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Inspiring Stories from Cambridge & Somerville

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 Cambridge’s rising stars below.

Adrian Quihuis

As a life artist and comedic innovator, I’m always looking for new ideas that I can take an idea and twist and twist and then turn it inside out and upside down. So, not sure exactly when or where the seed was planted but it was a couple of years ago and I began going down the rabbit hole and research mermaids, then next thing I know, I am purchasing a mermaid tail and becoming Merman Adrian and going on many adventures from hitchhiking to Santa Claus Pictures to Joshua Tree to the snow! Merman Adrian has established his life on the mainland and loves it! And he’s not going back to Under the Sea! Read more>>

Tony Gallo

Tony Gallo Athletics started in January of 2018. A month before starting the company, I had been directing and coaching basketball skills and drills with another program for the past four years. Suddenly, Christmas time, I was let go. Although worried about how I would keep a roof over my family’s head, I knew this was the best thing that could have happened to me at the time! TGA began workouts in January of 2018 at Salem Academy. I consider this the “Home” of TGA. Fast forward eight months, we are now hosting clinics in Salem, Marblehead, Malden, Newburyport, and North Reading! Read more>>

Mariya Taher

.I have worked in the anti-gender violence field in the areas of research, policy, and program development for over a decade in everything from domestic violence to sexual assault to trafficking. Today, I’ve been named one of six experts to watch on the issue of Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation (FGM/C) by NewsDeeply. When I reflect on my nonprofit career, I think it started right after I graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara. After college, I was hired as a public relations intern for a well-recognized nonprofit, but unfortunately, that internship was a really disorganized experience. Read more>>

Lizzie Stark and Kellian Adams Pletcher

Save the Munbax is a creative collaboration between Kellian and me. We met about a year ago through a mutual friend and quickly realized we were operating on the same wavelength. She’s an immersive theater, puzzle room, and educational designer–the chief mastermind over at Green Door Labs, which, among many other projects, produces the immersive vintage/puzzle/swing extravaganze Club Drosselmeyer. Read more>>

Oleg Bolotov

Auspicious Phoenix Productions LLC is an independent studio-based entertainment company specializing in film. Founded in 2015, by friends and filmmakers Joseph Dwyer, Jim DanDee and Oleg Bolotov, the company boasts a burgeoning commercial and independent portfolio of films, properties, and visual projects directed by rising filmmakers and creatives. Over the course of a few years, the company dug out and renovated a basement of an old envelope factory near Union Square in Somerville to create The Space Studio — Auspicious Phoenix’s production headquarters and one of Boston’s largest independent entertainment facilities. Read more>>

DJ Nexus

Being in love with music his whole life, Jamerson joined the entertainment scene, in 2004, and became known as DJ Nexus. Intrigued with spinning records and making crowds of people dance, he taught himself how to blend and mix tracks. From listening to radio shows and numerous DJ Mixtapes, he further mastered this craft and was able to mix smoother, cut and MC. Growing up in a predominately popular Hip-hop and Reggae environment, Nexus naturally embraced the culture and started DJ’ing local house and college dorm parties. Read more>>

Ryan and Matt Murray

Ryan began his tattooing career in 2009 after completing his apprenticeship in New Hampshire, meanwhile, Matthew attended classes as a film major at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, but soon came into the industry while apprenticing with Ryan while still in school. The Black Veil opened its doors in April of 2012 with works self-described “black and grey for the grim hearted.” It hasn’t always been a smooth road, initially finding a studio to work in was quite the struggle, but I stayed relentless until I was luckily able to find a studio nearby that was willing to hire me, and where I was then able to grow as an artist and to develop a style of my own. Read more>>

Dr. Steffi Koerner

Prior to practicing Chinese Medicine, I was working as a chemist in the pharmaceutical industry and in academia, for about 15 years. My latest roles were Lead Investigator at Arqule, Inc. and then subsequently Group Leader at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Instructor at Harvard Medical School. My cumulative research efforts contributed to clinical drug candidates- predominantly for oncology treatments, patents, and publications. Read more>>

Eric Boireau

I started drawing when I was young. I loved to draw spaceships and I was specifically interested in the NASA space shuttle. I actually sent my drawing to NASA and in response, they sent me a whole host of info on all the shuttle missions and a bunch of cool NASA swag. I continued drawing and exploring my creative side in high school and my early 20’s, then life got in the way and I fell out of it for 15 years. Read more>>

Cindy Negrotti

I have lived by the ocean my entire life and started collecting sea glass and other beach treasures when I was a kid. I loved the “hunt” and not knowing what I would find each time I went. For years, I put them in glass jars and just enjoyed them as is. One day about three years ago, I was bored and decided to dump out a jar onto my kitchen table to look at my pieces. I began playing with them and arranging them. It was close to the holidays, so I made A Christmas tree and a snowman. I was pleased with my creations, so I glued them onto a background and put them in a frame. Read more>>

Bonnie Durham

I remember toying around with it back in junior high, taking portraits of my friends, but my real introduction to photography started during college. I didn’t take it seriously at that time. I took a film photography course and learned how to make prints in the darkroom. It was the science part, the chemicals, the instant picture that seemed so far away from what I wanted to be doing at that time in my life. I wanted to take the time to make paintings and sell them in exhibitions, and for many years I did that. Read more>>

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