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Midtown’s Rising Stars

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 Midtowns’s rising stars below.

Amir Duke

Starting my career in the music industry, I didn’t have an internship or any connections to get in the door. I started doing as much research as possible regarding different industry roles and the ins and outs of how a label works. Last summer, I started my industry journey by participating in Diddy’s “The Excellence Program.” This six-week course focused on music, agency, & entertainment. Each week, the participants heard from Diddy, French Montana, Agents from WME, CAA, & UTA, and actors.
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Kenneth Everett

Born and raised in St. Louis. Upon graduating high school joined the military in which I did 3 tours of combat in Iraq. After 4 years in service I got out and due to not having a plan I went to Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School. I have always enjoyed cooking and being around the kitchen and food, but I didnt think it was a real career. Going to culinary school opened my eyes to where I could go within the industry. Graduated top of my class and has been at it every since. Read more>>

Shaka Walker

I moved to Atlanta almost a decade ago with almost nothing to my name and only knowing a small handful of people. I started my career in sales because I knew it was a good way to make money and meet people in doing so. I found a lot of success working in sales and eventually started consulting which was great because I got to help people and companies fix problems all day long. However, something was still missing for me. I knew I could be more and I wanted to make an even bigger impact on people’s lives and help them achieve their dreams. Read more>>

Jin Tao

I am an illustrator from China, currently studying at Savannah College of Art and Design for illustration MFA animation MA program. My undergraduate major is visual communication, mainly studying graphic design. During that time, I found that I was more interested in being an illustrator, so I came to New York in the summer of 2016 to participate in the summer illustration program at the School of Visual Arts. After that, I decided to go to the United States after graduation to learn more about how to be a good illustrator.  Read more>>

Tiffany Dickerson

It will be a pleasure to share my story of establishing Tooth Goddess. Since early childhood, teeth have been intriguing. And I saw how they change a person’s entire look and wanted to know why? I was determined to find out. Dr. Larry Alan Propst DDS provided a fantastic opportunity for hands-on dental office training. I train and work with some of the best dentists in the world. I decided to take my passion and create generational wealth for my family by enhancing people’s smiles. Read more>>

Rashida Gordon

Owner and founder of Modest Loft Interiors, Rashida Gordon, is a wife, mother, and self proclaimed “fashionista”. From an early age, Rashida possessed a gift for color, design, and organization. Watching her grandmother sew clothing, curtains, and bedding around the home intensified a desire to create unique and memorable spaces. Starting in real estate, Rashida slowly matriculated the ranks within companies such as Home Goods, Modern Luxury Media, and The Worthing Companies. Read more>>

Bingjie Cui

I was born and raised in an energetic and happy family. My parents have always encouraged and supported me in doing what I love. I got my bachelor’s degree in environmental science. Science-based disciplinary study experiences nurtured and laid the foundation for my rational thinking. Then I went to uga to pursue my first master’s degree in environmental planning and design, where I am exposed to a wide range of creativity and practices. Since that, I started to think about how I could integrate creative thinking into my planning project. Read more>>

Joe Hassett

In 2015 I shelved my dreams of being an artist for a more ‘realistic’ pursuit — tech. I was so serious about it I moved to a city I couldn’t afford (San Francisco) and even left my guitar in Atlanta. Shortly thereafter I became hyper-aware of hours long gaps in my days, hours that used to be filled by me fiddling around on the guitar and writing music. Now, instead of exercising that creative muscle I was doing nothing at all — it was boring and depressing. Read more>>

Merkell

Ever since I learned how to talk I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life, where I wanted to be, and what I needed to do to get there. I would sing solos in church all of the time, sometimes before my Father preached his sermon. Once I realized the passion I had for music, I enrolled in Oakland School for the Arts. That is where I fell in love with Theatre, so I started auditioning for the school productions.  Read more>>

Fayo Adenuga

I really did not start as an artist, Throughout high school, I was a science student because I felt the arts were mainly restricted to drawing, painting, sculpture, etc. and i was hopeless at all those forms of art so I did not even consider it. I have parents who are artists. my mum is into fashion and handicrafts, my dad is into music and graphic design, My dad really was the one who would make me learn new skills every holiday, because as he put it “you never know what skills you’ll need”.  Read more>>

Jessica Johnson

I was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in the south. I first started out as a production assistant before transitioning into television and film acting in 2016. Since then I’ve been in several major tv shows and movies and most recently began documenting my progress and healing journey as a creator through vlogging. The journey is not linear. When I first started I didn’t even think I could ever make it in the industry.  Read more>>

Gerardo Becerril

I Started working at 18, brought in by a family member in this business. Shifts are long in this industry of the night life, starting was the hardest I was working with almost really not seeing real money until my first year. I’m currently employed at the James room on the beltline. It’s was never smooth, i struggled in many ways! The hardest was opening a door in the nightlife. Very few people will teach the skills. Also being a Hispanic was always a label. Read more>>

Edgewood String Quartet

We are the Edgewood String Quartet: Alice Hong, violin, Josiah Coe, viola, Joyce Yang, cello, and me, Adelaide Federici, violin. We started playing together in September, 2020 for Fever’s Candlelight series that had just started in Atlanta. At that point, none of us had not played for a live audience in over six months. Needless to say, we were thrilled. We were happy to have an audience and our audience was happy to be out again listening to live music. Since then, we have played well over one hundred shows as a quartet and performed not just classical music but also pop, jazz, anime, rock, and more. Read more>>

Akesha Quashie

I relocated to Georgia from Boston back in 2016. During Covid when a lot of the cities were closed, my friends in those closed cities used to reach out asking where to go, because they were coming to visit. I used to get so overwhelmed with calls that I decided to start a personal itinerary business providing places and information on where to go. It’s been a journey. Having to map out how to ensure my client’s health & safety was very important. Read more>>

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