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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.

Darryl J.

I entered the wedding industry by accident actually. I was originally a fashion photographer and night club promoter. One day a friend of mine asked me to cover a wedding for him in 2012 as a wedding photographer. Once I released the photographs, it was like wildfire on social media. I kept receiving phone calls and emails from Brides that wanted me to capture their special day. After specializing in wedding photography from 2012 until 2016, I craved something more. Even after being published and winning several the awards in Wedding Photography from the Knot, WeddingWire and MunaLuchi Bridal, I always loved entertaining people. I took a chance and went back to my entertainment roots from my days of nightclubs and decided to give couples in central Florida a nightclub feel with the sophistication that their wedding deserves. I transformed my company into a wedding entertainment company where I’m primarily a DJ. However, we provide music, sound, lighting, special effects, photo booths, photography and pretty much anything from an entertainment standpoint that will give couples and their guests across Florida the ultimate wedding experience. Read more>>

Shaia Clicquot

It started out as a small hobby that kept me busy during my downtime at work. I actually got the idea from a close friend, who is now a makeup artist. I started to watch and learn different patterns on YouTube and noticed how it became more so therapeutic than just a hobby. The next thing I knew, almost everyone at the job was walking around wearing headbands…. that “I” made! I loved the feeling and moved up to making actual short sets and bathing suits. Some days, I still can’t believe it. Read more>>

Kayla Jefferson

I loved taking pictures ever since I was in elementary school. Every field trip, I always made sure I had my disposable camera packed in my backpack. It is so funny to me when I think back to how this all started, but I really loved capturing images from a young age. It was middle school where I got my first digital camera for Christmas. I took so many pictures of basically any and everything. In both high school and college, I took a photography course, however, I still was not confident in my portraits. I believe the switch in the quality of my photos came from consistently capturing photos of my friends and line sisters in college, as well as watching YouTube videos and applying the knowledge I learned from so many amazing photographers! I most recently gained a mentor, Jordyn Ari, an Atlanta-based photographer, who has also helped me grow in this ever-changing photography world. I am super grateful to have a mentor like her! I believe in myself most of all. There are of course days where you may overanalyze and get stuck creatively, but I always keep pushing forward with positivity. Read more>>

Ziggy Rosado

As a kid, I was always very imaginative. Despite the rough upbringing, I would make up intense stories of grandeur. From the planet I was from, to the powers I had, and even what my daily schedule as this out of earth being was like. Then, I would wake up the next day and become an archeologist digging dirt with a history book by my side. Day after that, I would open up my own restaurant, or even my own classroom teaching my stuffed animals. I was always quite the story teller. I’m glad that I have grown up to become just that, a storyteller. Films and books were the few constants in my life I could depend on that I knew would always be there. With films I knew that from the moment I would hit pause nothing else mattered until I hit play and picked up where I left off. It’s been quite the eventful story to how I ended up becoming a filmmaker, but I am so grateful I am where I am now. Read more>>

Aidan Sowa

I was born in Daly City, California. However, I spent most of my life in the New England area in Rhode Island. I originally started learning about the digital world at the MIT Enterprise Forum Cambridge. We studied all of tech trends at the time such as IOT, Blockchain and artificial intelligence. I also learned about digital marketing. After reading about a lot of different marketing companies, I realized there were not many companies which were focused on turning companies into authorities in their industries such as in PR. After this, I started a company which focused on PR to establish our prospects’ brand and then targeting their ideal target audience with lead generation tactics. Read more>>

Daniela Cardenas

(22 years Old) but you can call me Dani! I am Venezuelan born and New York raised. I moved down to Miami back in 2015. Growing up I was heavily involved in all thing’s music and performance. It captivated me all my life. After attending school in Florida for my senior year, I found myself completely deflated by that fact that Music Department, among many others were, basically nonexistent due to severe lack of funding. It drove me crazy that there were no resources for young creatives. After graduating from Western High School, feeling that a traditional education wasn’t exactly an option, I set out on a mission. To be a part of something greater than myself. I found myself at 17 riddled with the need to create & participate in my community but I didn’t know how to begin! After a few years of odd jobs, that taught me so so much, I found my footing in the professional photography game. Photography opened up the doors for me in ways I never expected it to and reconnected me to my love to Self Portrait work. Through freelance photography, I began working and connecting with the Creative Event scene in Miami. One the first events I attended was an Open Mic at Miami Warehouse. It left me completely inspired and with an inkling that someday I could create an experience for the community too. Read more>>

