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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.

Jean Phoenix Le Grand

My story, in particular, the chapter that begins in South Florida, is a story of exploration, discovery, adaptation, expansion and evolution. I was raised in Brooklyn, NY and moved to this area in 2002. With me, I brought my lifelong roots within the Martial Arts. Initially. Read more>>

Maxence Doytier

My background in arts came at an early age. My hands were always in paint jars, finger painting after school and mother was a big supporter in finding my “creativity.” My mother, Chantal Bandoni is an art teacher for 20 years in Broward County and currently is the Broward County Arts Facilitator for all grade levels. Read more>>

Andrea Aberturas

Andore Accessories was born in 2013 in Caracas Venezuela, under the name Andora Accessorios. The idea was to create an accessories brand for modern women, which would bring market trends and at the same time offer accessible prices. The brand was a success in Venezuela. Read more>>

Adela Nelson

Initially, I started as an elementary school teacher. I wanted to change the lives of children and inspire them to be the best they can be. I earned a Master’s degree in educational leadership because I had plans of becoming a principal. Last year, I realized that I had served my purpose as a traditional teacher. Read more>>

Gevorg Shahbazyan

After many travels across the globe changing schools, countries, and homes, I ended up living in South Florida, Miami. I love Miami and I believe we live in the best city in the world. I lived as an immigrant and had to learn the language, culture since 15 and make new friends. Read more>>

Dawn Heisler

It’s Me Designs was created by Dawn Heisler, an Artist by trade. She grew up in the Mid-West and developed a keen sense for design of women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, specifically creating a line of “Up-Cycled Vintage Wear”. Her designs range from Classic to the Eclectic and Macabre which all make a bold statement of one’s individuality. Read more>>

Felicia Anderson

About ten years ago, I was actually a model and booked jobs with companies like Disney, Sea World, Visit Florida and more. Each time I’d book a shoot, I became more fascinated by how everything behind the scenes worked and how how they would get that final image! Fast forward to 2015. Read more>>

Ashton Lauritzen

Growing up in sunny South Florida, I was always in our around water. Whether it was boating, wakeboarding, fishing, snorkeling or just hanging in the sand; My life was around the ocean. Even some tiny jobs I had were outside. I could never handle being stuck inside. Read more>>

Jerome and Mari Kellerhals

Jerome is originally from Switzerland and Mari from Venezuela. Jerome’s mom lived in Japan and introduced the bonsai culture to Jerome’s life. He picked up the hobby when he moved to the USA in 2007. Jerome and Mari met in Florida in 2015, as Mari was finishing her Master in Business Administration. Read more>>

Dr. Andre Caruso

So much like our logo, I am a bit of a unicorn. Growing up I always enjoyed helping others and even did peer counseling way back in middle school. So naturally, I wound up in the restaurant/hospitality business for 20 years, lol. While I loved the business. Read more>>

Dylan Rodney

I’ve been working at Walmart since late 2018 as a department manager. I was in video editing and filming prior to my job but I needed something to keep me afloat and an income to buy the tools and essentials I would need to grow within my self and, make a gateway. Read more>>

JaShae Jones

My dream began as a little girl, when I first started entertaining family, along with my two sisters. Over the years, I came into my own and formalized my performance skills as a member of the Vocal Ensemble and Gospel Choir in high school. With hard work and determination, I became an “A Superior” rated competition singer. Read more>>

Aaron Nomad

I’m currently based in Chicago but my story starts in my hometown Jacksonville, Florida. I first started taking photos in my freshman year of college. My father gave me a Fuji STX. This was my first introduction to film. From there, it was just me experimenting and exploring the medium. Read more>>

Jacki Rosen

As a Museum Curator for seventeen years and a high-end designer boutique owner for seven, I’ve been surrounded by art and artists in all mediums, genres, and forms. I’ve loved art forever but never put a thought into trying it from the other side of the aisle. Once I picked up my first paintbrush and that’s when my adventure began. Read more>>

Nicole Sauk

I made my first website at 14 years old. Back before Facebook and MySpace, creating your own personal websites was very popular. I used a platform called gURLpages to make a site that was all about me and my teenage life. I shared the same kind of information that people share on social networks. Read more>>

David Bisset

My journey to becoming a senior developer at a remote company required me to start from scratch. Back in the late 1990s, there were almost no schools, hackathons, online courses, or books devoted to developing for the web. Most people weren’t aware of what HTML, CSS, or JavaScript really were. Read more>>

Yaroslav Aristeiguieta

I am originally from Venezuela. However, I consider myself a multicultural person, since I have also lived in Portugal in my teenage years and in the United States for the last 22 years. My career has been mostly developed in the corporate world, where I have worked in the fields of Organizational Development. Read more>>

Steven Parker

Growing up in Virginia, I decided I’d prefer a warmer climate that brought me to college at the University of Miami. During my time in college, my father had opened up a furniture showroom in the Miami Design District. I started working part-time throughout college and really caught the design bug. Read more>>

Nicole Cappetta

Some on the internet knows me as @lettuceturniptheeats, I’m your internet BFF who shares a real-life approach to healthy living. I create easy healthy recipes and health food products that I love to use. I came up with the idea to take that to the next level and start my own online market. Read more>>

Carmen Howard

Growing up in East Germany and on stage the last ten years as a political satiric comedian, I left the country after the wall came down and they didn’t have much use for our culture. I left for Portugal for a year to work and got recruited to Tenerife, Canary Island, Spain. Read more>>

Burny Pelsmajer

I am a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory with a Jazz Performance degree in Saxophone and have lived in NYC from 2000-2007, where I made my living as a professional touring musician. I started with the School of Rock Coral Springs back in 2008, as a drum substitute instructor. Read more>>

Timothy Halleran

The Palm Aire Run Club is a free, weekly running and walking club that meets every Thursday at 6 pm in front of the Herb Skolnick Center. Supervised by the city of Pompano Beach, the Palm Aire Run Club prides itself upon establishing a sense of community, positively contributing to the neighborhood. Read more>>

Tika Van Den Hurk

Tika Van Den Hurk is a native of Montreal who lived and worked in the Toronto area for 20 years. Splitting her time between the US and Canada, Tika began investing in Florida real estate in 2009 and eventually made the move to Florida followed by a move into professional real estate. Read more>>

Tremaine Bracey

I go by Traecasso or Frasss. I am 29 years old from Barbados and I was born on May 11th so that makes me sign a Taurus but that does not define me or puts a limit on my personality. I am the Father of a wonderful seven-year-old boy named Jailen which is my pride and joy! I’ve always had a passion for photography. Read more>>

Sophia Jones

I was born and raised in Freeport, Bahamas. Growing up, I loved parties and Christmas decorations, especially Christmas trees. As a teenager, I fell in love with romance and weddings after watching the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1981. I was mesmerized by that wedding. Read more>>

Stephenie Barbuto

I’m originally from North Jersey and I pride my self on that. I always say I’m so glad I grew up there but I’m happy as hell I now live in Fort Lauderdale. I come from a very large Italian-American family. The generation before me has a work ethic like no other. Read more>>

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