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Inspiring Stories from Brookline, Brighton & Allston

The heart of our mission at the BostonVoyager 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 Boston’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 the rising stars from Brookline, Brighton, Allston and surrounding areas below.

Damien Chinappi

I will always say my first acting gig was that of an insurance salesman, so a quick shout out to Northwestern Mutual for the gig, haha. They paid me $4000 dollars to pass a few state exams, conduct a few interviews and learn some “Red Letter” language. For the record, they all thought I would make a great sales rep because I excelled in learning the language and improving situations when we role played in class. Read more>>

Jamie Lynn

I’ve been singing since I was very little and began writing original music in high school. I knew this was where my heart was, but I chose a more academic path and ended up studying Opera in college and grad school, pushing my original dream aside as it felt a bit too “unknown and scary.” Fast forward to my last year of grad school at Boston University, and coming to terms that I wasn’t on the right path. Read more>>

Mariya Gershteyn

My beautiful mother instilled a sense of aesthetics and art from an early age. Our house was filled with books and journals of modern literature which transformed into moving images as I read them – from childhood I dreamed of making films. After graduating from the Polytechnic University in my hometown, I worked as a physics teacher at a college. Read more>>

Kat Maus

There are two things I know about myself – I need a creative project to work on, and I need to be outdoors exploring. When I was a kid, I would disappear to my room and reappear, hours later, with a fully sewn handbag or completed painting, or who knows what. I wanted to create, and when I was a kid, it meant trying everything. I was also very active with sports and dance, and I loved being outdoors. Read more>>

DJ DCaso (Darryl David)

I never thought I would ever be a DJ. I came to MA from NY for college and in my junior year, started experimenting with DJing. From dorm parties straight to the big stage and within that year, I was given the opportunity to open for PVD’s Jon Hope, the Bravehearts & Nas at Brandeis University in 08′. This ultimately fueled my passion and lead to me pursuing the many facets of DJing. Read more>>

Gwen and Katy

We first introduced our ice cream for the first time in May 2015 under the brand name Minus the Moo. It started as a test at the popular SOWA market in Boston’s South End and have since grown into retail distribution throughout the Northeast. You can now buy Beckon at grocery retailers like Whole Foods Market, Big Y, Roche Bros, Giant, and Peapod from Maine to Virginia. Read more>>

Rayna Lo

I’m glad I took a chance on trying something new. I’ve actually heard horror stories where students would be beaten if they didn’t hold the brush right. And that those experiences took the fun out of calligraphy. So, I’m glad that I was able to practice on my own terms without punishment. But that’s how it started. This was the first step of many towards an unexpected path of exploring other types of art. Read more>>

Mark Landsberg

We were first licensed and established in 1981, specializing in the adaptive reuse of historic buildings and new construction in older neighbors. Prior to that, I was involved in the establishment of Art Deco District (1974) in Miami Beach, Florida and was chosen by the National Endowment for the Arts, in 1978, to study the establishment of an Art Deco National Park there. Since 1976, I began teaching at Boston Architectural College, concentrating on Photography, Architectural History, and Non-Silver Print processes. Read more>>

Qian Jepson

I was drawing at a really young age, maybe around five or so. My mom still has the photographic evidence up on the fridge of when I would draw on those Etch-A-Sketch things. My overall journey with art and style has been very wild; ranging from really bad eight-year-old anime drawings to extremely photo-realistic portraits in college. Currently, I’m very happy with my flat graphic style which is very reminiscent of Eastern Asian modern graphic illustration (a style that I am trying to encourage within myself). Read more>>

Africa Rubio

I consider myself a citizen of the world. I’ve visited and lived in various countries, experiencing a lot of different cultures. I came to Boston looking for a place I could fit into and a sense of community. While living in Boston, I found Boston Women’s Market. BWM has given me purpose and allows me to work with incredible, creative, strong woman. Supporting and working with these women has motivated me to be more creative. It has helped to come to the decision to start back up WaterWheel Clothes&Jewels, which was started in Madrid, Spain. Boston not only has helped me gain back that sense of creativity but has given me endless opportunities to use that creativity outside of Boston Women’s Market and WaterWheel. Read more>>

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