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Downtown & Brickell’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 Downtown and Brickell’s rising stars below.

Erika Sanchez

At the time, I was a property manager. I would decorate my friends birthday and events for fun. I got pregnant with my first child in 2008 and decided I no longer was inspired to spend my time anywhere else that was not home and that was not 100 percent for me. Read more>>

Shane Vernon, Erick Passo, and Mike Mora

While our story is anything but brief, I’ll try my best. In 2011, we founded Red Rabbit Presents, an Entertainment & Lifestyle brand that has thrived in the Miami Nightlife market since it’s inception. Through Red Rabbit Presents we’ve been able to work with some of the premier hospitality brands in the city, and even the world. Read more>>

Catherine Macdonald, Julia Wester, Christian Pankow, Jake Jerome, Nick Perni

Field School grew out of a recognition that there is a lack of opportunity for high-quality training in the practical skills required to work as a marine scientist. Many universities lack easy access to the coast or may not have faculty with the experience to lead field courses. More than that, academia doesn’t reward research scientists very effectively for the time they spend teaching and mentoring—they’re primarily evaluated on how many research papers they publish and how much grant money they bring in. Read more>>

Mariadolores Castellanos

I was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1958, but have lived in Guatemala City since I was two years old. I studied at the Guatemalan German School where I enjoyed the art classes very much, I felt they were truly excellent. My mother thought it would be a good idea to enroll me in special oil painting classes with different locally well-known artists, the likes of Manolo Gallardo, Elmar Rojas, Roberto Gonzalez Goyri and Roberto Cabrera. Read more>>

Alessandra Calderín

I grew up in Miami and as a kid, I was equal parts magic and logic (thank you Capricorn sun + Pisces moon). I practiced yoga early, I had an extremely active imagination, but I also loved microscopes and animals and math. As I grew older, however, the magical parts started to fade and were replaced with a need to achieve under a model of success that wasn’t mine. Read more>>

Zulu Painter

I am a Visual Artist creating paintings, murals and more across FL and throughout the US. I have been creating since I was able to hold a crayon and I vividly remember copying the comics page from the newspaper. My 1st venture as a “Street Artist” was encouraged by my fellow Artists Sebastian Coolidge and James Oleson in Saint Petersburg, FL back in 2015. Today, I can hardly drive down the street without getting distracted by bare walls that I consider blank canvases, ready for me to paint. Read more>>

Jayan Bertrand

Before I started making music, I was a visual artist. It was said that I was great at what I did but something wasn’t satisfying me in the field. Music caught my attention and reignited the passion that I once reserved for art. From there, I was able to perform locally and draw the flyers for my own shows. I merged the two passions and continued to pursue others. I ended up teaching myself drums, bass, and some keyboard (still a work in progress). Read more>>

Mintoy Lergier

I went from having nothing to have something, I was cleaning houses since I’m 17 turning 18 and God have the right people in my path to help me achieve my goals you know. I have been doing modeling since 18 and I kind slow down at the age of 27, I think it’s about time for me to settle now and help other I said to myself, so I create this group of model’s call. Athena Model Group so I can focus on school and also my side job of Managing the Latin Urban Artist I work with. Read more>>

Mauricio Ferrazza

Mauricio Ferrazza has been working with animation production for film and TV for over 25 years. With a B.A. in Advertising and Marketing and an M.F.A. in Computer Animation, Ferrazza specialized in dynamics and particle simulation, creating motion and recreating natural phenomena through the application of the principles of physics. Storytelling has also been a focus for Ferrazza, researching the different ways storytelling engage audiences, character-driven stories for film production, and how it’s now infused in branding and sales. Read more>>

Fernando and Angela Andrade

Originally, my wife, Angela, and I met in New York. We enjoyed CKO Kickboxing so much, we wanted to bring it to the Miami/Brickell community. We decided to pack our bags and pursue our dreams. We knew we were going to build a new family both personally and professionally and we did just that. In the beginning, was not easy to bring the kickboxing concept as a workout especially when there is a belief that it is for people that want to fight. At CKO Kickboxing, we offer cardio kickboxing classes for men & women who are looking for a different workout. Read more>>

Natalia Vásquez

Throughout my life, I have felt part of all these cultures and simultaneously, completely isolated. The external reality I lived was abundant and full of opportunity, yet there was something inside that was slowly destroying me; a secret so tightly contained and hidden in shame that -it was unknown even to me- until there was no choice but to rewind. Read more>>

Veronica Menin and Diego Tosoni

Love Life Cafe was born inside of Love Life Wellness Center, which was founded in 2015, in the heart of Wynwood. The wellness center was a place for yoga, therapy, massage, acupuncture, and workshops. Love Life Cafe was an after yoga smoothie and salad quick place to start, which then grew to be a full menu restaurant because of the high demand of clients from the neighborhood. Read more>>

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