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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.

Pedro Gonzalez

I first fall in love with cooking back in Cuba where I am from being in the kitchen with my dad. I studied in Havana’s culinary institute but couldn’t finish my degree because I came to the United States looking for a better life. Read more>>

Ilish Valdivia

Imagine being a dude, but your the shortest one in the room. Well, that’s basically the story of my life… Moving on, sports were never my thing due to never being selected to play. Read more>>

Pamela Hernandez

After graduating from Florida State University with a B.A. in Mass Communications and English I completed a service year as an Americorps member for an educational non-profit – City Year Miami. Read more>>

Veronica Barrios – Garcia

It all started when I was working with the Obama re-election campaign. A large part of my work was dedicated to organizing and recruiting volunteers. I spent many days canvassing my community talking to business owners. Read more>>

Jessica Alvarez

Born in New York and raised in Miami by Latin parents that we’re entertainers. “I love all aspects of the music business both in front and behind the scenes”. Jessi is a bilingual self-made artist and an entrepreneur in the music business that owns a label and music production company. Read more>>

Alicia (Ali) Quero

The White Elephant is an Herbal and Spiritual “GO TO” shop and is in the heart of South Miami. I am currently working a full-time job and have our “store” out of my home. We have everything from designer jewelry to vintage art, hand-made soap, oils. Read more>>

Armando Paz Jr.

My insurance career started on May 9th. 1984, encouraged by one of my best friends and room buddy at Ohio State. At the time, he was already practicing his law career and had opened up a Property & Casualty Insurance agency with his wife at the time. Read more>>

Katerina Nunez

I’ve had a little purse or case full of markers attached to my hip as far back as I (or anyone who knows me) can remember. It is and has always been such an obvious and joyful part of my life and who I am. Read more>>

Yashira Franco

I started sharing my dishes and recipes with family and friends on my personal Facebook page. The feedback during those months was amazing, and even some people encouraged me to create a blog. I thought about it for a while. Read more>>

Justin Seed

Since Elementary I’ve been writing music. It was at 13 in middle school I decided to pursue music seriously. I started making beats for the raps I would keep in my journal at my grandma’s house. I produced my first project at 16 that no one will probably hear the cause of how bad it was. Read more>>

Mabel Martinez

I have always been in love with the Fashion World but even more so, creating my own style and designs. Coming from generations of incredible warm talent stemming from my Grandmothers, I was always surrounded by pattern-making and couture designs. Read more>>

Javier Escobar

My earliest memories of when I started to love music was when I was probably five or six years old when Michael Jackson was at his prime I believe. I was fortunate to have parents that had great taste in music. My mom was a HUGE freestyle fanatic. She introduced me to artists/groups such as TKA, Johnny O, Stevie B. Read more>>

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