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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.

Lori and Rashawn Brewster

We believe every relationship story is uniquely beautiful. Ours looked a little something like a roller-coaster in the beginning. We started out as co-workers, then became close friends, then moved states apart, then we started dating, then we broke up, then dated again, then took some space, and ultimately reconnected and got married (quick summary but you get the picture). We have been friends since 2004 and married since 2011, and we both have high regard for the process of maintaining a lasting and fulfilling relationship. However, in the beginning, we had NO CLUE how to do that. Read more>>

Bill Glazer

In college, Bill drove a taxi on the weekends and ran the shipping department of a national retailer during the week.  Upon graduation from the University of Massachusetts, Bill joined that same national retailer as a district manager, and after years of hard work, operating stores in Boston, Houston and San Francisco, Bill was promoted to the corporate office as a member of the buying team, merchandising the nationwide chain. Climbing quickly, Bill was eventually promoted to Group President, overseeing 800 stores, with $1 Billion sales annually. Read more>>

Lauren Conway and Briana Autran

Our story goes that we are childhood friends who have always loved vintage fashion and shopping at garage sales and thrift stores. We would go looking for pieces to wear for ourselves and would stumble upon things that may not necessarily be our style or our size and eventually started to bring those pieces home as well. We formed a collection and decided we wanted to start selling them for our love of vintage clothing and to share them with other people like us. Read more>>

Sabrina DeMonica

I have always been attracted to dream~catchers and the magic that they hold. I learned how to make them when I was 15 years old. At first, it was just a hobby, something to meditate on while creating the symmetrical webbing in the center. It quickly turned into a passion and soon after that my friends and family began requesting custom creations. I have made and sold over 800 one-of-a-kind dream-catchers since 2015. I have had struggles along the way, but I have always been a positive, energetic person, and rarely allow bumpy roads to have any effect on my journey. Read more>>

Cesar Lorca

Moving Over Boundaries started from the desire to aid others. At the peak of the worst time in my life, I decided to turn to fitness to escape my old habits. As time went by I became infatuated with health and naturally, that translated into spreading that into others. Little did I know that this would flip my life completely. After years of training, I would begin to search for ways to aid other lifters who would personally have injuries. One of the most common injuries that would reflect across a lot of athletes was the dreaded shoulder injury. Read more>>

Jonathan Vargas

My journey to becoming a filmmaker started when I was 6, It all started when I was first introduced to Godzilla films as a child. That blew my mind. Those left a huge impression on me as I wanted to do explore the world of cinema. Then as I got older, I was introduced to Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Asian Cinema which convinced me to grab a camera and tell the stories that I want to tell. I went to film school for a couple of years, but I really learn more about the film when watching it and being apart of a production whenever a film was being made in south Florida. Read more>>

Alyssa Gruber

I always hear people say ‘I’m not good at yoga,’ I’m not flexible enough to do yoga,’ it’s boring I want more of a workout.’ I also talk to many people who are weary of or hesitant to enter a traditional yoga studio. After completing my yoga teaching certification at 305 Yoga, I wanted to make a space that was more playful and welcoming for any and all people to open their mind to yoga. While I was sat at one of my favorite breweries, I decided it would be great to get yoga classes going there. Read more>>

Sauce McGraw

I grew up with a profound love for music to the point I began making my own music when I was 14. My older brother is a videographer, so I feel that naturally rubbed off on me. Around October of 2017, I recorded one of my last songs and decided “hey, I can make videos to pay for studio time and etc.”I honestly can say that my girlfriend was the biggest reason I made the switch. Before really diving into the video, I had made one for myself; yes my first music video was of myself. Read more>>

Cesar Almonte Jr

I am a 20-year-old photographer born in Queens, New York and now living in South Florida. I first got into still photography after being fascinated by the art of filmmaking. The visual style of filmmaking made me want to get out and tell my very own stories. I was really into films since early high school, the year 2013, but it wasn’t until I graduated that I finally picked up my camera and decided to call what I did “work” which was November 2016. It started with me taking photos of anything, just to begin the road to mastering everything about a camera. Read more>>

Alicia Rodriguez

I have been working as an artist for more than 45 years. Born in New York in the 50’s, in a multi-cultural and multi-artistic family, and raised in Venezuela. Studied architecture at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and Fine Arts at the Escuela de Artes Visuales Cristóbal Rojas. Worked at Atelier Delta d’architecture in Paris France. Have been a Photography professor for the Graphic Design at Universidad Nueva Esparta and for Instituto de Diseño Villasmil de Leon. Art director in publicity and editorial companies. Read more>>

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