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Nicole Brandt Brings People Together Through Poverty and the Arts

Nicole Brandt, 24, grew up in a small Southern Baptist town called Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

Growing up the narratives about homelessness were always the same – that individuals were lazy, drug addicts, and didn’t deserve money from the government.

“At the time I didn’t know any homeless people other than serving at soup kitchens through my church,” she said. “In my senior year in high school, I was connected with a guy who would go to homeless camps and tents in Louisville. He would sometimes bring coffee, socks or food but ultimately went just to spend time with people.”

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Brandon Alexander Hopes to Chase His Dream in a Familiar City

Brandon Alexander, 24, calls Nashville his second home.

“I do a lot of traveling between here and Huntsville, and I want to move up to Nashville for culinary school.”

Born and raised in Pulaski, Brandon still lives in the little town just over an hour’s drive south of Nashville. He graduated from Sparkman High School in Alabama, then went to Calhoun Community College for a little bit before deciding to join the workforce.

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Tattoo Artist James Barrow Does it All For His Family and His Community

James Barrow moved to Nashville from Florida in 1997.

As a tattoo artist, he has floated back and forth through different parts of the country but has been based in Nashville since then.

James just recently became a part of the team at Avenging Art Tattoos on Nolensville Road in Southeast Nashville.

“The shop has got a great reputation,” he said. “The location has been a tattoo shop for years and years. Now, we’re working on some issues like cleaning the shop up and changing the face on it a little bit.”

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Vinit Modi’s Travels and Experiences Taught Him to Remain Humble

Vinit Modi, 30, grew up in India.

After finishing his undergraduate in India, he went on to pursue a graduate degree in the United States. In April of 2011, he graduated from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona with a Master’s degree in international business.

While in school, he traveled to over 12 different countries including France, the Czech Republic, and Costa Rica to study their business approach.

Once he was done with school, he thought he’d go back to India, but something about the bright lights of New York City kept calling him.

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Visual Artist Mary Mooney Breaks Away from the Rectangle

Mary Mooney, 30, is a visual artist born in Atlanta.

As a child, Mary said her father’s job would transfer him a lot, so she and her family moved around quite a bit. Her move to Nashville nearly five years ago marks the city as the longest place she’s ever lived.

“Even though I’m not from here and there is a whole new wave of people moving in, it does feel like this is home because this community has embraced me and all of my creative passions,” she said.

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Audrey Rhodes Creates a Funky Style of Her Own

Audrey Rhodes 29, took an incredible journey from law enforcement to fashion.

Homeschooled for the entirety of her academic career, she said having the freedom in her schedule at that time allowed her the chance to pursue other areas of interests.

Toward the end of her homeschool experience, she became interested in crime scene investigation through a paid internship and vocational training program at her local police department.

“It turned into a career, and I loved it,” she said.