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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

Paolo Faraon

I have always been a convention and cosplay fan. I follow many people in the cosplay community. My passion for photography came when I took a job as a tourist and animal photographer for an aquarium. As my new pass time grew I naturally merged it with my admiration for cosplay and convention. Read more>>

Jenevieve and Ryan Purcell

Our love story began with an invite to a BBQ. The two of us met and bonded over chicken wings, bowling and photography. Our romance was a whirlwind and it wasn’t long before we realized we wanted to spend our lives together. Read more>>

Brianna Bass

Atlanta Superhero Parties was founded by husband and wife duo, Matthew and Brianna Bass. We are both professional Actors Combatants living and working in Atlanta. For years we have worked as performers for Peachtree Princess Parties. Read more>>

Jamal and Jacory Greene

As a Senior Health education major at Tennessee State University, I was given the assignment in my capstone course to create a nonprofit organization that helps people with a cause I was directly affected by. After losing my mother from complications of diabetes my junior year of college, I knew the direction that I wanted to go. Read more>>

William Guy II

Growing up in Stone Mountain, GA., I was passionate about two things: music and sports. My pops was a pianist and my mom grew up with three older brothers who always made her play sports with them. Well as I drew closer to my high school graduation in May 2009, I didn’t know how to turn love for drums, singing, or rapping into a career nor did I have the height to play sports at the collegiate level. Read more>>

Keith Keppner

Keppner started back in late 2011 when Keith Keppner met his future wife and Co-owner of Keppner Boxing Lissa. In meeting his future wife Keith saw the gym that she had helped and managed and fought for, for many years. A non-corporate gym that had something for everyone based around combat sports. Read more>>

Brittany Fletcher

My passion for baking began in a Home Economics class my junior year of high school. Shortly after I took a job at a local bakery in Athens, GA called Black Forest Bakery and Deli. I learned how to make doughnuts, cookies, cakes etc. Read more>>

Susannah Lee

I’ve always been a tea drinker. A few years ago, I began noticing that Atlanta has such a great coffee scene, but very little happening in the way of tea. It was a while before I realized that I personally could be a part of changing that and help shape tea culture in this city. Read more>>

Jodi Carlton

I like to tell people that God was preparing me for the children that I have and the work that I was going to be doing long before now! Years ago, in my 20’s, I started a career plan to be an occupational therapist, and worked on a rehab unit for a year at Floyd Medical Center in Rome, GA while I went to college, taking the prerequisite undergrad courses. Read more>>

Pablo Alfaro

I was trained as a violinist in Europe (Belgium) since I was 12. I played professionally for 18 years before I took one of the most important decisions of my life; become a violin maker. I discovered violin making when I was 14 in Amsterdam while visiting a shop. Read more>>

Sara Fogle

I had always know that I loved to draw but had no idea how I could make a living with my art. After dropping out of college I started tattooing. The first few years were rough and after an injury forced me to take time off I went back to school to study cosmetology. Read more>>

Stephanie Bridgers

The Local Buzz was opened in the fall of 2015 by Stephanie (Stephie) Griggs Bridgers, with the hope of establishing a place where you can walk in and automatically feel at home. The Local Buzz serves a variety of freshly made delicious sandwiches, soups, salads, baked goods (including Vegan, Gluten Free, and Paleo), smoothies and coffee drinks. Read more>>

Tiffany Roberts

I started out as a singer at 5 years old. I was in my first pageant and wanted to sing “I got love on my mind”, but my mom made me sing “Grandma’s hands”. I was not happy about it at all, but I won best talent and that started my singing journey. Read more>>

Gregory Lanterman

I started my artistic career as a child with the usual crayons and coloring books, which over time morphed into drawing pictures for my classmates on their notebooks for $1 to get extra school lunch or something silly. With a constant drive to create, I fell in love with airbrush art when I was 13 on a summer trip to Panama City Beach and asked for my own airbrush kit at Christmas that year. Read more>>

Chris Appleton

WonderRoot was founded in 2004 with a vision of re-imagining Atlanta through arts and culture. Established as a community-based arts organization, WonderRoot began working in schools, community centers, and public spaces by connecting artists to underserved communities. Read more>>

Mimi Leake

I quit my job in Pharmaceutical Research to focus on creating our family. It was after my first child was born, I picked up my husband’s “nice” Nikon DSLR and said to myself, by God, I will figure this thing out! I wanted the beautiful images I saw online and I wanted to be able to create those images! Read more>>

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