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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.

Jonathan Corona a.k.a. DJ White Rhino

I have always been really into music, When I was in middle school, I was part of the Orchestra playing violin, I also played the Drums and Trumpet in elementary and middle school. After graduating high school, I really got into EDM and started going to local shows and back in 2009, I went to a Skrillex show and I remember thinking that I really wanted to be the one on stage and not the one in the crowd anymore. Read more>>

Casey Dash

I wish to enhance the perception of the viewer’s eye by telling a visual story, a story they can create through their own experience. I work in many art mediums such as; graphic design, sculpture, drawing, fashion design and photography. However, my favorite would have to be creative direction. I love being apart of the process that leads to capturing a moment in time whether I am in the front of the camera, or capturing a subject of my own. Read more>>

Johnetta Paye

I was born in Libera, a country in West Africa. My parents relocated to the U.S. first so that their children could have more access to opportunity. About a year later my older sister and I, joined my parents in the United States. I learned the value of hard work early. When my parents came to the U.S., they were limited to working minimum wage jobs to support their family. Read more>>

Kristen Jeter

When I was two years old, I told my mom I wanted to be a singer and a TV star. She started praying for me right then because apparently, I couldn’t carry a tune at all. Luckily, her prayers were answered. I grew up singing in school choirs in Cobb County. My first solo was “Lift Every Voice And Sing” at my 5th-grade graduation ceremony. Read more>>

Bhabna Haque

I was born in Bangladesh and my family I am moved here when I was 10. I have lived here in Atlanta ever since and have formed a deep connection with this city. I was very fortunate to be able to attend SCAD on an amazing scholarship which honestly had changed the course of my life. Being able to pursue a career in design, unlike most individuals from the south east asian community opened be up to a whole new world of opportunities and a new way of thinking. Read more>>

Tyeal Howell

After graduating from college in Ohio at The University of Akron, I had a once in a lifetime opportunity to move to Los Angeles for a summer video production internship with my dream company at the time, Blavity. The only problem was that I had the hot $500 from my graduation party to work with. I spent that summer being as creative as possible and building relationships with the people I admired. Read more>>

DJ Swerve

I always grew up around music, my dad would always play music around the house. We had all kinds of music equipment at home. We would listen to music in the car every time and my family was very music-oriented. I have pictures with my fingers on a turntable at a very young age. My first exposure to DJing specifically was while listening to the DJs on the radio especially during holidays. Read more>>

Lux P.

I’ve always been passionate about design. I saw how it positively impacted people and I wanted the opportunity to be a part of that. When I see others believe in me, that makes me slightly believe in me too. When I was in middle school, Ms. Sweeney, my art teacher/friend always challenged me to try new design techniques in class, embrace the failures and successes and ultimately to always remember to stay curious. Read more>>

Ashley Eskinde

I started in 2016 with my hairline, it is called Glam Hair Boutique. When I first started, I had a clear vision of what I wanted to do and where I wanted my business to be within the next 5-10 years, it was hard and something’s still to this day is challenging but I put in the work overtime and I’ve done my research over the years. Read more>>

Shenell Watts

I would often leave them feeling as though I did not obtain what I was looking for or needing to take my business to the next level. I would often scan the room and see others who were also attending with the same disposition. It was frustrating! We were looking for simple tools that would make our business more successful; a blueprint that would help us make our goals and dreams a reality. Read more>>

Jauan Barber

I started making clothes in about 2012/2013 and now I have an actual company called BLUFF. It’s more of a movement of progression rather than just a “clothing brand” or “fashion”. I use garments as a canvas for certain mediums of art that I want to create. One day, I might make a piece of clothing the next I might make a painting. Read more>>

Bria Noel

I’ve always dreamed of going to Atlanta, the Hollywood of the South. My passion was always to be a musician/singer. I encamped upon this journey leaving my home State of Delaware with two green suitcases, a carry on and my favorite guitar. Accompanied by my family, we took on the 14-hour drive to what was known as my dream college. Read more>>

