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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.

Kristen Schwartz

By the 8th grade, I wanted to be a Psychologist. I had suffered at the hands and by the words of other, and I really wanted to understand the human mind. I struggled a lot as a youth, never feeling fully at home in my body and not understanding why I felt so much around others. I finished college and graduate school with my Masters in Counseling, but didn’t fully come into what my purpose was until five years ago. Read more>>

Eugene Bussey

As a child, I was always compelled to do something creative and so it began with poetry. I had not yet grown my manly skills so this was the most impressive way to approach a girl that I had a crush on lol. This lasted till high school when I found a new love… 2 turntables and a mixer I was now a DJ. Ultimately my crew (Edward Campbell, Tim Willis, Tyrone Adams) and I would go on to become the number one high school DJ’s in Brooklyn New York. Read more>>

Trent Moya

My story began on July 12, 1996. I was born in Summit New Jersey but raised in the rural mountains of the Poconos. Growing up, my family didn’t have a surplus of money but we always did our best to make ends meet. From living through these difficult times in my childhood, it has taught me the true value of a dollar. My father used to always say to me, “always be the boss in every situation you are in, never be an employee. Read more>>

Molly Stone

Currently, I am the Founder & CEO of Black Pearl Swimwear. This is a completely different industry than where I began my career. I worked retail in high school and during breaks and summers off of college, but I started my first real career after I graduated with a BA in International Relations in business development for a global language services company. We sold translation services and it was a young, fast-growth company that had a really entrepreneurial spirit. Read more>>

Monaco Jones

I started my business somewhat by accident. When I was younger, I didn’t care about fashion beyond basic hygiene and matching colors. I was very introverted and into drawing, painting, and comic books as a kid. When I was 18, I was running errands, and I wore ripped jeans, a faded shirt, and shoes with holes in them. As I was walking down the street, a man pulled over on the side of the road, got out of his car, and give me $20 and the address to a homeless shelter because he thought I was a vagabond. Read more>>

Deja Jenkins

Remember being a kid wanting that special barbie or toy that all the other kids had but your parents couldn’t or wouldn’t buy it for you? When I was just three years old my siblings and are I were taken away from our parents (who were addicted to crack cocaine at the time). Read more>>

Diana Soto

Two years ago I arrived in this country with my family, a place that has been of many opportunities, both personal and work, one day when I saw that the details did not go beyond flowers and chocolates, I stopped to think that I could make the special moments even more special for people, it was here that ATLANTA BREAKFAST SWEET MOMENTS was born with smiles. From that day until today, we deliver happiness and unite hearts of families who are far away. Read more>>

Krystal Tuck

I’ve always loved anything hair + makeup! As a young child, I was in dance, and I think that’s where it all started. As I got older, I became so in love with the live red carpet shows before award shows. The hair, the makeup, the fashion. To this day, I still get so excited to sit back and watch it all! I remember helping my friends with their hair and makeup for homecomings and proms through high school! After high school. Read more>>

Alana Nicole and S. Cole

We have known each other since 3rd grade and have been best friends ever since. Alana was the first on the podcast train and slowly but surely got S into all of her favorites. In 2018/2019, we were both individually thinking about what it would be like to have our own podcast. One day Shay just blurted it out and the name game began. We ran through probably ten names before we both gravitated towards Whole Snacks Podcast. Read more>>

Anaia Nzuzi

I started my business after years of voluntary unemployment. I also knew that I didn’t want to spend my entire life working for someone, so about two years ago, I decided to launch a business that was fresh and new to my community. I am Congolese, and my culture isn’t strongly represented in Atlanta or around the world. If the Congo is mentioned, it’s never something positive. Read more>>

Ope Shomuyiwa and Tosheka Spooner

Tosheka came to me with the idea of creating and selling soy candles. I asked her why she wanted to go into the candle business? She mentioned how pricy candles were at places like bath and bodyworks, Yankee candles, etc. &how much soot they produced. She began telling me about how her last apartment charged her because of the staining on the walls from the constant candle burning. Read more>>

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