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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.

Netica Salas

I’ve always loved fashion, looking nice, comfortable and neat. I became an Image Consultant because I liked helping people look and feel good. Later on, I created a small following on Instagram, which I still maintain where I share things I love: Fashion, style and my travel experiences. Today, my passions are creating content for brands that fascinate me, inspiring people, and growing in social media. During my travels around the world. Read more>>

Azra Valani

When I was a kid, I spent most of my time at libraries. Which meant I often spent most of my childhood hiding under my covers all night, small flashlight in one hand and book in the other. With no surprise, I went on to graduate with an Applied Economics degree and made my way to the corporate world. Two years in, I took an acting class on a whim and quickly realized I wasn’t reading the stories in books anymore. I was telling the stories. Read more>>

Jerry Gousse

MTM J-VILLE was born on April 12, 1991, as Jerry Gousse. Currently, he is striving to make waves in the music industry as an upcoming artist. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, raised in Queens and is making a mark as he aspires to create an image for himself as an artist in Miami. Since a young age, MTM J-VILLE has always had a passion for music. His taste in music is versatile, from hip-hop to country, pop, and more. Read more>>

Kyla Thomas and Enrique Villacreses

In 2019/2020, we graduated from the New World School of the Arts College for Dance in Downtown Miami. This program term lasts four years and is very rigorous nonetheless, with dance training Monday-Friday starting at 8 am and a 30-minute break before academic classes. Included were performance opportunities from current leading choreographers, master classes and repertoire from companies all over the world. Read more>>

Daniella Romero

I’ve always been a storyteller and someone fascinated with the complexities of relationships and human emotions. I’m a natural observer and love asking all types of hypothetical questions that normally would become at length discussions for people with conflicting philosophies. And yeah, in some cases, I do love to stir the pot. 😉 And in Miami, a city full of vibrant cultures that make it so unique, the differing perspectives are even that much more interesting. Read more>>

Michael Snell

You don’t just fall into the positions that Michael has held over the past fourteen years. Always working to build a strong reputation within the affluent lifestyle arena, both Michael’s connections and sensibilities are diverse, and the deep commitment he shows to each are reflected in his carefully curated clients, contacts, and business partners as they are what he claims to be one of the fundamental parts of both his brand marketing and strategy and personal growth. Read more>>

Sofia Borges

I grew up here in Miami, Florida, where I became aware of the problematic reality of sea-level rise at a very young age. Just a little bit of rainfall has the city completely flooded. Growing up, my dad was always very passionate about climate change and it wasn’t unusual for our dinner table conversations to be about the future of our planet. My dad would always ask me, ‘What will you do to help the planet?’ and I truly struggled to find a meaningful answer until I discovered the truth behind the fashion industry. Read more>>

Maria Tripodis

I had always wanted to become a chef. My mother is an excellent cook, and I spent a lot of time with her in the kitchen. My father is a gastroenterologist, so I was always interested in the physical body and the importance of gut health. Being that both of my parents’ families and from small Greek islands, the idea of food as medicine and the fundamentals of the Mediterranean diet have been very much present in our daily lives. Read more>>

Phiona Reynolds

I always had a passion to be in front of the camera. In fourth grade, my mom Put me in theatre and Opera. That was my first real experience being apart of a production. We would do many shows each week, which left me exhausted but it was exhilarating at the same time. I enjoyed performing in front of large crowds and liked the idea of being apart of a cast. Years later, my family and I relocated to Georgia. During My senior year of high school, a friend of mine who worked for a production company helped me get casted for a featured role in a film called Bolden. Read more>>

Irina Rostova

Prior to becoming a lawyer, I worked in bank management at Chase Bank. I found out about a government investor visa program (EB-5 Visa) that allows foreign nationals to obtain US residency when they finance projects that create jobs in the US market. I loved the idea of working with a program that helps entrepreneurial families to relocate to the United States while benefiting the American economy through job creation. Read more>>

Jamir Miller

My name is Jamir Miller, and I am the owner and founder of Righteously Unique Boutique, LLC. I was born and raised in Miami, Florida, where I graduated from Booker T. Washington, a senior high school. I’ve attended the University of North Florida, where I obtained my bachelor’s in Elementary Education and my Masters in Educational Leadership. While working on my Masters Degree, I decided to launch my own clothing boutique. Read more>>

Kassandra Abreu

Getting introduced to Personal Self Development and Growth through the second-highest-paid industry in the world; Network Marketing saved my life. Before this, I was completely lost in life and had no sense of direction as to what I wanted to do. I knew that I wanted to be highly successful and my own boss, but with no idea on how to get there so I was basically wandering through life. Read more>>

