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Inspiring Stories from Metrowest & Worcester

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 Wortcester and surrounding areas below.

Anne Clay

I was born in Paterson, NJ, in the New York City Metro area. I was solidly a city kid and a Jersey girl and never could imagine living anywhere else. When I was around six years old, my grandparents moved to Vermont. I remember visiting them and going to a party in a barn, and it was magical! Read more>>

Sherry Coulis

I started out making jewelry- fused glass at home when I became unemployed in 2010, to supplement my income… All my life I have always made jewelry – and been very creative. It started if I saw something I loved I would try to recreate it. Read more>>

Anastasia Tsoumbanos and Natalia Kapourelakos

In search of the “American Dream,” our family emigrated from Greece in 1981. Eight years later, we discovered Lakeview Ballroom, a secluded yet conveniently located historical, lakefront property surrounded by tranquil woodlands. It was love at first sight! Read more>>

Jennifer Falvey

My story has a unique start; I grew up with love for hair, makeup, fashion, and all things girly and beautiful. My aunt loves to tell the story about 3-year-old Jen, putting on a full face of makeup and coming out to model to the family. Fast forward 15 years to high school. Read more>>

Pj Pinsonnault

The quintessential magician’s origin story reads something like this: a magic kit comes their way one birthday or Christmas, and they remember that moment as one that would change their lives forever. I’m rather proud to say this is also my story, which I feel puts me in a wonderful company. Read more>>

Gregg Snider

I guess you could say photography is in my blood. My uncle and grandfather were well-known photographers; my father shoots amazing landscapes. My dad gave me my first camera on my 13th birthday, and I started photographing anything I could – landscapes, cars, cats…so many cats. Read more>>

Caitlin Sherlock

I believe it all started when I was about ten years old. I’ve been riding horses most of my life, and I quickly adopted the role of photographing my friends at horse shows around that age. I always was the person at the family parties who was given the camera to get candids. Read more>>

Bonnie Wallace

I grew up in a musical family. My mom played the piano, and my dad collected records. I took lessons on the piano, trumpet, voice, and guitar in school. During my senior year of high school, I found out about the field of music therapy. Read more>>

Matthew Phaneuf

Over 29 years ago, I began my scientific research career investigating the complications caused by materials used in medical devices at the BI Deaconess Medical Center. Although devices have been effective in improving patient lives, I observed first-hand how materials can compromise the efficacy of devices and therefore the quality of life for patients. Read more>>

Rebecca and TJ Guarino

TJ spent years working in technical fields related to the mechanics of homes and home renovations. Early in his career he worked in the window film and shade industry, and in later years specialized in heating systems and generators. In his free time, TJ was always designing and building projects for our home and for our friends and family. Read more>>

Sarah Driscoll

I began my photography journey in 2013. I was a stay at home mom at the time and decided I would spend my time trying to document our beautiful, everyday life as well as I possibly could. I didn’t want average images of these times, I wanted to be able to depict the true emotions behind motherhood. Read more>>

April Chen

During my sophomore year of college, I witnessed a lot of grieving on my campus. That summer, I also experienced a loss of a close friend. I became more aware of how there is a need for greater compassion and community, especially during those times. Read more>>

Jackie Woodside

It’s kind of hard to respond to this query because I’m not sure what part of “my story” you mean; how far back into “the story” do I go? I assume that is by design which I can appreciate. I’ll give you highlights here and feel free to ask any follow-up questions. Read more>>

Stefano Trafecante

From a young age, I have always had a passion for music and film. After taking various music courses I began composing original songs and in 2004 I formed my first band, Traphiq. With the inception of this band, it allowed for entrance into the cultural arts scene in Worcester. Read more>>

Soni Masur

About nine years ago I had a medical problem that sidelined me from life. I went to doctor after doctor to get help, but no one could help me without surgery. If I did the surgery, there was a 50-50 chance things could get worse. Those odds were not even close for me to consider surgery. Read more>>

Rachael Lincoln

I am a freelance makeup artist out of Easton, Ma. I loved beauty from a young age, and as I got older, I was drawn to make up. When I was 18, I would do makeup whoever would let me. A few years later and after my daughter was born, I had the opportunity to work for Bare Minerals. Read more>>

Mike Tarara

I’ve always been involved in Music in some way or another. Growing up I spent hours listening to the radio with headphones, moving up and down the dial to hear everything. From there my love of Music branched towards performing on trumpet, guitar, piano, and singing. Read more>>

Leonard (Lenny) Underwood

I began taking photos in high school. You would often find me with my film camera around the school capturing different events and activities taking place as well as family and social events. Something I probably started doing because of my mom. Growing up, this was her hobby with creating photo albums. Read more>>

Erin Long

My story begins in Connecticut, where I was born to two parent’s who could not care for me and had to give me up for adoption. Around 9 weeks old, I was adopted, and was started my new life in Western Massachusetts. Growing up, I was one of those kids who was more creatively & intuitively inclined. Read more>>

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