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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.

Annika Roser

I got started in boudoir photographer back in college actually. I was majoring in fashion photography at the time, but I got bored of that pretty quickly. A couple of months later I found myself doing more and more lingerie themed shoots, and then even having friends ask me to their photos. Read more>>

J. Shia

The passion of motorcycles has been instilled in me since an early age. My family in Lebanon/Syria we tin-smiths, mechanics and metal workers. Upon coming to the US, the family tradition of practicing the mechanical trade continued. Read more>>

Demetrius Ortakales

When I was in high school I wanted to do computer programming, mainly because thats what my brother did, and I had no idea what else would interest me or what I would could possibly want to do. But I thought sitting in front of computer all day sounded great since I was already doing that. Read more>>

Omar Leonce

Growing up in a single parent home for the first few years of my life, I was blessed to have a mother that realized the impact that sports could have on me. Through many sacrifices both to time and finances my mom got me into a tee ball program and this is when fitness entered my life through sports at the age of 4 years old. Read more>>

Vinny Araujo

Originally I used to train in Taekwondo. I used to compete and got as high as 2nd place in Junior Olympics one year. Started helping out and teaching classes at 14 years old. Once I graduated high school, I noticed college was not for me. I wanted to teach martial arts for a living. Read more>>

Casey Walker

I’d already been working in restaurants when I decided to go vegan about a year ago. I started an Instagram account, @caseygoesvegan, to hold myself accountable and push myself to try a broad range of new recipes! Read more>>

Kadri Karmo

I got my first camera for my 16th birthday and since then we became inseparable. Photography was my hobby for years. I studied architecture in University in an old city Lviv in Ukraine. I was living in a city of history-filled architecture and my everyday life was filled with creative and fun people. Read more>>

Bailey Quinlan

I love looking at, talking about, and making photographs. As far back as I can remember, art has been a part of my soul. I took every drawing and painting class I could when I was growing up. Then I upped and moved to Boston to study Photography at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts & Tufts University, where I met my future-husband Yuta in a photo class, no less. Read more>>

Jasmine Quinones

I picked up a guitar when I was 14 years old. It was my mom’s old classical guitar, and hilariously the first song I ever tried to learn was Wonderwall by Oasis. I was playing around at first, not thinking I would have a natural talent for the instrument, but it quickly became an obsessive hobby. Read more>>

Sandy Machado

I started Boston Bag Lady Vintage in January of 2008 on a whim. I stumbled into a small shop in Boston that housed an inventory of amazing mint condition greeting cards from the 40s to the 70s. I purchased about 200 cards that day, which helped lay the foundation for my shop’s inventory. Read more>>

Dmitrii Malashkin

We started as a small company back in 2015 we only had one small truck that we have to fix all the time, as a business grows our trucks growing as well so now we have 3 trucks that are with us.Before started my own company. Read more>>

Melodi Bozkurt

For Dellaria Salons it’s all about our visionary founder John Dellaria. In the 1960s, John Dellaria opened his first salon in Boston MA and now Dellaria Salons have over 20 locations in Massachusetts and continue to grow. John revolutionized haircutting when he created the Pyrametrics Cutting Method. Read more>>

Kate Ouellette-Cretsinger

After waking up one day in my mid-thirties with a fourth migraine that week, I remember saying to myself: “I know that I can feel better than this.” At this point in my life migraines were a regular occurrence and I learned how to function with one. Read more>>

Melissa Alexander

Melissa Alexander is a Certified Health and Wellness Coach and the founder of Roots 2 Wings Transformations, where she offers unique tools to bring harmony to your body, mind, emotions and spirit. Since she was four years old, Melissa had accepted pain and sickness as part of her day to day reality. “I had been in a constant state of difficulty.  Read more>>

Lara Diaz

Hiii! I’m lara of CECILIA east / west & I’ve been doing ceramics for about 10 years. Since I was young I’ve always been creative and my dream job was always to be an artist. I would jump from illustrating, painting, graphic design, jewelry design and on and on in different mediums. Read more>>

Daisy Chow

I grew up in a restaurant family in Plano, Texas, and was destined for a bright future in electrical engineering once I finished college at Columbia University. I came to Boston to work at an MIT start-up in Somerville, daydreamed about food, and one day applied for a job at Maison Robert as a pastry cook. Read more>>

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