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Inspiration from Sandy Springs

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 rising stars from in and around Sandy Springs below.

Jesse and Julian Inglima, Tyler Griffith and Jack Gregg

Our band, Everyday Dogs, started when the four of us (Jesse Inglima, Julian Inglima, Tyler Griffith, and Jack Gregg) met while working at a summer camp together in 2017. During off-hours, when we weren’t leading campers in high-ropes and adventure courses, we would get together and have jam sessions. We quickly found out that there was a lot of overlap in who our favorite bands were (Ramones, The Strokes, The Chats). From there, we started writing our own music and setting out on our journey to play shows and really give our band a shot. Since 2018, we’ve played over 100 gigs in the Atlanta/Athens area and have recorded over 20 songs in 3 different states. Read more>>

Frank Luke

I was born in Southwest Atlanta to Frank and Loretta Luke. I am originally from Atlanta (I am what they call a Grady baby). I was raised in a single-parent home by my mother. Early in my life, two things were VERY clear to me; one, around the age of eleven or twelve I knew I was called to be an influencer and a builder for the kingdom of God. And two, I was gifted with the talent to be a barber (not just cut hair, there is a difference). These two fundamental things would be a guide for me throughout life and inevitably aligned me with my calling today. Read more>>

Ladyy Smith

I am 29. I’m from Plainfield NJ. My birthday is Jan. 17. moved to Georgia when I was 13. I’ve been singing since I was a, I wanna say eight but I’m not too sure. My father was a big influence on my singing. When me and my siblings were younger, we used to have talent shows. He passed away three years ago. I’ve spent a lot of my childhood in treatment centers because of my behavior. I was adopted at a young age. I didn’t meet my biological family til I got in my 20’s. Read more>>

JaShaundria Morris

I was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. I started Imonogrambyjayy, LLC in 2016 as a hobby. I always dreamed of starting my own business. I always knew I wanted to be a graphic designer. In high school, I was in the graphic design program. I decided to go to college to further my love for the arts. I am a recent graduate of the University of South Alabama Graphic Design program. I graduated with Cum Laude Honors. I am currently a graduate student at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Atlanta. I am enrolled in the MFA in Advertising Design program. In May 2021, I decided to turn my hobby into a full-time business. I love helping people with creating a brand and marketing their business. I have designed flyers, logos, ebooks, websites, shirts, and more for many clients. Read more>>

Jae Artiste

PAINT’D Co. began as Painted by Artiste just six years ago. Initially when I started branding myself as Painted byArtiste, it was literally like my own little segment. I would create all kinds of fun looks on myself from playing with lines, colorways, and doing creative looks 100% out of makeup. I used this avenue as my form of self-expression. I grew up an introvert so I wasn’t always the one to speak up for myself or things I knew. When I was alone with my brushes and the looks I created from the heart, made me feel like the biggest elephant in the room even when my voice couldn’t project it. As I started falling more in love with what the things I held inside, created so beautifully, I started to attract attention. Read more>>

Adrianne Buchanan

My name is Adrianne Buchanan, Bohemian BAP (Black American Princess) in the social media world. I am an African American woman and trauma survivor with over twenty years of Corporate Finance experience. If you know anything about Corporate Finance, then you know it is a high-stress career. For an African American woman, it can be even more so. “In workplaces, college and professional school settings around the country, Black women often find themselves the only one or the first one” Causes of Social Anxiety. Read more>>

Sheneka Adams

I’ve been an entrepreneur since 2012. Before that, I was involved in the entertainment industry. I’ve always had a knack for business because I love working for myself. Success doesn’t always happen overnight, it took many years for me to get where I am with my businesses. There’s a lot of hard work, sleepless nights, and unwanted stress that comes with running a business but the rewards are great because you are getting the opportunity to buy your time. My only goal for being an entrepreneur is to buy all of my time so that I can enjoy life the way that I see fit. Read more>>

Claire Shoener

My start in real estate was something that I just kind of fell into. About seven years ago now, my husband and I wanted to start a new business, specifically a nationally well-known restaurant franchise. After signing our franchise agreement our first task was to find a location for our business. During this process, I would say I contacted about 2-3 commercial agents seeking help but never really got traction with any of them. Read more>>

