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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.

Elise Dawson

Fashion has always been a huge part of my life. Incorporating my mood into my outfits and even helping others express themselves through fashion has always come easy to me. It wasn’t too long ago that I got into sustainability, but when I did, I was absolutely sure I wanted to make a bigger impact that just packing lunches. Read more>>

Tobias Smith

As a child, I was always into arts. I used to draw, take photos with a Polaroid camera, play in the band, and I sang in the choir in high school. I received a scholarship from Alabama State for chorus, but decided not to go and wanted to get back into photography. Read more>>

Christian Bridges

I started acting when I was 15. In high school signing up for classes, my mother told me to join theater and I said no because I thought it was lame, after 10 mins of back and forth conversations, I joined, since that day changed my life, without me joining. Read more>>

Kendra Gayle Lee

Books wooed me early on. My first love was the Trixie Belden mystery series. I used to hide behind my dad’s Lay-Z-Boy to read–and pretend I couldn’t hear my mom calling me to set the table. I always had my nose continuously buried in a book. And my very favorite time of the year was Scholastic Book Fair time. Read more>>

Rene Salas

I cannot take for granted just how lucky I have been that my dedication to understanding the impact of architecture and urbanism on communities, has lead to a fruitful career as a designer. While I grew up in a poor Hispanic neighborhood, on the south side of San Antonio. Read more>>

Malcolm Adams

Mr. Adams experienced many hardships as a young adult, including being on the autism spectrum and homeless from the ages of 17-21, he devoted himself to crushing any challenge thrown his way to escape his circumstances to expanding his companies to four cities (and counting) and earning multiple professional certificates. Read more>>

LaSean Tutt

Before Dreams with Open Arms was a name I was working this passion at the age of 13, I saw my cousin of the same age get kicked out of her mother’s house when she got pregnant, I would sneak her in our house when my mom was sleep so that she could clean, eat and sleep. I had a passion for helping teen mothers. Read more>>

Hajar Mitchell

I come from a creative family. I was born in Burbank, CA, but my Mom is from Pittsburgh and my Dad is from Barbados. I’ve lived in Cali, Barbados, Pittsburgh and have been in ATL since I was five years old. As a child, I took a liking to food, art and writing. Both my Mom and Dad are great cooks and we had a family restaurant in Barbados. Read more>>

Jazmia Elan

I began pursuing a professional dance, modeling and acting career after graduating with a performance degree from North Atlanta high school. My career would eventually lead me to perform for the likes of Beyonce on Oprah, Debbie Allen, Disney in France, Tyler Perry, Kenny Leon, and Eurotard Dance Catalog. Read more>>

Jayla Moton

When I was a little girl, I’ve always loved the arts and by the arts, I mean dancing writing singing, etc. When I was eight years old, I discovered my full passion for dancing and I joined my elementary dance team called “Sapphire Dancers” I enjoyed being apart of the team. Read more>>

Kristen Ballard

I go by Kris for the purpose of my photography. I am a 20-year-old photographer from Atlanta, Georgia. I was born and raised in South East Atlanta specifically, just a few miles away from several famous and infamous Atlanta landmarks. I lived with my mother and younger brother, and we are very close to my grandmother. Read more>>

Daniel Graham

PROGnosis started in 2014, as a one-off show at Sweetwater Bar & Grill in Duluth featuring my old band, Omnipresent, as well as two other amazing progressive rock acts from the Atlanta area: Not Otherwise Specified and Ethos. Read more>>

Dr. Violet Adams

I arrived in Atlanta immediately after college to work as a graphic artist. I began working with Home Depot Corporate Office drawing lawnmowers and Homer. A few years later, I ventured on my own as an entrepreneur creating promotions for small independent businesses. Read more>>

Carlos Blackwell

I worked at Decatur YMCA and Wade Walker YMCA where I was an assistant sports coordinator.
One day, a friend name Matthew Richardson ask have I thought about branching off an doing my own thing. At the moment, we join together and started Atlanta Strikers. Started with one team and has been growing ever since. Read more>>

Tia Smith

I knew very early on that my career destination would involve law. Because of this early realization, all focus and effort while in school was geared toward actualizing this long-held belief that I would be a lawyer. I attended the University of South Carolina for undergrad and the University of Georgia School of Law. Read more>>

Dr. Eb

I was born and raised in Huntsville, AL with my younger brother, Jason. Upon graduating high school, I attended Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, AL. From there I entered the Doctor of Pharmacy program at Mercer University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences in Atlanta. Read more>>

Tiffany Boone

My musical start was within my own family as my brother, Timothy C. Boone, and I grew up as a “PK” in the church and we had to be the church! After growing up, through the development of the church, I decided to join a community choir in Macon Ga called “The Young Family” Choir. Read more>>


THE LOC EXPERIENCE actually began unintentionally, however I’m so grateful it happened! Prior to this business, I had no desire to do hair. I’ve always been creative, so one day, I took on the challenge of doing faux locs on myself. I did my research, practiced and perfected them because I had a particular look in mind. Read more>>

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