Claudia Dompé and Stefania Pittaluga

We are four Italians Claudia Dompé, Stefania Pittaluga, Marco Mazzoli, Claudio Dompé that started a Radio Station in Miami to bring the Dance Music World to Miami Radio waves. Read more>>

Manny Rionda

The Ocean Conservancy states the number one threat to Florida’s marine environment is trash and marine debris. In 2015, FillABag co-founder Nancy Davis and I had an idea: bring an empty bag on our daily beach strolls, fill it with trash and marine debris, dispose of it in a responsible manner, document and share the stories on social media. The response was overwhelmingly positive, and it got us thinking. What if we could encourage others to adopt this habit? What if we could make it easier to engage folks in this simple act of eco-activism. Read more>>

Carla Oliva

I was born and raised in South Florida. My parents were immigrants who, like many others, came to the United States in search of a better life for themselves and their children. Although they struggled financially, my siblings and I never experienced real poverty – we were always fed and clothed living in a humble and clean home filled with love. I remember my mother tirelessly working to make sure that we had a better life than she had. Read more>>

Jocelyn Castillo

Eleven 10 is a digital creative agency founded in the living room of our founder, Jocelyn’s 1110 apartment in Tampa, FL. With a cold brew in hand and her ‘work for myself one-day’ notebook in the other, Jocelyn penned her vision to plant the seed and water the dream to help brands constantly grow and flourish. At Eleven 10, we grow where we are planted and do it as a team. Read more>>

Angely Charlme

At a tender age being an entrepreneur was bound to happen without me even knowing. I grew up in a household where my grandmother, Angie, had to work for everything she earned and I always admired that about her. She worked sleepless nights, Sunday’s to Sunday’s just to sustain the family and make sure we were comfortable. Every time she got set back six times, God pushed her forward seven times. Every time a door close, a new one opened for her. Read more>>

Gabo Soriano

Music started as a hobby for me. When I was little, I used to beg my parents for a guitar and played it for hours on end once I got one. I took lessons and participated in art festivals at my high school. Without realizing, I caught myself writing songs. Eventually, I decided to record a song just to see what it’d sound like and fell in love with every aspect of the process from the production to the writing, recording, mixing and mastering. Read more>>

Amaan Normil

Music started out as a hobby throughout my teenage years. Writing was something that I was pretty good at when it came to school and English was my favorite subject. I started taking music seriously as a passion and career about four years ago when I released my 1st project “Day In the Life” back in 2016. The response I got back then and throughout my career kept me going, and also the desire to see the emotions and ideas I have in me come to life. Read more>>

Marcos Lopez

Venezuelan born started as a personal assistant for a TV personality of Telemundo network for two years. The big break came on a red carpet his PR was not able to make it and I covered my first Latin Billboards red carpet about eight years ago, I did go to Miami Dade for TV productions and radio broadcasting with a minor in PR. after that first Red Carpet I understood what I wanted to do so I started preparing myself for what I have been doing for eight year. Read more>>

Mark Zhuk

I began my physician career as a Family Medicine Doctor in Canada. In 2001, I relocated to Miami and launched an outpatient radiology practice. We grew from 1 to 15 centers over a 14 year period. Then in 2017, I began focusing on longevity medicine, utilizing advanced imaging and biochemistry to screen for disease. I have always loved technology and have applied it in my practice in a very unique way. Typically patients are recommended to do MRI or PET/CT screening following a diagnosis. Read more>>

Gloria Hernando

I am born and raised in Miami, FL, with Dominican roots. My entire life has been dedicated to the pursuit of the arts. In addition to always painting and drawing, I had the opportunity of exploring other art forms such as ballet for thirteen years and classical piano for eight years. A family trip to Europe in 2005 inspired me to later PURSUE two years of architecture at the University of Miami, and three years of Interior Design at the University of Florida. Read more>>

Jamieson Murphy

I grew up in a small town in Connecticut, a town where everyone knew everybody, everybody’s families knew each other and everyone that we’re friends played on the same sports teams. I grew up with no siblings, just a mother and father, whom both had an incredible work ethic and entrepreneur mindset. My mother ran a horse farm and my father owned a franchise with Verizon Wireless. Read more>>

Selena Aguilera

My parents were truly worried about my future because I showed no other interests and I really wasn’t good at anything else. In high school, I was a horrible student I could barely keep my gpa at a 2.0, truly I’m not sure how I graduated. I went to MDC after HS in 2012, I studied mass communications for three semesters. Everything and everyone about that experience bored me to death… so I dropped out and went to beauty school. Read more>>

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