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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.

Cassie Lowe

I grew up dancing, singing, and acting in community theatres throughout Pittsburgh, PA (my stomping grounds!) I knew from a young age that I wanted to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Upon graduating high school, I attended Point Park University and earned my Bachelor in Musical theatre by 2015. In my mind, the best place to take this degree was NYC. I lived in that bustling. Read more>>

Octavia Toliver

I was introduced to cigars by a guy I went on a date within 2007. We went to a cigar lounge, and as a young woman, I found the experience to be intriguing! I felt mature and wanted to know more about them. I would then visit as many cigar lounges as I could, but I never felt quite welcome there. At that time, there were not as many women in cigar lounges, so when I walked in, I would either be gawked at, spoken to condescendingly, or I would be ignored completely. Read more>>

Scott Ratliff

I have been playing professional lacrosse for seven years. As I was going through my playing career, I knew I wanted to find something career-wise that I could leverage my experience as a professional athlete, as well as impact people globally in a positive way. First, I came up with the idea to create the Give & Go Foundation. A non-profit focused on providing opportunities to play lacrosse for underserved communities across the globe. Read more>>

Alec Dawson

I was always a dreamer of creativity, and for as long as I could remember, I loved to write and tell stories but could never quite put my finger on what I wanted to do with my creativity. Ever since I was a child, my duty was to become an architect. Coming from a family of engineers, I thought it was my destiny. However, I knew deep down something was missing. In my first semester of college. Read more>>

Marissa Frye

I started working in restaurants when I was 18, first in the kitchen doing prep work and as an expo, and then in the dining room as a host and server. I was going to school at the time and realized that hospitality was something I excelled at. I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in International Hospitality Management, and along the way, had the opportunity to intern with Four Seasons. Read more>>

Annika Elyse

My parents were music majors, and I guess there was a part of me that always kind of thought I’d end up the same way. There had always been something creative in me – it just took me a while to figure out my favorite way to convey it. Around age ten, I started drawing, mainly because my childhood best friend encouraged me to. I had always liked doodling, but I now had a new reason for it – I was a writer. Read more>>

Kenya Edwards

After leaving my corporate America job a few years ago, I decided it was time to make a change, own my career and be my boss! I decided to step out on faith and venture into the real estate industry. At that time, I knew very little about real estate and decided to do some research and dive in immediately. To my excitement, I instantly fell in love with real estate and knew my decision was the right one. Read more>>

Joa Harkless

As a little girl, I dreamed of moving to the big city of Atlanta from my small country town, Tuskegee, AL. I figured I could move here and make a huge difference in the world. My initial plan was to graduate from Georgia State University and help make impressive changes in the Alzheimer’s Cure Research in tribute to my Granny. Life didn’t quite go as planned. Before I knew it. Read more>>

Jayla Lee

I got pregnant at the age of 18 after I graduated high school. It was my first semester of college. This was in 2014, January 16, 2015 I lost my mother after she had open-heart surgery. February 16, 2015 I miscarried my son at 6 months. After my son’s funeral, I got check into the hospital because I was weak. I woke up paralyzed, I been in a wheelchair since. Read more>>

Kimberly Bradley

I started as a gig economist two and half years ago, unintentionally after being laid-off from my job within law enforcement of almost 15 years as an officer. I decided to leave the traditional work-force and embrace the entrepreneurial world, but unfortunately, it did not embrace me back, so I thought. I absorb all funds of my 401k (not smart) to pursue my life-coaching practice/plus-size fitness company LipstickNFit. Read more>>

Sophia Barreto

I started my journey with my small business two years ago. I decided to create this business because I wanted to share my love and passion for making personalized products. Everybody is an individual and deserves to have something made just for them. At first, the journey was not easy but, I knew if I worked hard every day and developed personal relationships with my customers, I would have a successful business. Read more>>

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