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Inspiring Stories from Richmond

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 Richmond and surrounding areas below.

Chaunessey Nachè

Punky Brewster was – and still is – my nickname. Known as the tacky little girl with the flooding pants; the girl that never wanted to match her clothes or wear solid colors; the girl that wore a ton of bracelets on both wrists; the girl that always had on layers and layers of clothing. Read more>>

Ezinne Offordile

My name “EZINNE” in igbo means “good mother” in English. As the oldest of three girls, I have always been a mother figure to my sisters. I took up the responsibility of caring for my young nieces and nephews at a young age; because I love kids. So when I moved to the United States in 2007 with my family, I wanted to pursue a degree in either healthcare or nursing. Read more>>

BJ Soname

Within a short period of time, I started receiving inquiries for cakes. I loved to bake, made yummy cakes but couldn’t decorate a cake to save my life! I turned down those inquiries and focused on the cake pops and cupcakes that I knew how to do. The more I turned them down, the more inquiries came. Then I had a light bulb moment! Why not learn how to decorate!!? Read more>>

Sheila Garcia

Three years ago, I awoke from a dream that I believe was telling me to leave Corporate America and start my own business. In considering what that would look like, I knew the business should be something I’m good at. So I took motivational speaking/training & development, writing, cooking, and singing and created Life As She Does It. Read more>>

Rotimi Johnson JR.

I am a 22-year-old Houston Native. I’m an artist and also a licensed barber. I am very passionate about painting, photography, film, & hair design. I believe that life should be an experience, so I surround myself around creativity. I grew up to be the man I always wanted to be. I graduated from Acres Home Barber College in 2016. Read more>>

Obinna Nwaobia

Music is my passion. I have always been a fan of music since as long as I could remember, whether it be from the melodies, instruments, beats, bass and all of the sort. Making music full time though had always been nothing but a dream until I finished college. Over the course of my undergraduate years, I began to look more and more into pursuing a career in music, but fear is what kept me from turning it into a reality. Read more>>

Paulina Pena

I moved from the great city of Dallas to the even greater city of Houston. Having no clue what I wanted to be, I knew at least what I wanted to do: travel. I chose International Development at the University of St. Thomas and began specializing in East Asia policy. I even made it up to D.C. when I realized, hell-to-the-no. There’s no way I’m going to spend my life tailoring my language to please any bureaucratic institutions to receive funding for my research. It didn’t feel honest. Read more>>

Drake Malone

Becoming an actor was never part of the plan. I was born and raised in Rosenberg Texas into a family all about sports, so the plan was to one day be the starting point guard of the Houston Rockets. After a major knee injury leading into my Senior Year of high school, I soon realized I would need to focus my energy somewhere else. Fast forward to age 20, I started personal training and fell in love with fitness. I actually even competed in a Body Building contest. When I was 22, I took my son Cristian to see a play, it was 360 Theatres production of ‘Peter Pan’ and little did I know that play would change the course of my life forever. Read more>>

Adriane Gray

I was sitting in my Sunday School Class and we were discussing prayer in school. There were four other ladies in my small group who are teachers at local Title 1 schools. We got a little off topic and began discussing free/reduced lunch in schools. Those teachers were talking about the fact that they could tell which children went home to a good meal and those who didn’t. I was in total shock to learn that children in our community didn’t have enough to eat. I didn’t think Fort Bend County had children going hungry. I asked those teachers – if they knew some kids went home and didn’t have anything to eat, what were they doing over the long school breaks. They said they didn’t know. Read more>>

Lindsey Garcia

My parents always had film cameras, so I started taking pictures with film cameras when I was about seven. When I turned eleven, I got a point and shoot camera and I started off by taking pictures of nature and plants and family events. I never took photography seriously until I turned seventeen and I got my first DSLR camera. Even then, I was still a shy young adult, so I would practice taking pictures of myself, friends, food or anything that captured my attention. Later on, I started to work on it more seriously and I really loved how I was meeting a lot of great people I can call friends. Read more>>

Ashley Young

My formal education led me to degrees in psychology, nursing, and family nurse practitioner. I was previously an oncology palliative care nurse at MD Anderson caring for those nearing the end of life. Throughout this career, I spent a great deal of time listening to patients’ stories of moments in life they were proud of, joyous times, hardships and oftentimes things they wish they had done differently. I never will forget the day I was sitting across from a patient with terminal lung cancer whom I had taken care of for quite some time. Read more>>

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