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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.

Mike Groves

I came to Athens in 1995 to attend the University of Georgia and get some type of art degree. I finished five years later with a painting degree and no real idea of wha tot do next. I was excited about art so I did flyers, t-shirt designs, cd art……anything I could find that might progress into something larger. Read more>>

Kevin Ottoniel Fuentes Ipiña

My name is Kevin Ottoniel Fuentes Ipiña, and I am a 22 year old Guatemalan-American Visual Artist. I would have to say my story does not begin with me, but with my parents. They came to the United States in the year 1989, with the destination of Los Angeles, California. Read more>>

James Mason

I’ve always been an artist, but I didn’t get serious about drawing comics until I was in college. One of my favorite Kung Fu movies was “Five Deadly Venoms,” a movie featuring five martial artists who each had their own animal-based fighting style. It was a lot of fun to watch the different styles interract, and I started drawing updating versions of how that might work in the current day. Read more>>

Zane Stephens

The story of Zane Stephens Studio starts in December 2015, the month my first child was born. I was let go from a job a few days before Christmas, was given very little severance and I had a 2 week old son. For a few moments, I felt like life was collapsing around me. Ultimately, I felt like a failure, not only as a man, but now also as father. Read more>>

Sheila Carmichael

Sheila is a global executive coach with more than 25 years of experience in talent management, organizational development, and diversity and inclusion. She’s passionate about helping both professionals and organizations reach their highest potential through customized development programs and personalized transitions coaching. Read more>>

Sherry Lankford

I am a former Interior Designer-turned Lawyer/Yoga Studio Owner/Operator. I began yoga teacher training out of design school, and used it to supplement income in my early design career. I ended up landing my dream gig as as the Store Visual Manager of Anthropologie. Read more>>

Carole Kaboya

I began my acting and writing career at the University of Georgia, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre. After doing improv with Dad’s Garage, I concentrated on film and TV and produced 3 seasons of the web series Bethany, along with two short films. In addition to writing and acting, I currently work in casting for several TV shows and films shot in the Southeast. Read more>>

Ricardo Flores

My name is Ricardo Flores and I run Lattea with my brother Alex Flores. Five years ago, we took over the then-failing Asian fusion drinks restaurant, Lattea, and slowly learned to master bubble tea from the previous owners. Read more>>

Christina Castellanos

Like many photographers, I picked up a camera in hopes to document my family. It was only a passing hobby until I took my first self-portrait and it transformed the way I felt about myself. I truly saw myself for the first time that day and it started me on a journey of empowerment and healing that I strive to offer all women. Read more>>

Garrett Dumas

I originally started doing background work years ago, the more time I spent on set the more I learned. I eventually got a job as a stand-in and for someone like me, it was something perfect. I learned as much possible on set until I decided I wanted to make a short film. Read more>>

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