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.
I began my career as a professional DJ and music producer at the age of 18 after surprising my parents and coaches by choosing to not attend college and compete, but instead to chase a dream. I released my first album in 1996 and quickly toured throughout the United States and Europe up until 2009. During this time, I owned and operated two boutique record labels and one of the Midwest’s most beloved vinyl record shops for DJs & fans. By 30, I was jet-lagged, overworked, out of shape and in desperate need of a drastic lifestyle change. I engaged in the course of personal and professional transformation, first overhauling my own diet and exercise habits. Inspired, I was drawn to share this transformation with others, both in my new hometown of Miami – and with other musicians and fans around the world. I opened my first fitness and nutrition center in Miami in 2008 and currently co-own and operate three locations – two in South Florida and one in my hometown of Waukesha, Wisconsin. Read more>>
My story started when I was young, around 15. Me, my brother Jodi and a couple other homies just hanging out, and we started something that changes our lives. iSk8 was created in 2009 and since then it’s been developing. It started off is something simple, just a group of kids skateboarding and I later turned it into and entertainment company and business that hasn’t stopped growing. It started with skateboarding and other sports, then music. Shortly after we started to have an impact on the community, inspiring others. That’s what made it easy to make the transition from a group kids skating into a business. Read more>>
It was fairly simple, in 2018, Armand and Deonte were working part-time with an Educational Coaching company when they realized the need to enact change. After one of our sessions with clients, we both began texting and thinking how we can create our own business, the ideas began flowing. At this point, Armand reached out to Dr. Brian Maiden, whom he views as a mentor from their time working alongside one another at Osbourn High School, to pick his brain and interest in also forming a life coaching and educational coaching business; Dr. Maiden, who was also looking to build his own educational consulting company, did not hesitate to jump right in! We decided to meet at a local coffee shop in Fairfax, VA to brainstorm, create the vision, and build the business; everything was beginning to become clear. Each of us had a vision that coincided with one another’s and from that moment on we knew what needed to be done in order to make the vision a reality. Read more>>
Since I was a little boy my language was fashion. Growing up with a single mom who did any and everything to make her kids happy. Most people looking on the outside would say I’m spoiled. But they didn’t see the blood, sweat and, tears my beloved Mother Ebony Jenkins put in to make us happy. My mom is the reason I fell in love with fashion. Since I can remember, she dressed me in oversize Nike shirts and baggy pants. I always told her I hated oversized clothes, she didn’t listen, I was the generation of skinny jeans and tight shirts. But growing up having access to a variety of clothes, I knew that clothes was a way for me to express myself. I thank God that my mom did everything she could to keep a smile on me and my siblings faces. My senior year in high school was like no other! I was excited for all my trips and senior activities. But little did I know my last four months of school would end in Quarantine. I was devastated, scared and most of all, heartbroken. I had so many trips and so many activities and they all were canceled. It’s always been my dream to go to prom and dress up with all my friends. But that was taken away for me. Read more>>
My music journey started when I was seven years old and picked up the guitar. I felt like I’d finally grasped my purpose when I started playing music, but that was just the beginning. When I was ten, my parents gifted me a microphone, and I hooked up to GarageBand and started producing my own songs. For middle school, I attended Miami Arts Charter, a performing arts school where I was trained in classical music playing the upright bass. I then moved on to Jazz in high school, and around that time, I started to take production more seriously. I started posting music on SoundCloud and YouTube until I decided that it was time for the world to hear my music! In June of 2020, I released my debut album titled ‘Aw(ful)some’, which received over 60k plays across all platforms. Read more>>
Thurman Brown III
I wanted to pursue a career in acting after watching the Disney television series, The Famous Jett Jackson as child. The representation of a young black male in the lead role that looked like me gave me the inspiration I needed to achieve to my dream. Since then, I have worked with several major networks such as Netflix, MTV, FOX, KFC, Disney and many more. I have to give all credit to God for where I am today. Read more>>