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Inspiring Stories from Coral Gables

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 Boca Raton rising stars below.

Gigi Perez

First and foremost, thank you for the interview. I hope my story inspires anyone reading it. Three days before Christmas 2016, I lost my job. Scary situation for a single mom considering that one of my boys had just started basic training after enrolling in the Army as an Infantry man. On January 20th, 2017, my bank account was overdrawn $300. At that point, I felt I had nothing to lose and decided to take a leap of faith and open my own business. Read more>>

Valeria Viera

I moved to Canada in 2012 after graduating from high school in Venezuela.
January 2013, I moved to Miami to start at the University of Miami.
I studied Broadcast Journalism. When I was a freshman, I was a sports reporter as well as a hard news reporter for the bilingual news show called UniMiami. It airs around Coral gables as it’s part of UMTV (the university’s tv channel). Read more>>

Maggie Rodriguez

My journey has been bumpy, to say the least! Candles are really something that happened by accident. In 2004, while on vacation, I found a candle I loved but when I saw the price I said, “Um, I can make this!” At the time, I was a teacher… ten years in the classroom and was teaching middle school math. A job I loved and a career I was proud to of.  Read more>>

Simona Milan

In high school, I gravitated to vocational studies including cosmetology. Upon graduating, I began working as a data entry clerk for a hospital system but knew that I had to open my own business in order to earn the personal satisfaction I required. At heart, I am a serial entrepreneur. Read more>>

Clarissa Egana

As I moved to the United States, a couple of years later, I sold the company and embarked in the corporate world working in the PR & Marketing departments at History Channel and Cartier. The experience in branding, press relations, business strategy, and sales, empowered me to do an amazing comeback through Port de Bras, my newest and most precious family project (with two little kids and a husband, I could not call it any different). Read more>>

Carlos Rubido

Blue Diamond Detailing was just an idea, I purchased a van and took some certification classes when there weren’t many mobiles detailing companies in Miami yet. Once I started, it was a slow build of clientele and something new not many had heard of but found super convenient which helped me get referrals and loyal clientele. As one of the more known and popular mobile detailing companies, we’ve been pretty busy and consistent. Read more>>

Jessica de Vreeze

Jessica de Vreeze is a French American visual artist, born in Paris and now based in Miami. Her life has always revolved around Art but after dedicating a decade in a successful career as a lawyer that she decided to listen to her art and embrace art as a career. Self-taught in photography, Jessica’s compositions reflects her raw emotions. Read more>>

Sebastian Rodriguez

I started mixing every day, discovering new house and techno records, and trying to learn the business aspect of the scene. Once I perfected my craft with djing, I transitioned into music production by having one of my good friends show me a music software called “Ableton.” In the beginning, it was very tricky and frustrating to create the specific sound that I was going for, but within the time of consistent producing and YouTube tutorials, I mastered my style and started to release on record labels. Read more>>

Madeline Kaufman

I began blogging about what I was doing, from volunteering at Pelican Harbor Seabird Station in North Miami to learning how to extract DNA from Lionfish gut contents at a workshop in Vero Beach. I eventually went on a “Day on the Reef” dive trip hosted by nonprofits Debris Free Oceans (DFO) and Rescue a Reef (RAR). DFO is a Miami-based nonprofit dedicated to the eradication of marine debris, and RAR is a citizen science program that engages the public in coral restoration. Read more>>

Jhuly Fleuranvil and Leonardo Gabriel

We launched Sharplenz Photobooth on Nov 25, 2017. We attended a close friend’s wedding in Coral Cables in October 2017, and they had a photo booth throughout the whole celebration, and we had a blast! Days after the wedding we just kept talking about how great of addition the photo booth was at the wedding. We always wanted to become entrepreneurs, so we talked it over and decided that we were starting our own open air photo booth company. Read more>>

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