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Fort Lauderdale’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 South Florida’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 inspiring stories from Fort Lauderdale below.

Nancy F.

I got started right in my room in my old house. I remember brainstorming with God right in my room telling him that I want to create another Instagram page, but this time it will be different. I asked God what he thought about the idea and I got so much peace. I had social media pages before, but the new ones I have now, the route is totally different. At the time I had an iPhone SE (so small lol) and I used it to create my social media outlets. Read more>>

Felipe Laverde

I’ve always been using disposable cameras from what I can remember. I love the process and did it for fun. I never took photography seriously until about last year. My stepdad is in the music business and always get invited to concerts and me loving music, especially rock, I always tag along with him. And one time I thought to myself, I wanna be closer to the music and have something to remember these moments. Read more>>

Nyomi Woods

I am a former NBA Miami Heat Dancer with a Master’s in Education and Instructional Design. With a fruitful educational experience of 10+ years, I believe I am the first African American woman to build an online platform that provides a resource for communicating expectations early. The goal of my program is to promote healthy and rewarding bonds, positive communication, social skills and overall acceptance of others. Read more>>

Shay Nelson

In 2011 when I relocated from New York to Florida, I was so intrigued by the amazing landscapes in Florida. I started to take more photos that capture the stunning view of nature. Photography was just a passion for many years. I did not see myself sharing my art, as it was more of a personal desire. I started to take photography classes that taught me to look beyond what meets the eyes. My love for photography motivates me to explore the city I was living in at the time. Read more>>

Christian Soler

I incorporated other talents such as music and dance performance, it is a platform that I am going to use to help local musicians and dancers improve their businesses/careers. The name: Capture the Zander is an idea; ” It is the infinite of what can be, what is, and what isn’t. In other words, it can be whatever you want it to be. Read more>>

Tank McCoy

To understand where I started, you’d have to understand where my previous life ended. Was born and raised in the Greater Tampa Bay area, was back and forth between my mom’s crib in Bradenton and my grandfather’s house in Tampa (more specifically Brandon). I was raised on both sides of the spectrum as when I was with my mother, I experienced poverty and was exposed to the streets as opposed to being with my grandfather and having whatever was monetarily tangible. Read more>>

Nicole Forrest

When I was in the 7th grade my school at the time participated in a 7th-grade dance. I remember that day like it was yesterday. My mother was always the lenient mom, so asking to get my hair and nails done was not an issue for me. She let me go to one of my classmate’s homes and from there, we went to get our nails done. While in the salon, I would see ladies walking in and out. They were either coming in to get their nails done or leaving from getting their hair done. Read more>>

Sunny Smith

I graduated from FAMU with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. Throughout my time at FAMU, I was often responsible for creating t-shirt designs and flyers for my organization. This made me so much more comfortable in my field, helped me build my portfolio, and designated me as a go-to person for graphics. I decided to do freelance graphic design work after college as a way for creating extra income. Family and friends were, and still are, constantly recommending me and growing my reach. Read more>>

Brian Breach

My journey started off in the world of music, where I spent more than a decade performing and opening for some of the biggest names in hip hop as well as having my song air nationally as the intro to a TV show for three years. In the process of making music, I was able to co-found GTPS independent label & a highly successful hip hop blog getthatpaperson.comRead more>>

Shapelle Humphrey

March 2019, I literally woke up one day and decided I wanted to learn how to do nails. I took my very last refund check I received from Broward college and bought the supplies I needed. I practiced on and off for about two weeks. April is 2019. I started to actually do nails. Late April, I posted my work on twitter and it went viral. My clientele started to build and my followers were increasing. Through the months, I worked really hard and was putting out great work. Read more>>

Mahaffey Augustin

During this time, I was apart of Broward County rap group “Unsivilized”. We were some young Haitian teens trying to live out rap dreams. These times were amazing to say the lease before it was the norm & trend to be a rapper. One of the most memorable moments was in 2007, releasing smash single “Whippin Da Bass” which featured Miami’s own Rick Ross (MMG Ceo, Wing Stop investor, Luc Belaire Ambassador). Read more>>

Mary Leon

It all started with a hobby and the feeling of truly connecting with others. My process has been “baby steps” but this project has been achieved with constant learning & networking. Although I’m at an early stage, there are great things ahead. Read more>>

Ginger Kelly

I always dreamed big about being in the beauty/fashion industry. My upbringing even though I was a tomboy, I always kept up with the latest trends. One day a makeup brush was put in my hand as a teenager and it changed my life forever. I remember telling everyone how big of a makeup artist I was going to be. I have an extensive background working for beauty brands like Sephora, GBS beauty, Cover FX, Inglot, Nars, and even Bare + Beauty. Read more>>

Shalisa West

I’ve always wanted to be a model since a little girl, like elementary; I was just always athletic and had dreams of playing basketball overseas somewhere. So, I begged my mom to let me do both and being the mother she was I did just that. Unfortunately, I wasn’t that superstar model kid I was seeing all over TV or billboards – I mean I had a little agency in Orlando, but I and my mom were both novice to the industry so it seemed like my mom was paying for everything. Read more>>

Justin Allen

DA Method was birthed from a dream. It woke me up in the middle of the night and was clear like a commercial advertising every detail of my product. The name went through a few different variations to get it just right but it ultimately was confirmed by a waiter who had the same name. The meaning behind the name is what is important. Two years ago, I was in a horrible accident that left me in a coma and with a shattered leg. Read more>>

ZarahBodhi “zara bo he”

I am a first-generation college graduate and the youngest of four daughters. I graduated from the University of Florida College of Law in 2000 and finally became a member of the Florida bar in 2005. Both law school and the bar exam were extremely difficult for me and I questioned my passion in my first year of law school. After a difficult first year, including suffering from depression, I withdrew in my fourth semester. Read more>>

Shauline Dallas

I was obsessed with magazines, not only for the free samples of perfume but all the at-home skincare and haircare regimes and red lipstick look… yes anyone with red lipstick in those magazines… I was obsessed! I learned so much from these magazines that I was the “go to person” for my friends and family when they wanted to know what to do and what products to choose. Read more>>

Alexandria Oscar

I’ve always sung when I was a child. I remember once when I was four I was singing some song-I can’t remember-but my mom yelled “LEXI”. I thought I was making too much noise, so I stopped. She said, “why did you stop?! That’s you singing like that?!” I was so confused I didn’t know if she was being mean or nice lmao! She was on the phone with my grandma and she told her how I was singing and it was so nice. Read more>>

Johnathan Pratt

I started shooting in 2015, shooting friends using different cameras to find my camera color style I liked. I was still working a 9-5 at Robert Wayne footwear. At the time I was using a Canon t5i for photos, I sold my first set of aftermarket wheels to get that camera. I learned the camera shortly after realizing I needed to invest in a better camera that shot 4k because of better quality and everyone artist I encountered was looking for it. Read more>>

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