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Hialeah’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 Miami’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 Hialeah’s rising stars below.

Raul Rodriguez

Short story: 2R Creative was started 18 years ago simply by one day me saying “I can do that,” and 18 years later here I am! Long Story: At 19 years old, I had a part-time job working at the local Structure store in Dadeland Mall. Under my responsibilities fell any time we lent clothes out for TV or events. One day I had the idea to do a Fashion show at FIU to promote our fall collection. I was a student there at the time, and I used the fraternity & sorority students as models in the show and made it a fundraiser for the United Way. Read more>>

Eliane Gallero

The first thing I have to say is that I am a blessed person, that REALLY sums up what I am today. Everything started by being in the right place at the right time and having learned many things in my life that I am implementing and putting into practice today. Less than a year ago, I had the opportunity that The Miami Herald choose me to cover an event that was held by PEOPLE (magazine) and that day… I could say that all of this fabulous journey began. Read more>>

Giselle Martinez

Vegan Schmegan Bakery began as a hobby/fundraiser for a medical mission trip through Global Brigades. The goal of the mission trip was to provide much needed medical aid to children/teens/adults in need in Honduras. The fundraiser was based out of my alma mater, Florida International University, which was void of any vegan treats at the time. Although my superiors of the Global Brigades Fraternity were skeptical over the possibility of selling out of our vegan cupcakes during our first fundraiser, they basically entrusted me with giving it a go. Read more>>

Claudia Paz

From Cuba, I had interests in photography and I remember that my first camera was given to me by my mother when I was ten years old and it was a rolling camera and we could only print the photos once a year for lack of economy and it was my Christmas gift and the favorite moment of the year. I started studying at the University of Havana Art History, but in three years, I went to Spain to live as it was the fastest way I had to leave Cuba. Read more>>

Linda Llerena

I was born in Cuba. Raised in Venezuela since I was four. I came to live in Hialeah when I was 14 years old and complete High School in Miami Springs. I then went to Miami Dade College to complete my associate degree. While I was in Miami Dade College, I worked for the testing department as a test proctor. I then went to Florida International University where I obtained my bachelor’s degree in psychology. I then graduated from Nova Southeastern University’s school of law in 2014. Although I have always had a During law school, I was a legal intern at Coast to Coast Legal Aid’ Family Unit where I helped the attorneys prepare for an injunction for protection hearings and met with the victims of domestic violence. Read more>>

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