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North Loop’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 North Loop’s rising stars below.

Shantae Smith

I found fashion as my passion by playing dress up all the time growing up as a little girl and working in retail since I was 17. I have worked in retail stores such as Rainbow, Guess, BCBG, JC Penney’s, Dillard’s and Intermix. I always enjoyed helping customers pick out outfits for special events. I also had the privilege to dress mannequins how I wanted, which provided me with the opportunity to experiment with different looks. Read more>>

Robert Harper II

What makes Robert’s story so interesting is that he never had aspirations to be a speaker growing up. Robert says after his freshman year in college he decided to make a change from within. Robert grew up being apathetic towards his education. He knew he desired a shift in his life spiritually and mentally. He wasn’t sure how all it was going to happen, but God shifted his environment before his eyes. Read more>>

Robert Landau

Not knowing the alphabet by third grade, the school psychologist kept telling my parents that there were major issues with me. They were right. You couldn’t get me to speak in front of two people. So what did I do with that? Choosing to turn a negative into a positive, I decided to become an Actor in New York City and attended New York City’s most avant-garde acting school. Read more>>

Conecia Wiggins and Ulavia Dilworth

We started with our love for music. We decided that we were going to set up a raw and underground show catered to the independent and underground artist in the Houston area. We started back in October of 2018 and have expanded in ways that we didn’t know were possible. In just under four months, we were able to travel to Atlanta and interview some big names out there also. Read more>>

Sharonda Britten

I started out as a payroll clerk when I was 17 at the hospital. As I learned all about payroll and finance, I ended up finding out that I enjoyed dealing with numbers. I went on to get my Bachelors Degree in Business Management with a minor in accounting. I love what I do and have always wanted to be an entrepreneur. Read more>>

Rob V.

I recognized my vocal ability when I first joined the choir at Wells Middle School in the 7th grade. From there, I started developing my talent for singing, initially in groups. In 2007, I decided to go solo and release my first single “That Girl.” From 2007 through 2014, I auditioned and performed for Making the Band 4, American Idol auditions, Hatta’s Idol, America’s Got Talent auditions, The Voice auditions, Fastracx R&B Winner, and performed the first year of Springboard South in 2012. Read more>>

Thiago Leych

My vision was to combine technology and creative under one roof without compromising on quality. On top of that, many small businesses struggle to market their products and services in the digital era, especially industrial companies. We believe that a company’s branding is much more than just their logo and social media, it is also their internal processes and everything that their customers and employees touch and see. Read more>>

Jonathan Homan

Winter of 18, I officially started my modeling career. I began attending local insta-meetups around the Houston area. After receiving several opportunities, I climbed my way up the ladder. It wasn’t an easy journey working a full-time job and modeling, with time and a little patience I evolved into the model I am today. Read more>>

Rodolfo Soules

I started acting since I was six. It is something that I’m really passionate about. Back in Venezuela, when I was 18, during my first semester of Journalism in College, I wanted to work in radio so bad, so I found a job in a pop station as Production Assistant. I did it for six months and learned all the processes, and later, with a friend, I presented my own show with me as a host to another radio station. Read more>>

Jade Owhadi

I’ve always been fortunate, blessed with a family who has showed me right from wrong, who love and support me unconditionally. I’ve made it my mission to help those that haven’t received the same opportunities. I believe ensuring people receive the proper education is one of the key factors we can utilize to break the cycle of poverty and efficiently combat injustice. Read more>>

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