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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.

Emily Wilkins

I always dreamed about being in the healthcare field. I just knew I would manage my own health and wellness company someday by aiding individuals on how become the best version of themselves through healthy living. Ultimately, I found a sense of peace and gratification when I chose to help individuals through their lowest moments especially those who looked like me. Additionally, I come from a long family history of chronic disease such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and more. So, it was imperative to me that I not only beat the odds but make a difference but make a difference in the African-American community. Read more>>

Vanessa Ilias

Our Miami was founded on the idea that local businesses and the community need to be more intertwined. Many locals aren’t aware of the immense about of products and food that are cultivated/created right here! in our own city! I started Our Miami as a passion project and for the love of the city I grew up in. I’ve seen the drastic changes Miami has gone through, as the city has multiplied by thousands to millions in just over a decade, and I’m not just talking about the skyscrapers. Read more>>

Alianne Valladares-Prieto

About four years ago, I was almost set to graduate from undergrad with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, a minor in Legal Studies. I was hell-bent on going to law school. It was what I had decided years before, what I had envisioned vividly. I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else. But you know what they say: life can only be lived forward and understood backward. It wasn’t until I was plotting, scheming, designing, organizing, and telling people what to do in the midst of coordinating my best friend’s 21st birthday that my friend’s mother turned to me and asked the question that really did change my life. Read more>>

Dmitry Lyubimov

I started with buying my first boat – a 31′ Sea Ray Sundancer, just for pleasure. And when my other business (I had an Advertising company) went down, I had to figure something new – that’s how idea of renting a boat came to my mind. Read more>>

Meltem Ulker

After graduating with a Visual arts degree from St. Thomas University in Miami, I interned at a production company and got to learn all facets of production industry. I loved assisting stylists and producers on set and on location shoots. Because of my personal style, I picked a niche as a sports stylist and styled sponsored pro athletes for over 15 years on their ad campaign shoots. My connections in the production industry enabled me to start my own full-service production company. Read more>>

Uri Redler

I moved to Miami about ten years ago from a suburb next to Tel Aviv in Israel. I come from a very creative and artistic family. My mother is an actress and artist with her own gallery, my father is a lighting designer turned writer and had several booked and scrips published. I came to obtain a Bachelors in Business as the none artistic side of the family and to invest some family funds in the real estate industry post 2008 crash as well. I started buying single family house and duplexes with my partner Doron. Renovating tear-downs and flipping them. Some of the houses were in such bad shape that they had squatters living there with no power or running water or termites and other ‘visitors’. After succeeding in that we made a jump into land development. Read more>>

Ashley Lewis

I have been lucky because I got start to start at a young age so I can build and prosper from my mistakes. Read more>>

Prince Carter

I am so thankful for the foundation that God has blessed me with. Growing up as a child I was super shy and reserved. It wasn’t until High School when I became my own Super Hero. I begin tapping into my God given talent and abilities. That’s when people in higher places begin to take notice. I guess I was ALWAYS an entertainer at heart. When I was younger, I would dress up in my 3-piece suit dance on my Grandmother’s fireplace and she would always record it lol! Man, they were the best times growing up. I was so free when I was entertaining others. I must admit I was so afraid because of how I was raised due to my religious beliefs. I struggled and I struggled with trying to find my voice in this world because I knew that it was totally against my family wishes. Read more>>

Veronica Beach

I’ve been producing content for nearly 20 years, my particular job is very niche, I produce commercials and content on behalf of the Advertising Agency, I’m what one would call an Agency Producer. In addition, I’m a Partner/Co-Founder at poolhouse, which is a community for producers. I started off very traditionally in Hollywood, CA working in the mailroom, working my way up through the Film Industry for Executive Producers specializing in development. My interests in production grew strong, I wanted to know HOW to make films, I wanted to be closer to the talent i.e., the directors, editors, sound engineers, I wanted to actually make the film, not the deal. Over time, switching back and forth between production and more executive type jobs in production, I finally found the role of the agency producer where I am today. Read more>>

Jermaine Anglin

It all started when I first got the opportunity to intern at 99 Jamz where I got the chance to network and meet many people in the industry. After interning at the radio station for a few months, at a BBQ, I was introduced to Dayo Harewood who at the time was working with Gil Green at 305 Films as his 2nd unit Director. 305 Films is a production company in Miami, Florida. From there, I was invited to experience the production of my first music video. It was the Rick Ross ‘Hustlin’ music video which really began my journey in the film industry. I began working under Dayo as an assistant director and production assistant. Read  more>>

Patricia and Paul Hodge

My journey started off as a Front Desk Agent at the St. Tropez Luxury Condominiums in Sunny Isles, Florida. I would work at my desk see, real estate agents bring in their clients to show million dollar units, and I told myself that one day that would be me. I then decided to take my real estate course, I studied hard and passed!. I worked as a Luxury Real Estate Agent helping First Time Home Buyers, Sellers, and Investors. I have served my community by volunteering at the Urban League of Broward County, providing Real Estate First Time Home Buyers Education. Last year my husband and I decided to trust God and take a Leap of Faith and Open our Brokerage Luxe Oceanview Realty. We are now to employing Real Estate Agents to help build our franchise and show them how to be successful in the Real Estate Market. Read more>>

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