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.
Early days: I was born in Haiti, in a city called St. Louis Du Nord, and grew up in Port-Au-Prince. As a child, I was always fascinated with cooking as I watch my aunty prepare us meals, for that reason I was excited to learn and help with every meal. Looking back now, I realized this was pivotal part of my life that set the foundation for not only my passion for cooking, but as well as Tropical Tastes creation. At the age of 11, my family relocated to the United States, where friends and families were amazed to see an 11-year-old preparing meals that was uncommon for someone my age. From there I started getting creative with ingredients, seeking to master the Haitian cuisines learned from my mother, grandmother, and other significant women in my life. In a sense, you could say it runs in my bloodline, because my father is a cook/chef. Read more>>
I was born in Santa Clara, Cuba in 1974. Even though I don’t come from an artistic or musical family, I was born and raised in a very musical neighborhood which helped me to get closer to music at a very early age. At the age of 7, I started playing some guitar and started taking some guitar lessons, but one day during my music studies the teacher wanted to start a band, so every guitar student picked an alternative instrument to fulfill the instrumentation for the group, soI picked the bongos. That was the real beginning of my relationship with music. After that, I went to a formal school of music at 10 years old I did four years of classical music training in percussion at the School of Fine Arts (Olga Alonso) in Santa Clara. Then I went to the national school of music in Havana for another four years. During my studies at school, I also started listening to different kinds of music, like Jazz, African, and Indian. Read more>>
David Essel, M. S. O.M., is a number one best-selling author (12), counselor, master life coach, international speaker, radio/tv host, and minister whose mission is to positively affect 2 million people or more every day, in every area of life, regardless of their current circumstances. Celebrity Jenny McCarthy says “David Essel is the new leader of the positive thinking movement.” Read more>>
My company officially started in 2021. However, the concept started 5 years ago after my son was born. From infancy, he suffered from terrible eczema. He was miserable and I often felt defeated. I was (and still am) a single mother and could not afford the myriad of treatments his pediatrician and dermatologist were prescribing. At my 9-5 job, I worked closely with osteopaths and I started picking their brains about alternative medical treatments for psoriasis and eczema. I took their recommendations and went to work. Read more>>