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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.

Noah Rico

I’m Noah Rico. I’m 15 years old. I’m a freshman in High-School and my Birthday is on January 19th. I’m a twin! I’ve been pursuing acting for about 8 years now. My mom inspired me to begin my journey in acting after she took me along with her to a commercial audition. I studied acting for about 3 years before my mom and I decided to explore the more active in industry which was exploding in California. While continuing my studies over there, I booked a role on Nickelodeon. After that, I did a guest star spot on Disney+’s High School Musical the Musical the Series! Read more>>

Yasmina Harrison

I actually got my cosmetology license first, back in 1992. I was basically trying to get a job that gave me tips so I could put myself through school, and I knew I couldn’t be a waitress. My good friend was working at Macy’s hair salon and she hired me part time as a receptionist. Here, she encouraged me to get my cosmetology license. One day, one of the salon’s clients came in and needed a fill in at the Estee Lauder Spa as two of her employees had called in sick. I ended up filling in and was invited to interview for their new spa at Bloomingdale’s, I got the job! Read more>>

Isaac Girard

I started making music in Fargo North Dakota (where I was born) in late 2014 early 2015 through my friend Dylan aka Iceberg. He was producing for some up and coming artists at the time and after a few months of hanging out we started recording my first few songs to his instrumentals. We then dropped my first mixtape “701” in 2017 which was my best attempt at making a project for the place I was from. I dropped my 2nd mixtape my junior year of college titled “time will tell” which got some buzz around the city but nothing that would take things to the next level. Read more>>

Patrice Esperant

My name is Patrice Esperant, I’m photographer from Port-au-Prince, Haiti and currently based in Miami. I picked up a camera for the first time in 2014, it was a DSLR (Canon T3i). My inspiration was the idea of creating emotions and connections through photography, especially with social media platforms like Instagram. Immortalizing a fraction of second sounded really cool and fascinating to me. The year after I got my first camera, I started taking photography classes at Centre d’Etudes Photographiques et Cinematographique (CEPEC) in Haiti under the guidance of the founder of the school, Mrs Emeline Desert. Read more>>

Amanda Covach

I started my work in museums as a birthday party host in 2014, when a museum professional recognized my talent for “edutainment” and shared with me the opportunity to move into my preferred field. Prior to that I had received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Florida International University with a minor in Art Education and Art History. Thanks to the support of my colleagues and the abundance in opportunity, I quickly rose through the ranks at Young At Art Museum to become the Director of Visitor Services. I was still educating where I could, teaching their portfolio courses for teens, as well as volunteering to teach at other institutions on my time off. Read more>>

Tevin Linder

From a child, I’ve always had an itch to create, Taking advantage of any school project to show my artist abilities. With no college degree or formal training, I’ve always had to be very innovative in my approach. Submerging myself in the creative community as a graphic designer, I constantly found ways to keep myself sharp. Far from smooth. Not having access to art materials due to the lack of creative awareness in the black community definitely contributed to my struggles early on. Self doubt also has been a big factor. Knowing that being an artist/graphic designer is the road less traveled by, it created a plethora of internal obstacles. Read more>>

Kareema and Queena Boynton

Arooma Things was created March 2018. But our love for candles started early on. Growing up with an unfortunate childhood where we didnt have the necessities in our house, candles were the one thing that made our house feel like a home. That special bond with candles was created at a very young age for us because it created the comfort we needed. The sweet smells would fill the house, the warmth from the burning wick kept us nice and toasty. Candles were there for us when we needed it and we want to share that comfort with you in your home. Read more>>

Eric Smith

At one point in my life I was working so hard studying to get my Doctorate in Chiropractic while trying to lead a “healthy” life. I hit the gym 4-5 times a week and did my “best” to TRY to eat healthy. Slowly the pounds kept coming on and I put off losing fat with the thought I would just gain more muscle. I got up to about 40% body fat and was UNCOMFORTABLE in my clothes and LIFE. It was then when I got the opportunity to buy my own practice in downtown Chicago. It was going to be a big undertaking so I DEDICATED myself to healthy mind habits, a planned workout plan, GOT A COACH to hold me accountable as we as take the burden off of me in time and mental anguish. Read more>>

Roy (supreme creationsllc) Lewis

When I was in the 2nd grade I grew to love all things video and photography. I attended a Magnet School in St. Petersburg, FL and was introduced to Photo Journalism. In High School, I started producing Youtube Videos and found my love. I attended Barry University where I became a Lead Producer, Director and Editor, within the Communications Department. Graduating with a degree in Mass Communications, I went on to start Supreme Creations, LLC. a Visual, Content Media Company, where I have the pleasure of helping my clients tell their unique stories. Read more>>

Keema Chang

I am a creative artist specializing in hair styling and makeup artistry. I was born and raised on the beautiful island of St.Croix and completed high school in Dallas TX. Moving to Miami in 1999 to begin college majoring in fashion design, I always did hair and makeup for the other art students’ projects, and my passion for glam was always natural to me. After leaving college I decided to pursue my career as a cosmetologist attending Aveda and then opened Keema Chang Salon in 2015, During that time I was building my name in the entertainment industry. Read more>>

Tayrone Straughter

I started my journey back in about 2016-17 as a screenwriter. I wrote a few short films and assisted a few friends, co-writing theirs. I tried being primarily a writer, but eventually, I ended up stepping behind the camera and shooting a couple of shorts on my own. Forward to 2019, I was working in Banking but juggling around with the idea of going full-time with filmmaking, even saying that I would “take the leap” on my birthday and leave. Coincidentally, they fired me the day after my birthday. When I got home, My Wife locked me in our room with a pen, paper, and beer. She said, “don’t come out until you’ve got something”… Read more>>

Sahil Pundeer

Hello, my name is Sahil, founder of I started my blogging journey back in 2017 when I was in 8th standard. Travel Tour Idea is not my first blog, I tried more than 5 blogs in past years and honestly, failed in every blog. Currently, I passed my 12th standard, and next month I will start going to college for my graduation. Because I always wanted to go to college honestly, not for study but for fun.  My first blog was about space, and the funny thing is that I copy pasted content from here and there, after 15 days I applied for AdSense and my blog was rejected and that’s fine because Google AdSense doesn’t approve copied content. Read more>>

Karen Matluck

I grew up all over the world watching my father do business in Insurance and then Real Estate. He always did what he wanted when he wanted and I loved watching him in Action. When I graduated high school, I immediately got my insurance license, didn’t love that…and then I got my real Estate License back in 1980. It was an immediate love affair. I have enjoyed every aspect of it…from all the incredible people I have met (both agents and clients) to all the condos and homes I get to enjoy seeing and appreciating. I have learned so much about architecture and design that sometimes I think I should have done that. Read more>>

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