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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

Nick Edelstein

I got started in the Music Industry around age 13-15, performing with bands and as a soloist on guitar and keys. One of my [extra-curricular] high school bands was very ambitious and made a studio demo recording. I loved working in the studio and knew it would become part of my career, though at the time I wasn’t sure how. Read more>>

Tory Brown

I started Elite Media Studios 6 years ago after quitting my job to pursue my business full time. The first couple years were extremely difficult because at that time I was without a home and making money while trying to survive was a challenge. I would catch the marta train to meet with my clients at Atlantic Station daily and stay in Starbucks from sun up to sun down until they closed. Read more>>

Dara Schaier

BOOP was born from the idea of making temporary furniture better suited to our modern lifestyles. After moving around for years, Dara Schaier, Founder and CEO, got tired of the cycle of stress and waste that furniture created. She envisioned a type of furniture that was both lightweight and sustainable. Read more>>

Thu Tran

My name is Thu– pronounced like the number 2! I’m a photographer. I specialize in photographing happy people. Typically– it’s people who are doing what they love, or are with people that they love, or are in places that they love, or all of the above at the same time. It’s a pretty light-filled wuwu kumbaya kind of profession full of joy and joyness. #charlietheunicorn #untilsomeonelosesakidney. Read more>>

Ashley Arnett

Christ and Conversations began out of a deep need to socialize with like minded individuals. I also wanted to use my background and skills in Public Relations despite shifting career fields. I felt as a millennial Christian woman there was nothing that I knew how to do outside of going to a bar, hookah lounge, or eating sushi. Read more>>

Travis Sharp

I guess it started as a kid. I was a nerd, which wasn’t a cool appellation back then. I was into comics, Dungeons and Dragons, and Sci-Fi. My idols were Gary Gygax, George Lucas, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and the Incredible Hulk. And unlike most adults, I never grew out of those childish loves. Read more>>

Papa Jack Couch

My story in music started in the long-ago popular folksinging era. In 1963, when I was 13 I got a Silvertone guitar from Sears & Roebuck, and there were lots of opportunities to play and learn, so except for a few years in sports I kept on performing right through my high school years in Jacksonville and then through college, in Atlanta. Read more>>

Maggie Kuhn

I have always wanted to be an artist. My mom saw early on that I really loved art and could concentrate on paintings for hours even as a toddler. Luckily we had Carolyn Hisel, a famous southern painter, as a family friend. Carolyn and my mom (who is a photographer in her own right) conspired to let me study art in Carolyn’s old victorian house in the summer, starting from the age of nine, and she really taught me what life as a working artist was all about. Read more>>

Chakeita and Maddison Elliott

My 3 year old daughter always loved putting on my lip gloss, so I would buy her her very own lip balm for kids. I mean she would use one full tube within hours lol. Read more>>

Terp Vairin

I was born in Hawai’i to lesbian parents, in an interracial relationship, my mom’s partner being native. Read more>>

Mark Crosslin

After a 35 year career in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry in the Healthcare field, I retired and started a consulting firm to work with humanitarian organizations. Read more>>

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