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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.

Nikkian Scharschmidt

I started my business doing makeup back in 2013, my sophomore year of high school. I was doing my friends’ faces for free while charging others only about $20 for a full face. It was never for the money but more so because I enjoyed playing in makeup. It became my passion. However, I never really took it that seriously until I graduated and attended college in 2015. Read more>>

Yves MillieCTG Millien

I am a brand and a name you need to get used to. What I bring to the table is an experience you will never ever forget it. Whether it’s me hosting a party releasing new music or performing, I’m always going to give you an experience that you always remember and that’s the best way to describe me. Read more>>

Thomas Numprasong

Running a business is a totally different ball game from just being a Chef. Chefs are creative but not all are great with accounting, marketing, web design, or customer service. Learning how to handle all of the additional elements of business has been quite challenging. It has definitely been an eye opener but I’ve also learned a lot in the process. Read more>>

Taylor Martin

In high school, I discovered I was a creative and artistic person and had plans of enrolling into Atlanta College of Arts. I dreamed of being a graphic designer but life took a turn and I enlisted in the United States Air Force for ten years. Even after enlisting, I still had the love of fashion and D.I.Y. projects. Read more>>

Greg Lancette

4o4 Esports started as an idea to bring Atlanta gamers together in one venue for daily gaming tournaments. I didn’t have any collateral possessions to secure a loan, so everything has been done with a business credit card and personal savings from my navy career. Read more>>

Jana Zvolanekova, Leslie Brooks, and Amanda Bidessy

We all began as students in group fitness classes, working on our own health and wellness. After seeing results, we became instructors for various formats, wanting to provide the same opportunity to others that we had ourselves.
We knew and truly enjoyed working together as a team in the past. Read more>>

Kevin Jackman

Alongside my passion for classical and jazz music, I was very much a fan of hip hop. Growing up in NY, I was infatuated with Graffiti, breakdancing, and most of all, beatboxing. The creative freedom that hip hop inspired was the reason I became a writer and performer. In college, I decided to make music a priority and hone in on my craft. Read more>>

Crysta Marshall

Defined with Purpose was founded in 2010 on the principle of instilling self-worth, value, and purpose into the lives of young men and women. Unfortunately, my daughter was a victim of sexual abuse when she was younger, which began a long and challenging road of dealing with the legal, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the situation. Read more>>

Kristen Hallom

My decision to become an actress has been one of the most rewarding decisions I’ve ever made. I began training at the Robert Mello Studio under Candace Mabry, what a great start to my career, Alliance Theatre and Dad’s Garage and have since trained with instructors such as Nevaina, Dwayne Boyd, Eric Arvold, Richard Warner, Carl Kennedy, and Thom Scott II. Read more>>

Anand Vyas

I am an American Sitarist/Artist and am extremely proud of that. Yet when people see me with my sitar, they assume I am an Indian Sitarist/Artist – a small distinction to most yet a huge one to me, which makes it very hard to be accepted by either of these brutal art worlds. Read more>>

Justin Ramkissoon

I’m known for dressing very well with the latest fashion with the help of my “older brother.” I’m most proud in my team because this team I have was built by accident, life was just falling into place and brought me to these people I call my close friends and brother. This what makes me different from others because not a lot of people come out with a team. Read more>>

Chai Brown

I have always been over the top for my kids’ parties. I’m that mom that has to make sure everything is perfect. After doing their parties, I started getting asked if I could do other kids parties. I’ve even been asked to do weddings, receptions, bridal showers, baby showers, you name it. I saw all this to say, this is how I got started with Parti Couture. Read more>>

Tanisha Howard

My senior year in high school, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to do psychology or cosmetology. I attended Clark Atlanta for a semester and couldn’t continue due to financial aid. So, I figured God had another plan in store for me. When I started cosmetology school in 2004 there were no financial aid issues. Read more>>

Davii Adeleke

I’ve always liked clothes I just couldn’t afford it, and then when I got to the point that I could afford them I couldn’t find many pieces that I thought were worth their price. During my high school years, money just got real tight around the house so instead of looking homeless, I was always borrowing and swapping out my clothes with my friends or I was remixing my fits. Read more>>

Alisha Watkins

After a while, I was able to pitch an artist to her, and then to 300 ent. I knew at that point that this is what I wanted to do forever. Shortly after that, I was able to land a marketing internship with Treesound studios. I have just been soaking up all of the knowledge I can while also kicking down more and more doors to work my way up! Read more>>

Chanda Curinton

I knew that I wanted to expand my footprints and leave an enormous imprint in my community. I discovered that my success depended on being proactive and intentional about changing the lives of others;, especially young women. As a single mother of a young daughter, the desire to change the lives of young women was shaped organically and it instantly became my focus and mission. Read more>>

Natalie Johnson

Through the grace of God, everything just started falling into place. I started giving friends and family facials and body contouring and started posting them on IG. I started doing Instagram videos being myself and posting inspirational quotes and people fell in love with my energy and wanted to see me see my spa and experience my services and my business took off from there. Read more>>

Tyler Royale

I always was influenced and inspired by music since a child. I’ve been in the music industry for twelve years, in singing groups, artist development, and hanging out at studios in Atlanta. My mom plays a big part in my career, she was like a “Momager” for me and she pushed me to be better and pursue music. Read more>>

Bishonna Jones

I began my journey in education after a traumatic experience. I was six months pregnant when I discovered the baby had a heart defect and eventually passed. Needing to put life on pause, I decided to take a break from human resources and venture into education while I figured things out. What was supposed to be a temporary stop turned into a career. Read more>>

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