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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.

Tina Torres

Over 14 years ago, I realized people, mostly entrepreneurs, were struggling with their follow up and customer retention. I knew I could develop a system that could help these struggling business owners. I started teaching workshops and hosting events to help them create their own follow-up system. Recently I created the Connection to Client Course that allows them to go through a course that they can do at their own time and pace. It allows them to implement each step as they go so it doesn’t overwhelm them. We go over the mindset you need to create such a business and goals that they can set. I give them tools that I have used for years that will help them automate some of the processes as well. Read more>>

Samantha Pattillo

If you’re like me, my dogs are front and center in my home and their beds are right in the middle of the living room for everyone to see. I wanted a dog bed to blend with the rest of my home. I am actually an interior and furniture designer by trade and have worked my whole career designing products for people’s homes, products that help to make homes beautiful and bring joy to those that own them. When designing for a client, I felt like we would touch almost every aspect of that home from hard goods like cabinetry and lighting and soft good like furniture, drapery, rugs and everything in between. But one thing that was almost always an afterthought was the pets in the home. We didn’t work the most important furry members of the household into the design plan! Read more>>

Matthew Heath

I initially moved to Atlanta to attend Grad school for Clinical Psychology. I had aspirations of being a therapist until I stopped mid-semester of my second year to sign a record deal with the band I was in at the time to J/RCA Records. We had a very driven guitar player with great business acumen, an amazing singer, and a run of good fortune that got us in that position and in a lot of ways, I just felt like I was in the right place at the right time. We signed in 2005 and were dropped by 2009 and though that venture was over, I was bitten with love for making and writing music. By this time, I was in my late 20s and though it seemed like I might be able to waltz back into some offices from our band’s past and at least pitch new songs or to get a publishing deal to write for others, every time I’d reach out I was met with mostly radio silence. Read more>>

Jonathan Fowlkes

I started truly making music at a super young age, just by always singing songs around the house that I’d make up in my head. I’ve been classically trained in middle school and high school to play the instruments trumpet and tuba, but my sophomore year was the time where I officially started making RAP music. Along with my engineer Arcadia The Delinquent, I dropped two mixtapes before I graduated and an EP shortly after. In 2016 I had a show with RIPXL (a member of badnewzboyz) and in 2018, I met JustLeek so together, we’re creating an empire as young underdogs in Cobb county. I’ve been through hell and back as a child, but the thing that keeps me going forward is the fact that my friends and I are living testimonies. Read more>>

McKayla Miller

Rew Cosmetics was birthed out of a hard season I faced. During this season, I dealt with anxiety and chronic depression. I struggled to see my worth and to understand that God valued me more than I could ever imagine. I seen Rew Cosmetics in a vision first and with the grace of God, it slowly began to manifest. Read more>>

Lyndasha Brittian

I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. I attended Atlanta Public Schools my entire childhood, namely Benjamin E. Mays High School, where I graduated in the Class of 2008. I earned a full scholarship to attend South Carolina State University, where I completed my B.S. in Mathematics Education and my M.Ed. in Counselor Education. After completing my third year of teaching high school math in Columbia, SC, I moved back to Atlanta to teach at the very high school that I graduated from years prior. While teaching here, I earned my Ed.S. in Educational Leadership and was promoted to Mathematics Instructional Coach a few months later. Read more>>

Sebastian Tacha

Since my childhood, I grew up with a great passion for art and music. While studying business administration at a university in Colombia, I decided to take a videography and photography class. This class ignited my creativity and guided me into combining my love for videography and business by creating my own video/photography business, Seta Visual. Read more>>

Malik Lyder

Cooking is a hobby that I’ve always enjoyed doing because I like to eat! Growing up, I would always ask my parents, grandparents, cousins, or whoever was in the kitchen how to cook whatever meal it was that they were preparing. My mother is from Bimini, Bahamas and my father is from Santa Cruz, Trinidad & Tobago and my family is very big on both sides. Family gatherings always consisted of music and, of course, great homecooked Caribbean food! Read more>>

Cotton Towns

Like many others, I was told that the only way to succeed was the path laid before me, the one that everyone was shown. The typical go to school, get a job, and build a family. That path never set right with me, so I chose to create my own. I’ve always been optimistic. However, I did not know how much control of my life could actually obtain. Once discovering the endless possibilities that there were, I knew I needed to share this information. I have been fortunate to be surrounded by those who already obtained this knowledge. It was passed to me and somehow, I needed to pay I forward. This leads me to my business. After many career changes, I realized that all along I had only been doing exactly what I am doing now. Encouraging and Inspiring others to grow that power that is within them. Read more>>

Tamadj Flowers

I was born to a teenage mother at the 16 who grew later become by rock and inspiration for everything I do. I started working in the nonprofit field at the age of eight, working alongside my grandmother, who established a nonprofit called S.T.A.N.D, who helps women and children. I have always had a passion in helping people, especially kids. I have volunteered at a soup kitchen, women shelters, children, homeless centers, street services and so on! I love working with people, especially kids because honestly, I feel kids are the most honest people. They let you know what real and if you are being fake, they will defiantly let you know then too. Everybody seems to ask why do I want to work in this field it doesn’t make any money. My responses has always been “it’s not the money I’m chasing is the change.” Read more>>

Fonda Johnson

Hi, I’m Fonda Johnson, the owner of Luster Strut, an online boutique. I’m a seasoned hair and makeup artist that has always expressed my creative and fashion style. People always ask me where I purchased my clothing and accessories pieces and what made me style them the way I do. So, I decided to launch an online boutique and style the clothes the way I would wear them. Read more>>

Jaryl Holmes

In 2016, I was presented with a great opportunity to open and operate my own tax firm. Within four years, my client volume grew 70 times my first-year amount serviced. Throughout those years, I was coached and trained by business mentors and led by God as I grew for serving clients in excellence. In May 2020, at the brink of a world pandemic, a plan that I structured strategically for four years, I resigned from my 18-year career as a juvenile probation officer. By faith and much prayer, I launched my financial service business. April 2020, I took all of my skills and gifts that I acquired through my years in the tax industry and combined it with credit recovery journey programs, life insurance, small business set up and home protection services. Read more>>

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