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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.

Yvonne, Nicole and Cecille Levy

We always knew that we wanted to work together. Since we have loved all of our lives jewelry and design, it was an easy choice for us. Two and a half years ago, we decided to create a modern, simple, and luxurious Jewelry line that everyone could use for different occasions, and many people could afford it. Read more>>

Abby Haliti

Abby continues to leave a mark on the beauty industry, having been featured in Vogue, The New York Times, New York Magazine, InStyle, New Beauty, Real Simple, Life & Style, and Shape Magazine. Abby has also been featured in Allure magazine as the best Balayage Expert for the Directory of Beauty. Originally from South-Eastern Europe and educated all around the world. Read more>>

Kempes Jeanlouis

Music has always been around me since a youngin. I was apart of a youth choir but then went my own way, trying to find my own lane and using my creativity to develop myself in music. In the crib during kid days, pretending like I’m live in concerts has always been pretty cool and that was a constant reminder I loved to perform. I never really took any music lessons besides trying to imitate my favorite artist style and finding my own voice. Read more>>

Chana Kaller

Our school began as an extension to the Chabad Russian Center, a Jewish community created to serve the needs of the Jewish Russian Community of South Florida. We wanted a Jewish school where young families feel comfortable sending their children, despite their own limited or minimal connections to their Jewish traditions and roots. Creating a bilingual setting, where other families share similar backgrounds. Read more>>

Eboni Nance

I’ve always been creative and had a love for fashion since I was a young girl. I began sketching prom dresses when I was in the 5th grade. As I got older, the love to design stayed with me. Fashion was my life. I would put pieces together without much thought and people would always fall in love with my style. So as an adult, I decided to take my love for fashion and my love for God to create a Christian apparel line – FAB Apparel (which stands for Fly Anointed Believer). Read more>>

Nilo

I was born in Bogota, Colombia and raised in Miami Beach. My musical journey has been a mirror of my search for self. I was always intrigued by music but it wasn’t until I was about 17 that I actually started exploring it in a meaningful way. I remember hearing a Colombian prayer song in an indigenous dialect that put me in nonstop tears. It was not something that would have typically grabbed my attention at the time. Read more>>

Kathy Palma

I was still a little girl when I first found a piece of my puzzle through the vocal stylings of Norah Jones. To my untrained and innocent ears, her music sounded exactly like a rainy day and a warm cup of homemade chai tea. I wanted to live in that day forever. I naturally started imitating those voices whose words and melodies wove themselves into tales of pain and healing. I thought I could find my own healing through writing songs and sharing them. Read more>>

Justine Gera

My name is Justine Gera and I am a professional dancer from Vancouver, BC Canada. I have been dancing for 24 years and now reside in Los Angeles, CA. I go back and forth for work to Vancouver often! Some of my industry credits include a recurring dancer on NBC’s ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist;’ Fletcher’s ‘Forever’ music video; Freeform’s ‘Motherland: Fort Salem;’ Disney Channel’s ‘Freaky Friday’ and ‘Descendants 2’; the CW’s ‘DC’s ‘Legend’s of Tomorrow;’ and many more. Read more>>

Mickey Touze

My spark for the Makeup industry commenced in my early years in high school. This is the era of “concealer cleaned eyebrows” and “Lipgloss.” This look would typically get you a “Girl you cute” compliment. This propelled me to a different version of myself without me evening knowing. So naturally, with any new talent, close friends and family wanted me to do their makeup. At first, I could not fathom myself using my brushes on someone else. Read more>>

Bob Jacobs

I always knew the 9-5 lifestyle was never for me. My goal was to be my one boss. I wanted that freedom. I can not wake up every day and do a job I do not love. I’m a music producer. I own my own music studio. In 2015 I was working a job I did not like, but my plan was to saved and then invest into myself. The plan started in 2015 but in 2017 is when my business started to prosper. I’m 25 years old. I currently live in Massachusetts. Read more>>

Tina Johnson

I started as a nurse and became an American heart association Instructor a few years back. After becoming an instructor, I started my business and begin to take clients for certifications as a mobile instructor. Shortly after, I added products such as my “Fabulous First aid kit,” which have sold very well. I added on more certifications to keep all my medical professionals up to date. Once I became completely comfortable with the process, I started mentoring others into how to open a CPR style business. Read more>>

T’Erica Boyd

I was 14 years old when these two girls that was about the same age as me started a photo boot business. At first, I was confused on what to do a business about, I didn’t know if I wanted to start a photography business or a hair business but I knew I wanted to start a business. Later on, in the year, I thought to myself I spend way too much on cosmetic jewelry why not start a jewelry business. Read more>>

Tony Blanko

Tony Blanko was born in Brooklyn, New York, on May 28th, 1996. He moved at nine years old to Pennsylvania with his family but being within such a close range. He was back in the Brooklyn streets by the time he was 12. Having spent half of his life in the heavily wooded Pocono Mountains and the other half venturing around the five boroughs, specifically Brooklyn and Staten Island, he grew up with a pretty well-rounded background. Read more>>

Our InnerCircle

We are a group of transparent millennial women coming together to connect others to the kingdom of God. The vision for Our InnerCircle emerged during the peak of our spiritual journeys. As we glanced at the current state of our world, we noticed a void within our generation. In a world that is consumed with self-righteousness and fulfillment, we realized that there is a need for influential leaders who desire to live for Christ. Read more>>

Jhanai Williams

My name is Jhanai! How I came about graphic design is I always realized I was creative. I just never put any deep thought into it. So around late 2018, I found myself practicing designs on free apps. I was working a low paying job and always knew eventually that I would want better for myself and to get out of it. So there came the first name. Read more>>

Michael Amquy

When I was a boy, people use to make fun of me because I didn’t speak right. I had a condition so  when I write I would always shack. The only way people could understand me was through drawing and writing. My imagination grew when drawing. I started to go to Wynwood and I saw graffiti on the walls and buildings. I was so inspired with the form of Graffiti! Graffiti was my voice. Specially for those who don’t understand me. Read more>>

Bruce Wayne Renard

We started with an idea. How to promote recycling in the community and how to educate people on sustainability and the importance of it for both now and the future. We designed the ECO-BIN, which is a public space/curbside recycling bin that offers a deposit for recyclables and one for trash. We added a solar panel and LED lights and came up with a way to provide it to local governments and festivals at no-cost while offsetting the costs of capital and maintenance. Read more>>

Schellie Fanfan

My story dates back to childhood, where I started having dreams of me sitting across from people in a nice decorated office, encouraging and empowering them through my words. My dreams then changed to me doing the same thing in front of very large audiences around the world. It was not hard to find my purpose because it was in me. My future was in me. So I didn’t search for my purpose… I dug for it. All of my college studies supported my desire to be a conduit for change. Read more>>

Steven Tate

Our brand’s confident culture of today is the direct result of a time of personal growth for its CEO and designer, Steven Tate. Back in 2008, I found myself at the end of a relationship and needing a big change. Deciding to narrow my focus, I directed all my creative energy towards a new business venture. I was also reading books such as ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill and ‘As a Man Thinketh’ by James Allen. Read more>>

Charlie Durso

I’ve always been interested in photography from when I was in a summer camp as a kid. So I was on and off with it growing up, I never stopped loving it – it was more of a matter of having time and motivation. Until last year my roommates and I ran a house venue for a few months and I started to regularly shoot during the shows and my love for it just completely reignited. Read more>>

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