories from Outside the 610

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 outside the 610 below.

Rick Steinburg

I was introduced to art at an early age. My father was a painter and university art educator. His garage studio had a variety of materials and objects that gave me opportunities to be creative through play. Objects and hardware my father had collected came into use to repair various things that had broken as well as for creative uses. I learned how to improvise, invent, recycle, and repurpose materials to problem solve and create. After I graduated from Illinois State University, I moved to Austin, Texas and became an elementary art educator, a father, a songwriter, and a musician. Read more>>

Tank and Tanya Sauceda

Never in our wildest dreams did we think we would be where we are at now. Our fitness journey has definitely been a long one, and like many others, we’ve struggled along the way. Here we are now eight years later owning our own facility while doing what we can to help others like us along with their fitness journey. It definitely hasn’t been a smooth road. Taking the risk to start a business from scratch is very intimidating and challenging. We’ve had to learn how to run a business all while maintaining a balanced life, kids and a full-time job. Read more>>

Chelsea Grittman

When I was 17, I decided to leave high school early, get my GED, and start on my career path. I’m not the typical hairstylist that always grew up wanting to do hair. Instead, I went on a journey of becoming a makeup artist and fell in love with doing hair. I attended Regency Beauty Institute in Pasadena and graduated in December 2009. I then began my story, working at different salons and gathering as much knowledge as possible from all of the wonderful people I worked for. Now, at 27, I have been running my own business going on four years, and I could not be happier. Read more>>

Marvin Bure

I started my fitness journey once I moved to Houston, after completing my football career at Mississippi State University. Due to the many food pleasures Houston has to offer, I told myself, I have to be accountable for my health and continue to stay fit. Once I settled into my fitness journey, I began to bring friends along to help them through their fitness and health struggles as well. For the last five years, I’ve watched FitGang Training take major strides in helping others in their fitness journeys throughout different areas of Houston. Read more>>

Roselyn Weaver

I’ve always been really into fashion. I have my Mom to thank for that. Even as a little girl my mom would always dress me in the cutest outfits, and she was always dressed to the nines herself. That all stuck with me as I grew up. I ended up going to school for Fashion Merchandising in Long Beach, CA where I began my journey in the fashion world. I worked in every position you could probably imagine. From the retail floor to designer showrooms, from fashion show dresser to a trend forecasting firm. Read more>>

Christopher Troutman

I was born in Kansas City, Missouri, lived in Emporia, Kansas, and Stillwater, Oklahoma as a child but spent the most time growing up in Peoria, Illinois. There I attended Bradley University where I earned a BFA in Drawing and Painting. At Bradley, I met my future wife, Rie Fujimaki, originally from Japan, and after graduation, we taught conversational English in Japan for three years. Read more>>

Jim Scott

I grew up in a family surrounded by artists in the Houston area. My uncle Tom Jones was the curator of the Art Car Museum here in Houston. My aunt Barbara Jones was a well-known and respected artist/painter in the Houston area and growing up around all these different types of art kinda inspired me to do what I do today. I have always been fascinated with the human body and anatomy and believe it is one of the best mediums for art as nobody’s body, skin, and features are the same. Read more>>

Gabriel Ayala Jr.

Since I was a little boy, I was always around art. My father is a tattoo artist, and my grandmother baked and decorated cakes for a living, so I guess art ran in the family. From a young age, I was exposed to tattooing and a shop environment and how to properly carry myself and act, that and I took art classes from elementary, all the way through high school. Of course every little boy wants to be just like his dad so as a kid I would tell him I wanted to be a tattoo artist, it wasn’t until I got older and I started to think more about my future is when I realized tattooing and art is something I want to pursue and do for the rest of my life. Read more>>

Quinton Lowe

My story is pretty straightforward. I grew up always wanting to be a filmmaker– well that’s not completely true I guess, I actually grew up wanting to be an actor, because naturally, actors are the ones you’re always seeing on the TV screen, so your naive kid brain thinks those are the people who are generating the content. I actually did a little bit of theater and took a few acting classes, but during my teens, as I researched and learned more about the filmmaking process, it was obvious my intentions aligned more with writing and directing. Read more>>

Erika Flores

Ever since I was a young girl, I knew I wanted to help improve the lives of children. I was born in Chicago to parents who had immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico. They were determined to give their children the best lives possible and knew that education was key. They were committed to helping my siblings, and I get an excellent education. Even though we were growing up under many “risk” factors, we were able to overcome them through quality educational experiences and the love of our family. Read more>>

Nellie Reyna

I can remember growing up watching my mother create these beautiful handmade items that inspired me to want to create something of my own. As I got older, I began experimenting with different materials for my unique creations while I continued to harness my craft. I really enjoy a challenge and had to rise to the occasion when my daughter got married and requested a full 8×8 paper flower wall backdrop. It was the main focal point of her wedding, and she was over the moon when she saw it completed. Read more>>

Buck Sanchez

From the east coast to the west coast, I have always been aligned in the world of entertainment and business. I was raised as a military brat on a Marine base located in Honolulu, Hawaii and from there, I have traveled the states of America to gain knowledge of myself and my cultural history. Because of my socialistic experience and my obsession for haute couture designs I soon began to inquire about the world of Fashion! Read More >>

Dr. Jacquelyn Strait

I am a proud native Houstonian! I was born and raised on Houston’s east end. Despite moving away from the Houston area several times in my life, I always find my way back home. I love Houston for its vitality and strength. I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I am a licensed psychologist by trade. I have been in the mental health field for over 16 years. My introduction to the field of psychology came after I graduated from college and began working as a cognitive therapist for a brain injury rehabilitation facility. Read more>>

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