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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.

Shunty Ringfield

I felt like I had this great idea for a reason but not enough courage to implement it and one day I finally just gave in and ignored my fears. I had more free time than usual at the time, and I just told myself that it was a reason I couldn’t stop thinking about this store. I had to do it, so I did! Read more>>

Mark Phillips

My culinary influence started at a young age being around my family during holidays and special occasions. It was something about food that connected all of us together. My uncle had a mini farm, both my mother and father worked in food service in some capacity, and my aunts cooked as well. I must say then birth my love for cooking. Read more>>

Yergan Jones

For 12 years, I worked in the corporate sector and continued to run AEE on the side along with my business partners. About 15 years ago, I knew it was time I take on the business full time, and I haven’t looked back! The immense growth I’ve seen since our Morehouse Days has been so fulfilling! Read more>>

Curtis “BlaQue” Smith

I carefully curated African artifacts, clothing product ingredients, and imagery in every aspect of this product line. I wanted to make this more than products in cans and bottles but more so a lifestyle brand. One that offered not just great products but health tips, community outreach, fatherhood advice and education on ancient African history. Read more>>

Anita Ford

SavedClassyandChic was born, and Anita began creating content for Fashion, Lifestyle, Faith, Fitness, and Beauty brands. Anita’s ultimate goal was to create a relatable brand that encourages people to believe in themselves and set goals. Anita’s brand is focused on a community that encourages healthy self-esteem and self-worth. Read more>>

Ed ‘The DOPE’ Jacoby

I’ve realized that independent artistry is my calling. Being a professional animator has given me the opportunity and “eye” to look at things differently, think outside the box, experiment, and evolve as a creative. Over the past few years, I’ve taken to the streets. I’m pushing the boundaries of my craft with animated street art and mural projects. Read more>>

L.A. Winters

If you had told me six years ago that I would be acting full time again, on stage and in the TV/film business, producing, screenwriting and creating a production company, I wouldn’t have believed you. What I am doing now as an actor and with my production company, A Thousand Word Pictures, LLC is the sum total of the seemingly divergent seasons of my life. Read more>>

Saniyya Hunt

I have launched a Spring, Summer, and Holiday Nail Paint Line, The Sassy Squad has participated in over 15 community service events, and I have held three training courses where I teach about the importance of nail care, provide low toxic methods of caring for your body and encourage the development of self-confidence and kindness toward others. Read more>>

Iyani Hughes

22 NaturOils is the brainchild of Lifestyle, LLC. A unique “mix and match” concept to your natural and essential oils. A brand focused on everything custom to YOUR SPECIFIC HAIR AND SKIN. Our custom blends not only help enhance one’s natural beauty and appeal but help you live A NATURAL LIFESTYLE. Read more>>

Olivia Aston

Putting my theatre training to good use, I started creating prompts with sensory objects to see how he would engage with them and be entertained. I thought there had to be other new moms out there feeling their brains ooze out of their skulls from boredom with the same ole, same ole, so I launched a blog and Instagram handle to share our creative adventures with the world. Read more>>

Garrett Collins

When I heard his music, I was hooked! Shortly after I started playing guitar, I started gigging at a restaurant near my hometown. When I turned 16, I met a man named Robert Lee Coleman. Mr. Coleman played guitar for James Brown and Percy Sledge. At age 16, this 70-year-old man took me under his wing, and that was really a turning point for me as a Guitar player. Read more>>

Diahann Thomas

Leaving a six-figure career to working for myself has been a humbling but the most rewarding transition.  In December of 2015 my son and I watched a movie called ‘The Chef” he suggested “Mom why don’t we start a Food Truck” In order to build capital I posted an ad  to assist families with dinner time or small errands and the rest is history. Read more>>

Elizabeth Rasmusson

I never planned on designing for Santa! In fact, I never knew this whole world of professional santas exissted until I became a part of it. My background is in theatrical costume design and I have a Master of Fine Arts from The University of Florida in costume design and technology. I have basically worked in theatre my entire life! My business partner and I both work at Kennesaw State University, where I am an Assistant Professor of Costume Design and Production and she is the costume shop manager. A Santa contacted us in 2013 to repair a suit that wasn’t fitting correctly. At first, we said no because we were really busy. Read more>>

Stevie Wilkins

As long as I can remember, I have had a desire to create. There is just something about being able to hold in my hand what was once inside my head. As a young girl, I would create Greeting Cards and Calendars on the computer for all of my family members. Birthday… Anniversary… Loose Tooth… if there was an occasion, you better believe you were getting a card from me! As time went by, my creativity began to develop into something a little more substantial. In high school, I figured out it was “Graphic Design” that I was interested in most, so I began taking classes. I spent a summer at The Art Institute’s SUMMER STUDIO and that was it… I knew I wanted to go to Art School. Read more>>

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