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Downtown’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 Downtown’s rising stars below.

Le’Var Norsworthy

A major part of my development as a young man happened in Clayton County, GA. I was something of a creative and was highly involved in technology and the arts locally and nationally. My creative bug eventually grew from playing in concert orchestra to desiring to sing on concert stages in the entertainment world. Read more>>

Lizzie Logan

No, I wouldn’t exactly say that it has been a smooth road. I struggle from time to time with the consistency of customers. For example, You might have weeks where there is a photo shoot everyday, and then weeks where there aren’t appointments scheduled. Read more>>

Gordon Ellis

I started my Human Services career at Fulton County Human Services as a part of the GoodWorks! Program. I was a Job Developer assisting single parents in obtaining full-time employment the majority of the job seekers were referred from DFACS. At times quite challenging however, rewarding at the same time, the pros outweigh the cons on all levels. Read more>>

Cat Harper

I’m an Atlanta native and a graduate of Savannah State University in 2009. With a B.A in Mass Communications, concentrating on Radio and Television. Although, in college I focused on being beind the cameras, I actually seemed to find myself in front of the cameras, with my acting and her reality show appearances. Read more>>

Mikala Streeter

My family has always been deeply involved in youth development. My mom taught Sunday School and worked for 4-H and my dad led my brothers’ Boy Scout troop. Growing up, I got to see the impact that an adult can have in a young person’s life by mentoring and caring for them, and that stuck with me. Read more>>

Mariah Caitlin

Mariah Caitlin Events started in 2016. After years of working in the event industry, I decided to take a leap of faith and turn my passion into a reality. When I was in 6th grade, we dressed up for a career day. In a room filled with doctors, lawyers, and astronauts, I walk in with a t-shirt that said “wedding planner”. Read more>>

Joshua Jackson

At the age of 14 my father passed away. The night of the funeral, my fathers great friend came to me and told me that I was going to come stay with him during the summer in Atlanta and that we would make it to the NFL. my Godfather Ty “Ropeman” Felder a 30 yr training vet and bodybuilding judge brought me down and it changed my whole outlook of what I wanted to do in life. Read more>>

Shaheedah Hill, Naeemah Ford Goldson, Tiffany Blassingame, Naomi Kyalo, Carolyn Rogers, Dina Smith

We met on Professional Organizing Sisters a Facebook Group started by Naeemah. Organizers of color from around the world are members of this group. Some of the group members in Atlanta decided to meet up to network and plan activities and events. Read more>>

Greg Funderburg

Since July 2013, WTVC NewsChannel 9 morning/noon anchor Greg Funderburg has been helping Chattanooga viewers start their day. And in that time, he has become a viewer-favorite due to his vibrant personality and lively approach to storytelling. Read more>>

Patrick PIttaluga

After reading a clickbait article about how we’ll all be eating insects by 2030, cousins (and college buddies) Sean Warner and Patrick Pittaluga did the not-so obvious thing: ordered 700 Black Soldier Fly Grubs to raise in their laundry room. As their first generation of grubs wiggled into the world, Grubbly Farms was born. Read more>>

Libra Hicks

Established in 2010 in honor of my oldest son Anthony “Moo” Jr. Our Children’s Story, Inc. was created to raise awareness of Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy. We also focus on educating, uplifting and inspiring families who feel alone in this lifestyle. Read more>>

Ross Hepner

I grew up in Memphis, TN, eating BBQ and playing Xbox. By high school, I was a professional Halo player traveling across the country for MLG tournaments. I spent an insane amount of time playing Halo but I was truly fascinated how video games were developed and created; from concept to reality. Read more>>

William Downs

Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, that’s where everything started, I was a student at The Greenville County Fine Arts Center (High School). The Fine Arts Center provided me all of the tools that I needed to prepare for this long life as an Artist. Read more>>

Essence Renata

My life in Atlanta plays an integral role in my journey into photography. It initially started 3 years ago as a Tumblr where I documented me exploring my life as an Atlanta transplant. When I moved my blog into a professional format, it was natural for me to want to upgrade my images. Read more>>

Bryan Anzel

I was lucky to land an internship with Grammy award winning mix engineer Phil Tan in 2012 after graduating from Full Sail. There I met Monica Tannian who is responsible for managing many studios in Atlanta including Dallas Austins’ DARP, as well as producers and sound engineers in Atlanta, NY and LA. Read more>>

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