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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.

Katie Martinez, Alex Martinez

Alex and Katie Martinez caught the indoor cycling bug together in New York City, where they first fell for the full-body rush and feel-good effects of this intense, powerful, and engaging workout. Alex, a corporate I.T. Read more>>

Robin Hancock

I had worked for the same state agency for my entire professional career, and had always enjoyed being in nature – hiking, camping, kayaking, and such. As a kid, even, I played outside more than inside – much preferring playing in the creek more than watching TV. Read more>>

Jessica DeMaria

I was born and grew up in small, historic, north shore town in Long Island, NY. I did community and regional theatre on Long Island growing up and I was dedicated to our awesome High School program. I re-located to Atlanta to attend Oglethorpe University. Read more>>

Sebastian Monroy

I’ve been fascinated with computers for a long time. In middle school I’d make calculator programs to do my math homework for me and share it with classmates in an attempt to get more popular. I’d modify the computer games I was playing to change how they worked and entertain my friends. Read more>>

Dr. Kevin Kinney

With over 10 years experience in the entertainment industry, from event production to artist management, music and entertainment have always been my first love. After graduating from the University of Central Florida, the real world came for me quickly and I had to find an “adult job” and so I began teaching at an elementary school in Orlando, Fl. Read more>>

Sean B

I first picked up a camera in 2010 and immediately fell in love with camera composition and storytelling. Throughout my college career, I practiced my craft whether it was shot composition or photo editing. Read more>>

Ashley Ashanté

It was the summer of 2016 and college just ended for the Spring semester. I was 20 years old looking for a job to work that summer to make sure I can pay my bills. I got a job working at Family Dollar, barely making enough money , that’s when I knew there was something out there better for me. Read more>>

Vitalina Nesvetailov

I remember that hot July day in Atlanta when my former boss asked if I would be interested in a six-month project in Paris working for the global client. I could not believe it! Ever since I came back from Paris ten years ago, my dream was to return as an expat. Read more>>

Matt Ficken

I was born in Vinings, Georgia and grew up in Dunwoody. I graduated from Woodward Academy in 2005; while I was there I was the Captain of the Wrestling Team, and I played football and threw the discuss on the track team. Read more>>

Josh Same

Hello, my name is Josh Same and I have been passionately telling stories through video for half of my life. When I was a young teenager, I didn’t have the money to buy a camera, so my brother installed an animation program called After Effects on my dad’s computer. Read more>>

Angela K. Durden

Because words are everywhere, and everyone uses and needs them, I can only say, “Oh, the places words have taken me!” I’ve ghost-written columns for CEOs of publicly traded companies to resumes for ex-cons. From children’s books to thrillers to memoir to books on the music business. Read more>>

Okey Nwoke

Whenever I am asked to share my story, I always pause and remember when I use to think life was linear, man was I naive. I have always loved fashion, its been apart of my story for as long as I can remember. Being a Nigerian, fashion is embedded in our culture. Read more>>

Cy Simonton

I was born and raised in Atlanta and I went to Wesleyan in high school. I went to college at the University of Alabama and briefly came back to Atlanta for a semester at Creative Circus before ultimately heading back to Alabama to finish school. Read more>>

Gaby Macias

My love of makeup, the artistry of application and special effects makeup started off at a very young age. As a little girl growing up in Miami, I would sit at the edge of the tub watching my mother do my older sisters’ make-up for special occasions. Read more>>

Jordan Graves

I graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with my BFA in Motion Media Design in 2012. As I was getting ready to graduate, I decided that I didn’t want to jump into a job in the Motion Graphics industry, and shortly after started my line of 3D Printed Jewelry, Repeat Offfender. Read more>>

Sarah Biggers

Throughout my time at Georgia Tech, I worked for various software startups and figured that’s what I would end up doing long-term. The closer graduation grew, the more certain I became that I wanted very little to do with a tech-focused business. Read more>>

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