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South 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 South Loop’s rising stars below.

Karee Laing

In 2012 I resigned from a job that I loved to pursue my passion. I wanted to create things, not just for one person, but for many. Later, in 2013, I started my own marketing company, which has grown tremendously since then. When I started my marketing agency in 2013, I worked out of my home. I used my savings to start the company. I only had $800 to live on with no real income being generated from the business. Read more>>

Dr. Jazmine Highsmith

I’m originally from Miami, FL and I’m a former collegiate athlete, I competed at the University of South Florida as a track & field athlete and I was thrower (shot-put, hammer, weight-throw). After graduating with my BA degree from USF, I still wanted to be involved in sports and I didn’t know what route to take, so I enrolled in an MBA Sports Business program at Saint Leo University and after completing my MBA finding a job was difficult. Read more>>

Davy Jones

When I was four or five years old, my grandmother would read the Sunday Funnies to me every weekend. I knew from the moment she shared those classic comic strips that I wanted to create my own comic strip. I recall telling my first grade teacher that I could not wait to read because I was going to use that knowledge to read daily every comic strip published in the newspaper. Read more>>

Brittany Loyd

I am from Fort Worth, Texas. I moved to the Houston area in 2009 to obtain my undergraduate degree from Sam Houston State University. During this time, I became a mother to my now ten year old son, Keilyn. He has definitely grown with me through my academic and professional career. Shortly after graduating, I immediately started working for a few of the top law firms in Houston. Read more>>

Josh Miles

In 2012 I started having this intense desire to get out of my corporate job and do something that I really enjoyed and could use my creativity doing. At the time, I was working in vendor relationship management for Wells Fargo and loved the relational side of my job and was great in my role, but the work didn’t excite me. Read more>>

Tiffany Heng Hui Lee

As a young child, I was always chasing my pets (three chickens, two rabbits, and one goat) in my back yard. My family lived near rice fields on the outskirts of Taipei, next to my father’s textile factory. When I was young, my mother would hold my tiny hand and guide me to draw and write, using branches, on the rich soil next to our home. I liked to draw on top of my pet’s footprints, then carefully added leaves and flower petals on top of the drawings. Read more>>

Floyd Houston

The journey of BLKJEW®️ began with a conversation I had with my uncle about five years ago. It was a conversation about my true identity as an Israelite, according to the Bible. From there, I began teaching the word under the alias 713hebrew, reminding my people about their true heritage. I always knew my voice needed a vehicle, and one day before my trip to D.C., I discovered BLKJEW®️. Read more>>

Treva Wygle

I started Pan-it ink Photography full time in March of 2011. I started out in journalistic photography about 25 years ago. I’ve excelled in marketing, graphic design, web design, publishing, promotions and event planning through the years. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial heart and drive to me! I’ve always lived my life with an open mind and an excitement for doing new things and striving for what my heart desires. Read more>>

Nycole Hutchens

My professional background is in Media. I graduated with a Bachelors’s degree from Texas Southern University in Broadcast Journalism. My first professional job out of college was TMZ working in production. I then branched out to my more focused passion, which was Entertainment News. I became a Correspondent and writer for Hollywood Unlocked, Afterbuzz TV, to name a few. Read more>>

Joacquin Richard

I started The OwlRich Company in 2018. At that time I was doing regular documentation for individuals like resumes, cover letters, and character references. But since then, I have expanded to business plans, corporate documents, contracts, estate planning, legal research. Read more>>

Amanda Ibarra

My journey started when I first got into makeup in the 8th grade. At the time, I didn’t have my own makeup, so I would use what my mom had. I’d stay up extremely late (including school nights) trying to practice and learn how to do makeup. This was only an at home thing I never went out with makeup on because I felt too embarrassed. Read more>>

Latasha Jackson

Back in 2011, my sister and I were sitting in my living, making earrings. The more we made, I began to think, this is something I enjoy doing and I would love to make it into a business. A few days later we went down to the courthouse and got our DBA. We were so excited! We began to make more and more earrings, then eventually we ended up adding all types of accessories. At the time our biggest platform was Facebook. We made a business Facebook page. Read more>>

Sacha Jade

I was illegally fired from a job when my youngest child was born & I knew I had bills to pay, so I knew I had to come up with something. I knew I could feed people and bake really well. It came naturally. So I decided to start Jade’s Sweets. I always knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I didn’t know-how. Relocating to Texas after being born and raised in California, I knew I had to make something work. I have to work hard for my kids and stay positive for the life I want to live. Read more>>

Sheree Henton

I’m a true Texas native. Born in Temple, spending a little of my childhood in Arlington, Texas and since the age of eleven have called the city that made me who I am today, Houston, home. Growing up as an only child of a single mother who was diagnosed with the debilitating Multiple Sclerosis when I was just 8 years old, independence came natural. Read more>>

Andrew Camacho

In 2008 Sasha and I were blessed with a beautiful little girl, Solana Gracia, who was born with Down syndrome. In March 2014, after several years of trying unsuccessfully to find a therapeutic riding program within our community that offered encouragement, growth, and inspiration while providing consistency in lessons, I had a dream one night. Read more>>

Melody Gerard

Originally from Dallas, TX, I moved to Houston in 1998 to attend the University of Houston. Growing up, I was always told I would be a great teacher, but I thought I wanted to work in business, so I majored in Business Marketing. After graduating in 2003, I worked in sales for an insurance company. It was commission only and began costing more than I was making, so I resigned. Read more>>

Andrea White

Growing up on the south side of Houston, I was exposed to the culture and style of hip-hop at a young age. By the age of 13 and 14, I was freestyling with friends just for fun, not thinking that the words I was spitting would resonate with me later on in life and actually hold value. Music was always just fun for me — nothing more, nothing less. Read more>>

1 Comment

  1. Talia

    May 10, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Lady B.G. is the hottest karaoke dj in the city!!! Book her for the greatest karaoke experience!!!

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