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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.

Adam Gibbs

I began acting in community theatre at age five. I was a Munchkin in “The Wizard of Oz.” It was in children’s theatre where I first found a love for acting. It’s also where I learned lessons of creativity, empathy, trust, commitment, I could go on and on and on. Read more>>

Alejandra Pizana

I grew up in church and always loved singing for my church community. I began leading worship at the age of 17 and at 18 I began a band called 3 Point Crossing. We traveled all around the state of Texas playing for different youth and church events while simultaneously studying Vocal Performance at Houston Baptist University. Read more>>

Michael Nee

I started in the catering business purely by “accident’. I moved to Houston from Los Angeles, California, to attend medical school. I worked as a part time cater waiter to make a little extra cash while attending school. After 2 years of schooling, I decided that medicine really wasn’t the right fit for me. Read more>>

Troy D. Webb

I graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1986 with a BFA in Radio Television and Film. I moved to Austin and worked for 8 months before coming back to Houston to immerse myself in 35mm Film production as a Lighting Technician. Read more>>

Nadia Hakim

For graduate school, I enrolled in Syracuse University’s dual-masters program to get an MS in Public Relations and an MA in International Relations. Everyone getting a master’s degree from the communication school HAD to take a month-long graphic design class during our first summer there. Read more>>

Gary Watson

A steady diet of old movies on television from the 1930s and 1940s imprinted my young mind with a barrage of high-contrast, streamlined, black-and-white images, artfully lit and impeccably composed by old Hollywood masters of light.  That was what I wanted to do and that is what I pursued as I started my career in the film industry. Read more>>

Carolyn Cronk Birden

I read a magazine article about a woman in another city who had built up an almost cult following by selling her homemade small pies from a cart. Coincidentally, I’d been considering a way to supplement my own income, and this woman’s story ignited a spark. Read more>>

Ken Newberry

I started Newberry Architecture with the theory that the typical culture of an architecture firm could be different while the focus on the design of every project would be all about the client. Our roots were humble to say the least. The staff worked in two small rooms out of my home, sharing desk space and phones. Read more>>

Christian Vanya

After an unsuccessful attempt at a traditional college, I felt lost; I didn’t know which direction my life was headed. I knew I was an artist, but wasn’t sure what type of art was meant for me. As a child, I would play “salon” and style my cousins’ hair, and always enjoyed it, so I thought what the hell, maybe I should give the hair industry a shot. Red more>>

Michele Alvarado

I’ve always liked the idea of building homes and dreamed that one day I would be able to do that. I am the kind of person who would go through open houses and see what I liked and didn’t like about a particular house and what I could do to improve it’s function and it’s design (like finishes). Read more>>


At 17 my mom motived me to open a mobile Little Girls Glam Party service, fixing their hair and make up I can still remember the glitter flying in the air. Years had past, my lifestyle changed and not knowing exactly what I wanted for my career just knowing I’ve always had a passion for beauty, fashion, natural healing and simply making money. Read more>>

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