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Inspiring Stories from Middlesex, Essex & New Hampshire

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 starsli from Middlesex, Essex & New Hampshire and surrounding areas below.

William DiOrio, Dawn DiOrio

Sound City originated as a single-op Disc Jockey Service almost 17 years ago when Bill, who is one of the owners transformed his love of music from live bands to mobile entertainment in the DJ industry. Read more>>

Kristin O’Connor

I traveled abroad in college and when I came home that May, there were limited internships left. I asked my friend’s older sister who worked in hospitality if she needed an intern. She said they had never had one before but would be happy to show me the ropes. Read more>>

Jamie Mathison

I was working as a a marine mammal trainer at the New England Aquarium in Boston. It was my dream job, but I needed a side job to make ends meet. I have always lobed art, but hadn’t quite figured out how to make it a career. Read more>>

Patricia (Patty) DiStefano Donahue

I was always interested in art, any kind of handmade anything, from as far back as I can remember, as a kid one of my earliest memories with my siblings and other neighborhood kids putting on a back yard show, dancing singing and acting for our parents. Read more>>

Kenan Wilson, Daniel Sullivan

From the start of our high school careers, both Daniel and I have been interested in business. As we got introduced to a fellow entrepreneur, we sought out ideas to make a business. By doing this, we hope to inspire other entrepreneurs just as we were inspired. Read more>>

Jaclyn Vlahos

When I was about four years old, my dad gave me my first camera. It was a Mattel Barbie digital camera and I still have it, though I have since upgraded to a DSLR. Ever since he put that first camera in my hand, I’ve rarely been seen without one. Read more>>

Jessica Caracciolo

When I was around 7 years old, I was dreaming premonitions and I could also hear and clairvoyantly see an old man in my room at night. When I would call my parents to come check my room for me, they didn’t see or hear anything and dismissed it as an “overactive imagination”. Read more>>

Colleen Dolan

I feel like it can be cliche to say that I grew up with a camera in my hand but it’s not that far off. Photography has been very present in my life since the beginning. I may not have realized that it was what I wanted to do full time until later on but a love for photography was always present. Read more>>

Krystina Friedlander

I first became interested in supporting pregnant people when I was living abroad in Doha, Qatar, which is a small city in the Arab Gulf. I met a woman there who was the only childbirth doula in the country, and she was incredibly passionate about changing the culture of birth in Qatar. Read more>>

Elizabeth Sullivan, Jamie O’Neill

ZBY Gallery started as a joint venture between husband and wife Jamie O’Neill and Elizabeth Kirby Sullivan. They started their first gallery in Gloucester, but they relocated to Artists’ Row in Salem in 2017. Both classically trained artists, they met through their connections to the graffiti world. Read more>>

Anthony Falcetta

I was an imaginative kid, and I read constantly from about age 3 onward. My favorite stories were always the ones where the main characters were alone with a challenging situation, and had to find solutions using a combination of wits, skill, and whatever resources were available. Read more>>

Liane Moccia

I have always believed that our bodies were built for optimal health and wellness if supported with the right balance of solutions and tools. This can involve healthy eating, exercise, meditation, and more. Read more>>

Zandra Zuraw, Karen Grant

Little Yellow Couch came about primarily because we wanted to work together! We wanted to create a work life that would feed us creatively and act as a structure of support for two women who felt they’d be better together than on their own. Read more>>

Shelby Meyerhoff

I’ve loved drawing and painting since childhood. As I grew into young adulthood, I tried to keep making art, even as other professional and personal interests took up much of my time. A couple of years ago, I realized I wasn’t engaged in the visual arts at all any more, and I missed it deeply. Read more>>

Soren Balea

I have been playing football (soccer) since i was 6 years old. I played overseeas mostly as a professional player in Germany and Romania. After playing for almost 20 years i decided to come back to the States, finish my education and start coaching. Read more>>

Gerard Cassista

I fell off the top of a bunk bed when I was 3 and suffered a collapsed lung. Back in 1956 the outlook for this was grim. After many failed attempts to inflate the lung my parents were told that because it took so long to get to the hospital and I was not getting enough oxygen I would likely not survive or if I did. Read more>>

Joanna Chipi

Jo was first introduced to yoga after suffering many physical injuries from being a successful, high level gymnast. At the age of 12, her lumbar spine fractured meaning her gymnastics career came to a screeching halt. Read more>>

Kelly Dodge

20 years ago, with a 1 year old in tow I began my adventure in sheep farming. Having grown up on an island in Downeast Maine, my life had been blessed with many varieties of artistic mediums. Painting was my passion in high school, but the tools were brushes and the pigments came in tubes and sometimes cans. Read more>>

Janelle Turgeon

I tend to be a little awkward with introductions (and talking about myself in general) but here goes nothing! My name is Janelle and I am the CEO and Founder of Elara Luna. Elara Luna is an online clothing brand and boutique that is for curves, sizes 12-24. Read more>>

Rae Finn

I grew up with a big ol’ barn in my backyard full of my Dad’s curbside gold …..if it was on the side of the road, we claimed it because Dad always said we may need it some day. This barn contained some of the coolest vintage finds and I enjoyed spending hours in there sifting through the chaos and finding items I could possibly re-purpose. Read more>>

Amanda Lynn

Ghoulish Delights Bath Shop opened March 2016. I was working two jobs in my field of Esthetics but I wanted to create something that I was passionate about and blended my two loves; horror and skincare. I was able to quit both jobs in June 2016 to devote all my time to help GDBS flourish. Read more>>

Olaf Westphalen, Hal White

The Stone Temple Posers are a STP Tribute band based out of Plaistow, New Hampshire. We formed in the latter half of 2014 when the bassist (Olaf), guitarist (Paul), and drummer (John), who have played together in various cover bands including the Nerve from 2003 – 2008, reconnected and decided to pursue a new project, a STP tribute band. Read more>>

Barbara Elza Hirsch

I spent my childhood in Europe and Washington D.C., and remember being put to sleep by the rhythmic sound of my mother’s sewing machine, the sound of scissors cutting traced patterns on the hardwood floors, and later, picking up the colorful discarded fabric cuttings to create my own projects. Read more>>

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