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Inspiring Stories from East Atlanta

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 East Atlanta’s rising stars below.e

Jessica “jynxx” Johnson

I’ve been a creative as long as I can remember. I could never quite make myself feel at home in corporate America. And one day, I woke up and decided to do something about it. I took my part-time passion and created Creative Edge. It wasn’t easy, but from a little dream, we built a thriving creative firm that has serviced the likes of Willie A Watkins Funeral Home. Read more>>

DeAnna McIntosh

Entrepreneurship and fashion are a part of my DNA. Since middle school, I have had countless notebooks filled with scribbles of different business concepts (one of which was co-working. Not executing that one still hurts!). In high school, I won DECA entrepreneurship competitions and worked at local small businesses. Read more>>

Dakari Thurmon

I realized that the clothing and the music go hand in hand with each other as well so I went for it and it’s been working out ever since. Early 2017, I started my Magazine company called Secret Society Magazine because I knew that everyone needed advertisement as well and also the indie artists that I consult and different businesses. Read more>>

Beverly LoReign

For about a year, I would just sit and create things. What I loved about my business was that it initially gave me the very thing I needed as I was battling this current storm in my life… it gave me focus. It allowed me to focus on what I had to give, instead of grieving over what I had lost. The loReign Collection is my pain turned in to power in its most creative form. Read more>>

Kayley Anderkin

Photography has opened a whole door to meeting people from all walks of life and has made me want to capture their life stories even more. So that brings me to where I am today. A good portion of my business is wedding photography, and I love it. I love traveling to new places and capturing one of the most beautiful, intimate days in a couple’s life. Read more>>

Valencia Kelly

I was encouraged to pursue the craft. However, it wasn’t until I believed in myself I decided to upgrade my camera to a Canon DSLR (digital single lens reflex). I have discovered a desire to show the passion, pain, joy, and anger of my community through art. My community is black and brown. My community is LGBTQIA. Read more>>

Matthew Jospeh

At slient, I got a lot of experience and learned the music industry up and downs. From there, I did some work with Cash Money Records, but there was few issues that happen which lead me to Out League Studio. At OYL I started as an engineer and worked my way up to lead engineer and studio manager. Hard work, a dedication got me to where I am now in the music industry. Read more>>

Jordan White

During my last year of high school, I remember walking down the hall and a student stopped me into the hall and said: “Omg you are beautiful and you should model because your skin is gold.”When she said that I begin to think about modeling, however, I did not know how I was going to go about modeling. After I graduated high school, I decided I wanted to take a different route that no one else in my family had ever taken. Read more>>

Chef Chop Clark

I learned to cook as a child. My mother taught me how to make West Indian dishes (i.e., Oxtail, Seafood Calalloo, Jerk Chicken, etc.). My stepfather taught me how to make authentic Italian Marinara. My Grandmother in Colorado taught me how to make Brisket and bake apple pies. I remember she had this crab apple tree in her front yard. Read more>>

Raney O’Keefe

Realizing how much I enjoyed makeup, but unsure of whether or not I would be able to simply “turn it into a career”, I enrolled in a makeup diploma program at The Blanche MacDonald Centre for Applied Design in Vancouver BC and commuted there from my home in Olympia, WA every weekend for a year. Read more>>

Gu

It’s been a crazy journey of meeting people that are extremely talented, and have an open mind enough to trust me and my talent. I’ve been getting recognition in many different scenes, and my goal is to bring people of all different walks of life to come together through my music. I want my shows to be filled with people who respect and appreciate what is good. Read more>>

Teesha Borum

Through affirmations and thoughtful sentiments, I aim to do just that. High Vibe Sentiments spreads love, light, and good vibes by way of Enameled Pins, Button Badges, Stickers, & Apparel! No matter how small or how wide my reach, discovering my values and worthiness to take space in the world has inspired my endeavors the most. Read more>>

Rah Callender

I reached out to a few friends with this crazy idea to become a DJ. I started in my bedroom, branched out to a few house parties, weddings & private events, and then this year I got to perform at my first festival! I’m pretty much known throughout the city of Atlanta for my fusing genre-bending sounds + vibe. My goal is to bring a diverse, eclectic energy that will undoubtedly unite people from different backgrounds under one sound. Read more>>

Emily Loeb

Before I became a psychotherapist, I was an actor. I enjoyed getting to walk in the shoes of a character and understanding their most intimate motivations. And I liked how theatre and film could touch people. But I found myself increasingly drawn to the idea of reaching people on a more personal level, and I found my way to social work and psychotherapy. I earned my Masters in Social Work through the University of Southern California; it was a rigorous program and I found the work so compelling. Read more>>

Tom Kehner

Upon completion of my bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton in 1984, I spent ten years in the manufacturing & machinery industry as a technical, marketing, and sales professional working for Rockwell Automation and the Dayton Machine Tool Company. Out of the blue, KPMG invited me to serve as an Industry Expert on a short-term consulting engagement in Vilnius, Lithuania, following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1993. From there, my career in professional services took off with tours of duty as a consultant at KPMG, EY, and Capgemini. Read more>>

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