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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.

Jasmine Spells

I began doing makeup 5 years ago when I attended Kennesaw State University. I fell in love with Makeup because as a performer on stage it would be so much fun changing up the different looks to fit whatever personality I was feeling at that time. I eventually began to work on people just by slowly learning different techniques of applying makeup. Read more>>

Rashad Grandberry

I began my journey as an entrepreneur when I was in the tenth grade and my father gave me a $10,000 investment. This is when I started my first business called, ‘The Backpack,’ which was a sneaker boutique where I sold sneakers online through Facebook groups, Craigslist, etc. From there came an explosion of different ideas and business ventures that I wanted to experience. Read more>>

DJ Waffles, Lumin3x

In May of 2019, Lumin3x reached out to me from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina about an idea he had revolving around a DJ show. He had one goal in mind: To find another DJ who shared his same love for EDM music. This way, they coud record crazy EDM mixes for people to jam out to at home, in the car, at the club, or whenever they felt like it. Of course I was ecstatic at the idea because I always wanted to start an ongoing DJ show like this. Read more>>

Brenden Toles

I got my start when i was just 15 years old (i’m 21 now so you do the math), a sophomore/junior in high school, not really knowing what a camera was until about 3 to 4 months in and I picked up my first film camera, it sounds basic but it was a Canon AE-1, old but very reliable. After 5 months of having it I got really bored of it because at the time there wasn’t anywhere for me develop my film so I switched to digital. Read more>>

Travaris Johnson

I started when I was 14 in the 9th grade. I did it as a hobby but slowly became a passion of mine. When I was 18 , I stopped doing what I was doing and even stopped going to school due to personal problems. I ran away from home, and slept outside for 2 weeks until I got taken in by a friend for a couple of months. Read more>>

Dr. Jerrica Dodd

Being a pharmacist for many years, naturally, when my parents experienced their health challenges, I was there to advocate for them along their journey. I also was an advocate for myself during my own health journey which has included brain surgery. I came to realize that every person needs the expertise of a pharmacist at some time or another. Read more>>

Ubi Rumi Okebie-Gomez

My story began when I was 14 years old. My family and I just moved to the United States from Nigeria and I was enrolled in high school. I was thrown into this new reality where I had no idea how anything worked. I tried making new friends and worked very hard to fit inside a world that was so uncertain and scary. It was a complete culture shock for me when I saw for the first time. Read more>>

Daizja Stephenson

I was constantly referring people to hair companies and so I decided to start my own hair company (PrettyN’Blessed Bundles). We are now two years old and now offer more than hair extensions and I have blended ministry and business as one! I believe praying over the hair and keeping God first has allowed me to successfully run this business. Read more>>

Adrianne Wright

I started baking at just 10 years old. My mother taught me baking basics and would let me assist making cookies for church events and dinners. Over the years I was always told I was talented and that I should sell my cookies. I waved off the suggestions for years. Read more>>

Najeeah Perryman

I started my branding business as a graphic designer when I was a sophomore in college because I saw that many students at my school, Kennesaw State University, were starting businesses and were in need of business cards. About a year later I moved into doing logos and haven’t turned back since. The original name for the company was PHICSD Graphic designs. Read more>>

Grande Zee

I been in love with music since I was a kid , & i decided to take music serious in middle school when i did the local talent shows & won first place. So I was like hey I might as well take this up & see where it takes me , so I started rapping & selling my cd’s around town & grew a buzz locally. Fast forward I met someone who wanted to be my manager. Read more>>

Grace Conley

I sang in children’s choir growing up, but I never thought it would become my career or my passion. It all kind of clicked when I started taking guitar lessons with Jennifer Zuiff (Indee Killed the Popstar) a few years ago. I quickly started writing, playing at open mics, and going to local shows. Not long after that I have the opportunity to attend a recording camp at Off The Record studio. Read more>>

Chris Greene

I was born in Mount Vernon and raised in Yonkers, NY. Like many creatives, I found himself between two homes at a young age after my parents separated, thus causing me to seek attention at school. My teachers would say I am “a good student, but very talkative” and “loves to entertain the class”, so to help me use that energy in a more constructive way, my parents got me involved with music. Read more>>

Danny Koutavas

We [The Rovers] are a new, young band emerging in Atlanta seeking to push the boundaries of alternative rock using edgy songwriting, innovative instrumentation, bluesy guitar licks, and expressive, heartfelt lyrics. The release of our debut single, “Somebody’s Fool” marks first of five songs from the initial EP release: WANDERLUST. Read more>>

Tamika Day

I grew up in Macon, Georgia in a family that instilled in me that through Christ all things are possible. It is through sports and academics that I learned leadership and communication skills. I would earn money babysitting and doing my mom, aunts, cousins and friends hair. I knew at an early age that I wanted to have my own business and could earn a lot of money doing so. Read more>>

Martavius Thompson

In 2013 I found a software company in college and saw the successes of others. Thinking of ways to pay off student loans and prepare for the following year (aka life after graduation) I though to myself, “Why not?” I dove head first into learning as much as I could about the company’s history, philosophy, and networking/marketing strategies. Read more>>

Brittany Bonner

I guess doing hair came naturally for me, growing up, I watched my mother do hair as well as my grandmother. As a child, I always would play in my dolls hair, mainly braiding them putting way too much product on them Destroying them, lol. Eventually, around the age of 11 or 12, my grandmother obviously noticed something in me and purchased me my first professional mannequin. Read more>>

Imani Jackson

In my early 20s, I was living a life of chasing fast money but I always had an entrepreneurial spirit. I also had a love for the esthetics industry… I finally decided to take my energy out of my fast lifestyle and use that same energy to invest into myself and to attend Esthetician school. While I was in school I started getting waxed and realized how fun yet Lucrative it was in the hair removal/wax industry. Read more>>

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