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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.

Isabelle Crevier

I come from a family of entrepreneurs and business owners, and my older sister is a badass realtor in Denver CO, so it felt natural to be inspired to do the same & compete alongside their success. Out of college, though, I decided to start in digital marketing to really understand what needs to happen if I were to be my own boss one day. After years of being on the digital ad & strategy side of marketing, I kept itching to get in front of people, so I knew it was my time to dive into real estate. Read more>>

Tevonyeah Graham

I’ve started off my business with only selling mink lashes, I told myself I wanted to do more so I did, I started looking for vendors I’ve had my ups and downs with most but I’ve found a few that works great with me, I can’t say it’s easy cause then I’ll be lying. I got to where I am right now today by pushing myself… I have many supporters that I’m thankful for, also my customers I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for them. Read more>>

Fedlen Prosper

I originally started working in hospitality as a front desk agent through the Marriott franchise. As time progressed working at different properties, I noticed the accommodations for special events were limited. For example, birthdays. honeymooners, or even anniversaries. People were coming all over to stay with us, and we only offered gift cards of some sort. My manager at the time & I we’re thinking of ways to bring up our hotel score. I came up with the idea of decorating alongside with some extra goodies from the kitchen. Later that week we had a couple scheduled to check in to our property to celebrate their 5-year anniversary. We continued to do this for our guest that was in 2019, but I never took it serious outside of work. Read more>>

Khaylani Oscar Williams

By the time I was 21 I had 15 different jobs. Not because I was fired or laid off but because I’ve always gravitated towards jobs that paid me what I’m worth. And sadly, that’s far and few. One day I got M.A.D (Motivated and determined) to make a change for myself. I went on google like everyone else and searched “how can I become a millionaire”? It said Actor/Actress, professional athlete, entrepreneurship, or invest in financial markets. Out of those four I took my shot at entrepreneurship. Though I didn’t know the ends and out of establishing a business, better yet a successful business, I knew it was possible. Read more>>

Tiffini Johnson

I am a proud HBCU grad from North Carolina Central University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration 2012. I spent seven years in North Carolina, between Durham and Charlotte and I learned so much about what not to do I could have written a book. I knew college was the way out of having to consistently deal with childhood trauma and when my little sister made a plan to go to the Navy, I made a plan to go to college. I was accepted into 7 HBCUs and one PWI (my safe school) before choosing NCCU. It was a learning curve navigating the different cultures, but I loved being around all the black people and all the different personalities. Read more>>

Max Freund

I fell in love with photography at age eight as a creative escape from a world I didn’t naturally succeed at school. Throughout my early school years, I struggled academically. At the same time, I found tremendous joy through experiential learning exploring the outside world, and capturing what I saw in a frame. When I was diagnosed with dyslexia and an auditory processing disorder in the sixth grade, I resisted the idea of working with tutors and teachers to overcome my learning disabilities. Wisely, my father decided to strike a deal with me. Read more>>

Baron

The band came together through introductions of mutual friends and other bands. We immediately had a special chemistry both in playing together and writing songs! As our sound developed and matured, we ended up catching the attention of music business impresario David Frangioni, who’s worked with Aerosmith, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, and many others. He got us an audition for the Kiss Kruise, which we had the incredible chance of playing, and the crowd reaction was very strong and encouraging! Read more>>

Paul Nerlie Zamor

My name is Paul Nerlie Zamor. I am young Caribbean woman, currently living in South Florida, and I’m the eldest of 6 children. I was born and raised in Haiti. When I was very young, my mother founded and was the CEO of a vocational school in Haiti which offered sewing classes to young adults in our community. Because of that, during my formative years I was exposed to sewing and fashion design for which I rapidly developed an affinity for. I practiced my sewing skills through my siblings as I was often left in charge of them; I would sew their uniforms and alter their clothes when they grew out of them. Read more>>

Mike Juliano

I have some very fond and vivid memories of sitting in my dad’s advertising agency at 7 years old, “playing” Photoshop. I remember excitedly bringing in a “game” I had made in Photoshop to my thoroughly encouraging first-grade teacher; it was essentially a POV view of a driver in a car, with an isolated and rotatable steering wheel and a few layers of different windshield views. Of course, I had other, more typical 7-year-old hobbies (and if anyone knows where my original Pokémon card collection is, I’d really appreciate a heads-up) but my exposure to the creative world at such a young age was absolutely fundamental in shaping my adult life. Read more>>

