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Inspiring Stories from North Broward

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 North Broward’s rising stars below.

Joshua Soria

I’ve always loved music since I was a wee lad. My mom raised me on a wide array of stuff, from Peruvian folk music to Broadway soundtracks so I think a lot of that bleeds into the music we’re doing today. At some point, in my adolescence, my tastes took a turn for the more experimental and extreme and ever since then I’ve just been trying to reflect that in my own art. Read more>>

Nancy Metayer

I am a first-generation Haitian-American born in Broward County. Coral Springs has been my home for over 21 years. I have been shaped by the vibrancy of the community and the cultural hallmarks that make residing here unique. As far back as I can remember, I have been fascinated by nature. I excelled in science in primary school and knew I wanted a career in the industry. Read more>>

Christal Hamilton

It was an avenue for me to express myself and a lasting vision of how I see things. My photography has shown that I am capable of anything. I have always been fascinated with the camera and ingenuity of creating a still moment, pose, or event. Well known on social sites, my photography started to pick up and I got more serious about it. Read more>>

Nick Ansonia

I found myself latching on to certain cinematography styles and always wondered how I would create my own. I received a camera for Christmas one year and never looked back. Constantly thinking of new compositional concepts and ideas. I never take a picture to please an audience. The standard I hold is if I don’t attain some sort of enjoyment from the picture the opinion of others isn’t as gratifying or influential. Read more>>

Cynthia Bendeck

After she passing away in 2016, I felt the need that I need to do something in order to always remember her. So I started doing the Caramelized Peanuts at home, and started giving them out, to friends, to neighbors, to family, coworkers among other people, everybody was asking me how do you make them, and telling me how delicious they were. So as time passed by, they started telling me if I could sell some to them. Read more>>

Paula Bailey Gilchrist

I’ve always considered myself a planner! I was that person in the family that always volunteered to help plan the next family gathering and that friend who said: “Girl, let me help you plan your party”! I also enjoyed assisting with fundraiser events that my sorority would host! Watching other people have a good time and enjoy themselves brings me joy. Read more>>

Samantha Novick

Every person deserves to experience the magic of friendship. Unfortunately, individuals with varying exceptionalities are often excluded from opportunities that allow for such friendships to develop. When this occurs, we all miss out. We are called The Friendship Journey because we all venture through this ever-changing journey of life together – each of us exploring our own path. We believe that our paths should be shared with others – regardless of labels. Read more>>


I started my company some years ago. I had all the ideas and plans written down, but I never took the time to execute them. So, last year, I finally decided I wanted to move forward with it. I changed the name over like three times, I constructed the website all by myself, for the most part, I style all the looks by myself as well, everything I took into my own hands and wanted to produce it all alone. Read more>>

Keisha Pyzynski

I started out doing freelance graphic design work while in college. After graduating with my bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida, I went on countless interviews, and the common theme of the employer was “well, you don’t have any experience.” I took that disappointment and continued to freelance and explore the possibility of working for myself. Read more>>

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