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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.

Kencovia Jean-Baptiste

I realized that I could not avoid the creative bug as I constantly found myself in a nostalgic mode that would nudge me to make a quick run to the craft store to make something that would fulfill that feeling. Almost instinctual, I decide to make something, I put my hand on it and it comes to life. There was nothing that made me feel so satisfied. Read more>>

Kimberly Daniel

Sometimes you will hear a person say they always knew they would be in the career field they are currently in. For me, that is definitely not the case. My career dream as a child was to be a pediatrician. I’m not even sure why. I really think it’s because most little girls dream of being “a baby doctor.” Read more>>

Joseph Lavender

Blackflight Studios started as a name for an independent “recording studio” that I wanted to start. Which really was just a fancy way to say, “me in my bedroom, recording music on a computer.” Long before I was involved in film and television, I was a musician (and still am…) Read more>>

Colson Peacock

I found myself doing anything and everything required of a film production. I said yes to working on commercials for ads that play during the Super Bowl. I said yes to working on Season 14 of The Bachelorette. I said yes to working on music videos. Read more>>

88Wess

Learning studio etiquette and operations was key. After that was over; amicably, I went on to link with Waymofresha and B. Rossi through Twitter, and that relationship helped me to start securing industry placements. 2015 was my first placement and I have been very active since then! Read more>>

Jaime Stepic

I came by my love of sewing the old-fashioned way–Home Ec class in the 90’s. I longed to be just like Andie from Pretty in Pink and create my own prom dress from my thrift store finds. Instead, I ended up sewing maternity clothes for myself during class when I found out I was pregnant at 16. Read more>>

Tyler Fountaine

I continued making videos and thought to myself, “I wanna run my Instagram like it’s a tv series”. I’ve never seen that done before. Now I have about nine characters I’m developing, including two babies. And have 2 “seasons” I’m working on adding to my series. I’m also ramping up to start publishing videos on YouTube. Read more>>

Daneisha Simon

I started my bakery back in 2015 when I was going through a financial rough patch. During 2014, I worked at least five different jobs and couldn’t stay consistent with ANYTHING. Towards the end of the year, I had someone ask me something I had never thought of before- Read more>>

Queen Mitchell

I enjoyed the work I was doing for this company but, It was very time consuming and I couldn’t work towards my dreams of being in the film industry. I started doing Uber part time and then full time. Uber gave me the opportunity to create my own schedule and also network with different people. Read more>>

Sara Irvani

It is never easy to take the path less traveled! It has taken a lot of creativity and resilience to flourish in the US when only 1% of shoes are made in the country. From developing our closed-loop manufacturing system to perfecting the flip flop, it’s never a dull day. Read more>>

Anthony Terrell

At a very young age, I realized I was a very creative person. I was fascinated with anything arts and craft like. I loved to build things, create things, recreate things, etc. When it came to designing, I never saw myself doing it, it kind of just happened. Read more>>

Tillman

I want to show the world anything is possible no matter what you struggle with. I started writing music late at age 21 but never recorded in a studio setting until 29. It took tons of gruling hours to even scratch the surface with learning my own process in creating music. Read more>>

Anne Boudreau

Life is an adventure—if you choose to view if from this perspective. Every day is an opportunity to choose to do something differently, to enrich your brain by learning and listening, to be kind and compassionate to yourself and to others, and to derive meaning from your life. Read more>>

Janelle King

It was my goal to merge psychology and fashion as a consumer behaviorist to increase multicultural awareness in fashion and beauty brands, and although I was passionate about what I was studying, I felt like I was made for more but I couldn’t identify what that “more” was. Read more>>

Nysi Kilgore

The core of who I am, and all that I do, is motivated by the love of Christ. I make it my goal and my aim to inspire hope in the hearts of those around me and to freely give the love that I have received. I find it a privilege to be able to serve those around me. Read more>>

Tiffany Coley

I’ve always had a passion for makeup and photography. I remember as a little girl sneaking into the bathroom with my mother’s red lipstick and not only putting it on my lips but also using it as blush and eye shadow. By the time I reached high school, I was sneaking her eyeliner and mascara to school and applying it. Read more>>

Stephanie Lucas

I started making costumes for people to LARP in and had no problem finding people to buy from me. I did that for a few years until I had to quit LARPing due to health concerns. With my direct connection to my customers removed, I took a huge hit. Read more>>

Keith Stephens

Every time I would wear one of those shirts people would ask me where I got it, they also wanted the shirt. So I decided that I would started selling these shirts on my Instagram page. It kind of took off from there, I started with those two designs, now I have over 20 different designs. Read more>>

Patience Kodua

If my life could be summed up in one word, it would be ‘journey’. My fifty-three years on this earth have been fraught with physical, profoundly emotional, and transformational journeys. Growing up in Ghana, dreams of faraway places and experiences beyond the life I knew were a constant focus for me. Read more>>

JNicolle Speakslife

I became a full-time entrepreneur and worked from home part-time. With a lot of prayers and family support MoodzINK Beauty Boutique was born alongside my image group BeYOUtiful Body INK. I truly believe beauty comes from within because in today’s society we are nearly forced to believe that a pretty face and little body is beauty. Read more>>

James Han

My expedition as a Hip-Hop recording artist starts in the blue-collar suburbs of Maryland, where I first learned I was strikingly different. I remember being afraid to bring Korean food to school because the smell of kimchi attracted glares and unsolicited questions in the lunchroom. Read more>>

Vijeta Newble

It wasn’t until we were settled in Atlanta retired from military life that I was able to jump back in music. As hard as it is juggling being a mom, wife, and artist; I’ve been able to work on finding balance during my time in Atlanta. I’m finally at a place where I’m able to dedicate myself to music and my familial responsibilities in a way that I am proud of. Read more>>

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