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.
Suzanne Rynning and Patricia Gutierrez
Love has the power to break all barriers!! We can love people for who they are, not for the labels society has put on them. Often our judgment for a person comes after we find out what they do for a living, how successful they have been, what religion they are, sexual preference, political views, and poor decisions from the past. Our hope is that people can understand that when all the titles are taken off, we are just people living this journey the best way we can. We don’t have to agree with everything but we must respect and love each other. How many times do we disagree with a family member because of something they did but we still love them. God doesn’t agree with our sins but he still loves us. The same should go for everyone we encounter in life. We don’t have to agree with the actions but we still can love the person. The act of human kindness in everyday interactions is what fuels love. Read more>>
Edgar Henao, aka DJ EFX, started spinning at the age of 18 just for fun. Little did he know then that his hobby would eventually turn into a full-time career. From making beats and selling mixtapes to dj’ing at clubs all over the world, EFX has been able to travel internationally while doing what he loves. He immediately became a favorite at upscale occasions, performing at Victoria’s Secret and Bloomingdale’s corporate events, as well as the Winter Music Conference and Star Island private parties. EFX was also requested to play for Lebron James, Nike’s 11/11 Experience, Nike Super Bowl 2020, Bravo Television’s “Million Dollar Listing” Launch Party, NBA LA Clipper Paul George’s Shoe Launch 2019, amongst other events. Read more>>
Melanie Cruz, Val Varela and Lee Sanchez
Safe Space Sessions (SSS) is an organization dedicated to promoting an inclusive and safe environment in our performance-based communities and bringing awareness to sexual assault. We started this organization as a response to the slue of sexual assault allegations brought up in the music community in California and in our community here in South Florida. It’s an on-going issue in the art industry with venues, performers, and concert-goers affecting the safety space. Enough is enough. Our organization is dedicated to raising money for charities whose purpose is spreading awareness about sexual assault and providing resources to survivors. Read more>>
My fitness journey began 12 years ago, when I became a dad. I was overweight and out of shape and I didn’t want my son to grow up with a dad who couldn’t keep up. I decided that day to make a lifestyle change that included healthy eating and lifting weights. Through lots of trial and error, I dropped 60 pounds in two years. In 2011, I left my career in finance to begin a career in fitness because I felt I could help others make positive changes in their lives. After working in the business for a few years, I took a leap of faith and opened my own fitness training studio called the Phitness Lab. We just celebrated our 5th anniversary. Read more>>
My love for photography started around high school when I was gifted with my first little digital camera. The ones with the Advantix film and that magical little switch to turn any image into a beautiful panoramic. Remember those? I loved that thing. I still have the pictures I took with it in a box somewhere in my closet. I grew up in a home that was always full of framed pictures. Not even kidding my mom would fill the entire hallway wall from top to bottom with pictures. I currently have a linen closet in my house that I have never been able to use in the 11 years I’ve lived here because it is full of picture albums. On top of that we have boxes in probably every closet full of loose prints. It’s pretty bad but those beats are busting those bad boys out and reminiscing on the good ole days. Read more>>