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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.

Vera Schafer

I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and moved to the US in 1989. My business name is Brasileirinho is a gateway to Portuguese speaking customers who live, study or visits the USA. I’m a webdesigner, retired, grandma of 3 beautiful girls and a Rotarian. Read more>>

James McEntee

BigToe Photo Productions and Creative Minds Photography started up in New York City in 2001 after we found a niche crossover market… advertising lifestyle photography and traditional portrait/ wedding photography. We found that people were drawn towards the behind the scene pictures catching a natural moment than the traditional style portraits. Read more>>

Isaac Sandy

People often ask me “How did you ever get into this?” Well, I started this journey when I was a kid back in North Carolina. Growing up in a predominantly farming region of the state, there wasn’t a lot you had to choose from so you’d have to find things to do remain engaged. Read more>>

Emily Frias

I was always fascinated by media and cinema. Drawn into the story lines and characters as I watched a movie on TV, my mom would call out my name and I seriously could not hear her. Not because the volume was too loud. I was just so focused I didn’t have any attention to spare. Read more>>

Julian “Max” Stein

I came to Florida in 2007 and found an hourly job doing signs and graphics (vinyl lettering, lighted neon and LED signs for stores, etc) at a small company. As the economy began to slow down, we went from putting signs up to taking signs down and eventually, I found myself working less and less hours. Read more>>

Tanya Barrett

Seven and a half years ago my husband died unexpectedly. In the year that followed his death, I found myself on a journey of self discovery. Self discovery with a whole new perspective on life was the silver lining I needed to keep moving forward for myself and my children. Read more>>

Andre Wright

I began my journey here at The Foundation for Independent Living after graduating from The New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) with an undergraduate degree in Psychology back in 2009. Like most college grads, I began my hunt into the “real world” for employment. I soon recognized that it would take time to find a career which I felt would maximize my true passion of assisting others with finding their true passion in life. Read more>>

Jonathan Traccitto

It all started when I was 6 and my mom took an old DOS computer from her work and set it up at home so she can do “word processing” . Surely this peaked my curiosity to see some strange odd-looking machine in the den. My mom showed me how to turn it on and log onto the machine. Read more>>

Madeline Lawson

I am originally from Haiti, I came here in 1985 at the age of 8 years old. I grew up in the foster care system. I have four children two boys two girls which are all in college, very proud mom. I became a security officer in 2001 but that wasn’t paying well so I decided to go to college and become a Radiology Technologist. Read more>>

Kera Butler-Newton

Growing up I was always the go to person. This is because unlike my peers I was forced to experience life and gain wisdom on a much faster track than others. I became a single mother at the age of 14 but refusing to become a stereotype and succumb to my obstacles, I was determined to succeed. Read more>>

Julia Aquino-Serrano

My entrepreneurial journey began when I was working as an Analyst for MBNA, a credit card company (which was sold to Bank of America). I came home from work one day and I said to my husband “They are stealing my soul”. Read more>>

Hope Garcia

I had a dog with Arthritis and my vet knowing I was a human massage therapist recommended I massage Bear. I saw the difference right a way. I started researching and a month later I was headed to Colorado for my first of many certifications. I came home, quit the spa and have never looked back. Read more>>

Christopher Hedlund

A friend of mine put a camera in my hand at a nightclub I was promoting. I was hooked from day one. Then, after the positive feedback began rolling in from my first set of photos I immediately knew I was onto something and that I had to make this my future career. Read more>>

Karen Gavrilov

I first started taking Yoga classes around 1993 with Mark Roberts in Fort Lauderdale at the community center. There were really only 2 places offering Yoga at that time. Shortly afterward I moved to San Francisco where there was A LOT of Yoga happening. I ended up practicing Ashtanga at It’s Yoga. Read more>>

Harriet Wilson

Out of high school I was on my way to going to college (which, to say the least, I was not thrilled about). Fortunately for me, but not my dad, he ran into rough financial times. From the time I was five and got my first barbie doll I became fascinated with her hair and then everybody’s hair! Since I didn’t want to go to college and knowing my dad’s situation, I approached him and asked if I could go to hairdressing school instead. Read more>>

1 Comment

  1. Leanna Rosato

    January 7, 2018 at 12:55 am

    Wonderful, inspiring, everyday heroes! Thank you for sharing

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