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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.

Kathryn Ann Waller

I was born and raised in Savannah, GA, which definitely influenced my photography journey. Growing up, I never considered myself a creative person, but I always loved photography or taking pictures of my friends. I remember getting my first digital camera when I was 12 and editing pictures through a website called Picnik and I have to say, I’m glad I have learned some more advanced editing skills than those days. Over the years, I would go through phases of being really into photography and then not touch my camera for a few months. I was really young and didn’t really know where to find the resources to expand my skill. Read more>>

Jordan Allen

I started modeling in high school. It started out as just a fun way for my friends to express our individual styles. Honestly, I think we just used it as an excuse to find new locations to skate and chill. As time went on, I started to notice that some people took a real liking to my pictures. I would get people messaging me to style them and to show them exactly where I took the picture. Once I graduated from high school, I started to take it somewhat seriously. I would work my 9-5 job that summer, and afterwards research new pieces and new locations I thought complimented my aesthetic. Read more>>

Alicia Hernandez

I started Stay In to Stand Out because I wanted to reach out to opportunity (what most call at-risk) students. I had to overcome so many obstacles to continue with my higher education and I wanted to start an organization that focused on this demographic. To encourage these students to stay in school in order to stand out in the world. Provide leadership and volunteering opportunities as well as mentoring and coaching. My hopes are to eventually be able to offer scholarships since most scholarships nowadays are geared towards the top-performing students. Read more>>

Bre”Asia Dunston

Beauty has always been “my thing”. As a young girl, I would always play in makeup -practicing on myself, my dolls or anyone who gave me the chance. Lol. Even at a young age going into my teenage years, I struggled with my confidence; not always feeling pretty. I wanted to be able to express myself, stand out and gain more confidence; doing my makeup allowed me to do that. After I graduated from high school, I went to cosmetology school in Charlotte, NC. I enrolled so I could gain more knowledge of the beauty industry as one; hair and makeup. Read more>>

Naza Usher

I graduated from Suny Buffalo in 2005 with a BA in Theatre. I hit the road running performing primarily in Theatre, eventually, I began to do Indie films and earned my SAG card. In 2015, I decided to leave Spanish Harlem and move to GA to focus on a career in film/television. People always ask me where I’m from originally. The most common guesses are Nigeria, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Haiti. Read more>>

Amira Bryant

While I visit often, I haven’t lived in Atlanta in years. I will piggyback off of that in saying I travel a lot and I travel with wherever feels right. My name is Amira Bryant and I identify with a few things. A military brat, a college graduate, a woman, black, bisexual, demisexual, athletic, loud, exhibitionist, sex and body-positive…there are many! Read more>>

Jasmyne Epps

I’ve always been into technology. My grandpa handed me a laptop when I was around 4 or 5 years old and I’ve been in love ever since. That love continued to age ten when I taught myself HTML and CSS. Fast forward to 2008, the height of the recession, and I start college at The University of Alabama. Not sure of what the job market would look like after graduation, I took the trial and error period of college as an opportunity to create a source of income on my own. Read more>>

Sheniqua Bailey

Naturally Dope is always something that I considered myself to be. I have always marched to the beat of my own drum. Being a young lady from the Eastern Shore of Virginia, I have always had bigger dreams and visions for my life, and I knew that I could be more and do more then what I was used to and comfortable with. Being a business owner has always been something that I seen myself doing, but I just didn’t know where to start until I took the leap of faith. In 2010, I started making custom beaded earrings. I have always liked custom design and fashion. Read more>>

M. Williams

My husband & I opened Sugar Salon in 2008 in an upscale Retail Plaza & the Recession started 2 to 3 months later yet our brand new business survived. We had a Team of Commission Hair Stylist’s & my husband & I built a very solid Database of clients by consistently marketing & offering great client services. We went on to earn many Business Awards & after 12 years in the same location, we downsized to two Salon Suite locations in Suwanee & Cumming. Read more>>

Mont’e Millions

I am an international recording artist and son to the late Legendary Betty Wright. I have released my first single April 10th called Sally which is about my horse. The single has streamed over 100,000 thousand streams in a three months time span. I am also the founder of the Betty WRIGHT Foundation where we help aspired artists to go to a music university. Read more>>

Shantel Payne

Starting high school, I had a passion for cosmetology and graduated from the course through a school technical program my junior and senior years to learn more about the hair industry. My senior year before taking my state exam to become licensed, my husband became ill while active military overseas. I completed school but wasn’t able to go take the state exam, because I had to go to KOREA to be with him. Read more>>

Miriam Vera Sandoval

As cliche as it may sound, I became an Esthetician because I had acne at a very young age, 13 to be exact. So I started to get introduced to the world of skin through my mom, we tried it all! Dermatologist visits, goat milk soap, antibiotic pills, Hispanic home remedies. Nothing worked! Until she took me to her Esthetician at the time and it was history from there. I LOVED going not only because I enjoyed talking to her but because I admired her and her knowledge. Read more>>

Phillip Small

I started out in the kitchen with my grandmother in St.Pete, FL. It was there that I learned how to serve and make food from the heart! Those times in the kitchen gave birth to me cooking on my own at the age of 12, frying bologna sandwich w/ French fries. The passion grew into a love and cooking stayed with my thru college as I was the Grill guy at local parties and even in my dorm. Read more>>

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