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Inspiring Stories from Kendall

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 inspiring stories from Kendall below.

Justin Elliott

I’ve always had a love for music, growing up, I have just found different ways of expressing it. My uncle was a DJ on the weekends growing up, so I think that is where my love of it comes from. I was little helping him carry crates and set up turntables and I think, planted a seed. Fast forward to a time in life where I didn’t know what I wanted to do, it was my friend Chris “DJ Genesis” that told me to tag along with him to some events. It was free drinks and free food most of the time I just had to help him set up equipment. From there I would start to play the early parts of the events before people started to reach. I knew the concept and have a very vast and eclectic music knowledge so it was easy for me to think about what songs would sound good together. Read more>>

Ram Raichoudhary

Shortly after the civil rights movement ended, Ram Krishna “Roy” Raichoudhary left British Colonial India behind to achieve freedom in the land of opportunity. With the advent of the Immigration Act of 1965, Roy decided to end his tenure in India and fulfill his dreams in Miami, FL. He matriculated at the University of Miami and began his graduate studies in the 1960s, back when Miami had a very different landscape and wasn’t quite the diverse melting pot it has become. In fact, he was frequently asked which tribe he belonged to, as it was a foreign concept to see an Indian or any Asian immigrant in the US. Though a fish out of water, he persevered and earned his Ph.D in Mathematics and became a professor. Furthermore, he made his mark in Miami as one of the first few Indian immigrants and founded many of the Indian communities in the city. Read more>>

Daynia McKoy-Evanson

My love for hair and styling began at the age of three years old while attended Primary school in Jamaica. Fast forward 20 years later, I left University if Miami’s School of communication and enrolled in beauty school. I earned my license in 2004 and began working as a stylist in a very popular prestigious salon. While working there, I was mentored by another stylist who shared a similar passion and island background. This mentor later became my husband in 2011. Together we make an awesome team and opened our own salon in ‘March 2013. Read more>>

Natalia Parra

I’ve always had love for photography. I got my first camera when I was about 12, from my dad as a Christmas gift. I would take pictures of everything and everyone. Then a couple of years ago, I received my first professional camera from my boyfriend. I took it with me everywhere, on trips, family outings, to the park. Anywhere I thought there would be something exciting to capture! Eventually, I started posting my work online and got great feedback so I decided to turn my hobby into a career. Little by little I started building a good client list. Now, I love what I do and where I’ve gotten! Read more>>

Florinza Chery

I am a Haitian- American performer/choreographer born and raised in Homestead, Florida. Growing up, dance was always a way for me to express myself. It was my passion. My parents would even gather our neighbors to have a mini talent show. As I got older, I realized this is what I wanted to do as my career. When I started high school, my parents would always ask me, “what do you wanna be in life”? I would say I want to be a Dancer. They did not approve of my decision. They felt that dance was only a hobby and couldn’t be a career. So, after high school, I decided to major in dance anyway, and of course, it wasn’t easy, but its what I wanted . On November 22, 2019, at one of my dance shows, my parents saw my piece (Espwa) come to life and they saw my potential and knew that this was the right field for me. Read more>>

Sophie Carballo

Gift giving has always been my thing. I’m constantly thinking of thoughtful gifts I can put together to surprise the people I love. But what’s a meaningful gift without beautiful presentation? I’ve always been obsessed with presentation whether it be that of a food dish, cocktail, coffee or a gift. Everything is just better with an A+ presentation. I started making gift baskets for my close family and friends on special occasions like engagements, birthdays, and baby showers, and they were always a huge hit. I never anticipated selling them because it was just something I did for fun. I would spend weeks brainstorming and deciding exactly what I wanted in each basket because I’m a perfectionist, so these gifts obviously had to be perfect and match the recipient’s taste. Read more>>

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