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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.

Jessi Shirley

It all sort of started with a cinematography course in high school where I fell in love with visual media. After that, I thought my path would lead into working in the film industry and hopefully as a cinematographer. In the beginning of 2021, I had a massive shift in what I wanted my life to be like. Instead of 12-15 hour days on film sets creating someone else’s ideas, I wanted to travel and capture my own art. I got a camera and just started shooting. I went to content days and styled shoots with groups of photographers. I reached out to all of my friends to do photos and anyone that was willing to be in front of the camera with me. Steadily throughout the year, I’ve built up my portfolio and decided to focus mainly on couples and start venturing into weddings. I have assistant shot two weddings so far and am excited to continue the journey of couples and wedding photography in 2022! I have studied a lot about different aspects of the industry, but the biggest part of how I got where I am is just picking up my camera as much as I could and practicing. Read more>>

Oana Moraru

My husband likes to go camping but I don’t. I prefer the comfort of my home and a cozy bed. So we decided to combine both and this is how It’s Glamping Time started. We decided to offer a luxurious camping experience for people to enjoy right in their own backyard. Read more>>

Pajama Party

Pajama Party started as a four-piece rock band in Milledgeville, GA in the spring of 2018. I (Turner) gathered Angelo Po and Zach Ross at “Lieu’s Peking”, an excellent Chinese restaurant in Milledgeville, and we laid out the plans and goals for the band. Our goal was to play music together that we all enjoy and bring a bit of each of our inspirations to the songs we cover, as well as the songs we write. The “Pajama Party” name comes from the fact that we always wear pajamas on stage and we always try to make it a party. We started playing whatever shows we could at bars, restaurants, and the occasional house party and ended up winning in our college’s “Battle of the Bands” which landed us the opportunity to open for MAX and Lupe Fiasco at our college’s homecoming concert. After the homecoming concert, we released our first EP titled “PPEP” with five songs we’d all written together. Since then, we meet up in Marietta regularly to write and rehearse for our next shows. Some of our favorite Atlanta venues include Smith’s Olde Bar and Abbott’s Bar and Grill. Read more>>

Lola Gbenjo

I am the owner and founder of TAI-LO. I am a licensed Master Cosmetologist, Certified Makeup Artist and Crochet Braids Guru. Tai-Lo is your one stop shop for Makeup, Crochet Braids, protective styling and Natural Haircare. The genesis Getting an education was the most important thing in our household (Nigerian). After high school, I went to college and got a bachelor’s in Economics and then to England and got a Master’s in Business Information Systems. Throughout my programs, I always did some type of makeup for family and friends, the more I did makeup, the more my passion for it grew.M My journey
I decided to take it more seriously in 2008, I found the perfect school in London while I was doing my master’s. I went for a diploma in Makeup Artistry and Beauty Therapy at the London School of Beauty and Makeup. After all my education, I opened up a makeup and hair studio plus spa in Nigeria and I also branched into working on local movies and TV shows. Read more>>

Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor is native to Georgia, growing up in Cobb County, GA. I attended Florida State University where I received a B.A. in Criminology and Spanish. After receiving my undergraduate degree in 2013 from Florida State University, I decided to go to law school (a long-term dream of mine since I was young). I obtained my Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Atlanta John Marshall’s School of Law in 2018. I worked and gained experience in several areas of law, including estate planning, probate, and personal injury – the areas of law that I currently practice for my newly-based firm Georgia Legal Counsel. I decided to take a leap of faith earlier this year (April 2021) and finally start my own firm. Read more>>

Victoria Webb

I started Magical and Melanated beings with a mission to encourage holistic healing, cultural history and education, research, event connections, entrepreneurship, free marketing assistance, corporate bartering, job assistance, veteran connection, and overall community assistance while networking with like-minded individuals. It started off as a group in Jacksonville, FL (where my first charter is) and is now an up and coming non for profit that has worked with many businesses, attended as well as created local events, and connected many like-minded individuals in the people of color and indigenous minority circles that we encompass ourselves in a while still supporting our local communities in general. I too, have my own LLC, Adeshola, which is connected to Magical and Melanated Beings because we hold many popup events as well as healing circles that give local business owners a chance to promote, sell, and advertise their products in person and throughout social media prior to the event. Read more>>

Sahaii Delfosse-Ingleton

It all started as part of my healing process. I had a friend visiting from Jamaica and she and I went to a Crystal store in Fort Lauderdale. The store owner had a waist bead-making class and I was intrigued. I always wanted to wear waist beads but was so self-conscious about my weight and thought I could never wear them. During my healing journey, I delved into my spirituality. I needed to understand my purpose; I needed to understand why I was going through what I was experiencing. I did the class and created my very first waist bead. I purchased glass beads and Crystal beads after the class, and I created another three to wear. When I tied them on me, I felt an energetic shift that could only be described as an awakening to Self, love for Self, and this immense feeling of peace, contentment, and knowing that I have discovered my purpose. I started making waist beads at work during my lunchtime and coworkers loved my work and started placing orders. I decided that I needed to understand how making waist beads for these beautiful women could also be used as a tool for them on their journey.  Read more>>

Jessica Wright

I am Bay Area born and raised and proud! Being from Vallejo, CA afforded me the distinct gift of being exposed to a diverse population for the majority of my life. From the food, the language, and the music I lived in a perpetual state of multicultural bliss. My love for outreach was birthed and cultivated through my work in ministry. I was a church kid through and through. My late father was always a deacon or minister and frustratingly faithful! So we spent many days opening and closing the doors of the church. As a kid, I resented the weight of responsibility of always being reliable and present for others. Now I see it was a divine setup. A training ground for outreach. When you are connected to work that is bigger than yourself, you show up in the world differently. I began developing administrative skills in my early adulthood by again… working in the church. I would send out letters, count the offering, plan events and make requests for donations. That was my first taste of project management. I got to create a plan and see it through till the end. Another divine setup. The first grant I ever assisted with was feeding the hungry during outreach with my church. My passion from there has only grown. Read more>>

Willie Prince

I started shooting creative media back in November of 2017. Back then, I was mainly shooting as just as a hobby and I would have the occasional paid session. Sports have always been a big part of my life, so in May 2021 I launched Black Cobra Media and things took off for me over this past summer. Grew my Instagram to over 5700 followers in seven months, and I also launched my 2nd business Black Cobra Sports, which is a creative sports & NIL agency. Read more>>

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