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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.

Julissa Hernandez

Dancing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I watched my parents dance salsa as a little girl and was amazed at the happiness brought them. My father would let stand me up on his feet and we’d dance for hours. I danced to jazz in grade school and College but my dancing always circled back to salsa and the Latin dance culture. I began teaching professionally in the late 90’s and have met amazing people throughout my career. The more I teach, the more I learn about myself. My biggest takeaway from dancing is that it has provided me the opportunity to bring joy to others. That same joy I saw in my parents as a child, I see in my students and I am grateful that I can provide that. We need to spread love and joy. I am a vessel. Read more>>

Ricquan Roberts

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Immigrated to New York when I was two, lived there for nine years. I moved to Georgia in fourth grade, then moved to Florida in ninth grade. The majority of my life, I thought I was going to be an athlete, dreaming to becoming a basketball player at the University of North Carolina. I was planning to study marine biology. I realized that if I played basketball my whole life, I will soon become miserable. I always had interest in creating music in the rap genre. Growing up, I was known as an exceptional writer and music always intrigued me. Read more>>

Knakeesha Samuels

My background is in hospitality. I started out working in hotels doing everything from bar management, banquets, event operations and even conference management. I left corporate America four years ago after I felt that leadership had failed me and was beginning to stifle the growth and direction of where I wanted to go. I initially started my company – Karisma after, I left a job in New Orleans, which was one of my worst experiences in life. I dealt with racism, sexism, ageism, you name it. After that experience, I wanted to create something that was all my own so that other people could no longer dictate the success of my career. Read more>>

Watson Dangervil

I purchased my first camera when my oldest daughter was born to document our family story, which eventually led me to help others do the same. In 2017 I decided to turn my hobby into a business. For the first year, I photographed all types of photography but in 2018, I decided to focus on Wedding and Elopements. I started second shooting for other photographers, then I branched out on my own and that’s what I have been doing ever since. Read more>>

Bryce Andrews and Lauren Seyranian

Inspire Love In Others Through Compassion, Empathy, and Sympathy. Lauren and Bryce are on a mission to inspire love in others through compassion, empathy, sympathy. They believe in the philosophy that the world needs love and that it is important to give back. Their priority is to help alleviate some disadvantages, disappointments, and distress for those who are living in underserved environments. It is their goal to create a world filled with equal opportunity. Lauren and Bryce want to influence others to give back to their communities and in hope of creating a world filled with love, peace and happiness. Read more>>

Noah Schneier

In short, my story begins in South Florida, where I grew up playing music, making videos, and in general, just trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. I loved to fish, I loved to Film, and I took a strong interest to business and marketing. Not only was I trying to figure out what I wanted to do for work as an adult, but also what would genuinely make me happy. After my time at G-Star School of the Arts, I started taking photos in Night Clubs and High-End Restaurants. Soon after that, I was hired by a hot rock pictures to produce of 100% HMY Yachts Content. Read more>>

Antoinette La Monica

My story with business has been an odd one, I was never a hustler but my husband believed I had it in me. A year ago, I signed up with Mary Kay and this is where it all started. I started going to meetings and dressing up like a lady (in which I have always been a town boy). For meetings every Monday, we had to dress to impress so I started becoming more feminine and coming out of my box. Well, I ended up stopping MK for personal reasons and it just wasn’t me. I am not a make-up person, never have been so it was hard to stand behind something I wasn’t passionate about. Read more>>

Michele Zehner

I was a professional ballet dancer. After I retired, I started teaching and found a real passion for pedagogy. I became a professional ballet teacher, got married and we started a family. Eventually, my daughter was old enough and serious enough about dance that I needed to find a good school for her training. Having grown up in the ballet world, I wanted to make sure the school she would go to had both a professional training curriculum and treated their students with both respect and a concern for their mental well-being. I couldn’t find any schools in our area that met my criteria so myself and two partners decided to open our own school. When we first opened the doors of Florida School for Dance Education, we had no idea of what to expect but we took off right away and haven’t looked back since. Read more>>

Ruth Hartman

I was born in Chicago, Illinois and have always had an affinity for the Arts. I graduated from Lake Forest College with a degree in Art History. After working at The Art Institute of Chicago, Landfall Press and the Phyllis Kind Gallery, I moved to Jackson, Wyoming and then to Northern Idaho, where we lived on a farm and raised my two boys before moving to Florida in 1985. In Florida, I worked in the field of accounting until 2003. At that time my sister, Ann, was diagnosed with cancer and her battle moved me to express myself through metal and shell. I fabricated jewelry from gold and silver – using precious and semi-precious stones for 15 years. Read more>>

Ashley Glica

Growing up in Buffalo, NY, as a trainers daughter, always had me pushing for the next level of my riding. Dreaming big and setting high goals to achieve was a regular task for myself. At 19, I had moved my horses and myself to Wellington FL to start my own adventure. Leaving home alone was a big risk but very exciting for me to establish my own business plan. As a couple of years went on in Florida, my training business continued to grow. My facilities also needed to grow. I had relocated a few times and now have a very established business in Loxahatchee, FL working out of a beautiful state of art farm on a 10acre property. I also have built up an amazing clientele of dedicated and supportive people. It’s amazing what hard work and passion can do for your company. Read more>>

Parker Lee and Rafael Rabell

Enigmatic’s story started in December of 2017 with the idea that Enigmatic would be a production company to house and self start-up Parker’s own films and feature-length movie scripts while he was a sophomore in college at Tallahassee Community College. Deciding to approach his college roommate and longtime best friend Rafael Rabell, Enigmatic quickly went from several scripts and a few logos/merchandise designs to a full-fledged framework for a multimedia platform housed in Raf and Parker’s hometown of Orlando, Florida that incorporated music, film, and street fashion. Read more>>

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