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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.

Naomi Scott

I started my career in real estate in Brooklyn, New York back in 2007 as a member of a franchise-type real estate agency and was quite successful selling real estate in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx. I returned to Boston in 2012 and decided I wanted more control over my career. I joined the team of iCare Realty eventually branching out and forming my own sister firm, Naomi Scott Realty, specializing in luxury, high-end rentals, luxury sales, and commercial spaces. Read more>>

Sarah Elizabeth Mitchell

I am a Boston-based actor. I trained with the British American Drama Academy in London and the Tony-award winning Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut. At Bard College, where I graduated with a BA in Theater, I was awarded the Carter Towbin Prize for creativity, versatility and commitment to theater. Thanks to casting director Angela Peri at Boston Casting, I landed my first principal role in the feature film ‘Chappaquiddick’ as the Senate Secretary to Jason Clarke’s Ted Kennedy. Read more>>

Simon Zilberstein

Simon, a musician turned hair stylist, values creativity and imagination. After eight years of professional training in music school and college, Simon worked as musician for more than a decade. When he decided to change careers, he wanted to continue in a creative field—and found that he had a flair for styling hair. Read more>>

Alexandra Sytkowski

Yarn Love Boston started with a passion for unique and personalized gift giving. Over the years I have realized that gifts I have received from friends and family were quite often handmade which made them one of a kind and very dear to me. I treasure the afghans made by my grandmother. Several years ago I had a large number of close friends and family having their first child. Read more>>

Anne Doyle

For the last three years, I have been serving as President of Lasell Village, and Vice President of Lasell College. This is an amazing place to work – the residents are so inspiring. Lasell Village is truly a community of people who care for each other. Lasell Village is a lifelong learning community that puts education at its heart. We offer a warm and friendly environment for 65+ living for 225 residents on the campus of Lasell College in Newton, MA. Each year, our residents commit to a 450-hour personalized learning plan. Read more>>

James Rifino

It all started with a holiday gathering in my home (in a suburb of Boston) just before Christmas in 2002. In lieu of gifts for my new home, everyone brought bags of toys and gifts to donate to the Boston Housing Authority. This became an annual tradition. In 2007, with the help of “Chris Harris Presents”, we held an event at “Roxy” (what was a local nightclub) where some of our first sponsors signed on immediately. Read more>>

John Varkados

I was born in Seoul, South Korea and was adopted. No one knew who the father was. Perhaps it was a guy who crossed paths with my mother as my biological mother was hurled in a prostitution ring from a young age- or maybe it was one of the doctors on duty once they found my mother homeless, took her in, and she digressed in a catatonic state…I was born amidst all that. My adopted mother and father meet in Queens, NY while Woodstock was alive and well. Read more>>

Courtney Victoria Lindop

Seven years ago, going to a yoga class was an unthinkable act! I spent most of my life very depressed and anxious, so much so that I was often paralyzed by fear. I tried many conventional medicines and years of therapy but nothing got to the root of the problem. Why was I so depressed without any significant trauma? One Sunday, a friend managed to drag me reluctantly to a breathing and meditation group. Read more>>

Bryan Fuller, Janna Nicole, laura Valenstein

In 2011 I was invited to join a veteran’s outreach rowing program through Community Rowing, Inc. I had honorably discharged from the Army in 1999 and largely hadn’t given any thought about my service since. My transition to civilian life like many veterans was not an easy one, but I wasn’t going to miss an opportunity to row crew for free. To say that the program was transformative, is a huge understatement. Read more>>

Sonya Highfield

After graduating with an art degree from George Mason University in 2011 I started my commercial and fine art photography business (Sonya Highfield Photography). Then in 2015 I founded Real World Creatives, which provides business and mindset coaching as well as virtual communities, events and workshops for creative entrepreneurs. Read more>>

Oleg Shilovitsky

I started OpenBOM two years ago. We serve engineers, manufacturing companies, and suppliers. Essentially, OpenBOM is for everyone who is in the business of designing and manufacturing something. That can include an electronic gadget you keep in your hand (there are many of them now), a bike, a motorcycle, a computer, a car, a huge electrical turbine or an airplane. Read more>>

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