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Inspiring Stories from North Miami

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 North Miami below.

Kaveh Abrishami

Our desire has always been to create an environment that allows an everyday admirer to become a lifetime collector of fine art. We were established in January of 2002, ABRA (Art By Renowned Artist) Gallery offers an eclectic collection of art in a variety of mediums including original acrylic paintings, limited edition prints, and bronze sculptures. Whatever your interest, we have an extensive collection of art that will suit your taste. Read more>>

Brandi Toole

Growing up, I always loved photography. I was constantly taking photos and learning more about editing and shooting but for some reason I never thought of it as a career option. I initially had my sights set on Counseling when I started undergrad at the University of Georgia. While in undergrad, I was always the annoying friend with a camera and always did photo sessions for friends, but it still ever clicked that photography was what I was supposed to be doing. Read more>>

Jorge Parra

Starting up was truly disruptive, which I enjoyed at every moment! I started learning on my own the basics of black and white photography, and my training became an obsession and a way of living. I think that when you have a drive as intense as I had, life itself brings the opportunities, and then after years of living a quiet life as a Chemist ( 2 university degrees in the area), and after a few editorial publications in local fashion magazines in Venezuela (my country of origin), I got a call from a big local fashion firm, and got into my first commercial shooting. Read more>>

Paige Held

I’ve been teaching yoga for 20 years. When I started I was 19 years old, even back then I knew I wanted to open up studios around south Florida and beyond. I worked for other people building my craft, and reputation before I opened my first location in Fort Lauderdale in 2010. I pretty munched worked 24/7 and became a success in a short about of time. That lead me to open my second location off 17th causeway in Fort Lauderdale in 2013. Read more>>

Calantha Senat and Rojayna Styles

Calantha was selling hair for another hair company, being the middle man, a full-time student and while working a part time job. Rojayna is a young talented known hair stylist in Miami from working long hours in the salon from 1pm to 1am, We met through an associate in late 2012 and ever since we’ve been friends since. I suggested to her that she should sell hair as well. Read more>>

Angie Cohen

DesignLab has a very interesting beginning and took an unusual path to where it is now. I am a graduate of FIT in NY and after school had worked in design and production for well-known companies including J.G Hook in Philadelphia and Calvin Klein in NY. Like many successful professional women, I decided to put my career “on hold” when I had my two wonderful children. Read more>>

Lawrence Kaplan

My company is 40+ years old. I’m the founder… starting out studying oceanography and scuba…. which led to opening a small dive shop on the Suwannee River. Later, when moving back to Miami, I was granted a distributorship for Mako Compressors which I sold to many Scuba shops throughout South Florida and the Caribbean. Read more>>

Soledad Herrada

A couple of years ago, I was in London on a business trip and the company I worked for took us to this place for a team building activity, we had no idea what “the activity” was going to be. It was like 20 of us, they separated us in groups of five and locked us up in different rooms. We had 60 minutes to escape! We didn’t, but I loved the game and wanted to go back and play the other rooms. Unfortunately, we were flying back to the U.S. the next day and couldn’t go back. Read more>>

Steven Foster

After I lost my job in 2005 (corporate) in Atlanta, Ga, I was hired by my local photo store (one of 800 stores nationwide) for a sales position. Within 8 months I was asked if I would like to manage a new store and I jumped on the opportunity. I love the business and not only sold new gear to my customers but also held free basic classes with the purchase of their new cameras. A great way to maintain that customer service relationship. Read more>>

Jose A. Martinez

Sculpturefitness started in the mind of one young man many years ago by the name of Jose A. Martinez. Since the very beginning of his youth, Jose was interested in fitness, so while going to school for automobile engineering and Mechanical design, Jose worked full time at a prestigious gym in New York. Jose excelled and finished his degrees and quickly began to work in his professional field, but he still stayed with a longing for the fitness world. Read more>>

Noor Yousef

Beauty came to me as I was once working with my Husband in fashion at a fashion show. It wasn’t just a dress. There had to be perfection …. hair, nails, skin, make-up…and much more. I grew interested in approaching beauty and looking natural. Back in 2012 I Began a career in skin care which led me to work with a doctor. Medically there is a lot of things that were to be done to keep you looking younger and healthier such as Botox, dermal fillers, chemical peels, fraxel laser, body shaping and more. Read more>>

Vladimir Turovskiy

It all started 5 years ago when I added Floatation Center at friend’s suggestion in my previous office I shared with chiropractors. When I was invited to join Turnberry Isle medical team, I started a process of opening Floatation operations there at the spa. Today, we have premier location at 5-star spa with top of the line tanks. The main challenge we have is to provide all the benefits of the true sensory deprivation experience with many clients trying for a “decaf” version utilizing our high-end tanks capacity to have music, lights and color therapy. Read more>>

Fabian Banton

My journey to becoming a chef started when I was a child. I remember my mother selling curry to the neighbors and everyone loving her food. When I was about 20 I got my first job at a steak house as a grill cook and that’s when my interest in being a chef as a career really interested me. From there I moved on to other restaurants and hotels. In 2008, I began working for Ron Duprat Top Chef Season 5 Contestant. He taught me a lot during those 2 years and promoted me to Sous Chef. Read more>>

Samantha Scott

“I am a storyteller. Photography is a way of life. It’s how I live, not just what I do.” My journey began over 20 years ago while traveling and living abroad. I spent time on nearly every continent (with the exception of Antarctica) this is when I picked up my first DSLR, and really started to see the world around me. I moved to South Florida in 1999. I took a photography class, where I would have to roll and develop my own film. Read more>>

Virginia Aguirrebeitia

I was a corporate marketing executive with two kids. While corporate was fun and airline elite status a bliss, I found myself in a pickle as a mom. In marketing terms, I figured that I, as a parent, was an “underserved segment”. Family activities were geared towards kids, and non family activities were geared towards adults, there was no in between. Looking into my own needs as a mom, I found my biggest complaint was TIME– the day simply doesn’t have enough hours to do everything. Read more>>

Melissa Amengual

I would love to photograph you. This is something I learnt a couple of years ago and how I approach my clients when inquired about a shoot. I love to document special moments in people’s lives. I’m a people person and always knew that would end up doing something that had to do with service to people and making people happy. Now I can say I have one of the best jobs in the world since I get to document special moments for people that will stay with them forever! I can’t imagine a better way to be rewarded than to know that thanks to my work people are going to remember the best moments in their lives! Read more>>

Cindy Milena

I started as young as 15 years old. I always found myself to be very creative and expressed myself though painting, drawing and, hair! I realized that I had an eye for hair color and decide to pursue a career in cosmetology. I worked in several renowned hair salons. For example, I worked at a salon on the beach where I had the opportunity to learned from hair designers graduated from Vidal Sassoon Academy. My relentless drive to learn and become the best I can be in the industry drove me to go solo. Read more>>

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