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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.

Sandra Mack-Valencia

I am an artist, a painter to be more specific. My dad was a painter as well, and I enjoyed very much watching him work on his art everyday. Since a very early age, I already knew that painting was my passion, and after a a successful career as an imports manager of the second largest chemical broker in my country. Read more>>

Chris Bivins

I originally studied animation at the Art Institute of Atlanta. My initial goal was to work for Disney or Pixar as a character designer and/or story artist. I started work at a slot machine gaming company based out of Duluth and eventually moved to midtown and I have been there for the past 11 years. Read more>>

Alyssa Whatley

I am a Georgia Native. I grew up roller figure skating at my parent roller rink in Conyers, Georgia. I attended the University of Georgia and majored in International Affairs. After graduation, I started working as a paralegal for a prominent bankruptcy attorney in Buckhead and attended Georgia State University College of Law. Read more>>

Julia Levy, Jeff Levy

As a dad and daughter duo, we’ve been big fans of audio and storytelling for a long time. We used to listen to public radio when Julia was growing up. While I was living in New York City, I became a podcast fanatic. Read more>>

Quinetha Frasier

I’ve always desired to be a part of the ‘change process’. First, I thought that I needed to be a politician, so I majored in Political Science at Tuskegee, Then, after interning at the White House, I just planned to work at the Housing and Urban Development Agency in Washington, DC. Read more>>

Julie Skrzypek

I started out as a nurse, somewhere along the way I realized, it was not for me. So, I left…worked at a bar for a year or two then decided to go back to school to get a Theatre Degree. I quickly got that out of the way, took any and all the internships I could get and found my way into working as a professional stage manger. Read more>>

Cameka Smith

It was about 9 years ago I was faced with opposition in being laid off after working in the public school system for 10 years. I had a long talk with myself and I decided that entrepreneurship was something I was always interested in and there is no time like the present with all the time I would have own my hands to follow my dreams. Read more>>

Nic Nice

I was born in New York in the late 70s, but raised primarily in So. Florida (Miami and West Palm Beach). My parents were immigrants from Haiti that came to the states looking for opportunity and found it as entrepreneurs. At one point my mom owned a beauty salon and my dad owned a beauty supple across the street. I eventually went to Florida State University. Read more>>

Savana Ogburn

I’ve been interested in making things and encouraged to be creative (from my parents, teachers, et cetera) from a young age, so art has always been on my radar. I found photography when I was about 13 and it immediately resonated with me. Read more>>

Michael Dorio

Quiet Hounds was born on a trip back from Austin TX. We had a lot of ideas around starting something fresh and without any constraints or rules traditionally upheld by the music industry. That same industry that had failed us so many times before and yet continued to dictate our path. Read more>>

Lorrie Thomas Ross

In 1999, in the height of the dot-com boom, I was working for Saks Fifth Avenue in California. One of my loyal clients was in the fitting room – I was helping her pick out her travel wardrobe for a trade show in New York. As she was changing, she told me that she wanted me to come work for her. Read more>>

Carrie Gantt

If you had asked me 10 years ago, “Where will you be in 10 years,” I doubt I would have answered that I would be spending my time photographing newborn babies. At the time, I was a newlywed, an IT Program Manager for a fortune 100 company, and a world traveler (always with camera in tow). Read more>>

David Kowalski

I got started about 6 years ago when I got laid off from a job. I had no idea what I was going to do but ended up renting a space with a couple of friends in an antique mall called Paris on Ponce and made it work. It was one of those sink or swim moments that really pushed me to make it work. Read more>>

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