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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.

Janel Whitt

I’ve always had a passion for photography. And when I say always, I mean I remember having my first camera at a very young age and being so excited to develop my film at the local pharmacy. I quickly became aware of the popular opinion that following a photography career was going to mean “working every weekend”, “never having time off” and “will you even make any money doing that?”. My focus shifted and I took on different pursuits, including graphic design. However, I did take film and digital photography all throughout high school. Read more>>

Adrialys Gutierrez

It all started in 2017 when I was taking a class for school. For one of my classes, I had to complete a blog and I said let me do it on fashion, travel, and lifestyle. I have always loved to put an outfit together for different occasions and said why not help others do the same. I started my blog in 2017 and also started posting on my Instagram page. When I started on Instagram I only had 500 followers and now 6 years later I have 11,000 followers. The road has not been easy but it has been worth while. With consistency and dedication, I have been able to create content for amazing brands like Target, Brugal Rum, Wyler Light, Macy’s, American greetings, and many more. Read more>>

Maria-Pilar Gonzalez

I always had an interest in metaphysics and began to study this subject more deeply 25 years ago. It is then when I learned about Hypnotherapy and did sessions for myself. I found how deep-rooted some patterns can be but how easy they can be changed with hypnosis. It was like the path was laid out for me then and there. I took a course and became certified by the I.A.C.T. I began seeing clients right away and it seemed to be something that was very natural to me. Over the years I did my Master Certification, became an Ordained Minister, continued my education in these fields to including certifications as a Stress Management Consultant, Spiritual Hypnosis, REIKI Master, and Magnified Healing practitioner. In more recent years I have also included in my practice Biomagnetics and Akashic Records readings. Read more>>

Rafael Guillen

My path has been very interesting in its construction because in the same high school I met my life partner Claudia, today my wife and mother of our only daughter Emiliana, with her and her family, I managed to get in touch with the culture and the development of a critical judgment towards music, painting, poetry, literature, popular art, and photography. There I met my first teacher, who taught me the photographic laboratory and my first contacts with the great masters of photography (Sebastian Salgado, Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, Paolo Gasparini, Ricardo Razetti, Don Alfredo Boulton) I am referring to Anthony Russell, Jamaican-Venezuelan photographer, who planted in me that desire to express myself and taught me that the image could help me. Read more>>

Lynley Ciorobea

My real estate career started in 2007 when I was hired by Ashley Cusack as her assistant. I had no real estate experience whatsoever, other than my position at the time working in marketing and advertising for high-end resorts and real estate developers at a local ad agency. I worked on Ashley’s team for 7 years before branching out “on my own” in 2014. I look up to her to this day and I am so grateful for everything I learned from her during that time. She was an incredible role model for me, teaching me not only about real estate, pricing homes, and negotiating, but also about strong work ethic and building relationships, and the importance of taking care of your clients. Read more>>

Mabel Cordero

I became a real estate agent in 2020 during the pandemic. Like most people in the world, a lot of businesses were shut down including mine. I was working for Godiva chocolate as a general manager and previously I worked for Guess, Aldo, Arman, I, and even private boutiques. Retail and customer service have always been in my heart. It wasn’t till The pandemic that I realized I needed a new career path so that I can decide my hours of operation. Read more>>

Kayan De Almeida

My story originally started in Brasil, in the year of 1993. Born in Salvador Bahia, I made my way to the United States at the age of 6, to permanently reside in a very well-known city called Miami. I found a passion for music at a very young age. In elementary, I played the Violin. Loved the sound of the strings, but got ridiculed for playing an instrument and all that it came with. Noticing this, I decided to pick up a new instrument, a microphone! Growing a passion for speaking into a mic, I started to create music at the age of 13. Not knowing a thing about Studio/Audio production, a friend from middle school had the setup and all that it took to hear our voices over a beat. High school came along and made me realize that I wanted to become an Artist, but also noticed the cost that came with it. Read more>>

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