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Inspiring Stories from the Woodlands

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 the Woodlands and surrounding areas below.

Leah Lawrence

I’ve always loved drawing. As long as I’ve thought about it. It’s the one thing in my life that’s always brought me joy. I think I’ve always known my calling was creating art in any form I could. My grandmother had Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” hung above my crib. As a toddler, my first canvas was done with permanent markers on the white wall of my parents’ apartment! I used to watch Bob Ross at the crack of dawn every day, and I loved watching my sister draw when I was little. Read more>>

Shelbi Smith

I taught myself how to sew in high school and immediately fell in love with clothing as a tangible art form with endless possibilities. Once I graduated, I decided to pursue Fashion Design and while in college I worked at a bridal store and it was there that I fell in love with wedding gowns. It was a time right before Pinterest where all of the wedding gowns seemed to look the same, strapless and white. Read more>>

Zein Wafaie

I have always had a passion for health and fitness, but I have not always lived a healthy lifestyle, in fact, quite the opposite at times. I went through a lot of trauma as a child and that bled in to my adult life mindsets, beliefs and habits. In my earlier adult life, I was a heavy drinker, a smoker and even had an eating disorder as a teenager. I had a very low self-esteem as a teen due to severe acne that I could not get a handle on. Read more>>

Amber Chauntal

My love for fashion started when I was in high school. My first job when I was 16 was working for a local boutique as a stylist where I was hired on the spot for styling my friend. From there I grew a passion for fashion and helping people. I really enjoyed retail but I wanted to take it further. I knew eventually I wanted to own my own clothing store. I started researching in 2014 on what all I would need to start a business and here in 2020 I finally was able to start my own company. Read more>>

Shon Plant

I am a 22 Year old, Trinidadian/Peruvian/American Entrepreneur and Hip-Hop Artist born in Houston, TX and I am a semester away from graduating Texas State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management (With Entrepreneurial Focus) for credibility to continue to grow my Brand and bring my dreams closer and closer to reality. All of my life since the age of seven I have been infatuated with Hip-Hop Culture, from the music, fashion, figures, and lifestyle. Read more>>

Masha Turlupova

Dance is the purpose of my life it has taken me to over 50 countries put me on the Spanish version of Dancing with the Stars and even the opportunity to earn a silver medal during the World Youth Olympic Games! Similar to languages, there are many dances; I am an instructor of 21 dances, a master of 10 dances and a grandmaster of five dances of which I was formerly ranked Top 10 in the world. Read more>>

Ryan Gruy

It was while attending Texas A&M University pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, that I enrolled in a brand new program being offered – a Minor in Film Studies. It examined the art of film from a philosophical perspective. How filmmaking originated, the reasoning behind the why and how films were produced, and the power they could have on audiences just fascinated me. Read more>>

Reggie Roy

I’m from a small town called Port Arthur, Texas. I am one of the youngest of twelve brothers and sisters. While growing up in the projects, outdoor sports were always part of my life especially baseball. Playing baseball was exciting and it developed in me that competitive mentality and drive to win. You would always find me playing at the neighborhood park after school and enrolled in a little league organization. Read more>>

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