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South Broward’s Rising Stars

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 South Florida’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 South Broward below.

CeCe Espeut

I started as a professional photographer back in 1999 after leaving my job as a server at a local breakfast chain. I was miserable because I had made a few, (well, quite a few) mistakes that had landed me in prison and now I felt like I was settling for a job where there was no future. Read more>>

Jessica Castro

I started baking about 11 years ago when my twin daughters were in preschool. I went to school to be a Graphic Designer and I loved designing invitations and party favors, but my passion was always making cupcakes for family and friends. Every party and school event- I took the cupcakes. Read more>>

Ruth Avra & Dana Kleinman

We each had our own separate artistic careers before starting our collaboration. We were each frustrated, filled with doubt and confusion and unsure of direction. Neither of us felt like we truly fit into the genre we in which we were working, and our artwork wasn’t understood the way we felt it should be. Read more>>

Amy McGraw

My career started with a love of sharing stories. I started out as a television producer, which evolved into a career as a live sports producer working for the Detroit Pistons. But it wasn’t very satisfying, I didn’t feel like I was bringing real value anymore. Read more>>

Jose Alvarado

I was born in Honduras in Central America. When I was young I have liked to learn the things that catch my attention and not give up, one of them was machinery. My first job was at an Auto Parts Store as an apprentice, but I wanted to improve my income. At that time I was studying and working and also had to help with household chores and expenses. Read more>>

Amy McGraw

My career started with a love of sharing stories. I started out as a television producer, which evolved into a career as a live sports producer working for the Detroit Pistons. But it wasn’t very satisfying, I didn’t feel like I was bringing real value anymore. IN addition I had four small children that I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with. Read more>>

Fernanda Monteiro and Patricia Almeida

All began with a trip to Brazil in 2015 where I, Fernanda, tried something that was called granola, but it was for salads, not yogurt I found the idea brilliant, although the version I tried did not have the taste I could imagine in my mind. Back in the US, I did a search for savory granola brands and found none. Read more>>

John Alexander Lopez Villarraga

Art has always been a part of my life, as a child I used to pick up and look at encyclopedias and illustrated books to look for the illustrations or images in each of its categories/chapters. With time I was more and more interested into replicating some of those images into pencil drawings, unaware I was developing an interest towards drawing and free sketching. Read more>>

Rachelle Haime

After giving birth I was diagnosed with postpartum depression and it was possibly one of the scariest and loneliest things I have ever experienced. At the time, like most women who go through ppd, I felt there was something wrong with me. In the beginning I was ashamed and I battled my emotions on my own. Read more>>

Jabrina Thompson

Jabrina Thompson is an Educator, Mentor, Visionary and Friend. As a Broward County, Fl. native she reminds herself daily “I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me” Philippians 4:13. Graduating from Hollywood Hills High School class of 2001 she continued her education at the University of Phoenix majoring in Education. Read more>>

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