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.
My is Breeze Cash and I’m an artist and CEO of Big Cash Apparel originally from Alabama residing in Atlanta, GA. My areas of expertise are music and fashion. I’ve been writing music since I was about ten years old and designing clothes for the last three. I got into designing after repeatedly going to the mall to buy new clothes and not really liking the selection they had in the stores. That’s really what inspired me to get into it. I’ve always been a fly guy that loves to dress up so people would always ask where I got this and where I got that. It only made sense for me to start making and designing my own. Read more>>
Tadelech “Tadu” Weldetatyos
I was born and raised in Tigray, Ethiopia. I grew up in a big family with love and care. My mother and oldest brother were huge influences on my perspective of life. My mother used to say, “I don’t like to see a cloudy day nor an angry person.” My brother used to say, “Smile from your heart. Be kind all the way.” These words stuck with me all my life. At a young age, whenever I saw friends or families in conflict, I wouldn’t feel right ignoring the situation and tried to be the mediator to help in any way I could. As I came into adulthood, my resolution to end conflicts and create peace only grew stronger. As I continued my journey of life, everything growing inside of me was about forgiveness and peace. When I see people forgive each other and see the smile on their face, I feel very happy and encouraged to see more happiness in others. As technology grew, I continued to encourage family and friends with forgiveness and peace by texts, email, phone calls, etc. Then, my daughters became big supporters. They are my all-time life influences. The day I decided to meet my friends, who I call my sisters, in person and share my experience with peace and forgiveness, I discussed it with my kids beforehand. Read more>>
Growing up in Richmond, Virginia, I was raised by my Mom, with my father’s presence in my life. Witnessing my Mom manage to raise two kids as a single mother and the struggles she endured to provide our basic needs inspired me to strive for more in my life. Having a father that loved me unconditionally, but was not physically present, made me even more driven to accomplish my dreams. I hope to make my mom proud and if I can take care of her and become a fraction of the woman and mother she was, I consider that a success. As a child, I was drawn to the entertainment industry and believed I would become an entertainment lawyer because I loved to talk then, and I still do! The realization of how much schooling is required to become an entertainment lawyer quickly brought me down to earth! It was my first trip to Atlanta with the Connect Program (Youth Mentorship) that I was exposed to the inspiration and spirit of Atlanta and saw the appeal of the city I would one day call home. Read more>>
I started working out of high school at age 18. No college due to issues at home with parents splitting up and I am the oldest of five children. It was my job to help out at home. I was fairly quickly overseeing all of the guys (30 of them) within two years. After seven years working for a business, I decided to leave and do something different. This was in 2010. I wanted to get into real estate but that whole but with no money, the deal did not work for me and my credit was not there to fund anything. After a couple years of doing odd jobs I decided to start a business as a sub doing the same line of work shortly after I realized that being the sub of a sub was not cutting it and I was forced to make one of two decisions. 1-Go full blown and start hitting the road hard. 2-Try something different. I decided to go with number 1. In 2015 I started GA Fireproofing at the end of the year. Our sales were a little over 250k. We are closing out year five with approximately five Million in sales. Every year has been grown by at least 30%. I am a happy person when I come to work and I have an amazing team to back me up. Read more>>
I’ve personally been wearing hair extensions for over 27 years and whenever I have tried to find a hair extension company that would deliver both excellent customer service as well as quality products, I found the industry lacking. I have found the entire process exhausting and difficult, often making me frustrated and fearful of buying hair extensions from a new company because my poor experiences from the past were repeated. In fact, I found that most companies were just after my money than actually providing the service that they declared. This is why I decided to take it upon myself to take the negative experience and turn it to a positive. This is when I created Herstory Hair. A hair company as well as a platform that would become a supportive environment for women to aid each other with their growth by connecting and encouraging one another through sharing their personal stories. In addition, I’ve eliminated the frustration and devastation of trying multiple hair companies, only to be disappointed by the quality of the product and the customer service experience. I’ve already done that for you! As I’ve handpicked the highest quality of raw Cambodian, raw Indian and virgin hair extension manufacturers. Read more>>