Kayla Wright

I first came up with the idea after coloring hair a couple times. My stylist suggested to me that I should try and get into it the hair business. After doing my research and looking into a few things, I decided to start my own business selling hair extensions and offering coloring services. On January 25th, 2019 K Quinzel Couture was born. Later on, I decided to add other items (jewelry and clothing) to accomplish my long-term goal of becoming a one stop shop. Read more>>

Kayna St.Louis

Back in 2016 I did my first “Big Hair Chop” that wasn’t so big lol However I was fully Natural. I wondered to myself “How can I grow my hair faster”? I was already intrigued with hair care products so I said to myself why not create your own. So, I did my research and created my own Hair Growth Pomade. I never really gave it much thought to go forth with turning it into a business. Until, 2019 when I met someone that pushed me to get it started and the rest was history. Read more>>

Diaundrea Sherill

I, Chef Diaundrea Marquetta Sherill I was born and raised in Miami-Dade County (South Miami, Liberty City, North Miami, Miami Gardens). I graduated from Miami Springs Sr. High School (High School Diploma), Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts (AS-Culinary Arts), Miami-Dade College (AA-Hospitality Management) and Florida International University (BS-Hospitality Management). I learned how to cook from my grandmother, from baking sweet potato pie to smothered pork chops, fried chicken, macaroni & cheese and other southern favorites. My Grandmother was also the candy lady in our “hood”, which means I always got free snacks! (Potato chips, hot sausages, pickled eggs etc etc lol.) I have volunteered with several community organizations throughout the years, inclusive of Jackson Memorial Health System (Jackson Hospital/Womens Center/Childrens Hospital), Obama for America, Miami-Dade Young Democrats/Florida Young Democrats, Smile Trust, Health in the Hood and serving as a Volunteer Lead for the Andrew Gillum for Governor Campaign. In the past I have also worked with a local ministry and farmshare to host free food distributions. Read more>>

Jolicia St Louis

I am a wife and girl mom to of two daughters, aged 11 and 1. In addition to my candle business, I work in events and communications mostly for nonprofit organizations. I survived a pretty serious car accident a couple years ago and still deal with PTSD. In June of this year, I came to my husband with the idea to start my candle business because I noticed how much candles were helping me with my anxiety and just to relax in general. That’s when Jaelle Candle Co. was born. It is a combination of my daughters’ names, Jaleah and Arielle. I didn’t really have any expectations when I initially launched but in just 6 short months, I’m grateful to say my business has flourished beyond anything I could’ve imagined. Read more>>

Carola Perla

There are so many factors that led me to launch Paspalum Designs – a picnic and event styling service. As a principle, I love picnics. Perhaps it comes from my childhood in Germany, back when my Peruvian-Romanian family did not have very much money. To fill our weekends, my parents would take my baby sister and me hiking through the countryside to find the perfect riverside spot where we could set up a little grill and drink sparkling lemonade. Honestly, I never missed restaurants as a child. Instead I dreamt of camp fires and caravans. Later, when I studied Art History and Literature at FSU, I channeled 19th Century bohemians in my studio apartment, entertaining friends on make-shift floor pillows with sangria and hand-cut paper lanterns that cast a warm glow over the party. It was never about fancy decor, but about creating a special moment. In 2001 I moved back home to Miami after college, and while I pursued an art and writing career, I continued to host dinner parties and even plan small weddings. Read more>>

Andre M. Brown

I was born in Rocky Mount, NC, but much like native son jazz legend Thelonious Monk, I didn’t stay there for long. Instead of the segregated Jim Crow south reality of ‘whites-only’ and tobacco fields experienced by my teenaged African American parents, my childhood was rich in the cultural tapestry of military bases around the world. This molded me. Not only did it teach me how to adapt well to change, but I learned how to get along and appreciate the differences of an incredibly diverse group of people from all over the world. This constant quest to experience and celebrate diversity is how I ended up in this amazing melting pot of Miami in 2019, which became the launching pad for my anti-racism movement Racial Just Us in 2020. Read more>>

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