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Inspiring Stories from Norcross

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 rising stars from in and around Norcross below.

Jai Huntley

My life growing up was actually quite interesting. I remember as a child, my mother would tell me over and over about how blessed I was. To this day, she continues to instill this in me. I witnessed a lot as a child, much more than my peers. I always wanted to “have it made,” I wanted what I thought at the time was a good life, like my peers. From the outside looking in, I felt that they had the luxury of being apart from something greater. Read more>>

Selena Taylor

After several years of focusing on my own health and fitness, I realized my passion for health, ability to motivate others and desire to help change people’s health picture could truly make a difference. For The Health Of It was born out of understanding the need to move more, make better food/diet choices and the benefits of physical activity. Read more>>

Cohan Scott and Kathy Deluca

We met in the summer of 2015. Kathy had just moved from her hometown of Cleveland, OH and I was born and raised in the metro Atlanta area. She was looking for some new people to collaborate within the ATL area and I was looking for a fresh take on some of the ideas I had at the time. Soundcloud and Bandcamp were both huge in aiding our quest for new music and we stumbled upon each other’s pages. Read more>>

Brandon Shaw

I wanted to get into acting. I did background work for almost four years before, saw one of my best friends doing stunts on The Originals. After seeing that, I started to pursue stunts. I was training every day at different gyms in Atlanta. I later started to get mentored under Keith Davis due to my big brother (Kirk Jenkins) vouching for me. Read more>>

Dr. NaPortia Mitchell and Dr. Chryston Fadeyi

It all started one sunny day in St Augustine, Florida… but seriously, it really did. We were both students on what seemed then like a never-ending journey to become Doctors of Physical Therapy. Chryston heard there was another “Delta” on campus (which was rare with the black student population being less than 5%). We instantly connected over our love for women’s health, entrepreneurship, talking, and Atlanta. Read more>>

Anita Martinez

I had decided to embark on a voyage to clean out my attic. As I rifled through the mass amounts of a lifetime past, I came across a large bag of undeveloped 35mm film. While I knew it was my own film, I did not know what could possibly be in that film. I took it down and filled out the paper as we use to do in the “olden days” of film development and went home to wait impatiently. Read more>>

Chris Williams

I got started in the arts by going to church as a kid, not paying attention and drawing on the bulletins. My attention, in general, is a bit short, and I would always find myself doodling/drawing on things. I went on to graduate from Norcross High School where my short attention span became more focused on art. Eventually going on to and graduating from Valdosta State University with a Bachelors degree in Fine Art. Read more>>

Danielle and Sabrena Swearingen

We came from very humble beginnings. We wanted to display themes for our children’s birthday parties that didn’t exist in large store chains at the time. We wanted certain decor and treats with those themes that simply weren’t available. So, we created them from scratch! Our very first party was Ladybug inspired and we designed everything from cupcake toppers to birthday banners, to the birthday girl’s outfit. Read more>>

Joanna Ayari-Barth

After I graduated I had to apply for college but I also applied for an acting school and got approved!! This was a turning point for me because then I was able to focus on what I wanted for so many years! During the time at the acting, singing and dancing school I began to struggle with me and my plans. I successfully graduated from this school, I still shot a few scenes for movies. Read more>>

Chris Sulimay

After owning a salon for 18 years in Tampa Fl, I began to work with some major product manufactures as a speaker/educator. That lead to full-time life on the road working with manufacturers such as Keune Haircosmetics, Living Proof, and Redken. During that time I was able to hold a variety of positions from freelancer, to Director positions in the US and CA, as well as becoming a published author. Read more>>

Jourdan Blair

I started writing and creating seriously in early 2017, so roughly two years ago. When I was in college – and even a little bit before I went off to school – I hit some pretty low points in my life that I stayed in for a pretty long time. As a result of my personal experiences in these years, I just always felt super caged in. I didn’t feel like my environments were healthy and essentially not conducive to personal growth or anything positive. Read more>>

Lindsey Brackett

I have wanted to be an author since I was a little girl. Actually, I wanted to be Laura Ingalls, and my daddy built me a cabin in the woods to support this dream. But I lacked the confidence to fully embrace writing as my first career. Instead I pursued other avenues of story and earned my BA in theater and education from Berry College, where I also met my husband. As passionate as I was about teaching and developing young readers. Read more>>

Justice Grace

Started making music when I moved to San Diego , second semester of my senior year. Pretty much been doing it ever since. It’s never like all the way completely smooth . You know there has to be bumps in the road , maybe a few potholes . But like those can also be lessons if you look at it that way . For example if I’m metaphorically driving or going through life , I may experience a pothole , or a problem in life . If I can just get over the pothole I can now learn how to avoid them in the future. Read more>>

Kyron Goodwin

I started my music career when I was in band my 6th grade year. Then I started producing during the summer of 2017. But at first I was going to be a photographer for artist, producer. I specialize in being a producer and I am most known for being a producer. Read more>>

Taujuanna Ware

For some reason this hit me like a ton of bricks and I realized that I know what my gifts are however, I had not found a way to use it for what my purpose is mainly because I didn’t quite know what that was at the time. After the conference I took some time to reflect and pray on what was ministered and literally within the same weekend after the conference God gave me the vision for the Single Mom Network. It was a clear as day what I was suppose to be using my gift for. Read more>>

Angelica Perez-Castro

I always knew I wanted to pursue film in my life. Since I was little there’s was a camera in my hand at all times. Either a stills camera, or a camcorder or even a polaroid. The key moment that directed me to the cinematography path was when I took photography classes in college. When I took film photography, I knew I wanted to do camera. There was something about creating an image with lighting, composition and emotion that spoke to me. Read more>>

Ashley Answer, Jazzmon Edmundson

Most youth tend to follow the example of their parents. So if they are raised watching their parents cash their paycheck at Walmart or a Check Cashing facility they would also grow to do the same. Building a relationship with a bank is so important because they have lower interest rates and offer products to help build or establish credit and we know that this is something that is simply not taught in schools. Read more>>

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