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It’s more important to understand someone than to judge them. We think the first step to understanding someone is asking them the fundamental questions about who they are and how they became the person they are today. Understanding and empathy are essential building blocks for a better, more compassionate world. We’re incredibly fortunate to be able to ask these questions each week through our interview series. Below you’ll find interviews from our community members and content partners – the folks who’ve been heavily involved with us, collaborating with us on content, sponsoring our mission and spreading the word about the work we do.

Sheila Elias | Contemporary Artist

Known as a painter, photographer, and sculptor and for her installation art, and collages made by combining paint and photographs, the evolution of technology has always paralleled her work throughout its development. From the original copy machine to today’s iPad, and the influence of electronics permeates her process. Sheila’s work has been shown widely in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad over the past three decades, including the New York Public Library, Bass Museum in Miami Beach, and the Musee des Arts Decoratifs at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Sheila’s art has been featured in exhibitions and galleries coast to coast and accorded international acclaim as well. Her paintings hang in such disparate places as Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Frost Art Museum, Miami, FL; The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, FL; Kunsan Contemporary Museum, Korea; Nova Scotia Museum, Nova Scotia, Canada., as well as many private collector’s homes. Read more>>

Natalie Diamond | Self-love and healthy relationships advocate & speaker

My name is Natalie Diamond. I am a speaker that strongly believes in the importance of have self-love, adapting to great self-care and only accepting healthy relationships. I once struggle with all of the above which consequently led me to self-sabatoge, toxic relationships and a life filled with unnecessary void. Finding myself via research and my faith (Christianity) my life changed for the better. As a result I have a desire and calling to be the voice that can help others that are stuck where I once was. I have been blessed enough to share my testimony and changing lives through many different outlets such as radio shows, magazines, blogs, my YouTube channel (Natalie Diamond), speaking events and many more. I am an author that was an amazon best seller and also sell merchandise to help facilitate those that want additional reminders of what they deserve, It’s my calling and I have a deep passion for it. Read more>>

Robert Izquierdo | E-commerce Marketing Manager | Strategy Specialist

I help e-commerce brands improve their marketing ROI through data-driven strategy and refined brand messaging. Over the course of my ten-year career, I have positioned myself at the forefront of trends to best serve my clients. I specialize in online marketing and multimedia campaigns, using the power of video to drive results. My innovative approach places your company’s strategy at the nexus of brand value and your industry’s best practices. Read more>>

Omar Bendezu | Entrepreneur

“¿A dónde van?” is Spanish for, “Where are you going?” For brevity, it often gets shortened to a phrase that sounds like a single word – ondevan.

This question of “where are you going?” has become a familiar one for Omar and I. We both are avid travelers who have a taste for getting off of the beaten path. Friends, family members, and coworkers are hardly surprised when we let them know of our latest plans to pack up and explore somewhere new. One of the other questions we often get is, “How did you guys meet?” Omar is from the coastal region of Peru and I’m from the Midwest. Read more>>

Meshach Berry | Menswear Blogger & Stylist

Hello all, my name is Meshach Berry and I’m a menswear blogger and stylist from Miami Florida. I run the YouTube channel “Piece Of The Puzzle” and the website www.pieceofthepuzzlesc.com. I specialize in menswear and I create content that can range from full on streetwear to even wedding attire. I also moonlight as a one on one style consultant—offering advice to anyone who may seek to explore the different realms of fashion and personal style. Read more>>

Anne Louise Burdett | Clinical Herbalist & Sex Educator

HI, I’m Annie, I am a clinical herbalist and sex educator. I am trained in western constitutional herbalism, certified as a sex coach, and youth sex educator and curriculum writer. I am part of a collective that writes curriculum and trains teachers in public schools to teach consent based, sex ed that is affirming, empowering and inclusive. I also have training in emergency medical care and trauma counseling. I am a farmer of about 20 years and I teach workshops and intensives about sex, herbs and resilience. Over the past several years, all this work started to really merge and create a beautiful interconnected web which led to me co-founding TOCA, a sexual wellness brand using botanical medicine and CBD. Read more>>