Romi Darling

Well where do I start I came into the beauty industry in 2017 with no one‘s knowledge of what I was doing I was in a bad space in my life in my relationship and down I asked God for something to keep me at home something to give me a hobby or something and he gave me makeup so I practiced make up just about every day for a year before I show anyone or told anyone that I was doing make up so with that I show my sisters picture of what I have been doing and my mom was like oh my God you should be a Hollywood or something like you’re gonna do so many amazing things you’re gonna models you’re gonna be doing make up for celebrities etc. Read more>>

Ashley Craig-Diaz

As a child, I was always in love with houses and the idea of “home.” I had a subscription to Real Simple magazine at the ripe age of 16 and was always game for tours of historic homes and gardens (my favorite was the Tate House). I studied music in college and had a private piano studio of 30 students which I maintained for over 20 years. Halfway through my 30’s, I realized I was ready to pursue my curiosities in real estate. We had purchased our first house in 2014 and during the 16 months of home searching, I had fallen in love with the process. I am thankful for all of my years of teaching experience as I have been able to take skills acquired during that time and help educated and inform buyers and sellers in a clear and concise method to help them realize and achieve their real estate dreams. Read more>>

Sarah Guingona

“Belief in your creative capacity lies at the heart of innovation.” –David Kelley, Founder of IDEO and the Stanford D.School. My childhood was wrought with trauma. Homelessness, abuse, neglect, abandonment, I went through all of it and by the time I reached high school, I was a complete mess. I found refuge in art and writing but usually kept my work private. My dream was to become a writer or an artist but I lacked the artistic confidence to pursue those goals. Children of childhood trauma often report low self-esteem and that was certainly true for me. My earliest experiences negatively impacted my self-worth, as a result, I felt that my work was undeserving of attention. Read more>>

HerShe The Entertainer

I started entertaining at eight years old. I did everything from child modeling, acting, writing to singing in the adult choir. It wasn’t until the year 2009 I discovered my love for comedy. Yeah sure I’ve always been naturally funny but the stage was a totally different beast. One day my stepfather said you’re going to perform comedy too. I laughed it off and thought nothing else of it. Well a week later he enrolled me in a comedy course called “Comedy 101”. That moment changed my life. It’s been full speed ahead ever since. Read more>>

Jasmine Jaii Harris

I never thought I’d be a barber. It started because I had a shortcut as a teenager and was trying to save money. After watching many YouTube’s, I went and purchased clippers and cut my own hair. Definitely a lot of trial and error. A little down the line, I started asking my high school friends “let me cut your hair!” I damaged a lot of them, lol! It wasn’t until I was 25 years old, I was laid off from my job, and I decided that I would pursue a full-time barbering career and step my clipper game up. I ended up going to barber school in Philadelphia at Main Attraction Barbering Academy to obtain my license. Read more>>

Brittaney Peak

I started my business on January 31, 2022. I took a freight dispatching course for $1,500 and didn’t learn nothing in a billion dollar Industry. I went back to Gaitorboi which is my kids dad and I said bae I wanna teach freight dispatching he told me do it but I told him ion know shit. So we decided to use google and youtube. I started off hosting free zooms on how to become a freight dispatcher then I realized it overwhelmed me people would contact me 24/7. Read more>>

Kelsea Green

I was a teenage mom that refused to be a statistic. I thought that I had it all together at one point. In 2016 I was enrolled into nursing school. I had this big plan of becoming a travel nurse. Those plans spiraled because the school was forced to closed and I was left with no career and no degree. After the closing of the school I went through a phase of deep depression. I was lost, almost 30 with no career. One day I decided to enroll into esthetic school and the rest was history. I created, owned and operated Code Beauty Aesthetic Clinic. I have built a six figure empire just from being an esthetician. Who would have thought that skin care would be my thing? Read more>>

Jessica Brown

Jess Snapped It Photography started off as something to do when it was nothing to do. Photography has always been something that struck my interest but it wasn’t until the summer of 2020 that I actually bought a camera and began shooting. Thanks to COVID, I found myself in a new city, with a new job and not a whole lot to do. With the help of YouTube and a whole lot of free time, I was able to learn the basics and take off from there! Read more>>

Shaquana Wise

I always been a Star and I always have a passion to be someone better, I started at 18 going into Modeling, But before that even then I didn’t know what I wanted to do , I just always knew I’d be a STAR. My Spiritual Journey started since birth but the real story started in 2005 (15 years old) ; I moved to Atlanta and went to North Springs HS ‘DA NAWF’ it was the year of Hurricane Katrina; a lot of survivors came to our school and it was a epic year; to learn, mess up, grow and mess up again. I took Dance class and went into Army JROTC and excelled majorly. Read more>>

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