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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.

Paige Fordham

I’ve always had a love for fashion and styling but my passion caught fire while working in retail when I lived in Carrollton, GA. I had been offered a job as a part-time Sales Associate and worked my way up to Store Manager/Buyer. Once I had the opportunity to buy, see the process first hand and travel to shows in various states, I felt like I had found my dream job. Unfortunately, this dream of mine was put on hold when I moved to Atlanta but I knew it wasn’t over and the opportunity would come back to me. Read more>>

Chrystal Nwankwo

Ever since I was little, I struggled with depression. I never had an outlet and always felt alone. In my community, depression was rarely talked about, so at the time, I didn’t even realize the slope I was on. At 278 lbs, my depression reached an all-time low when I realized I had pushed everyone close to me away. Sitting in my apartment alone, I realized that if I died, no one would even find my body until days later. That’s when I decided something had to change. Read more>>

Blair Youngdahl

My story begins with getting my dream job a mere three days before our office was sent home because of the Coronavirus pandemic. I was working so hard in our tiny apartment and living what I thought was “The Dream”. Four months in the first round of layoffs took place. I was the first to be let go. I was crushed. I dove headfirst into home projects, making new art for our place, DIY-ing all the things and then it hit me. Why have I never started my own art business? This seemed like the perfect time. So I put in all the money I could scrape up into buying high-quality canvases and paints and got to work. Read more>>

Zakiya Brown

Raise your hand if you are a hopeless romantic! Listen, if I were in the room when they asked that question, shoot both hands and feet would be raised. LOL. I cry at hallmark movies and you can catch me smiling ear to ear as a couple walks past holding hands. I hate to sound cliché, but really, I am a hopeless romantic. I love to see people happy and enjoying themselves, I am a party starter, yep that’s me, Zakiya AKA Zee from Romantic Essentials, a lover at heart and I love to create memories. Read more>>

Krystal Byrd and Dannielle Ramsey

My interest of cooking and baking came when I was younger. I used to watch Justin Wilson with my mom on the weekends. He used to cook some of the most delicious-looking dishes and his accent was so entertaining. That was the first cooking show I had ever seen. At that time, I never really thought about it as a career because I just knew I was going to be a CSI but science was never really my strong point. But hey, when your kid, sometimes you just have an idea of what you want to do and sometimes don’t know what all it takes to get there. My interest grew even more when I started watching Cake Boss on the Food network. This is also when I started looking at cooking as more of a career than a hobby. Read more>>

Noland Pruitt

I started singing at the age of eight. I opened up for Dr. Bobby Jones and the Nashville Super Choir. Then at 15 performed of Dr. Bobby Jones show on the Word Network. Later went to be on the Dorinda Clark Cole Show. Then a member and soloist for Ricky Dillard & New G. Now I’m stepping out on my own. With my new single, “I Belong To You.” Which is available everywhere. I’m from Henderson, KY, a small town. Dad is a politician, mom is my dad, my sister and my daughter’s ROCK. Read more>>

Savannah Rose Johnson

Publishing my first book, “Ghosts & Letters,” in July 2019 was a dream come true. It was also the moment I realized I’m the one who makes my dreams my reality. This lit within me a new passion for philanthropy, which grows brighter through every one of my endeavors. Read more>>

Kesha Perkins

The Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Mental Health Collective was born out of a petition initiative for BIPOC therapeutic representation at Boston University. Currently, BIPOCMHC serves as a safe, communal space for racial minority students to share mental health resources and experiences. Our website features themed resources, current mental health events (BU + beyond), and blog posts! Instagram (@bipocmhc) is more focused on organizational collaboration and mental health guides. Read more>>

Karmen Brewer

I simply decided to go for it! I’ve always known that I wanted to have my own business. Working for others has never been my thing, so I took matters into my own hands and made it happen! This has definitely been a journey and I am enjoying every moment. Read more>>

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