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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. 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.

Breana Coopwood

I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO by my single mother Diane. Regardless, she made sure we were clean; sharp. I left home for college right after to attend Alabama A&M University. I had no family, no friends here, no nothing. I moved to Alabama as a “displaced youth”, no car, no means, just drive out of this world. I had to figure of FAFSA, getting around, and keep up my grades. I literally became an adult in Alabama. Read more>>

Laquita Glover

My name is Laquita Glover and I was born and raised in Georgia by two schoolteachers. My grandmother’s mother and older sister have always had a passion for home interior that greatly influenced me. After completing my BA in Marketing and master’s in business administration, I decided to start this business to combine my logistic and problem-solving skills with my creative and visionary side. Read more>>

Charlotte Fraser

Charlotte Fraser is a Lowcountry native, born and raised in Hilton Head, who has been making art since childhood. After graduating from Clemson with her bachelors and Harvard with her masters, she spent many years as an art teacher, cultivating the skills and passions of her students from Arkansas, to DC, to Charleston. After making the tough decision to transition to making art full time, she now works on curating her own skill and passion. Read more>>

Sabir Gilbert and Melz Rene

I was about nine years old when I started singing. I mostly sang in church and wrote songs. There were a few Talent Shows, but mostly for entertainment. There were a few hiccups that caused me to stray away from music for a while as I figured God was telling me that obtaining a singing career wasn’t for me. It was of June 2019 that I was convinced to get back into my passion and from there, I’ve been working hard to achieve that dream I started as a little girl. Read more>>

Shanonn Hale

I was raised in the Christian Community, but never really felt “at home” or that I fit in. Same with living in suburbia: I was always most comfortable with people who were on the outskirts: natural remedies, holistic medicine, energetic work with the body and soul. There are small pockets of those like me, but many are afraid to admit they don’t agree with what’s called societal norms: go to work at an unfulfilling job. Read more>>

Skyler Smith

Urbana was started in 2014. Randomly an idea for a short film script came to mind and I wrote the whole thing the same day. Next thing to do was to rally my filmmaker friends together to film the short. Without much access to actors, I decided to cast my friends (who were already naturals) and put the whole thing together. Once filming was completed, I was extremely grateful for everyone who volunteered their time. Read more>>

Alex Troutman

I have always had a love for nature. I started out with fishing and looking for salamanders as a kid. That love and since of exploration for the natural world turned into a passion that leads me to pursue a degree in Biology. I obtained my biology in 2014. After I obtained my Biology degree, I got an internship as a park ranger in Pittsburgh, PA this where I first realized that not only do I have a passion for nature, but I also have a passion for teaching nature to others. Read more>>

Lauren Fitzgerald

I would have never described myself as a crafty person until about a year and a half ago. I was home with my daughter, working in marketing but wanted something else to keep my hands busy when my daughter was napping. I’ve never been the kind of person to slowly get my feet wet, I typically jump in and that’s what I did. I decided that I wanted to try to make her some clothes. Read more>>

Lexi Poer

I was working full-time at my corporate job in Atlanta for seven years when my husband and I had our first daughter. After maternity leave, we made the tough decision for me to stay-at-home. It was a decision I did not take lightly as I never imagined myself leaving the corporate world so early in my career to become a full-time, stay-at-home mother. I was terrified, to say the least. So many doubts ran through my mind. Read more>>

Monica Clarke

Singer Monica is The Mastermind behind all the Regal Me products. She is a singer-songwriter, vocal coach, and Registered Nurse. She is a military veteran of both the Naval Reserves and the active Army. She is also a self-proclaimed herbalist and incorporates natural and holistic ingredients when creating The Regal Me ™ products. She was eager to take advantage of a public platform not only to sing but to share some of her pamper products for the first time at her freshman CD Release party in 2011, along with other health nuggets. Read more>>

Misha Queener

I’ve been modeling since I was in high school and I got signed to an agency and went to an event in New York City and I was in seven different Competitions and after I came back from the event I was getting lots of callbacks for jobs and I worked with the agency for a while then I moved to Atlanta to make new and more connects for my career and it took a while before I actually got to meet some really good people. Read more>>

Lacreeia Thompson

Back in 2018, I constantly found myself breaking out using drugstore cosmetics, so I decided to learn what ingredients work best with my skin and I taught myself how to make my own products using YouTube tutorials. Read more>>

Lauren Wilbur

I answered an add on the internet about acting, turned out to be something other then what I thought. Kinda got let down as my hopes were high… So my mom started me an Instagram and contacting photographers that would shoot with me for free because we didn’t have money to pay anyone for the photoshoot. I started posting them pictures and it took off from there. Photographers started contacting me and paying me for shoots. Read more>>

Jillian “Jilli B” Boutwell

I am an only child and an Army Brat. I grew up mostly in Germany, where I graduated high school. During a brief stateside tour, I was invited to a Bronner Brothers Hair show and that pretty much set the course. I was 15 years old. I worked corporate jobs, assisted my parents’ retail business, and did college courses on the side. I got married and moved to the Atlanta area. My job didn’t transfer as promised, so I started Empire Beauty School to fill my time. Read more>>

Gretchen Baker

I had always had an interest in decorating cakes. I remember my mom used to bake cakes and sometimes I wanted to make them pretty. Then, when my nephew was born, I started making his birthday cakes as well as for just a few friends and family members. A lot of people would tell me, “you should open your own bakery,” but I always dismissed the thought. It wasn’t until I move to Atlanta that I started making more cakes for new friends, and word got out. Read more>>

Lindsay Ann Snyder

A little backstory on where my passion for photography was birthed. From a young age, I have never been camera shy (just ask my family) and if you ask some of my lifelong friends, they will tell you their earliest memory of me was having a camera in hand wherever we went or concerts we’d attend. As an artist, I naturally see things in a different perspective. Read more>>

Tylan Corley

Tylan is a seven-year-old big sister of her little brother-Aaron, who is now three years old. She has always taken being a big sister role serious because she loves and cherishes her brother so much. With being a big sister, she also understands the challenges that may come with this responsibility and decided to write a book to share her personal experience with other big sisters or older siblings to add some encouragement. Read more>>

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