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Boca Raton’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyageMIA 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 Miami’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 Boca Raton rising stars below.

Talia Roberts

Lindsay and I have a combined background in marketing, events and visual merchandising, but never planned to start our own events company — it kind of just magically unfolded in its own way and we are still blown away by it all. Our first picnic was November 2020. We wanted to celebrate one of our best girlfriends who was turning 40, but most of our crew was still hesitant to socialize in large groups. Lindsay came up with the idea of doing a socially-distant boho picnic-style party in my backyard and luckily everyone was up for it. The party included roomy pallet picnic tables (built in my driveway by her stepdad, Bob, who now handles all our woodworking, custom signage and personalization), individual charcuterie boards, personalized wine glasses, as many floral arrangements, candles and boho accents as we could fit, and live music — all outdoors under the twinkling lights and stars. Dreamy doesn’t even begin to describe the evening, and afterward everyone asked if and how they could hire us, so we thought we might be on to something. Read more>>

Gabriela Barbieri

I started photography at a very young age. Having been blessed with a darkroom in my middle school I found myself always shooting and developing film with different unique processes all through my middle and high school years. Within high school, I started shooting more digital imagery but didn’t use it as a primary method until after the supply of chemicals and film were not available anymore. Today I shoot primarily digital photography and specialize in musical events, such as concerts and festivals, and artist portraits. In 2021 I visited around 20 states touring with artists and shot multiple events in the South Florida and Philadelphia areas. Read more>>

Erica Purtill

I grew up in a rural suburb of Buffalo, New York. My parents both worked in government jobs and we didn’t have much. I learned the values of hard work and dedication through working on my family’s horse farm at a young age. I still believe the lessons I learned about the importance of a strong work ethic and pride in what you are doing have stuck with me throughout the years. I also started my working career at various part-time jobs in retail and hospitality. When I went to college, I struggled to hit the nail on the head of what I wanted to do in life. After dabbling in finance, medical services and communications, I discovered that business, more specifically marketing was my niche. I realized I had a superpower to sell something to a customer that didn’t even know they needed it and make them believe that their life wouldn’t be complete without it. Boom! I found my calling. One freezing winter, as I was walking home from my restaurant job, I vowed that I would move to Florida to complete my Master’s degree in the sunshine, where there are more opportunities than in Buffalo at the time. Read more>>

Avashayé Fuller

I’ve always been a business-minded person so it all officially started back in 2008 working at my corporate job wanting the freedom of setting my own hours of operation. I took the risk while still working my 9-5 but now using it to fund my entrepreneurial ship business. Here I am years plus later with a different business but same drive. It took a lot of failures and uninterested ideas to birth the businesses I have today. I am the proud owner of FullerExperience LLC who owns Posh Pearl Spa®.️ Read more>>

Tricia Krefetz

I’m a big believer in taking chances, following your heart and CREATING the life you WANT. I’m not afraid to fail. But, I’m very afraid to look back at my life one day and have regrets. And, that mindset has led me to exactly where I am today. My path to owning my photography studio certainly hasn’t been a linear one. I look back now and know that every decision and experience, both good and bad, was essential part of my journey. Although I’ve always been an artist at heart, I did not pursue photography as a career at first. I spent my early professional years as a writer and marketing executive in the corporate world. Although I found success there in the traditional terms (financial, status, etc.), the corporate grind and status quo left my heart and soul feeling unfulfilled. I decided to fill that void by pursuing my passion for photography. Read more>>

Tyler Nemec

I started shooting and editing videos in college as a hobby. It began with watching travel and lifestyle videos on YouTube like Jay Alvarez and Jon Olson. I thought the videos they were making we so cool and entertaining I wanted to do what they were doing. I bought a GoPro Hero 4 in 2015 before a family trip to Mexico and brought it with me. I took it with me everywhere on that trip and then edited a video with the clips when I got back. Even though the video didn’t turn out nearly as good as I imagined it would in my head, I loved every bit of the process and it instantly became hooked. I wanted to learn as much as I could about videography and started watching tutorials on YouTube pretty much every day. I made several other videos with my GoPro and eventually got a cheap entry-level DSLR camera from a family member after making a comment that I was getting really interested in videography. I kept making short videos that I would post on the internet and a real estate agent saw one I made and asked if he could hire me to do short videos of the properties he was selling. Read more>>

Tricia Krefetz

I’m a big believer in taking chances, following your heart and CREATING the life you WANT. I’m not afraid to fail. But, I’m very afraid to look back at my life one day and have regrets. And, that mindset has led me to exactly where I am today. My path to owning my photography studio certainly hasn’t been a linear one. I look back now and know that every decision and experience, both good and bad, was essential part of my journey. Although I’ve always been an artist at heart, I did not pursue photography as a career at first. I spent my early professional years as a writer and marketing executive in the corporate world. Although I found success there in the traditional terms (financial, status, etc.), the corporate grind and status quo left my heart and soul feeling unfulfilled. I decided to fill that void by pursuing my passion for photography. While working full-time in my corporate job, I started taking photography courses and immersing myself in that world. One important commitment I made to myself during this time of transition changed everything. I committed to doing ONE small thing every single day that involved photography. Some days that meant taking a class. Other days it was as simple as reading an article about photography or attending a networking event. Or giving myself a photography assignment and venturing out to take pictures.  Read more>>

Keyla Bronté

My story with Esthetics started back in 2015, 17 at the time when I suddenly developed cystic acne. I’ll never forget how lost and insecure this made me feel. I used every OTC product I could find that said “would help.”⁠ every DIY with kitchen ingredients, nothing was working. It seemed to work for everyone else, why wasn’t it working for me? The lonely struggle went on for about a year till I begged my parents to help me, to take me to someone so I could fix my skin. We found an Esthetician (Christine at Skin Apeel Day Spa) who was literally an angel to me. She made sure to remind me every time I saw her how beautiful I was, that this was only temporary. Christine was able to help me not only gain back control over my skin with treatments but help me change my lifestyle to continue seeing results. Sure, it took a lottttttt of time, a lot of treatments, but there’s no such thing as a quick fix. Patience and consistency is key. Read more>>

Tashana Zavot

My company was created and founded in 2015 by yours truly! I was a struggling college student working two jobs to make ends meet. I knew God had a better plan for me. I started this company that was originally called J’adore Lash 360! However, after I graduated from Florida College of Natural Health with a license as a paramedical esthetician. God later revealed to me this was my new beginning! Hence the Genesis. I didn’t realize it at first but working at those jobs allowed me to sharpen my skills and incorporate those practices into what is now Genesis Beauté. In the essence of evolving, I wanted my company to reflect the great things God instilled in me. I pray and ask God for assistance on how to continue to bless His people through Genesis Beauté. My mission is to stay committed to exuding the beauty that God has already bestowed upon you. I will do so by providing services of integrity such as long-lasting healthy lashes. Taking a paramedical approach with skincare and making you feel confident in your skin while uplifting you. It’s not only about the money. Genesis Beaute is ready to bring out what God has already blessed you with. Let the beauty begin with you. Read more>>

Louize Fiore

I am the owner of Aequibelli Law and the owner/founder of The Bellimori Foundation. I graduated from NSU in 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Legal Studies & a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science. I then graduated from University of Miami Law with my JD in 2018, where I was admitted into the Florida Bar the same year. This journey was long and not always clear. I was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Since I was about five years old, I knew I wanted to be an attorney in the United States. As luck would have it, my family migrated to Florida when I was ten years old, which made my desire to be an attorney in the US viable. Read more>>

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  1. Davine

    December 20, 2017 at 12:31 am

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    January 17, 2018 at 2:50 am

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