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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.

Bavie Grafals

From a young age, I struggled with depression and anxiety throughout most of my life. I allowed self-limiting beliefs and fear to stop me from experiencing and achieving some incredible moments and accomplishments. I coped with self-destructive behaviors, which only exacerbated the depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem- leading to many somatic symptoms as well. The day I discovered mountain biking was the day my life completely changed. I was at my lowest of lows… not leaving my room for what felt like weeks and barely eating. In that moment, I didn’t believe I would be here today, speaking about that experience… nonetheless in the drastically different mental and physical state that I find myself in from just a few years back! My boyfriend at the time thought that it would be a good idea to do something physical and get my blood flowing while surrounded by nature. I was at the end of my rope and left whatever trust I had in him. Read more>>

Carlos Lainez

As a kid I always enjoyed drawing. Throughout the years of my childhood and onto my adult life I have made it my personal journey to study various forms of art and to overall become the best creative that I can be. When I was in college, I wanted to do design and I got really into it, but I soon realized that I was much more of a hands-on person. I didn’t want to sit in front of a computer all day. I then made the decision to pursue a career in tattooing. I combined my knowledge of design, graffiti, and other forms of art and mashed it all together to be the artist that I am today. It was always a dream for me to be able to live my life practicing something that I love every day. I haven’t woken up from that dream in almost 20 years. Read more>>

Magda Loureiro

I was born and raised in South Florida in a tight-knit Cuban family. My mom made many sacrifices to give my sister and I the best education we could receive in Miami. Growing up, I always wanted to be an entrepreneur and run my own company, but I didn’t know what it would take to get there. I started my career in the real estate title industry when I was twenty-one and I really enjoyed helping families obtain the American Dream of homeownership. After working for over 15 years in law firms and title companies that represented clients ranging from corporate giants to first-time home buyers, I decided that it was time to take the leap and go on my own. I opened Sun Life Title, LLC in January of 2020 with my amazing business partner, Javier Zelaya. Three months later, the pandemic hit. Despite the lockdowns and balancing growing a business and being a present mother to my beautiful son, Alexander, I only became more motivated to make Sun Life a success. Read more>>

Madison Nuñez

At the start of 2o19, I launched a clean and minimalist skincare line called, Nude Velvet after discovering my passion for skin. It was a form of self-care for me and it helped me get through a tough season in my life where it seemed like nothing was going my way. Fast forward to March 2020, COVID shocked the world. The first industry to go was the Tourism industry, which is where I had been working for the past two years and was let go due to travel bans and shutdowns. I took this time to focus on myself and work on my passion project, Nude Velvet. At this time, Nude Velvet wasn’t at a place where I could consider myself “self-employed”, although that was the goal. I realized that I needed to bring something else to my brand where I can actually get into the faces of my customers and further educate them on their skin. Around October of 2020, I decided to use up my savings and enroll in an esthetics program. I quickly fell in love with esthetics and knew this would be a great investment toward my business. I went on to graduate just a few months later as a licensed esthetician. Read more>>

Javier Busutil

Like many Cubans living in Miami, my story began when I was six years old and my parents decided to come to the United States with my brother and I. Growing up, I always knew I wanted to be in the health field since both my parents were physicians in Cuba. While completing my undergraduate studies at FIU, I decided I wanted to become a Physical Therapist. After receiving my bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2011, I jumped right into graduate school at FIU. In 2015, I received my clinic doctorate in Physical Therapy and began practicing immediately. I took a job with CORA Physical Therapy, one of the largest outpatient providers of physical therapy in the country. I was fortunate enough to meet great leaders within that company that mentored me throughout my time there. Within my first year, I was promoted to manager of their homestead location and within my second year, I was managing the biggest clinic in the company, their coral gables location. Read more>>

Rogelio Urbina

I was born in Nicaragua, I came to the United States when I was 14 years old, I come from a middle family, my mother worked a lot for us to school, I graduated from high school at Sunset senior high school, when I finish high school I wanted to study culinary arts and so I always had that influence from the kitchen for my family I graduated from Le Cordon Bleu, and later I went to work for five years at the 5-star Mandarin Oriental hotel it was a fantastic experience, I worked for the best hotel in Florida and the best Peruvian restaurant in Miami La Mar at Brickell Key chef Diego Oka and Fiorela Cornejo helped me a lot, I learned a lot from them to become a better chef and to have more passion for the kitchen, I met the best chefs in the world such as Massimo bottura, Daviz Muńos, Gastón Acurio and many more. Read more>>

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