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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.

Azarya Samtani

I was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia, and went to boarding school in Perth, Australia for high school when I was 13 years old. After graduating high school, I packed my bags yet again and flew to the United States, because for my mom, having an international education was an important part of shaping a person’s personality. Read more>>

Imesha Wells

Cooking has been in my family for years. I remember going fishing, cleaning the fish, shelling peas, peeling potatoes, cleaning greens, etc. It would become an all-day event because eventually people started coming over, and before you know it, there’s a Fish Fry. Read more>>

Undre Allen

My life transformed in front of my eyes in the year of 2010 as a senior in high school that’s when I found out my mother was battling with cancerous tumor on her spine. This tumor affected my mother’s ability to walk. She was paralyzed from the waist down. This was a big toll on me during my senior year. Read more>>

Shawn Stewart

I am a self-taught artist that hails from the city if Dayton, oh. My story is a short one, but it’s filled with leaps and bounds of growth. It all started in 2017. I needed artwork for my new apartment. At the time, I had never painted a thing in my life. I reached out to a childhood friend of mines who is also an artist. Read more>>

Rachita Vasandani

I was born in the Philippines and moved to Perth, Australia when I was 13. I grew up playing golf quite seriously, playing in international competitions from a very young age; it was something I took very seriously and did a lot of. While it wasn’t my first passion. Read more>>

Chasity Jordan

I am an actor, the founder of Sweet Charity nonprofit, the host of The Chat Session Podcast, and the creator of a new Youtube channel called Beyond the Salad. I am a true Atlanta native and a country girl at heart. Growing up in a single-parent home, I was taught at a young age how to remain ambitious, dedicated, and consistent. Read more>>

Javier Rivera

I’ve had a love for photography since I was a young child, but it was not until I took a Graphic Design class during my senior year of high school at Stilwell School of the Arts that I began pursuing it as a hobby and eventually a part of my career. I developed a passion for photography and digital editing and filming. Read more>>

Cortney Pearson

My personal weight loss and spiritual journey started back in 2017. I was at my heaviest weight I had ever been and also extremely depressed. I went to the doctor for an annual check-up, and my doctor informed me that I was extremely obese and at risk for a plethora of health problems. I knew I was overweight. Read more>>

Director Anonymous

My love for digital filmmaking and video production started when I was just a child. I use to draw what I like and saw and at that time, it was Disney’s characters but I knew it wasn’t my own creations. So my love for the fine arts began to grow and get stronger the older I became. Read more>>

Tierra Hamm

I graduated from The Illustrious Clark Atlanta University, class of 2015, with a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising. Then went off for grad school at Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) to obtain my masters in Interior Design, class of 2017. Throughout my matriculation at SCAD, I was able to work for two interior companies. Read more>>

Shakeera Springs

I got started in the kitchen with a few ingredients. I was always inspired to go to spas and detox, physically and spiritually. I love fresh ingredients. I never get that from picking up a bar of soap. I love to indulge in organic plants and herbs. After many family and friends started healing from my products. Read more>>

Brandy Sims

A South Carolina native, I grew up spending most of my time in a small town hair salon with an ambitious mother (currently a salon owner for over 30 years and the first female AND African American Mayor of Darlington, SC okurr!) Okay, but seriously… I developed a strong appreciation and passion at an early age. Read more>>

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