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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.

Sarah Katsandris

In 2011, I embarked on a journey fueled by my love for fashion, traveling and meeting new people! I knew I wanted to create space with not only beautiful clothes and innovative styles but a space filled with love and happiness; a place where everyone knows everyone! Fortunately, I was able to find that place in Fort Myers in Gulf Coast Town Center! Read more>>

Katrina Rollins

Do you remember when you went on your first diet? I don’t. It was so early in my life, I almost feel as if I came out of the womb dieting. I see skinny pictures of me as a child, but honestly, I don’t remember those time periods. All I remember is doing Tae Bo regularly every morning before school. Dieting became a regular part of my existence. Imagine being told every day of your life that something is wrong with you. Read more>>


With a Hustler’s mindset, get rich or die trying attitude and kush cultured ways, Zayman delivers us tales about street life and hustling over various trap melodies. Zayman born in Hollywood, Florida, discovered his love for music as a child. After he finished school he started writing music and realized this was his passion. He was very creative with words and wrote many songs. Read more>>

Laurie Menekou

After serving as the City of Weston’s Assistant Director of Communications, I began providing marketing and public relations services to local nonprofits. Through my involvement in helping to launch Emerge Broward, one of Broward County’s most active young professional groups, the parent organization’s (Leadership Broward Foundation) Executive Director asked me to help with the nonprofit’s public relations efforts. This led to other opportunities. Read more>>

Nessie Yara

I was born in San Juan Puerto Rico and have been a Florida resident since 1990. I attended the fine arts program at the University of Puerto Rico and Florida International University. However, my art was put on hold for many years as other responsibilities took priority. After many years of life happening, family, and two kids, I finally decided to get out there and recapture the gifts I have been given. Using acrylics and lots of bright colors, I started painting about motherhood, childhood, family, and the little things in between. Read more>>

Roman Marchuk

I am originally from Ukraine and I have been a Florida resident for good five years now. About that time, my sisters came to visit me (I haven’t seen them for a long time) and we took a short trip to LA. I had a cheap entry level DSLR and I thought it was cool at that time and I thought just by having a big camera you are pretty much a pro. When my sister asked me to take a photo after sunset with the city view on a background, I realized that I had no idea what I was doing.  Read more>>

Jason Hadley

Jason Hadley is an entrepreneur and owner of The Bang Shack at The Yellow Green Farmers Market in Hollywood, Fl. He is from St. Petersburg, Fl. I am a product of interracial parents during a time where being of mixed heritage was not accepted in the south side of St. Petersburg, Fl. Read more>>

Young At Art Museum

Young At Art Museum began as Young At Art Children’s Museum 30 years ago in 1989 when founders Esther and Mindy Shrago had a vision for a “museum without walls” that could fill the void in arts education for children in South Florida. Since its original opening in a 3,200 square-foot storefront in Plantation Florida Young At Art, or YAA, expanded it’s scope to eventually include studio art classes, art camps, workshops with local artists and exhibitions by increasingly well known and acclaimed local and international artists leading to the museum’s expansion into a 25,000 square foot facility to accommodate the community’s desire for art and culture within Broward and beyond.  Read more>>

Carline Applys

I’ve been cooking for family events at 16 years old and always had a passion to cook. In 2014, I wanted to make extra income for my nonprofit without using my pharmacist pay so my younger sister suggested selling food to the family & she created a quick menu with ‘ChefTiCa’ title. My nickname is ‘TiCa.’ I sold out with my family then I was like why not place it on social media then boom it was a hit with my Seafood Specials! Read more>>

Kathy Rivera

After searching for months, I found my yoga community in Oakland Park, FL. I was practicing consistently, and I was also, journaling practically everyday to get my thoughts & feelings the release they needed. The two combined were truly therapeutic. I felt myself coming into my true self. I can’t forget to mention the key to all this, my Buddhist practice. Read more>>

Andrew Whitfield

I have always had a creative drive; especially in regards to fashion. This is something I have wanted to do for some years now; build a lifestyle brand that represents me and my story that people can relate to, but it wasn’t until 2016 that I was able to really focus and put the pieces together to make it happen. Now, going into 2019 a few collections later the brand has gained its own buzz through the face of loyal local customers and influencers alike. Read more>>

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