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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.

Kristie Hansen

I think it was second grade that I decided I wanted to teach art and my thoughts on the matter never wavered. I got my degree in Art Education from Taylor University where I had fantastic professors that made a lasting impact on me. My favorite areas of study always involved process. I’m a sucker for process, things that take time and have a lot of steps. (Putting together Ikea furniture is my jam). Anyway, I dove into ceramics and sculpture. Later, I added printmaking to my list of favorite things. Read more>>

Alexis Harris

I’m an Atlanta-based actress, writer, director, and producer. My career was officially launched in 2013 when Ellen DeGeneres chose me, out of 20,000 women, to be the new face of “easy, breezy, beautiful” CoverGirl cosmetics. As a result, I’ve served as a brand ambassador and social correspondent on behalf of CoverGirl and The Ellen Show for projects. Read more>>

Sarah Cowan White

I’ve been working on my craft from a very young age, I was always filling the walls of my parent’s house with drawings. After graduating from the Dekalb School of the Arts, I went on to pursue a BFA in Art Education at the University of Georgia. I am very fortunate to have a family that is incredibly supportive of my artistic goals, even when that means transporting a six by 8-foot canvas in the back of a truck from Athens to Atlanta. Read more>>

David Choe

I first picked up a camera that belonged to my parents and shot random things without thinking about exposure, composition, lighting, or posing. All I could think about was how it made me feel at the time when I pressed the shutter button and how that particular moment in time was captured by my own hands. I remember looking at the photos wondering why most of them turned out overexposed or blurry. Read more>>

Derrica Webb

I always knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur and fashion designer as fashion is my passion but never imagined the sleepwear industry. My father started a family restaurant 25 years ago in Birmingham, AL so I learned some of my business skills from working there as manager during my high school years. I graduated from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville. Read more>>

Landon Bonner

David (39) and I (26) both have been in or around the industry for five years. I started as a barista for a multi-roaster coffee shop in Charleston, West Virginia where I attended college. The place, Mea Cuppa, brought in all the big names for coffee – Intelligentsia, Klatch, Verve, PTs, JBC. This is how I developed a taste for coffee and began to recognize the nuances that exist in coffee. It is also where I saw the potential specialty coffee had to reach the everyday consumer. Read more>>

Damian Davenport

I started my music entry with me and a friend started an Indie platform (PreciseEarz) based in Atlanta in November 2013. Helping new up-and-coming music artist in the city because music media was rare in Atlanta at the moment. Helping curate events and helping Atlanta artists build a name outside of the Atlanta. The site became started for local artist but expanded to promote artists from across the world. I been on three media panels for A3C in 2015 & 2016. Read more>>

Brianna Case

It all started when I made a card for a friend, and I had also taken up scrapbooking… after a while, more people were just talking about my cards and even asking for custom paper illustrations and then offering to pay me to do it! It came out of nowhere, and it truly is a blessing. I always knew I wanted to work for myself, but I never knew how it would happen. Read more>>

Jamal Makin Shabazz

Working independently is full of highs and lows, but I’m still learning. It is very liberating knowing I am in control of my destiny. Most importantly, I still have that excitement of one day making my own animation like I did when I was 12, and I refuse to let that feeling go. God has blessed me with a great family and great friends. Read more>>

Rico Paris

I used to think that the desire of being rich and famous was an arrogant, greedy thing, but this realization rewired my belief. Now I believe that the more you have, the more you can give. I believe we should use influence to move into a better world and this starts with people. After I made this connection, I realized how much movies and television helped me and showed me the possibilities for greatness as I grew up. Read more>>

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