Cherline Previlon

I always thought I’d become a nurse; not because I was assured in that decision but more so of what was instilled in me at a young age. According to my mother along with most Haitian parents, the hierarchy of all careers in a Haitian household is Nursing. As a result, I ended up going to nursing school. Ultimately that decision made me realize that Nursing was not for me. So, then I began to think of what I would want see myself doing that would satisfy MY happiness. I had a friend in high school who would always say “you should work at a dental office because you have an obsession with teeth”. I would just laugh it off. My mind at the time was dead set on becoming a Nurse. Read more>>

Wismandrace Die

Sway is a producer and songwriter based out of Naples, Florida. Growing up, he looked up to legends such as Quincy Jones, Rick Rubin, Timberland, J-Dilla, Dj Khaled, HitMaka, HitBoy, & Many more. After producing for multiple artists in the industry such as Burna Bandz, FCG Heem, 5an, Amari’ Noelle, P90POPE & many more. His first collaborative single, “My Boys Ft. Josh!” produced by Sway, was released independently. Inspired by hard work, dedication, and friendship, ” My Boys” was the start of something new for Sway. Instead of chasing placements, he is currently working on new music with several artists and being the face of the ” NEW ERA” for producers moving forward. Read more>>

Melissa Rodriguez

I started my own cleaning company when I was unhappy working behind a desk for 8 hours a day for over 16 years. I felt as if I had to beg to receive a raise and that my work was never appreciated. I knew in my heart that this was not what God had planned for me. I went to bed one night a prayed that God would lead me to where I should be and what I should be doing with my life. When I woke in the morning cleaning was the 1st thing that popped into my mind. So, after praying about it even more and doing research on starting a cleaning service I took a leap of faith and I started MTH Cleaning Service. Read more>>

Armando Zuppa

I opened Penny Lane Emporium in 2010 to provide South Florida musicians with a much-needed source for acoustic music instruments of the Americana tradition. More than 12 years later, I can say that Penny Lane Emporium is the most comprehensive source for the acoustic musician who is specifically looking for acoustic guitars, Banjos, Mandolins, and Ukuleles. It surely has been a fun ride, and not always smooth as you can imagine. As you know, Covid alone has destroyed many musicians’ careers, and therefore the musical community has suffered and of course, music stores like ours, Read more>>

Jordan Solomon

Jordan Solomon (JORDANXDRUMS) is a professional drummer and entrepreneur born in Baltimore, MD. Jordan got his start learning to play the drums at the age of nine after witnessing the versatility and skill of his drum teacher. His drum instructor, though blind, demonstrated a mastery that inspired Jordan to pursue the instrument himself. Years later, Jordan boasts of a diverse skill set and unique rhythm that spans many genres including Hip-Hop, Latin, and Jazz music. Read more>>

Christina Daniels

2015-2019 were such hard years for me. I experienced painful growth in almost every area of my life. I also had to make career decisions (quitting my full-time job) to set myself up as a successful entrepreneur. Through my experiences, I realized that others around me experiencing the same obstacles needed guidance and inspiration. I started blogging about my journey in self-love, relationships, and spirituality in 2019. My sisters encouraged me and taught me about SEO to bring in traffic to my website. At first, I was writing to a very small audience and hoping it was making an impact. In 2020, I ended the year with 12k annual viewers. Fast forward to November 2022, I’m bringing in an average of 20-30k global viewers monthly. My goal is to receive 83k viewers monthly (1 million annual views) by the end of 2023. Read more>>

Rachael Carroll

I am a realtor in mid/southern Florida, I am a mom and wife. Like most Floridians I am a transplant, I grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina where I graduated college with my BSED. I’ve always love to teach, and I am very passionate about helping others by way of empowering them with knowledge and confidence. I moved to Florida and by happenstance, I literally ‘ran’ into my husband on a jog a few weeks later. We moved to Colorado for about a year chasing his natural food business and then decided to return back to Florida to start a life together. Jon’s father had a small real estate brokerage in town and my family owns a construction company in WNC, so we naturally gravitated towards Real Estate. Read more>>

Yanna Machi

Fashion design runs in my veins. I didn’t know it for a long time, but the fact that both my grandmothers are accomplished dressmakers makes many things make sense now. In 2012, I came to the United States to study fashion design at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. It was a path I took instinctively, it just felt right, even though it was something that took everyone by surprise, including myself. Read more>>

Kelli Eggen

Originally from a small town in Michigan, I came to Sarasota, Florida 10 years ago by way of Chicago. Working downtown for JP Morgan Chase in my early twenties as a licensed banker taught me a lot about high-level sales and customer service, wealth management, investment banking, private client services, retention, and nurturing relationships. Corporate sales and banking, customer service, and my education in Behavioral Psychology have set the foundation for my passion for Real Estate. “Everything about Real Estate lights me up inside. Read more>>

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