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Cynthia Mikell

Cynthia Mikell


• Computer Sciences, Chipola Junior College
• Owner, Maverick Studios

• Humanities and Mathematics, Central Florida Community College
• Graphic Design, Santa Fe Community College
• Gold Addy Award, Advertising Photography (Maverick Studios)
• Silver Addy Award, Advertising Photography (Maverick Studios)

Cynthia started working at thoroughbred farms when she was 15 years old, developing an early interest in equine photography. The hobby became an unexpected career where she found her photos featured in the OBS catalogue, Florida Horse magazine, and various portrait commissions. To her shock and delight, she photographed several Kentucky Derby winners over the years – including American Pharoah, America’s 12th Triple Crown champion.

“I grew up on a little country farm! My grandmother gave me my first camera when I was twelve years old; I was a shy, quiet little girl who just liked taking pictures,” she marvels. “Suddenly here I was with one of the most famous – if not the most famous racehorse in the world. It was just unbelievable.”

While running her photography business, she also earned her real estate license in 2017 and began working as a New Home Sales Associate for On Top Of the World Communities. She recognized real estate was an opportunity to develop her own professional mobility with more freedom and independence.

“It’s a career that doesn’t discriminate against age or sex,” she explains. “Your success is based on hard work and merit, regardless of gender or how old you might be. Plus, I like helping people, and it’s a fun job.”

After five years at On Top of the World, she made the decision to join Showcase in 2022, bringing her knowledge and skills to a broader market. She was excited to challenge herself in a new environment where she could be hands-on – applying her equestrian, horse farm, and photography experience to learn and strengthen her talents.

“It’s empowering to be able to work in a creative way and feel your bosses understand your strengths,” she says. “I feel like I’m in a place and working with a team that believes I’m good at what I do.”     |      352.812.5795 Cell      |      View My Listings