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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.

Alana DaCosta

I truly believe that we all have creative abilities that are limitless. As an interdisciplinary artist, I use various creative expressions such as performing arts, music, spoken word, and visual arts to help reconnect and build marginalized communities. My music is eclectic and blends neo-soul with jazz, reggae, hip hop and a drop of funk. As a graduate of the Dillard School of Performing Arts, I excelled in voice and instrumental training. Read more>>


I started photography 4 years ago, around my junior year of high school. Originally I wanted to become a sport journalist and analyst and follow the foot steps of Stephen A. Smith but, overtime I come to not have the same drive when it came to writing, mostly because I am very hyper and love to move around. I’ve always wanted to start photography. Read more>>

Kenya Manning

The birth of my son totally pushed my research and that’s exactly what I did. My findings were mind blowing and devastating at the same time commercial products that are pushed to the mainstream are toxic and the food is even worse generations of people using products and consuming food all on the assumptions that it is ok for the human body. So yea I researched for about a year had a dream that following year and now we have Soulful Scrubs & Detox no lie. Read more>>

Mikey Mombranche

My mothers long work schedule working in housekeeping gave me an outlet to be a child and when I say be a child do things children do when their not supervised which ultimately landed me in juvenile court for busting out car windows at a garage in the alleys behind my house. The owner paid my friends and they snitched on me ended up requesting I do community service at his shop. Read more>>

Julie Brasington

In those early months of being a new mama, I couldn’t believe how difficult and lonely it was! I also struggled with a good amount of fear about every new little thing. From vaccinations to feedings to schedules, I found my once confident self floundering. I thought motherhood would come naturally to me and I would be able to shower more than once a week and sleep more than a few hours at a time. Read more>>

Victoria Walsh

That unique requirement allowed us to introduce low cost art projects to the clients and supported a more active unit. Macrame also offered opportunity for meditative crafting; a chance to do something with your hands instead of wringing them with the anxiety or fear that comes along with in-patient mental health processes. It showed patients that they could accomplish things one step (or knot) at a time and that the process itself is enjoyable. Read more>>

Italo and Alejandra Campilii

A family trip to Paris when I was 15. My dad had just bought this cool Pentax film camera. I took it for a test drive with only 36 shots. That’s the beauty of film. I had to make each shot count. That trip made me fall in love with taking photos. Right there and then I knew this was it for me. My love for photography was officially born. Read more>>

Nathalia Gilek

After giving birth to my now one and a half-year-old daughter, my husband gifted me with a set of Yoni Eggs and a Crystal wand to help me with postpartum recovery. The yoni eggs are great for that since it helps tone and strengthens the vaginal muscles. As I started using the yoni eggs and wand, I started to discover a whole new side of me, and of my body, that I had never really focused on before. Read more>>

Jerry Yost

I started making music about 2 years ago. A lot of my friends were very musically talented, but had no way to put it out. I take some time away from everything to learn all the equipment I’d need to be able to record them. I spent a lot of time watching YouTube videos learning how to Mix and Master tracks. Once I felt comfortable enough to record people I opened up my own studio out of my house. I record bands, rappers, singers, and podcasts. Read more>>

Kandyss B. McAden

I quickly brushed her off and let her know that I was going to continue to work in Corporate America and become a VP of Marketing. To my surprise, moving up the ladder to become an executive-level manager would take more than a decade and that seemed too far for my young and eager mindset. She consistently reminded me how talented and knowledgeable I was as a dancer and then said. Read more>>

Asutosh Pattanayak

From my childhood, I was that guy who will sit at the corner of the room, always confused and lack of confidence. This led me to bullying which actually killed my visions more. Lack of confidence led me to depression and also led to me be bad at studies. But everything changed when I started doing Model United Nations at the age of 12. Muns gave me a chance to explore about myself and ever since I have not stopped. Read more>>

Tiona White

I’ve always wanted to be on a runway. I didn’t know how I was going to get there, but I knew that was my ultimate goal. I’d go out in public and people would stop to ask If I were a model and, “No, but I’d love to be one day.” was always the answer I gave them. I’d set up a tripod and put my small digital camera on a timer to take test shots of myself, I’d practice my walk around the house, posing in corners, recording myself to see what I could work on. Read more>>

Rubi Lee

I go by RubiLeeNatural on Instagram, I started making YouTube videos in 2012 about natural hair and hair care products in order to share my tips as a lifetime naturalist. Haitian black castor oil was one of the hair products I talked about on my channel and my viewers always expressed the difficulty they had in finding the real Haitian black castor oil in the U.S. Read more>>

Jinel Lemmon

I WILL open my restaurant someday but as for now beauty calls and my taste buds can wait a little longer. I knew then I was a hair stylist because I had no direction and I went from wraps to braids. Braiding for me is so easy while others say it’s so complicated. My talent is in my hands and I needed to confirm if what I was feeling inside would become a reality so I procrastinated until I had my first child at 14 years old and had to make a way to provide for him. Read more>>

Selena Ferrer

After finishing my first concept for a painting I couldn’t stop. It was all history from there. I grew up in Chattanooga TN and had been used to a small city where the art culture is very “concentrated”. I always knew I had a passion for community and gathering people together in a room or space. After participating in an art show, I found the courage to set my mind to painting everyday and to make a show of my own. Read more>>

The Physics Study

We are four friends who always shared strong opinions on various subjects. We would always have dynamic and entertaining conversations amongst friends and figured “Hey, everyone should hear this!” Thus, The Physics Study Group Podcast was born. We are a team of 6; 4 speakers, 2 producers. We’ve been recording since 2016 and we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Read more>>

Briana Payne

This was my very first time in a studio and I became intrigued with the process that goes into making a record. A few weeks later, my friend’s engineer hit me up for an internship opportunity. I want to give a big shoutout to my mentor, Sean Pen for all the lessons and opportunities he provided. He taught me everything from the ground floor. Read more>>

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