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Inspiring Stories from Palm Beach

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 Palm Beach below.

Shica Hardy

I moved to West Palm Beach around the age of Ten. I always loved to draw. In high school, I would take advanced art classes which led me to taking a liking towards Fashion Illustration. Focusing on Fashion Illustration led to a study of Fashion Design where I earned an Associates in Fine Arts Degree from International Fine Arts College (now known as Miami International University of Arts & Design) in 1993. After graduation, I took a different career turn and worked in the legal field, but I never stopped practicing drawing and taking art classes. In 2015, I moved back to West Palm Beach where I began taking art classes on a weekly basis, specifically honing my skills for drawing faces. Read more>>

Kat LaIuppa

Before enrolling in Esthetics school I was dealing with Grade 3 Adult Acne. It was really unexpected (at that time), I had never experienced acne breakouts until then – in my late 20’s. Toward the end of 2019, I became super interested in Cosmetic Chemistry, how the skin works, learning about topicals, functions of different ingredients, cosmetic regulations, how products get created, and all the fun stuff that goes into the world of skincare. As my acne got worse, and my mental health with it, I remember my mom helping me book my first appointment to see my Esthetician – whom I still see! After that first appointment (where I cried, yes, I cried) I become a learning sponge. I couldn’t relax during my facials because all I did was talk and ask questions and talk some more. Skin Science was all I could think about. So, about three months later I decided to enroll in Esthetics school and here I am now! Esthetics school was truly something else and I feel like I need a whole separate page to tell you about that experience. Ha!. Read more>>

Caleb Wesco

2020 was a trying year for us all due to the pandemic that is still impacting the world today. During 2020 I was working full-time as a Project Manager for a wireless company. My job had me traveling to 42 different states teaching 15,000 employees about sales techniques and customer service. When the pandemic hit, it grounded our travel and put our jobs at jeopardy. To make things even more uncertain, the company was in the process of a merger. We were being bought out by a bigger wireless organization. Toward the end of 2020, news came to the team that the merger was being finalized and our positions as Project Managers were to be terminated January 04, 2021. So the team and I were given a choice, either become store managers or take a severance package and part ways. This was a tough decision for me because I loved my job, but in the back of my mind, I always wanted to be an entrepreneur and take on my calling as an Inspirational Speaker. After much thought, I decided to take the package and take a chance as an entrepreneur. This decision was extremely difficult because I never worked for myself, I always had a paycheck provided by 9 to 5 and I didn’t know where to start. I just knew I had a gift and I was ready to use it. Read more>>

Gregorio Gonzalez

I’m a newly pro boxer, got started BYB being picked on through school. Gave up the dream for a while but a new daughter born with serious medical issues brought back my will to make my dream happen. She’s also a fan of boxing. Read more>>

JeanCarlo Ramirez

I’m a Filmmaker and Photographer as well as an adventure guide! Growing up, I was always in the world of communications, in Colombia my father was a TV producer and my mother a journalist and that world was always around me but I wanted to be a professional soccer player. We moved to Florida from Colombia when I was 7 and still, being a soccer player was on my mind although I was at art schools – Bak Middle School of Arts and G-Star School of arts, always in the communications program but I still had soccer first but it wasn’t until my senior year of high school where I suffered a soccer injury and in that recovery time I fell in love with filmmaking and photography, I started getting my films into film festivals and started getting into amazing art programs such as YoungArts in Miami, I attended the School of Visual Arts in NYC but dropped out and decided to work with Film companies from NYC to LA, had the pleasure to work personally along side with Director Kirk Simon, Academy award winner in NY and then moved to LA but then decided to move back home to West Palm Beach, FL and start my media production company “IndieHouse Films” in 2012 – fast forward to 2021 almost 2022 and I have a team of creatives working for me, I teach filmmaking work shops around the world. Read more>>

YB Entertainment TV

I have many stories to tell, so I will do my best to summarize while still bringing it all full circle. I’ll first start with my content-creating journey. Before I began creating content on the YouTube platform, I was an avid viewer of many different types of creators more specifically LGBTQ creators. Growing up, I never had a chance to see myself represented in movies, television or just any form of entertainment in the mainstream world so I took to Youtube on the advice of a friend and was pleasantly surprised of the many talented individuals I had to not only watch but learn from as well. I grew up in the Foster Care system and with that comes trauma which also gave me several insecurities ranging from self-esteem issues to loner type behaviors which would eventually leave me without the so called normal social skills needed to properly address my own struggles with my sexuality hints why I was so elated to finally find a world where I could learn about me and my community without the pressures or anxieties of dealing with people in a physical setting. Back in 2013, I came across this duo of friends called ‘The Tag Team’ young, black, gay and not only proud but had a beautiful and comedic way of translating the black gay male experience. Once I saw that, I became inspired to start my own creative platform which is The YB Entertainment TV. Read more>>

Jennifer O’Brien

I did come about my current role in promoting environmental sustainability in a very different way – through arts education. Being an artist and art educator, I naturally connected to the abundance of “alternative art materials” that can be found by reusing items that normally get recycled or thrown away. I also began to connect to the fact that making use of partially used materials reduces the resources needed to make brand-new art supplies and to explore the environmental impact of my creative projects. Soon after, I began to work with Resource Depot as a teaching artist for their outreach program. While I’m not the founder of Resource Depot, many people assume that I am since I have brought the organization to the prominent place it is now in South Florida. When I became the CEO of Resource Depot almost ten years ago, the organization was at a turning point – basically go big or throw in the towel. Read more>>

Xana Nash

Kieonie Gift Co. is a gifting company that helps small to large-scale businesses nationwide elevate their brand. We just recently opened up a retail store on November 1st of 2021, currently located in The Villages in Sebastian, Florida. The store is open to the public for anyone to stop by and create a gift in-store for the holidays, events, birthdays, bridal parties, professional businesses, etc! We work with a wide range of businesses from photographers to wedding planners, lawyers, bridal ring designers, event planners, and corporate businesses! Kieonie Gift Co. started during the pandemic and has grown from solely being available online to creating gifts from businesses and individuals across the nation. We listen to your brand story, talk to you about your clientele, source products from many small businesses, and design gifts to fit your business! We have our “Kieonie Kreation Team” that takes all of the stress out of picking out client/referral/or employee gifts. Read more>>

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