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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.

Alyssa Jansheski

I was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, but grew up spending holidays in South Florida at my family’s condo. Growing up, one of the most memorable moments I have while visiting Miami was taking the tour boat by the waterfront mansions of the Miami Beach Islands. Now, I sell those waterfront mansions. Read more>>

Mali Parkerson

In 2008 I decided to take a sabbatical from my VP position in one of the largest entertainment companies in the world. I left my home in Madrid and settled in Miami, figuring it was the ideal location to take some time off and reset. I did some consulting work for independent film producers and towards the end of 2008, I met a renown sculptor- Rafael Barrios. Read more>>

Ruslan Kleytman

2001 NYC was the time when I began practicing yoga. That was a dramatic year for all New Yorkers. Collapse of Financial Markets, blowout of internet bubble when most Internet companies ceased to exist , and of course 9/11. City lost it’s spirit and inhabitants became depressed. Read more>>

Osley Perez

I was born and raised in Cuba. I first found my love for photography at a young age of 7, when I pick up a vintage Soviet camera from my father’s closet. At that time, I was more intrigue with the artifact’s functioning than the action of taking photographs. Years later, I decided to study a ‘serious’ career, as my mother use to say and I went for architecture. Read more>>

James Miille

I’ve had my hands on a camera in some capacity for as long as I can remember, but my career as a professional artist really took off when I first moved to New York. After I completed a year-long project of creating a dreamlike photo each day, my partner Alex and I formed a showcase of all 365 images in Manhattan’s NoLIta neighborhood. Read more>>

Manuel Torterola

Manuel grew up in Buenos Aires Argentina and at the age of 16 his family took a sabbatical year and moved to Hawaii. Each member of the family took on a particular chore. Manuel chose cooking. He found himself starting to ask questions such as “why do we add nutmeg to mashed potatoes? or “why do we grill meat versus boiling meat?” Read more>>

Daniel Escobar

All my life I was interested in technology. My Mom and Dad were tech aficionados. They were professor in a Grad school in Caracas, Venezuela. It fascinated my mother to write books and articles with copy and paste and it marveled my father to make large spreadsheets digitally that would recalculate hundreds of formulas instantaneously. Read more>>

Jimmy Carey

I have been in the restaurant business for over 32 years. In those 32 years I have gained experience in working multiple concepts including prime steak houses, french brasseries and corporate runned restaurants. My career started only as a summer job as a dishwasher in Puerto Rico were I grew up. From there on the business grew on me and started working as a bar back, busser, bartender and waiter. Read more>>

Art Friedrich

Started in 2010, Urban Oasis Project is on a mission to make fresh local food accessible and available to everyone. They run multiple farmers markets, included the “best of 2016” Upper Eastside Farmers Market at Legion Park. Read more>>

Alejandra Colmenares

My path to the agency started about 3 years ago. I had just broken up with my ex-boyfriend and had moved in with my best friend to a new apartment in New York. The feeling of being lonely and sad pushed me to start researching about meditation and emotional intelligence. Read more>>

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