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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.

Ilya Espino de Marotta

My story starts as a girl who loved the ocean, and through time became the chief engineer who led the Panama Canal Expansion Program to completion. I have always had a love for the ocean, and since my younger years was a fan of Jacques Cousteau a French diver who opened my eyes to the beauty underneath of the oceans. Read more>>

Chazney Thomas

I can’t remember a day where art and creating haven’t been an integral part of my life. From a very young age I couldn’t keep my hands off of a coloring book or anything I could doodle with; and to be honest I still enjoy those simple things today. Read more>>

Cristina Moreno

After working for 20 years in the largest editorial group in Mexico (El Norte, Reforma newspapers), I started writing my blog as a way to share personal interests. I was still living in Monterrey when I talked to a friend from Miami, Ana, and together we decided to write not only the blog but also write content for businesses that need social media help. Read more>>

Daniel Landau

At the age of 13 I saw Laurie Anderson’s ״Home of The Brave״ on a VHS cassette I rented from a Jerusalem video store. I was amazed by Laurie’s use of digital media as a new tool for making performance art. This experience took me on an amazing journey. I left Jerusalem to the Netherlands to study Digital Media at Royal Conservatory, The Hague (NL). Read more>>

Sheryll Raz Gold

My name is Sheryll Raz Gold. I am the owner and head designer of Blush Fashion and I Iove what I do. Blush was founded in 2004 with a real passion and desire to design stunningly timeless gowns that will simply make women happy. Read more>>

Emily Bienek

I began photography in a small town in Ohio, but I quickly realized that art wasn’t really of much value there. I left on a whim and moved to Dunnellon for a little while and then I joined the Coast Guard (having never been on a boat or the ocean or a plane). Read more>>

Fallon Seymour

I was born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago, Trinidad to be exact, my grandmother Pearl thought me to cook at a very young age. Food has been a big part of my life and I have always wanted to open a restaurant. I worked in a few restaurants in Trinidad in my teenage years. Read more>>

Chef Carlos Thomas

Chef Carlos A Thomas, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native, graduating in 2009 from Peabody High school. With both his high school diploma and a special skills certificate in Culinary Arts he has reached a point of no return. He begins to practice his craft at age 16, which is critical turning for any black man, which ultimately saved his life. Read more>>

Latrice “Phoenix” Rose

I didn’t know I would be a photographer, I just remember having a very vivid imagination as a kid. I can recall playing outside with friends or having a family outing and making time stop with my eyes… it was like I seen the “perfect” photo everywhere. Read more>>

Giselle Roca

Hello lovely people, my name is Giselle Roca and here’s a little bit of my story. I was born and raised in Miami, daughter of Cubans (proud Latina)! Since a young age I have always been creative, my imagination was beyond the spectrum and any kind of coloring, painting, etc kept me distracted for hours. Read more>>

Crystal Smith

My name is Crystal Smith born May 25th 1986 to a 16 year old mother who included 4 more siblings by the time she was 22. She moved me to Florida when I was 7 to escape the bigotry and close mindedness of Ohio to start a new life. Life took a dramatic turn for my 4 other sibling and myself. Read more>>

Jesse Acosta

I have been self employed for the last 11 years of my life. I have always had a drive for self dependence and to not be a part of the common rat race. As an elementary school child my parents gave me a gift for christmas it was a toy called creepy crawlies. Read more>>

Deena Hoagland

Island Dolphin Care is a not for profit organization . Since 1997 Island Dolphin care has been providing therapeutic educational and recreational programs . People that attend therapy programs are children, adults, veterans, school groups, families with a variety of special needs, disabilities or critical illnesses. Read more>>

Greg Poland

I started by carrying my fathers camera bag as a child, he loved photography and I definitely caught the bug from him. In high school i took a photography class and loved working in the darkroom, I was on the yearbook staff and just always loved capturing the moment on film. Read more>>

Debbie Goldberg

I was a mental health and drug and alcohol counselor for 18 years in Pennsylvania. In 2014, I attended a workshop for personal development due to a family conflict. For the first time, I looked at what I might be doing that was creating conflict versus blaming someone else. Read more>>

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