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Inspiring Stories from Southern Atlanta

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 Southern Atlanta’s rising stars below.

Aaron Dorsey

I remember being back in 8th grade and wanting to rap so bad that I’d take lyrics from lesser known artist and quote them in public just to get that taste of what it felt like. Unfortunately for me, that didn’t work in my favor due to the lyrics being from a Christian rapper and all my friends deeming it as lame. I’ve always had an interest in creating music but didn’t take it seriously. It wasn’t until back in 2011 during my junior year of high school. Read more>>

Kathy Oxford

I believe I found my way in public service kicking and screaming. I knew it was a calling but I was going to do it my way. I come by that honestly having been the child of two career government parents, one of which, my mom, was a marine corps Sergeant. I didn’t want to be a teacher, didn’t want to be a police or firefighter, frankly government work wasn’t in my career path at all. So, I chose journalism and public relations, neither of which were government jobs, so I was on my way to an exciting career making lots of money and writing about all of it. Read more>>

Kiaira Ferguson

I started Be Original Expos in September 2013 as an outlet for small businesses to reach the community. Most events in Atlanta are glamorized by celebrity appearances which take away the focus off those brands who paid their dues to set up. I would never want to include large corporations or celebrities into Be Original Expos platforms (unless they show up on their own, lol) because people will be focused on getting pics with them instead of shopping with small businesses. Ever since 2013, I’ve grown in this field and will continue to push the community towards supporting our small businesses. Read more>>

Rebecca Walls

My journey to this line of business has been a long but interesting one. Looking back, it seems like everything in my life really led me to this career path. It all began with an old trunk full of dresses, a picture of “Aladdin and Jasmine” holding me as a baby, a Little Mermaid at my 8th birthday party, and three very specific times I was able to visit Disney World. I always knew that I wanted to be a princess when I grew up and I knew that Disney was the way to do it. Read more>>

Lyssa Pfauth

Growing up, I enjoyed helping friends and family get ready by helping with their hair or makeup, but I never thought that it would get me far so I decided to get my aesthetic license so that I could one day work for a plastic surgeon. After spending six years gaining experience in the skincare world, and not loving what I was doing, I decided to take a break and be a stay at home mom. One day, I walked past an empty studio and a week later I signed a lease on it. In 2016, I opened up my beauty studio, tripled my bookings in these last two years and we are steadily growing. Read more>>

Maranda DeBusk

Well it all started way back when. My family moved around a lot, and it wasn’t always easy being the new kid everywhere we went. So, from a pretty early age, I started gravitating toward the performing arts because that was where being the new kid wasn’t a big deal. Leave it to the theatre kids to never shy away from a new friend. But truly, the community aspect of theatre is what drew me in. No matter where I went or how long I was there, I could find folks who understood and accepted me in the theatre. Read more>>

Hannah Crump

I got my first camera when I was 11, it sounds crazy but I begged my mom forever til she got me one. It was a skinny cheap little camera from Walmart but I loved it. I started taking pictures of everything, the trees, my friends, random objects around the house. It was always so much fun. A year later, I got a new camera, a Kodak point, and shoot. In 8th grade when I was 14, I upgraded to another new camera, it was another point and shoot but it was a canon so it was definitely better. I had this camera all the way up til I was 16. Read more>>

Krys Lassiter

What I now celebrate as Realign by Design 20 years later, originate from my first consulting firm, Skillmasters, which started in 1998. While working for a Fortune 500 healthcare company in Chicago, IL, I took much of my “not-so-spare time” to offer business and technical writing skills to clients who were looking for creative yet effective means to draft business models and plans, proposals, and resumés. Through this level of technical writing and client interaction, I noticed a common thread among them – that most business owners and practitioners do not “marry” talent with the task. Read more>>

Tomika Prouty

I am a married (Pastor Craig Prouty) retired veteran who is also an Elect Lady and Evangelist. I have a handsome son and three beautiful bonus daughters. Initially, I started with a very successful jewelry company, House of Stone by CoCo. I was fortunate enough to work with women, men and children in the entertainment industry as well as business professionals and celebrities, one in which was Chrisette Michelle. During my time in the military after deploying to Afghanistan, I began to experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Read more>>

Angil Tate

I founded The Journey School of Visual Performing Arts (TJSVPA) June 2017, but it’s been on my heart forever! TJSVPA is a non-profit conservatory that provides arts education for underserved youth in ATL. At the age of 13, I survived sexual assault, it was traumatic. At the time, I was in my middle school orchestra playing viola. Through transferring schools, court dates, and mandatory therapy, being a musician made me feel like a normal teenage girl. I could tell my parents that I wanted to fly to Alaska and play piano on a polar bear and they would say yes. Read more>>

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