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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.

Chris PHashioN

To whom much is given, much will always be required. I had to sacrifice family, marriage, sleep, constant muscle pain from having to work out constantly to maintain the same public image always increasing the workload. To consistently stay relevant in an ever-changing super competitive Industry and stay ahead of the game in every new generation. Read more>>

Alexis and Elissa Ciment

We are two moms with a passion for art, design, and glitter. There was a hole in the market for specialized and unique housewares and gifts in our community. We wanted to offer cool and different merchandise that you can’t find locally. We cater to a diverse clientele-we carry both traditional and funkier items. Our prices range from $10 to $200. Read more>>

TiTo Chapo

Music has taken me to places I would have never imagined. In this business, I started in a group, but then branched out and went solo, what I’ve seen & been through growing up in the streets of Miami has molded me to the artist I am today… I’m Cuban half Nicaraguense and I found something within me that can support me and also provide to those that depend on me. Read more>>

Stephanie Pyren

Although my career is somewhat diverse, my need to create fine art is and has been my omnipresent driving desire. My first professional show was at the age of eighteen and from there I have had many one-man showings nationally and internationally. In 1986, I quite animation to paint full time and I did with Jacques Harvey. Read more>>

David Smith

I got where I am today due to me already being well known in the fashion industry here in South Florida. I used my contacts from my previous professions to help me get started. From there, it took a lot of trust, hard work, marketing, research and oh yeah, HARD WORK. Read more>>

Carrie Boucher

One of my core beliefs is that creative making is an essential part of human expression and that everybody is creative. In my current work–the NOMAD Art Bus Project, and SPACEcraft–I explore the fundamental questions around who has access to art programming, and why disparities exist. Read more>>

Patricio Rodriguez

My family and I decided to make some changes and we moved to the US looking for new opportunities for all of us. I knew I was leaving behind a wonderful culture, friends, and country, but I had to think of the future of my family. I wanted to give them a better life. I don’t regret to be living in Miami for the last five years. This city has become mine and my family’s new home. Read more>>

Andrew Garcia

I look to continue making work that mostly touches on issues of racial inequality, politics, and family. Coming from a multicultural background, I aim to create work that addresses issues of environmental crises and societal constructs and break the boundaries of what is defined as “race, culture, and globalization.” Read more>>

Joseph Alexander Casanova

I started a “marketing company” called Castle Group Marketing where my goal was to unionize promoting, I understood there is strength in numbers so I wanted to get all these promoters working in silo’s to work as a team. My first real investment was a party bus. I always had side businesses online that made me great money, the promoting was something that offset the cost of my lifestyle. Read more>>

Andrew Damian Forbes

For the first decade of my career, I was driving the success but I could not reach as many people as I hoped with a small team, massive collaboration was needed. When you start to collaborate you must find a delicate balance within your team and it is easy to keep when you are “winning” but much more difficult when the tide turns much like in sports. Read more>>

Bernardita Torres

I grew up surrounded by entrepreneur women that are very passionate about aesthetics, my grandmother designed wedding dresses and my mother and sister, for many years represented a French brand that was a hit in the 90s called Kookaï. Read more>>

Emmett Freeman

I found that the aspects I loved in video game design were also found in other mediums. So, I tried as many things as I could, printmaking, 3d modeling, photography, metalworking, painting, textiles, ceramics. These things became a culmination of tools for a toolbox, one to develop my own narratives like I had seen when I was a child. Read more>>

Natalie Katari

Prior to blogging, for over a decade I spent my time studying and working in fine art. I earned my BA from Georgetown University in Art History and then traveled to London where I obtained my MA in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute. After my studies, I relocated to New York where I managed global marketing and social media for a luxury jewelry company. Read more>>

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