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Neartown’s Rising Stars

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 Neartowns’s rising stars below.

Daniela Antelo

I arrived to Houston, TX in 2011 due to my husband’s job relocation. I am originally from Caracas, Venezuela but have lived in the USA for many years. Before Houston, I lived abroad in Dubai, and worked in the Advertising industry as an account executive, which is what my bachelor’s degree is in (GO GATORS!). I discovered contemporary dance while living in Dubai, and fell in love with it. Read more>>

Lisa Richardson

I began working in dentistry when I was 15 years old and my brother in law ran a successful general dentistry practice. My older sister was his hygienist and they offered me a job for after school and during summers. I began answering phones, making appointments and eventually worked my way up into becoming a dental assistant. Read more>>

Danelia Argueta

Ten years ago, my family and I moved from FL to TX leaving behind my sisters, parents, house, and a great job. At first, it was an exciting journey, but very quickly this situation turned into a challenging state to overcome. To make matters more complicated, I just had a baby and she was only three months old. Read more>>

Jessica Phillips

Growing up I had a lot of opportunities to be creative. My Mom is a photographer so we had a darkroom in our house and my Dad is an engineer and always had multiple projects underway in his workshop. We lived in a rural area of upstate New York so I also spent a lot of time wandering around in the woods and fields near our home. Read more>>

Alfonso Cavazos

When I was eleven years old I started making small pirate knives out of nails to play with. I have always had the desire to learn how to make knives but I never had the time or resources to do it. About eighteen years ago, I decided to start learning how to make knives as a hobby. Read more>>

Ginger Williams

I attended Savannah College of Art and Design and graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelors degree in Fine Arts. I learned how to code for web sites in 1994 and chronicled band festivals I went to and the music scene in Atlanta, Georgia. Read more>>

Kenneth Pierson, Corella Fairchild

Growing up in Conroe, Kenneth loved to draw as a kid. He had very supportive parents and a teacher named Edith Gray who would sneak colored pencils into his backpack after the other kids had left. That is one reason why he became an avid Prismacolor artist. Read more>>

Juan and Felix Lopez

In March 2002, after having gained almost two decades of experience in the shutter industry, brothers Juan & Felix finally opened their own firm, Rolltex Shutters. We started in the family garage, after 8 months in the business, we rented a 1200 sq. foot warehouse and today we owned a 5500 Warehouse with 2500 office and show room space. Read more>>

Sergio Escalona

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the creator of ArtOnit Makeup, started to demonstrate his artistic abilities at a very young age. Every aspect of his life has always been involved with music and visual arts. At age 11 he studied with the world-renowned painter, Rechany, thus excelling his creativity and imagination. Read more>>

Chijioke Akujuobi

I played 3 years at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina. I transferred to the University of the Incarnate Word and graduated in December of 2014. After graduation I decided to continue playing soccer. I had a contact in Europe so I spent all of December and January to get prepared to move to Denmark. Read more>>

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