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Inspiring Stories from Sugar Land

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 Sugar Land and surrounding areas below.

Daniel Dominguez

Due to the difficult situation my country is going through, I decided to go in search of a better future for myself and my family. I came to Houston three years ago and I have been in search of jobs related to my area of ​​study. I graduated in advertising and marketing and worked for almost ten years in various audiovisual production companies of commercials and, more specifically, in the area of ​​television production. In those years, I learned a lot about almost everything related to the audiovisual world, editing, cameraman, etc. My first job here in Houston as a videographer was for a friend. He had the christening of his son and decided to offer him as a gift a video with everything related to the ceremony and the subsequent celebration. I saw that it was a good opportunity to get a portfolio and, little by little, start my own company for recording and editing videos. Read more>>

Malani Lovings

I started photography as a therapeutic way to feel empowered and in control of my life again. After undergoing chemotherapy treatment and losing my father who greatly encouraged me to step into the platform of entrepreneurship, I threw caution to the wind, came up with a business plan and started creating and allowing the journey to reveal itself to me. I engross myself in the art of photography as a means to combat the under-representation of marginalized people; as an African-American, female artist, I feel I have insight into the value of being able to tell my story and experience the narratives of other’s lives, giving them voice and context through captivating imagery. Read more>>

Jenna Profet

My passion for natural hair extends far beyond my own head of hair. Many years ago, I decided to start making my own natural and organic hair products as an alternative to what I was currently using. I noticed my hair began to respond positively to the natural products I was formulating. Over the years, I would often get stopped with inquiries regarding my hair, products, and regimen. After noticing that my hair was getting a lot of attention, and interest. My desire then, was not only to improve the overall health of my hair with all-natural products, but to help others also reach their natural hair goals. With the encouragement of my Husband DePaul and our son Isiah, Lov Elle LLC was launched in May of 2020. Since launching Lov Elle LLC with only a Hair Growth Oil, we have since expanded our brand to include additional hair care products as well as skincare products which include Lov Elle’s Ayurvedic Hot Oil Treatment, Lov Elle’s Maximum Strength Hair Growth Butter, Lov Elle’s Beard Butter, Lov Elle’s Rose Infused Body Oil, and Lov Elle’s Rose Infused Body Scrub. Read more>>

Whitney Eze

I am a serial entrepreneur from Houston, TX. I got into the business world at a very young age. I was 16 when I decided to begin my journey. At first, I was just desperate to start something I could call my own. I wanted to do something that would make me a lot of money. During 2016 the glitter eye trend was very popular. I remember going to the MAC counter wanting to do a glitter cut crease for homecoming and the lady said “$20” for a small little jar of glitter so I decided to start selling it. One of the best things I did because once I created my brand and I became established I took off. Fast forward to today it’s evolved into The Glam Mafia by Whitney Eze. I’m known for selling good quality hair at an affordable price. I am currently the number one hair supplier in West Texas! I work so hard to ensure everything I do is correct and perfect in all my business ventures. With coronavirus going on I had much free time to get into my creating mode. This passion created my agency The Glam Marketing Agency. Read more>>

Grace C. Okoro

I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. My parents were born in Nigeria, so I grew up with a mix of African and American culture. My passion for writing began at the age of 10 when I created a rap song for my elementary school’s awareness program, “Kids and Cops.” I started writing music at the age of 18, which later inspired me to start writing blogs and books. I am now a self-published author of the book “Mercedes Jacobs Is a Fifth Grader,” a children’s book I hope will inspire and teach young readers the importance of perseverance. I believe that nothing in life is unattainable if you believe. This is why I decided to create blogs to inspire, motivate, and bring hope to people by sharing spiritual insights and life stories. I’m excited to see what the future holds for me, my music, and writing as a whole. Read more>>

Summer Stevenson

Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to help people and share my voice. I always danced and loved being in front of the camera. As I grew up, I became involved in pageants. Through competing, I learned to be bold, confident and express myself. When I step on that stage, I feel alive and the feeling is indescribable. I have met some of the most caring and motivational women through pageants. As I matured, my passion for society became more evident. I volunteered in a rural community in Panama and met warmhearted individuals that treated me like family. They taught me to value everything that I had and live every day to the fullest. I have a passion for helping others and seeing everyone thrive. I believe that our unique experiences shape us into the resilient people we are today. One bible verse that resonates with me is Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans for you’, declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. I believe that everyone has a purpose, and I hope to inspire others through sharing my story. Read more>>

Connie Bolden

From the time I can remember, I have had a thing about making up stories. Even as a little girl, I could close my eyes and see faces and give them voices each of them. I loved acting out different scenarios and embracing emotions. My mother worked with the youth at our church, and at the age of four, she had me in front of audiences. She would give me long poems to act out. I was a quick learner, and even then, I could recite with emotion. I could tell sad stories and release the tears, then flip and become whatever the part called for. There was never any thought that it would be the beginning path on my journey. I loved acting, but it was not my only passion. I discovered that I could sing and that became my focus. I wanted to be a singer! At age five, I began singing in the church’s chorus and soon became a lead. In junior high, which is now referred to as the middle school, I discovered poetry and realized that I had a real flair for writing. I went from not just poems but putting short stories to rhyme. In school, I was a part of every variety show, play, school chorus, and oratorical events. Read more>>

Sarah Khalfe

When I was in college, I wanted to get a job where I could help people. I didn’t necessarily know what I wanted to major in at the time, but I knew my strongest skillset was being a compassionate and helpful person so I wanted to see where I can professionally develop myself and put my skillsets to use. My sophomore year of college, I decided to pursue a career as an after school teacher and taught fifth-graders everything from math to manners. This was my first ever job and I felt so grateful every day to come home knowing I was making a difference in children’s lives. As I progressed in college, I took that experience with me and decided to major in Healthcare Administration and Business Marketing. I chose this career path and major because of its potential for growth and to enhance my skillsets of wanting to work in a field where I can brighten the lives of whoever I work with. Read more>>

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