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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.

Lisé Galezo

I live in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. And I love it! I love city life, being part of a community of diverse cultures and the presence of art everywhere. I can’t help it, I’m from New York! I thrive on meeting people and exploring opportunities to collaborate and create. Read more>>

Tatiana Cast

After years of working in the corporate sector, I made a career shift and art became the focal point of my life starting in 2013. To explain the shift, I shall start from the beginning. Art played an important role in my life when I was growing up. As a child, I was lucky enough to grow up with my grandparents. Read more>>

Censay Darilus

It’s a very interesting story about how I began my journey into photography. Before I began all this, I actually went to the University of Central Florida and attained a mechanical engineering degree. Every individual that I tell this to are always surprised that an engineer is doing photography. Read more>>

Lauren Loparo

Growing up I was always into sports, and then in college got more into weight training. As a kid involved in sports, nobody taught me how to stretch, or told me the importance of stretching and recovery. When I was in my mid 20’s I started feeling the effects of never doing any recovery and I started having some issues. Read more>>

Christina Sullivan

As far back as the sixth grade, I knew I was a helper. I can recall telling my friends I wanted to be a psychiatrist or a psychologist because I’d always felt a strong need to help others, and I was always the one the other kids told their problems too. I had a difficult childhood. Read more>>

Henry Caballero

I have been surrounded by games & computers since I was a child built/modified my first computer at the age of seven just so my older brother could burn CDs and sell them at his high school. My interest and exploration into E-sports really accelerated when I began to play Gears of War. Read more>>

Rebeka Miranda

My story started about two years ago when a friend suggested that I opened my own business since I have learned a lot about the remodeling/construction world. I was hesitant in the beginning and thought to myself: “how am I opening my own company and handling everything. Read more>>

Stephanie Elvine-Presume

I am now, would take a couple pages from the insert of a novel… but to sum it all up in the most simplest terms: to self-motivation, determination and most importantly mentorship. I find great significance in listening and comprehension. I have received inspiration from many women and men. Read more>>

Lori Franke

My husband Kirk and I are contemporary art collectors and we have been involved with the NSU Art Museum for years through Cobra Circle which is an invitation-only group of young leaders associated with the museum. I became one of the co-chairs for Cobra Circle and thanks to my involvement with the museum I was asked to join Beaux-Arts which was a tremendous honor. Read more>>

Karolina Zekhtser

I became a hairstylist at the age of 18. By the age of 24, I bought my first salon in NY and met my partner in crime that later became my husband. Times were tough and I picked up a side job as a salon distributor for Paramount company, it was easy for me to open new accounts and revamp salons. Read more>>

Susana Fuertes

My story is the product of my happiest early childhood memories in my home country of Lima, Peru. I remember being at my grandmother’s side while she arranged her roses from her rose garden. My loving grandfather would shower her with additional roses every week. Read more>>

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