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Buckhead’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyageATL 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 Atlanta’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 Buckhead’s rising stars below.

Simone Elum

When I was growing up, my mother used to make her own clothes and I would look through her fashion magazines and try to draw the women in beautiful clothing. This led me to designing clothes and pursuing Fashion Design. While at college, my love for drawing and my skills improved when I took Life Drawing and Fashion Illustration classes. Read more>>

Shanequa Dasher

Shanequa Dasher ,also known as the Dasher Diva, is a native of both Florida(where she attended elementary school and college and Florida A&M University) and Tennessee, and currently calls Atlanta, Georgia her home. Shanequa has been married for 7 years, and is a mother of 5 year old daughter and 13 month old baby boy. Read more>>

Karmen Rydem

Kareemah Simien, also known as Karmen Rydem is the owner of Refined Rebel & Company, a branding agency specializing in boosting local and national awareness for brands & business through content creation. She got her start interning for corporate companies like Modern Luxury Publishing, The Coca-Cola Company and the Sprite brand shortly after moving to Atlanta in 2011 from Sacramento, CA. Read more>>

Krystal Lee

I’m originally from Detroit, MI. I moved to Atlanta at the age of 17 to attend Clark Atlanta University. I thought I wanted to be a music producer (even though I had never created a beat in my life) so I chose Mass Media Arts with a concentration in radio, tv, film because that was close enough. Read more>>

Marcus Collins

I started off with a real passion for films at an early age I think it came from my aunt she would watch everything with us as kids. I always was curious about the process of filmmaking like the writing of a script to principle filming. In college I took several class to get the experience and so knowledge. Read more>>

Rahkal Shelton

My name is Rahkal C. D. Shelton. I am an author, mentor, and the CEO of Be The Inspired You, a motivational lifestyle brand created to challenge individuals to be the absolute best version of themselves. Be The Inspired You was conceived after an unimaginable sequence of life-changing events. Read more>>

Dr. Anthony Ferrara

I am an ER doctor. Working in the Emergency Room over many years realized that the system as very inefficient. Tried to fix it, and never had any help from upper management. Realized also that there were Urgent Care centers that were not very good care, and sending things to the ER inappropriately. Read more>>

Faye Sykes

I am a non-financial person in a financial world. I graduated from Syracuse University 1993 with a degree in textile design and worked as a textile and fashion designer for years including working as head designer at Ben Hogan golf designing the private label for the Masters and Ryder Cup Team apparel working with Tom Kite. Read more>>

Quentin (Q) Harris

How I started out in the entertainment industry would be about 3years a go moving to atlanta! But prior to moving I always had a love for the arts, I was always singing in the choir or always being in front of a crowd & I always wanted to be an entertainer. Read more>>

Robert Allen

It started about 7 years when I coached a 7th grade AAU team called The Cobb Purple Knights. We weren’t very good but I wanted to give back my knowledge to the kids after I finished playing professionally. There was one kid by the name of Ricky Shearman who asked me to train him and I decided to do it to help him. Read more>>

Joi Heggins

I was born August 28th, on a Sunday morning in Durham, NC, to Bernard and Cattrual Heggins. For 12 years my parents put me in a Christian Academy, which was a great foundation, and it also created a yearn for adventure. With every bit of education that I received, I can truly say that everything related to candles started when I was 11. Read more>>

Ronnise Clark

Two years ago on August 13, 2016, my life changed forever. My house that I worked so hard to purchase on my own received 5 feet of water from what was named “The Great Flood of 2016” which happened in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and surrounding cities one of them a small town named Denham Springs. Read more>>

Rahru Arceneaux

I moved to Atlanta from Texas to complete school but first I had to secure a job. In school I majored in Political Science so I had jobs in the legal field. When I got here I secured a job at a production company because I could read and understand contracts. Read more>>

Yolanda Fountain

My journey providing behavioral, emotional, and mental health services to children, adults, and families began in 2006. However, my recognition that people, especially children, needed quality mental health care was apparent much earlier. As a survivor of adverse childhood experiences and childhood trauma, I suffered in silence due to fear, the stigmas surrounding mental health, and my parent’s unfortunate experience during attempts to get help. Read more>>

BJ Orr

I’m originally from Columbia SC. Grew up in “the hood” I guess you would say lol. Moved to Atlanta after High School with the hopes of doing something (anything) with my life. With a 1.7 GPA to my name, I enrolled in The Art Institute of Atlanta where I studied Music and Video Production. Read more>>

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