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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.

Dennis Hardnett

I’m Dennis, CEO of Musix Geekz Ent. Once I picked up a camera and decided to get behind it instead of in front of it, my life changed. I have always been an entertainer. I can recall days of me performing for my late mother in our living room when I was a little boy. I am originally from East Palo Alto, California. Yayyyy Areeaa. Dancing, turfing, Krump, and going dumb was the culture. Dance was life, from performing with E-40 to doing dance promos for local artist to auditioning for So You Think You Can Dance(I received a golden ticket). At that time, I was known as Pro650, but before that, I was known as Prota-j Yung Spitta. I was a part of a group with two of my siblings; our group name was LND or Live n Direct. We wrote, recorded, and performed all over the US. My main focus was that my talents, hardworking, determination would change my life.Read more>>

Kassidy Motal

Hi y’all! I’m a writer and a marketing, hospitality, and event specialist. I became interested in event planning back in high school at St. Pius X. My involvement with cheerleading and student council, paired with having friends in bands who needed help promoting their shows, ignited my passion. Read more>>

Jae Mazer

As a child, I loved stories! I always had my nose in a book. My mother was an English professor, and my dad was a genre fiction junkie, so I got the best of both worlds. I was always writing short stories, right from grade school through university. When I moved to Houston about a decade ago, I decided to start taking my writing more seriously. I got a few short stories published in various magazines and journals and completely my first full-length novel, Landing in Eden. After shopping that manuscript around for a bit, I landed a dead with Netherworld Books in the UK. It was like pushing a boulder over the tip of the mountain. My writing career took off, and now I have over a dozen published novels, stories in over two dozen anthologies, and several literary awards. Read more>>

Taina Olmedo

Hello, My Name is Taina Olmedo, I live in Houston, Texas. I started in the Beauty industry 8 years ago when I started my education in Houston Training School! I did graduate in 2017 as a Cosmetologist. Read more>>

Sonia Albin

I was born in Mexico City and moved to Houston when I was 10, with a dream of living a coastal life and being a marine biologist. I attended the Awty International School and then followed that dream to Seattle, where I studied Aquatic and Fisheries Science and French at the University of Washington. My senior year of college, I had the epiphany that I was not made for research science- as a scientific diver, I had a hard time keeping track of data because I was so enthralled by the experience of breathing underwater in near-freezing temperatures. Read more>>

Adrian Green

I grew up on the north side of Houston, Texas, home of the legendary Scarface DJ Screw. I’m the oldest of the two boys raised by a single mother, and no dead on the weekend grotto playing sports and doing entertainment got my first gig and doing a play which led me to do Montana shows. I got discovered a local team party by the legendary DJ Michael Watts, which one of the innovators of what we call slow down music screw I became a member of legendary group called Swishahouse, my label mates with Slim Thugg, Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, Big Tiger, Big Pic, little Mario, 50/50 Twin, Archie, Lee, Lesterroy, lil Ron, I’m on Gold albums and have recorded songs with platinum artists like lil Flip. In the early years of my career, I ended up making a wrong turn, getting caught up in street activities, and started living a life of crime, which led me to jail a cell. Read more>>

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