Tomas Ponce

Would truly say it started by watching films at a young age. Movies are one of the main mediums I gain inspiration from. How it started, I really couldn’t tell you. I personally feel like I’m still at the very beginning. With the ways, my days go. Read more>>

Michaela Palovick and Heidi Harris

As friends and colleagues, Heidi and I are constantly talking business and bouncing ideas off of each other! This idea just happened to emerge over cocktails when Heidi was wedding planning and couldn’t source the pieces she wanted to achieve her desired wedding style here locally in Atlanta. We thought together… well, let’s fill that gap in the market then, and thus MCM Rent Shop was born. Read more>>

Devan Knobloch

I loved the culture of creating regulars, delving into the complex world of espresso, dialing in and pouring the perfect shot that expressed the terroir of the beans. After a year abroad in Paris where I cooked meals on a hot plate and toaster oven, pouring over cookbooks and spending my meager earnings on fresh ingredients at the local marchês, I moved back and got a job at the illustrious Cakes + Ale. Read more>>

Avia Sullivan

After being on my first job in corporate America for three months, I knew working for someone would not last long. I knew I had a strong leader mindset and wanted something I could call mine. From there, I instantly started to think about my many different passions and the things I loved. Fashion and shoes instantly came to mind. Read more>>

Greg Crowson

I got into photography two years ago during my time at Georgia Southern. I didn’t really have any experience or a passion for it. I only picked up a camera to help create content for my friends who I had been making music with since I had moved to Statesboro. My first day with a camera was also the day me and another friend came up with the idea for Camnimbus. Photography was something that quickly grew on me. Read more>>

Sassy Fierce

Art has always been my passion since my sandbox & Melissa jelly sandal days, however I knew that my family wanted me to do something more important. I went to Howard University to study Psychology, because I always knew I wanted to help people connect with their feelings. I wasn’t completely married to the idea of the whole college experience and got easily distracted. Read more>>

Malik Wyatt

When I was growing up i never knew what I wanted to be and always juggled with different ideas of the path I wanted to take my life on. When I was 14 my father put a pair of clippers in my hands and I would practice cutting my own hair..I became in love with making myself look good and the guys in the neighborhood would always compliment me and ask who cut my hair. Read more>>

Kali Watson

I have a very dual-faceted life, and it’s been a very common theme throughout my life. I was always very drawn to math and science, as well as the arts, namely dance. When it came time to go to college, I had a close mentor that had majored in dance and was working several jobs, and while she loved it, it was a very stressful life to lead. I was very lucky to have the love for math. Read more>>

Sierra Robinson

The love of the beauty industry has always came natural to me. I always was into my own makeup and hair and I couldn’t be seen without my lashes on!! so after working call center after call center working long hours for someone else and even getting in trouble looking for everything fast! One day I decided I wanted more for myself and family and I decide togo to Cosmetology school to learn the ins and out of the beauty industry. Read more>>

Ki’Atra Robinson

It all started with a company called Frosty Treats of Atlanta. They are an ice cream truck wholesale company that got me started into venturing out my business. I was an independent contractor for them. And with the more money I made, the more money I invested into getting my own truck. Now, I am an independent business owner. I do birthday parties, company events, festivals, parades, etc. I love it. Read more>>

Joilisa B. and Narie Sade

Joilisa, a graduate of Tennessee State University started her journey in the professional hair world right after graduating college. It was a childhood dream to be a hairstylist. Becoming an entrepreneur was something I always knew I would want to do. Beginning of this year, I spoke with my really close friend of five years about joining teams, Narie Sade. 2 MINDS TOGETHER IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN ONE. Read more>>


I got my first drum set when I was five years old, and I grew up listening to classic records. I always had a passion for music. I liked it a lot but I never had in my mind “I’ma be a famous musician, I want to be a star” or nothin like that. It was just a lot of fun to me. I realized how big making music could get when I finally started working in the studio. I was able to learn from a lot of great producers, they taught me a lot and that really accelerated my music career. Read more>>

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