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Rising Stars of Back Bay, Beacon Hill & South End

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 Back Bay, Beacon Hill, South End and surrounding areas below.

Raul Tutiven

How I started is really my passion for photography, as long I could remember, I always had this outlook on photography, in capturing moments especially with my family. Little did I know, I was capturing my own history. It really started with my love for art, and everything art had to offer. In high school, I created a tumblr page under the name Clear Visionary. This is where I would let all my emotions or ideas or anything that inspired me out, I was expressing myself in an art form. Photography was my escape to the world, when I was in high school my sister gifted me my first camera, and from there it was history. Read more>>

LeighAnn Eruzione

Worked for many years as a licensed social worker providing support and services to youth and families. Was first introduced to real estate after my second child was born and felt that it highlighted my strengths and skill set, so I took a chance on a new venture! With my years of knowledge and training as a therapist, I am able to better navigate the often challenging and sometimes stressful home selling/buying process on behalf of my clients. Read more>>

Justin Kelley

Starting in middle school (Triton Regional), I did everything music I could. Theater, musicals, jazz band, marching band, jazz choir, men’s choir. I had an instant attraction. Though I primarily focused on trumpet in school, songwriting and recording were what I did on the side, never taking it seriously. After a semester at Umass Amherst on track for a bachelors in Music Education, I made a big switch to Berklee in Back Bay. It was there that I dove into writing, production and arranging more feverishly. Read more>>

Omri Shor

My father has Type 2 Diabetes. Six years ago, in 2012, he accidentally took a double dose of insulin, which led to an emergency. Thankfully his life was saved, but we were left thinking that with all the technology available today, there must be a way to prevent medical emergencies like the one our father experienced. After we researched further, we were astonished to learn that this problem – of people not taking their medication properly – is a huge health crisis: 125,000 people die each year in the U.S. as a result of medication nonadherence, and the cost to the healthcare industry is a whopping $290 Billion a year (due to preventable hospitalizations, for example). Read more>>

Haley Benson

Fitness has always been a passion of mine! I started playing soccer when I was four years old. Growing up, I loved strength and conditioning and improving my game on and off the field. I reached my childhood goal of playing Division 1 soccer when I got to College. I had the best experience but after college, I found myself lost in the gym because I was no longer training for soccer season. That’s when I decided to compete with the WBFF (Worlds Beauty Fitness and Fashion). Read more>>

Mali Yilmaz

I came to the United States in 2002 to represent my country (Turkey) in the World Championship of Taekwondo, being held in California. During the competition, I was not able to communicate with any of the other participants because I was unable to speak any English. Until that time, I considered myself successful as a highly accomplished athlete. I realized then that there was so much more than I was capable of doing and learning. I decided that when I returned to Turkey, I would complete my degree in Physical Education, and return to the U.S. to learn English. Read more>>

Lawni Hamilton

Well, I’ve been officially in the hair business for over 25 years now, but it wasn’t a quest of mine at first. A family member taught me how to barber as a kid which blew my world at how good he was! All I wanted to do is have fresh fade for school to be popular with the girls! Lol, my mom wasn’t having any of it thou, was too expensive and it wasn’t a priority for her. So, I followed my cousin around until I got it! I’m an artistic type so I got it quick and love doing designs for me and my friends growing up. Read more>>

Taciane Santos

I am currently 26 years old and the daughter of immigrant parents who moved to America “the country of opportunities” from Brazil. Growing up, I never had the same resources and support system as my peers. A lot of my peers would be able to take homework home and ask their parents for help and it would be that easy! I, unfortunately, would have to take a different route since my parents had no idea what it was like to be a student in a different country let alone assist me with a reading assignment in a language totally unfamiliar to them. Read more>>

Lorin Rees

I awoke from a nap and decided to become a literary agent. This was in 2003. It’s the only epiphany of any significance I have ever experienced. Because all my life I was pursuing a career, an endeavor, that I could believe in, that I was passionate about, and that could have an impact on the world -something that got me dreaming. And there is no way you can be in this business if don’t love books, ideas, great writing. Everyday is the opportunity to imagine great things and pursue projects that are inspiring. It’s a dreamers business. Read more>>

Billy Najam

My partners (Chris Protasewich, Mike Buckley) and I are all friends and graduates of Boston College. We have diverse professional backgrounds (consulting, venture capital, real estate development) and have been talking for years about starting a business in the Boston area centered around our passions–athletics, fitness, wellness, golf, etc. Read more>>

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