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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.

Aj Betancur

Growing up with a single mother and as the only child, I had to figure out my future by myself. I always had good grades and developed discipline and a lot of life lessons through sports, especially in high school. My whole life I loved hard work and persevering through hardships. Read more>>

Ivana Tarraza

Ever since I was a child I’ve been surrounded by medicine, my mom is a nurse so she’d talk to my sister and I about her work so it became my inspiration. In 2016 I began to study and illustrate the human anatomy as a hobby and in early 2018 I decided to share it with friends and family. Read more>>

Cleaveland Jones

A late bloomer, I started pursuing music in my early 20’s. The first steps in my journey were to immerse myself in Tibetan Studies in Nepal, Bhutan and India, before moving to Brazil for almost two years to study Brazilian guitar. That eventually led me to Miami. Read more>>

Alexandra Garcia

Born in Miami from Cuban parents, and surrounded by amazing art, music, and breathtaking nature, it’s no wonder that I became an artist and nature lover. My mother is a psychologist and has always exposed me to nature since I was a young age. Read more>>

Barbie Larrinaga

Having a Skin Care Spa has always been my dream. At a young age, I began by working with a famous board-certified Plastic Surgeon, that’s when I realized that I wanted to become an Esthetician. Throughout the years I’ve worked with various Dermatologists. In the year 2000. Read more>>

Marie Danielle Vil-Young

I worked as a Scientist for many years, cloning DNA and Protein Engineering for some pretty awesome bio-pharmaceutical companies. I started out with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and later earned my Masters in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Read more>>

AsiaChéri Seabrooks

I have been a creator since inception. I’m sure it’s embedded in my DNA. Unfortunately, as I grew older, my passion expanded yet societal pressures dimmed the belief that I could pursue something so ‘impractical’. I moved to Miami in 2014 to study Architecture–thought that’d be the only way I could have a creative career. Read more>>

Marianne Murciano

My story starts in Havana, Cuba, where I lived until the age of three. I was blessed to have parents who left the island for a better life of freedom in the U.S. I grew up in my beloved Miami with three brothers and a tight-knit group of family (everyone was a cousin!) and friends. Read more>>

Maria Otero-Fernandez

My name is Maria Otero-Fernandez, I am the founder of With Love Miami. I was born in Nicaragua and in 1985 out of desperation from war, turmoil and poverty; my family migrated to the states. Little Havana would soon become our new home and with its charm, I would fall deeply in love with Miami. Read more>>

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