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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.

Kristy Ventre

There are several components to my story. As teachers, we always like to give credit where credit is due, so I guess my story goes back to my ninth-grade political science class at Roswell High School. I had this really amazing political science teacher, Coach Dodd, who would tell us the best stories about traveling. We learned everything we needed to be successful in his class, but Coach Dodd’s stories initially sparked my interest in international travel. That interest in travel stayed with me as I chose a college. Read more>>

The While Black Podcast

I’m outspoken about issues that are important to me and I’m a huge believer in the combination of being informed and loving to learn. I was paying attention to so many of the things going on in our country daily and how often I felt offended, forgotten, misunderstood, and untrusted and I decided to create a platform that spoke to people just like me who were seeing and feeling the same things I was.
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Kim Saunders

My sister gave me a yoga book as a gift when I was 12 years old and I thought it was fun to practice these poses. Little did I know that four decades later, it would become my business and passion. I was born and raised in Orange County, California and decided to go to college for business. Read more>>

Nick Erickson

Pop’s Garage Fabrication started as a home business working out of Nick’s garage behind the house in 2013. After working at Fuller’s Hot Rod shop in Atlanta for a handful of years working there he decided to venture out on his own. Shortly after starting up Pop’s Garage Fabrication, Nick won several big awards at the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally and was featured in several magazines. After a handful of years working behind the house, the business had outgrown the space and the new location was built. We are still putting out award winning bikes today and have grown to love the town of Roswell. Read more>>

Michelle Kee

Not exactly sure how I started. As a child, I remember always being interested in art. I have drawings that reach as far back as elementary school. When other kids were playing, I would often be in the house sketching portraits of models in magazines. I alway enjoyed creating all kinds art, drawings, paintings, and sculptures and it stayed a passionate hobby of mine throughout my life. When I was college, I painted on a jacket and I and everyone around me loved it. It turned into being commissioned to paint designs clothes. I’ve even had the designs I created featured in a few fashion shows and local articles. Read more>>

Jessica Calderon

Yoga was the magical tool where I can recall I had my first moment of awakening. It gave me the opportunity to discover and explore myself on a deeper level that I was not aware of. The effect it had on my mind and nervous system were impactful and life-changing. I began to notice my frustration level slowly diminishing and I was able to let go of things that normally would bother me. The breath work and meditation practices were what made my transitions and transformations possible but it certainly took a lot of discipline and patience to get to where I am now… and it continues to this day. Read more>>

Shakeera Springs

Currently, I am an author, wife, and mother of four residing in Johns Creek, GA. Growing up independently as a result of losing both parents by age 13 forced me to figure life out on my own. By 19, I was pregnant in college, continuing a hard journey. At this point, I was still lost; however, I always turned to my entrepreneur skills when I didn’t know what to do in life. I started a tax business that I still own this day. I have owned a shipping and packing store (four years), a photography studio (three months, lol), a yoga and meditation studio (one month), and many others. Read more>>

Emily Kapit

I started out in the journalism world, specifically broadcasting. I wanted to be Katie Couric; granted, this was the mid-2000s! I ended up working at NBC (30 Rock!) during college and ABC up in NYC after graduation; though I loved being in the #1 market for my industry, I was appalled by the toxic culture and knew early on that I wanted to leverage my writing, people management, and business skills in a different, healthier, environment. Brilliantly, my next move was into the investment banking sector. Clearly, I was not so defined on what “healthier” meant at that time! Read more>>

Rebekah Lignugaris

When my youngest child went to Kindergarten, I was in the fortunate position of being able to soul search and take the time to dive deep and discover my purpose. I realized that I’m a lifelong organizer. I have always enjoyed creating order out of chaos. One of my personal mantras is “You’ve got to have a plan, Bek” as I heard that quite often from my father, an Air Force officer, as I was growing up. He instilled in me the importance of being organized but not in a repressive way. I’ve been honing my organizing skills from an early age. Read more>>

Thomasina Moyer

While doing a Highschool career project, I decided to demonstrate “How to become a Makeup Artist” on a large posterboard and used one of my classmates as a model in front of the class. The teacher looked at me and gave me an automatic A for my assignment. I knew then that Makeup Artistry was apart of my calling in life. At the age of 20, I was approached on MySpace by a model and she asked if I would do her makeup and I was excited and mortified all at the same time. Read more>>

Duran Jones

I started rapping when I was 12 years old. My brother would freestyle all the time, so I use to emulate him. I could never get the hang of “off the top” freestyling, but I began writing. The more I wrote, the more music became therapy for me. I always wanted to pursue it as a career, but it never seemed like a real option. It was a hobby for a long time, even through college. In 2011, I was working at one of the biggest news outlets in the World and following the major I studied in school, but I wasn’t happy. Read more>>

Maria Angelova

My story started in Bulgaria, Eastern Europe. I was the older star child who worked hard, made A’s, helped home and all that good stuff. I was also the child who always asked why tried to get it her way and gently “bend” the rules. I was a mastermind who always had some kind of (mischievous) bright idea. I believe life is short, and we should make the most of it! I love to dance, travel, read, learn and play. I am huge proponent of Work Hard, Play Hard. Read more>>

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