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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.

Byron Brooks

Homelessness in Detroit is a serious issue, especially to one 25-year-old college student. That’s because Byron Brooks was once living on the streets. Now he’s trying to help others who are in the same position he once was in. When Brooks was homeless, he was trying to get an education. Now, this college student is paying it forward with his own nonprofit trying to help those who are experiencing the same thing he did. Read more>>

Jonathan Richter

Similar to many entrepreneurs and startup founders, my formal education and background is in a totally different area than the services my company offers today. From classical guitarist to a scholar of Chinese culture to tech entrepreneur, I’ve been fortunate to live, interact, and work with incredible people of diverse backgrounds all over the world. Along the way, the unique skillset and invaluable professional experience I acquired profoundly shape who I am today. Read more>>

Bea Rutledge

BeaHired was founded by Bea Rutledge, an entrepreneur and career specialist with 20+ years of experience in the Human Resources Industry. Bea has been responsible for placing well over 10,000 people in new jobs over the past 20 years. For those not as familiar with the hiring industry, let me give you an outline on how things work. Read more>>

Kam Wickam

When I was in High School in the late 2000’s my closest friend was into photography. I’d put on “high fashion” make-up, doll up my hair, and buy cheap outfits from Citi Trends. We would drive around my small sleepy town, taking pictures at abandoned mansions, hotels, country houses, cornfields, etc. Whatever caught our eye, we had to explore it. Eventually, I wanted to be the director and get behind the camera, so I purchased my first DSLR camera. Read more>>

Arianna Gilbert

I started out by getting into the world of YouTube before it was a “thing.” I would watch videos on beauty, fashion, and lifestyle from people I admired and grew to trust. But I wouldn’t just watch, I’d study. From that point on, my love for sharing and helping others began to grow. I reached a point where I could no longer continue watching others do what I loved. Before I knew it. Read more>>

Jarok Whalen

It all started off in highschool, a lot of my friends were doing music/producing beats/freestyling, so I got introduced to the culture pretty quickly. My friends were mostly doing crazy stuff like slanging, gang-related stuff like that. Trevon, one of my homeboys, was related to Pastor Troy. I learned a lot from him. He was a local rapper too. But I never really took the whole game serious, I was more interested in getting money, getting into trouble too at some point. Read more>>

Breanna Turmon

I literally started my company in my living room, I started with inviting people over to have Jam sessions and they begin to grow bigger and bigger. Then I started having them at venues and then I decided I wanted to do more than just events, I wanted to actually promote the positivity within the community and be able to help local artists and businesses promote themselves as well. Read more>>

Kelsey Daniels

Lamon Luther was founded in 2012 in an effort to provide meaningful employment for homeless people in West Georgia. Over the years, we have become a second chance for many craftsmen transitioning out of addiction, imprisonment, displacement, and homelessness. We can do almost anything with wood, metal, and concrete from dining and bar height tables, communal and outdoor seating, wall paneling/treatments, bartops and countertops, and table refinishing. Read more>>

Justin Rubin

JustOmari began in the dorms of Tennessee State University. Creating content ideas, concept and implementation for events and shows for different organizations, and bridging the connections for successful collaborations amongst people, brands, and the community. It has evolved to a full-service agency, specializing in Public Relations, Marketing, and Creative Services. Read more>>

Melanie DeForrest

As a young artist growing up in Southern Delaware, I always had dreams of moving out to Hollywood and was introduced to makeup after being asked to be an apart of the Highschool theatre company. I was attending the Makeup Designory in California and worked on my first film as a makeup artist at the age of 20. After six years of living in LA, I was craving culture and tradition and made the decision to the New Orleans. Read more>>

Nicci Kirby

I am a lifelong professional equestrian and athlete and have accordingly experienced my share of bumps, bruises and breaks throughout my career, leaving me with chronic pain in my neck, shoulder and knees. I didn’t find consistent relief while using chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, injections and physical therapy, so I chose to try an alternative holistic approach known as cryotherapy. Since I began my first treatment, I was an immediate believer. Read more>>

Aspen Kennedy

I humbly express this with confidence because I know now that my journey has always been guided by something beyond myself. Even before I could comprehend its blueprint. When I was younger, I remember watching the ending scene of “Men in Black” (1997), where Agent K looked up at the stars and admired how beautiful they were. The next chance I had to look up at the stars one night after seeing that scene, I did. At the time, I didn’t know their significance. Read more>>

Natasia Harris

After losing my dad to stage 4 melanoma in 2015, I knew that I wanted to help people. I didn’t really know how, but I knew that was my ultimate goal. I moved to Kennesaw in 2016, and I began my journey as a biology major because I decided that being a cancer researcher would be my way of helping others. That lasted literally one day, and I was soon undeclared because nothing about my school schedule made me happy. After adjusting my schedule, I enrolled in Human Communications. Read more>>

Christina Glass

Born and raised in Champaign, IL. I am working very hard at making my dreams a reality. Cooking and owning my own business has always been my passion after graduating from culinary school at the Art Institute of Indianapolis in 2013. I started working at Silver Creek in Urbana. I worked my way up into a head chef position at the age of 23. With the knowledge gained from school and skills gained from Silver Creek, I was ready to start my next chapter. Thus came along soul fusion, creole soul food with a modern twist. Read more>>

Sydney Wallace

My story starts right here in Atlanta, Georgia. I was born on December 6, 1993, at Northside Hospital to Mark and Gillian Wallace. I always felt kind of special because my mother was born on Christmas Day and my father was born on Halloween. Haha, I guess opposites do attract, right? I am of Jamaican/British descent and was raised very Caribbean. Growing up, I spent time in Philadelphia. Read more>>

Francis Baker

I’m originally from Lexington, KY. I moved to Atlanta towards the end of 2019 to further my career in modeling and fashion styling. When I was a kid, my mom would tell me stories about how she wanted to be a model. Most kids probably spent their Saturday mornings watching cartoons. I would spend my mine watching couture runway shows with my mom. As much as my Dad wanted me to be a football star, I ended up taking after mom and developed an interest in fashion. Read more>>

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