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Inspiring Stories from Miami Beach

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 Miami Beach below.

Todd Jones

I am an experimental artist working with painting, drawing, and sculpture. I am using a combination of traditional and modern techniques to explore the application of paint. I am currently living and working in Athens, Ohio and received my Bachelor of Fine Arts and double majored in studio art and psychology at Florida State University. Since graduating. Read more>>

Brandon Lozano

My father has been a serial entrepreneur all his life. Ever since I could remember he was coming up with ideas and finding a way to get them funded and ready to operate. This is not to say it was easy to grow up with a father like this. Depending on an entrepreneur means a lack of stability, but it also means learning how to think dynamically. Understanding that not everything goes as planned. Read more>>

Martin Eduardo Casuso

I am a typical Miamian: born here, brought up here, but with parents from other countries. In my case a father from Cuba and mother from the Netherlands. My family left Cuba because of Fidel Castro and his communist ways, and they chose Miami because it was the largest city in the states close to Cuba. As my father used to say: “any day now we are going back.” My mother knew better, for she had lived through WWII and recognized in Castro’s speeches. Read more>>

Nadine Holland

When I grew up I always had a special bond with nature. Even though I grew up surrounded by forest and far away from the Ocean. The ocean was where I felt I belonged. When I moved to Florida and started free diving a whole new world opened right in front of me. A world with so much beauty and diversity that all I wanted to do is dive and learn more about it. The more I connected to this beautiful element the more I felt connected to nature. Read more>>

Priscilla Gutierrez

After graduating from high school in 2016, I knew wanted a career in art. I was set on attending Ringling College of Art & Design to study computer animation. I remember joking with my friend sometime after getting my first tattoo: “How pissed would my parents be if I didn’t go to college and became a tattoo artist instead?” I was committed to art, but tattooing was nowhere in my plans. Read more>>

Ed Covino

I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur. When I was younger, I was inspired by people who started from nothing and used their passion and brains to create their own way in life. My career path took a few turns over the years, and what I learned from all of these experiences gave me the tools to get me where I am today. Read more>>

Jesús Rohena

From being in the back of the house, designing, cutting, draping, into being in front of the house, selling, dealing with customers, and running the marketing department, he has done it all. Jesus was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and moved to Miami as a teenager. At the age of 12, he was already styling and designing his school plays, and dance groups stage wear. In 2005, he became a fashion designer. Read more>>

Zita Zimmermann

I realized that I became very good at what I had to do in my roles very quickly, but also very quickly became bored of the repetitive cycle of these jobs. They weren’t very fulfilling, so it was then that I thought to myself, ’what could I do professionally that would allow me to be challenged and exposed to different scenarios?’ This thought, and the fact that I do come from a family of architects and developers. Read more>>

Renée Rey

The majesty of dense forests cool running streams, clear blue lakes and towering mountains proved to have a lasting impact on me. This colorful world planted the seeds for my incredible appetite for drawing and painting at a young age and the imagery that was yet to come in my adult artwork. Read more>>

FreakO Kash

My brothers always pushed me to keep doing it even when I would almost quit multiple times but one day, I dropped a song in high school, a diss song to one of the dudes in the school and it blew up within the school and from then, I gained a little buzz. Then, in 2016, I believe, I dropped a remix to BankRoll Fresh (R.i.P) Walked in Single and it to date has accumulated 1.3 million plays to date and since then. Read more>>

Myles Cutchember

My story is kind of lengthy, yet it’s remarkable if I say so myself. I want to put it in a motion film because I’m explaining it now and it wouldn’t be enough. I was born and raised in D.C. Metropolitan area. Where I’m from, you could catch the train to D.C., Maryland, and Virginia all in the same day. My family and friends are the main characters in my narrative. Read more>>

Rafael Olarra

I study set and costume design in Argentina and Spain and I’ve been working free lance since I’m very young. i always liked the idea of creating different worlds and experiences, I did a lot of advertising, tv, fashion photoshoots, events, show window, art installations etc and got to works and learn form the most talented people. Read more>>

Christopher Todd

I am a former technology analyst and marketing professional who had moved to the Dominican Republic and helped start a website called PartyPoker.com. That website quickly became the largest poker room in the world. I moved back to Miami and in 2006, I started volunteering with the U.S. Coast Guard and learning about emergency management and disaster response. Read more>>

Ana Cristina Carmona

I am developing acrylic painting on canvas, under the abstract and Pop-Art line. It has brought me great personal and emotional satisfaction since to realize a creative activity and the expectation of the final result is priceless. I love vibrant colors, my inspiration is to be able to transmit happiness and love through my art, it makes me happy to fill with color the homes or special places of people who acquire my works. Read more>>

Gina Figueroa

I’ve been painting since very young, my 1st art exhibition was at 12 years old, at Inguat, Guatemala. But coming from a family of doctors and successful business people, art was not what my parents had in mind for me. For a “hobbie” it was ok, but not for a career. When I decided to dedicate my life to art, I got a cold shoulder. Read more>>

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