Nashville Youth Poet Laureate, Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay, 17, said communication is everything.
Originally from Kolkata, India, Lagnajita started school at the age of two, then moved to Nashville when she was six years old.
“My mom was doing research here and my dad and I wanted to visit,” she said. “Because the education is so intense in India, my parents didn’t want any gaps in my schooling so they put me in school for about a month while we visited.”
Born in Los Angeles, Nashville Explorers Club founder, Josh Ness, 29, moved to Nashville when he was in the 5th grade because of his father’s job.
“It’s pretty much all I’ve ever known,” he said. “This is home to me.”
By trade, Josh is an IT developer for a non-profit ministry called Every Nation Ministry.
Married seven months ago, newlyweds, Justin Rearden, 31, and Lyndi Stein, 31, quit their jobs to follow what they love.
Lyndi, originally from Orlando, Fla. and Justin, originally from Birmingham, Ala. and raised in West Palm Beach, Fla., met at Bonnaroo in 2005. Both were living in Orlando at the time, they then separately moved to New Orleans where they started dating.
Lyndi now runs her own bakery called the Littlest Love, and Justin is the director of operations at The Peach Truck, a Nashville-based company that brings fresh Georgia peaches to the mid-state.
Co-founder of Nashville Fashion Week and a community editor and manager at 12th & Broad, Marcia Masulla, 35, stays active within the community.
Originally from St. Louis, she moved to Nashville, well, because of a boy in a band.
“The way I ended up in Nashville is kind of kismet,” she said.
If it’s not healthcare, it’s rock climbing.
David Jonathan Michaels, 28, has two loves that you wouldn’t really associate with one another.
DJ, as many people call him, graduated from Nashville Christian School in Bellevue in 2005 then went on to finish a nursing degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2009. After school DJ returned to Nashville to work at Vanderbilt Medical Center.
Julia Nusbaum, 26, originally from a little town west of Chicago called Dixon, moved to Nashville to attend graduate school at Vanderbilt Divinity School in 2012.
Following a double major undergraduate degree in history and religion from Augustana College in Illinois, Julia was accepted into two graduate schools, Vanderbilt and a school in New Jersey.
“Nashville won me over,” she said. “I liked both of the schools equally, but the people in Nashville were so much nicer and that’s what drew me here. Also, at the time, rent was a little lower too, but ya know,” she said.
Harlem-born Henry Williams, 29, moved to Kingsport, Tennessee when he was two years old.
Graduated from Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina with a business management degree in 2008, Henry started Royce Gold, an independent clothing company, in January of this year.
“A lot of my friends were doing something other than their regular nine to five job. I just wanted to find my niche,” he said. “I thought about it, and I’m really into fashion so I decided to start a clothing line.”