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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.

Sofia Sasso

I have always been an artist since I was little and I love painting and designing both digitally and manually, I also have a very creative mind and have a very quirky personality, I’m a dreamer and I love the sky and universe and lately, I started painting a lot of beautiful backgrounds and thought I could make money with my talent! Read more>>

Jamarah Aurelus

As a freshman at Florida Atlantic University, majoring in biology as a pre-med student is pretty scary. As a minority woman, I felt as if there weren’t any organizations that I could join and truly belonged in. I couldn’t graduate FAU without bringing something to the table that would empower and HELP the black women who were majoring in something medical. That’s when I decided to charter Black Women in Medicine Inc. at Florida Atlantic University On January 14th, 2018. It took months for this organization to come about, I had the idea of starting a minority organization at FAU but I didn’t know where to start. Read more>>

Elanese

I’ve been singing since I was little girl. I used to beg my mom take me to every audition I could find. I started performing in local competitions and talent shows around South Florida. I also started to meet some local music producers along the way, and fell in love with being in the studio and writing music. While I was in school, I would drive down to Miami three times a week for my six hour studio sessions, get home late, and then wake up super early to get to class in the mornings, all I ever wanted to do was sing. Being in the studio for that many hours a week really helped me sharpen my writing skills and experiment with who I was as an artist. When I was attending college at FAU, I got the opportunity to audition for a televised singing competition. Read more>>

Lauren Aurigemma

Pursuit of Paper began as just an idea almost a decade ago out of an overwhelming affection for invitations, with an emphasis on beautiful paper. With a passion for paper — along with a love for wedding and event planning — we created custom designs, paired with branding expertise, to be able to offer brides a new way of getting event invitations they loved, all while not spending a fortune. Most of the designs from our launch were designed 8+ years ago, so it’s proven that they are timeless. Whether in need of an invitation, monogram, program, menu, place card or any other event necessity, the overall goal is to provide affordable, alternative options to printing paper goods for special occasions. Read more>>

Joe Keit

Sifu Joe Keit is proud to serve as a Firefighter/Paramedic and also is very proud to have been a successful Kung Fu instructor for over 20 years. Even though he has accomplished much in his career, Sifu is more amazed by how many students he has trained and how well his students have done, not only in competitions but also in their careers and personal lives. His students are his inspiration to continue to teach, and many have followed him for ten years or more. At an early age, Sifu Joe trained in Karate and Tae Kwon Do. The experience had a life-changing impact and he eventually was able to begin training Kung Fu at the age of 16. He started with Wing Chun and Tai Chi. Read more>>

Khalif Hollis

As a kid, I was always intuned with the arts because of my parents. Both wanted my siblings and I to be more than just an athlete. So while growing up, I played sports and was always doing something with the arts. I first picked up the camera when I was a junior in high school. The reason behind it was because I felt this pressure to always be this great football player but never being more than that. After I went to Benedict college for a full-ride athletic scholarship, there was this constant struggle between me and my photography. Once I left school, I took that summer to really invest my time with my photography again, and it’s been nothing but work since then. Read more>>

Ken Berman

I learned about the market at an early age when my middle school ran a stock-picking contest. Each student selected two assets and tracked the performance for six to eight weeks. My picks of Polaroid and Disney (DIS) won me the contest and jump-started my interest in investing. I would call my father’s stockbroker each afternoon to track individual stocks—at that time, the closing bell was at 4:30 PM and the newspaper was the only way to monitor performance. From there, I got to know the ins and outs of investing. In the late 90’s, I was a stockbroker for Smith Barney now a division of Morgan Stanley when I developed the initial algorithm for the Gorilla Trades platform. It could identify stocks primed to break out using a blend of 14 technical indicators. Read more>>

Alyssa Gant

I went vegan in 2016 after being vegetarian on and off for a few years. Originally, I attempted a plant-based diet just to lose a few pounds and to see if I could stick to it, but after watching documentaries such as Forks Over Knives and reading the China Study, I completely changed my lifestyle. I wanted to understand why someone would make such a drastic diet change (and stick to it.) After researching and educating myself on the environmental and health benefits, a vegan lifestyle came with I decided to make the transition. I began experimenting in the kitchen while I was living in the dorms and my friends were always intrigued. Read more>>

Rodneyshaa

At a very young age, around 10 or 11 I’ve always wanted to start a business. I remember selling candy when I was in 5th grade, then transitioned over to something that was trending in middle school, which was slime. I wanted to make some extra money, so I decided why not give that a try. I stopped selling and in 7th grade, I was really into fashion and trendy things, so I posted on my Instagram story that I officially wanted to start a business. After doing some research for a year or two, I decided that I want to become my own boss. Neyshaacloset came about. Neyshaacloset, your one-stop shop. Read more>>

Romene Henrice

Honestly, it’s the challenge of it all. Being told that I couldn’t be something because of my size, I didn’t know then, but I know now that it would be the fuel to my fire. You see, “its not about the size you wear, but rather how you wear your size.” I hate limitations, therefore I live by the scripture “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13 so you see, my God says with him I’m limitless. In all I do, I live my life as such. Read more>>

StoneMichael Karol

When I was really young, I spent a lot of time at Al Hendrickson Toyota, which is where my mother worked and managed the finance department. I was strongly influenced by the salesman and sales managers there and quickly caught onto sales and persuasion. Most of them took me under their wing and taught me what they knew, many said that I would be a strong salesman or entrepreneur when I grew older — this is where I first heard about an “entrepreneur” and really became interested. When I turned 16, I started looking into other high-income skills besides sales and I quickly became interested in website design and development. Over a two-year period, I began learning how to build fully optimized websites with the idea in mind that I would soon start working with businesses and personal brands. Read more>>

2 Comments

  1. Davine

    December 20, 2017 at 12:31 am

    Am interested have beautiful line of jewelry

  2. Maria Juliana

    January 17, 2018 at 2:50 am

    Great Stories, Love it!!

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