Kahlia Meeks | Motivational Teacher, Author and Para-Entrepreneur

Greetings, my name is Kahlia Meeks and this interview is another fantastic feature by Voyage Magazine and its magnificent team of individuals, who I humbly thank for the honor. This interview is a resource for the people to know who I am and why I am elated to fulfill my life’s purpose which is teaching and demonstrating to others how to live a life of righteousness and be their unique selves so they can live a fulfilled life in every aspect of living. Read more>>

Jose Lawrence | Photographer, Creative, and Business Owner

Hello, my name is Jose Lawrence. I am a local creative photographer and small business owner in South Florida. I have been shooting now for about six years and am extremely passionate about my craft. I constantly strive to improve my skills as well as capture the stories of any individual I capture in front of my lens. The name of my business is JLaw Inspired Images and the primary focus is artistic and portrait photography. I seek to always create a fun, safe, and relaxed atmosphere for my clients and subjects. I also provide education to them in terms of modeling poses, understanding the complexities of photography and lighting. It is my hope that through my work I can inspire others as well as provide a way for people to be able to freely express themselves without the worry of judgement and social labeling. Read more>>

Daviah Jennings | Nail artist

My name is Daviah and I’m a 26 years-old Miami native with 10+ years experience as a nail technician. I’m located in Davie, Fl and my specialty is nail art. I make and sell hand-painted press on nails and it is my new passion! Read more>>

Adrienne Horn | Executive Editor

Adrienne Horn, a native resident of Miami, Florida, is a young, energetic community leader whose primary focus is perfecting literary projects that will positively impact the lives of those who have an enthusiasm for reading. Read more>>

David Rodriguez | Director/Editor/Creative Direction

My name is David and I direct videos for artists and businesses while using my editing talents in mixed medium compositions to creatively tell my clients story. I started off making unique home videos of my daughter incorporating SFX I was practicing and learning, which lead me to the name “Dad Filmed It”. I am currently directing Music Videos for tons of artists and actively working with local businesses like Tacos & Tattoos & Kendall Supply to help elevate marketing, content creation, and art in general in our community of Kendall. I am proud to be and represent for Miami in the way this platform has allowed me. Read more>>

Jamie Rodriguez | Jrodconcerts Media | Music Podcast & Media Network

In a nutshell, I’m an American music Journalist, podcaster, and former Miami radio personality based in Nashville who is the founder and CEO of Jrodconcerts Media. Our main show ‘Jrodconcerts: The Podcast’ has grown substantially to over 50,000 unique listeners in 50 states and 13 countries with the mission of sharing the inside stories and lessons of artists the world should know. Read more>>

Jachill Puesan | Esthetician

I would like to introduce myself. My name is Jachill Puesan, I’m the face behind @chillandbakedspa. I’ve been an esthetician for over 9 years and counting! I just recently opened up my business about to have a ONE YEAR and it has been the BEST thing ever. Being my own boss, definitely not easy but so worth it . I always told myself before my 30th bday I wanted to work for myself and I did it while being 29 👏🏽. I’ve worked and freelanced for many companies just to name a few from Ulta, Benefit cosmetics, Too Faced etc. Before micro blading existed I was doing eyebrows extensions and came out in the TV show Despierta America, explaining the process etc. But…… Read more>>

Janelle Harris | Contributor for digital publications, Publicist, Media, Marketer, Consulting Event Organizer and Producer

Janelle founded She Exist to empower, ignite, celebrate, and inspire women from all nationalities, ethnicities, religions, and races to live not solely in matters and efforts of their own but for the general welfare of women worldwide. This mission is embodied in Janelle’s broad scope of work as a savvy businesswoman, entrepreneur, marketing professional, PR, and Producer. Her broad scope of work includes clients such as Kimberly Brown, Founder of Daughters of Legends, Debie Wells, founder of Nelaj Sky. Linda Walker, the founder of Faithworks Empowerment and Co-Manager of a record label, 24 Fly Entertainment. Read more>>

Tamara Benavente | Photographer

My name is Tamara Benavente and I’m a photographer based in Miami. Read more>>

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