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Inspiring Stories from Keys

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 Keys below.

David Feder

I started out on an engineering track at a young age but shifted more towards music in my 20’s. I was asked to perform charity events since I was 11 and became involved in the ones I felt strongly about. Since 1995 I have been organizing events and am now the director of a NFP 501C3 that supports youth arts and more. My work as a musician has given me the opportunity to help so many worthy causes. It is very satisfying. Read more>>

Marie Guldberg

So I’m a Norwegian designer based in Mexico City, but spend my time between Mexico City, NYC and Miami. I started preparing all my designs for my handmade chaquira handbag brand, MarmaClub back in 2018 when I first moved to Mexico as I was so touched by the Mexican handcraft skill and saw an opportunity to created beautiful, fun, sustainable products where I could mix in my Scandinavian design background. It’s been taking me a long time to build up MarmaClub, which is short for MarieMammaClub, as my mom is my business partner and constant inspiration. Living so far form my motherland, I’ve grown into an independent person that always look for new inspirations and styles that are new to me. Read more>>

Brenda Tillman

I have been writing for years. I love to write lyrics, creative pieces, and poems. I believe it is a gift from God. I find peace in my writing. I have written poetry pieces for clients as a ghostwriter, plays for churches, and lyrics to songs which I have recorded. Read more>>

Xenia Leonteva

My relationship with dance developed long time ago. Since childhood dance and music have given me “wings to fly” so to speak. I remember coming home from middle school, turning on the radio or cassette player and dancing my feet off to whatever song was playing at the moment. This was a sort of relaxation, rejuvenation technique I would subconsciously employ before sitting down and focusing on my homework. While in school, I took numerous dance classes in different styles. Later in my college years, I discovered passion for belly dance, aka Oriental dance. Now years later, I am still fascinated with this art form. After 11 years of learning and practicing the Oriental dance, I have finally felt courageous enough to teach it. I launched my classes in 2015 in Islamorada and Key Largo, Florida Keys. Read more>>

Joshua Gonzales

My name is Joshua Gonzales I am 21 years old and started dancing when I was eight years old. I joined a company at nine called bliss urban arts center. Over the years, I worked my way up to becoming a class assistant and instructor. Now I am a resident choreographer and director of bliss urban arts center. Over my dance career, I have been apart of many big opportunities like an H&M commercial, 49er and Raider half-time shows, 50th Super Bowl, a peanut movie premiere, Won 3 scholarships at monsters of hip hop, and had award-winning choreography. Read more>>

Qyara Newland

I started my company after I realized I wanted to have my own business doing something I love. I wanted my business to represent me in the best way possible; in a way, my business is apart of me. I have been natural all my life, and I have always been into natural skincare. I used to hand-make myself face mask and hair mask in high school, which I have discovered is one of the best ways to take care of your body. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of my friends and family. I had a friend who pushed me to start my company and motivated me every day that my company would be something to look at because at first, I had my doubts. I began researching different self-care trends, like bath bombs, etc., and started making them out of organic and natural ingredients. Read more>>

Richard Calzadilla AKA Luckii Havana

I started rapping in the streets of Miami as a teenager with my friends. We would do it for fun after school. Growing up, school was always a challenge for me and looking back, I would say that I never really learned much. One thing I did learn, though, was how to interact, be social, and interrelate with people, especially with kids from different backgrounds and nationalities. My school was pretty diverse and it didn’t take long for me to meet a few friends that liked music and rapping just like me. So, after school, we would meet up, do cyphers and freestyle. I would do my thing, which back then, was usually just a quick rap and it was tight. In the beginning, it was really just the love of music and hip-hop that made me as good as I was, even back then. Read more>>

Stephanie M Quezada

I’ve always been a creative and artistic person. Full of adventures and new things. When this pandemic started, I was working from home. I was just at a point in my life where I decided I did not want to work for someone else or a company, giving me all that was not seeing my worth. During that time, I decided to explore a new hobby, which became handcrafting candles & room + linen sprays. From that moment on, I knew that this was a new beginning for me. I’ve always loved candles, even as a kid. Candles bring such calm aromatherapy and some great memories to others. I got to where I am today with my mother pushing me to believe I can do anything I set my mind to and with God’s giving grace. Read more>>

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