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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.

Mariana Novak

In my relatively short time on this planet, I feel like I’ve lived a slice of many different lives. I’m a generalist in my field and the many experiences and skills I bring to the table have shaped my work as a producer and actor. Although I feel incredibly lucky to have immigrated to the US, I do attribute a lot of my creativity to an upbringing in the intensely rich cultural history of Russia where I spent most of my childhood. Read more>>

Alex Kiker

After seeing and sharing a viral video I created, AL.COM a statewide media company took interest. That video was a mockup video to the song “Another Day of Sun” from the movie LA LA LAND I created with my alma mater, Mary G. Montgomery High School. This has been a yearly collaboration we have done for the past three years. Our most recent video “The Greatest School” is standing at 2.6 million views. All of these videos filmed entirely with Apple iPhones. Read more>>

Karla Beedles

My journey to entrepreneurship has been both exciting and challenging. I started my company while I was still working as the Chief Operations Officer for an organization. This seems like the best thing to do. After all, I had given the advice to others for many years…”Don’t quit a job until you have another one”. Well, I jumped out there and started the business. Read more>>

Brent Benson

I wanted to create a platform to help young athletes, both on and off the court, and provide structure, discipline, and accountability. Our goal is to develop fundamentally sound athletes, and prepare them physically, mentally, and emotionally to play at their full potential. But within B3, it’s more than just basketball. We passionately want to instill the internal confidence of a player, in addition to enhancing their external skills since the origination of this idea. Read more>>

Tiffany Miller

My love for hair and this profession grew stronger and stronger. After moving to Columbus, GA in the fall of 2005, I decided to pursue a career in accounting. After four years of study, I received my Bachelor of Accounting and a year and a half later a Master of Business Administration. While attempting to be fully focused on my accounting career, my mind continued to wonder how life would be in the beauty industry. Read more>>

Myron Chandran

Along with my interest in music, I have always had a love for culture and people. Growing up, my parents and I were constantly moving from city to city, country to country. Poor, sometimes homeless, my childhood allowed me to see the world in a beautiful way. It was the begin of where my life has blossomed today. I attended Howard University, a historic black college based in Washington, D.C. It’s here where I really got submerged with a global community. Read more>>

Wesley Henderson

I am a content creator that currently lives in Atlanta. I started content creating in 2005 with my Youtube Channel Aconnectiontv. I created popular characters like Mona Samone, Twan Rose, and I am also known for my celebrity interviews, and travel video reviews/vlogs. Fast forward to 2019 and I have created over 3000 videos, garnered over 60 million views, I am internationally known, I am an event planner, and I have launched an online streaming network. Read more>>

La Reina

I am a performer from birth. The sounds, lights, and aura of the stage were my bedtime stories growing up in Southern California, where downtown Hollywood was my stomping grounds. My father was an actor, director, writer, musician, emcee – anytime that he could stand on a stage and all eyes were focused on him, he was there, and I was there, watching. Read more>>

Ashia Sims

My career path has been a curvy one. I went to college at Florida A&M and majored in Journalism/Public Relations. When I graduated in 2000, it was the beginning of the recession. I got into freelancing. I wanted to stay connected to the world of PR. In 2003, I had the opportunity to work on a television show for PeopleTV, a local public access station. I quickly fell in love with the field of television production and began to seek out other opportunities to work on other productions. Read more>>

Rachael Leaphart

The more I began to realize this game is not handed to you; the more I started to practice my craft to always stay ten steps ahead. Always looking to see what I can do to better myself and my career to get my foot in the door. Now, I am a host for All Urban Central, the Vice President of WSTU Radio Station and one of the first interns at Rolling Out Magazine to start their own show with Regine Stepherson. This is just the beginning for me! Read more>>

Nuri Amira J.

With all of this success, I had to discover which direction my passion should go into during the year 2019. The filming world is endless. I could become a teacher, write scripts, continue making videos for businesses, try YouTube again, or something fulfilling. I’m not sure where my journey will take me, but I do know it will be in the art of visually appealing content. Read more>>

Steve Holly

I started selling furniture in 2009/2010. Was always into and intrigued with real estate and it kind of went hand & hand. A close friend who had his own furniture company at the time I would help out from time to time and it kind of grew on me. I did it, in the beginning, more as hustle than anything. Have always known a lot of people around my city so I noticed the hustle could turn into a business daily so I started an IG page and it’s been history ever since. Read more>>

Raven Fields

I started as a student-athlete starting in middle school up until college. I was very popular and skillful. I was getting scouted by division one colleges at a young age (12 years old to be exact). I’ve always wanted to model. But, I didn’t start attempting to model until my Sophomore year in college. I was awarded a full athletic scholarship and majority of my time revolved around my school schedule. Read more>>

Spike Kee

This painting thing came by like no surprise. I mean I always was drawing when I was little and took one art class serious my senior year in high school but I never looked at it as a passion. Little do I know I had the potential all along to become an artist. One day in the year of 2015, I drove by a Michaels store and just said to myself “I’m going to paint something today”. Read more>>

Ruth Mang

I’m an independent recording artist! Originating from Burma, born in Tamuning, Guam, and raised in Suwanee, GA, I always dreamed of becoming a singer. I started freelance singing when I was little, but started professionally singing at age 12. I was a part of my church’s performing arts group, and later became a part of the worship band. In the beginning of 2017, I began posting covers on social media. Read more>>

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