I was born in Russia and grew up mostly in Brooklyn, N.Y., and graduated from Columbia University with a degree in psychology. I run a DJ business in Los Angeles and am pursuing my Master’s in Clinical Psychology. Music, language, and connection have always been passions of mine; I speak English, Russian, Spanish, and French.
What accomplishments would you like to share?
I’ve been excited to work with some of my favorite brands like SoulCycle, Netflix, FabFitFun, Uber, Ipsy, Athleta, Guitar Center, and Wanderlust Hollywood. I’ve been featured as one of ‘20 in their 20s’ in the LA Business Journal. While I am proud of the brand collaborations, what’s most meaningful to me is the relationships I have built. Helping others discover their path and harnessing their creativity is my passion. I integrate this dedication by training and mentoring young aspiring DJs as well as collaborating with teens to write songs for their bar mitzvahs. Most of all, I’m honored to create greater interconnectivity in our community.
If you could tell your younger self something you’ve learned along the way, what would you say?
Like many, I’d tell my younger self to worry less about the future. I notice that when we focus on one specific outcome it’s easy to miss other opportunities. While I was agonizing over which PhD program to choose, I couldn’t have dreamt up my DJ career. I remind myself now to say yes to new experiences and to stay grounded in the present moment. Easier said than done!
What inspired you to become an event professional?
At ten years old, I taught myself to make balloon animals and entertained younger children at birthday parties around New York City. Years later, while I was living in Los Angeles, I attended Scratch DJ Academy and discovered that a childhood hobby and passion could be a real and viable career. I’ve been continually inspired by my dad’s work ethic and determination. He became a parent at the age of 20, and I watched him put himself through graduate school and eventually create his own business.