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Inspiring Stories from Marietta & Surrounding Areas

The heart of our mission at VoyageATL is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city.c 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 the rising stars from in and around Marietta and Cobb below.

Dalton Lewis

I’m a photographer and videographer from Atlanta, GA. I specialize in music photography and event videography. I always was super creative as a kid. I would always get in trouble for making stuff out of couch cushions and whatever else I could find around the house. Read more>>

Bethany Seong

I never really focused on my health. It just wasn’t something that we talked about. When I went to college and was out on my own for the first time, I lived on fast food, and I don’t say that as an exaggeration. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner was a drive-thru. I’ve always struggled with anxiety. Read more>>

AJ DeDiego

I was introduced to cooking and baking at a very young age when my mom catered parties and baked desserts for others. Before I was born, she worked in a bakery and told me all about what she would make and how that life was. It wasn’t until I was in high school when I realized that I had a deeper interest in culinary arts. Read more>>

Talmarita Kenner

I’m a newbie in the game! But how this all came about… I was a new mom with a four-month-old (at the time) & I was on maternity leave, & I started observing other women who were also the same as me. They were new moms such as myself, and they were also business savvy. Read more>>

Shatoya Rivers

I always struggled with my weight as it will always fluctuate for no reason, lol. I got to the point, I just wanted to get Lipo and workout to maintain the surgery. Every time I would set the appointment for Lipo, something happened which prevented me from getting the surgery; at that point, I knew it was God. Read more>>

Dawan Malik

I am born and raised in Atlanta and graduated from Benjamin E. Mays High School in 2000. After graduation, I wanted to attend film or music school, as those areas where my passions since the age of nine. Unfortunately, my parents have forbidden it, citing I wouldn’t be able to get a job. Read more>>

Lea Hayes

I have always enjoyed making things with my hands especially jewelry. I started making leather earrings specifically about a year and a half ago and it has been so much fun! After having my daughter and becoming a stay at home mom, I decided I wanted to try something new. Read more>>

Adrianna Bowe

I’m a 21-year-old Tooth Gem Technician and a Lash Artist Technician. Back when I was 14 years old, I always knew I wanted to own a business and have a storefront one day. At that time, I was making phone cases for $10 and I started to notice that my company. Read more>>

Jon Herron a.k.a. Doerilla

Artist/Producer “Doerilla” was born in Jackson, TN in a single-parent household. Growing up in Merry Lane Court Housing Projects molded and influenced the musical content he writes today. At the age of 12, Doerilla began rapping in high school cafeterias which later lead him and his cousin to start recording themselves. Read more>>

Blaise Telemaque and Cris Beck Breezeshare

My life has changed dramatically over the last 12 months. I graduated college in December, landed my first full time IT job in January, got married in April, and moved to the Washington D.C area in May. After working as a security analyst for five months, I began to feel complacent in my job. Read more>>

Martha Mari

My journey as an artist (or creative) begun long ago, well before I saw myself as one. When I was younger, I remember playing this game called “Cha-Mama” where I pretended to be a mom who needed to prepare food for her children. I would go around the neighborhood collecting rocks, flowers, and greenery pretending it was food. Read more>>

Kourtney Galloway

I grew up in a single-parent household. Due to my father not being truly in my life, a lot of my work was predicated in whag others (specifically males) thought of me. I never truly took the time to get to know Kourtney. There were so many moments that proved that. Read more>>

Shanda McCloskey

I LOVE kid’s books! The unique art form of a picture book, the way middle-grade novels speak such truth into my soul, and the wide-open beauty of graphic-novel-type storytelling! I’ve wanted to illustrate kids books since forever, but it wasn’t until I paired my stories with my illustrations that something magical started to stir. Read more>>

Kierra Johnson

My story starts in the small town of Rome, GA. I come from a family rich in spirit and love. My community didn’t have much financially; I grew up mostly in the projects, or never too far away from them (figuratively and literally). Everyone knew everyone. My elders, especially my grandmother did everything within her power. Read more>>

Lena Ford

When Lena Ford was only seven years old, she launched the idea of “ARTing for You.” The concept; collect art supplies and donate them to foster homes, transitional homes, and shelters to provide for children what they may not have. At a very young age, Lena was already displaying great interest in making an impact in the world by promoting positive thoughts and self-love. Read more>>

Amanda Pope

My career began in corporate America, which I loved. I spent time as a client analyst in wealth management. There I learned how to serve the needs of high net-worth individuals and be a resource for them. Next, I transitioned into a role supporting executives, as an executive assistant. Read more>>

Stacy Cooper

When I was 15, I felt a calling to work with teens and that is the journey I have been on since that time. I had a brother who made some poor choices in high school and I watched as my family loved him, supported him and helped him through this very difficult time. Read more>>

Daisha and David Huiel

In 2018, I used to come home from work every night with a really bad skin irritation due to working outside in harsh weather conditions. Because I was stubborn and didn’t want to go to the dermatologist, I began my journey researching and testing recommended skin products. Read more>>

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