I was born in Moscow, Russia to parents who were both incredibly successful athletes.
You can read about my personal story here.
To read more about my family, click here.
In the past decade, I've worked many jobs in the media landscape.
I first started as an online host working for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Sauce Hockey, and eventually, as a host + associate producer for the NHL (.com and Network). I then worked as a Production Assistant for the HBO Series, 24/7 focusing on the Washington Capitals + Pittsburgh Penguins Winter Classic. This is where I caught the bug for production and began teaching myself how to shoot, edit, interview + produce. With my lessons learned, I filmed a mini documentary which aired on TSN. This gave me the opportunity to fill many rolls at the company, first as a social media reporter, then as a guest/contributor on their sports shows.
Looking for a shift from hockey, I took a job as the Host and face of the newly opened Barclays Center and it's digital media channel, Barclays Center TV.
Here I focused on developing stories and features on the Borough of Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Nets, and all the events which occurred under our roof.
In this role I learned how to find a story within any assignment which was thrown my way. I was lucky to work with a small group of individuals who were just as passionate about storytelling, creativity, and working with limited resources as I was, and it taught me the importance of teamwork, loyalty, and an unflinching work ethic.
Shortly after, I left BCTV to host + produce a TV series for MSG Network featuring players from the New York Rangers which included hosting duties for blueshirtsunited.com.
At this point, I felt I had come full circle and after years of living in a testosterone-filled world, I decided to drop the career I had come to know for a simpler life. I bought a one way ticket to Los Angeles with no job, no apartment, and no particular direction in mind except to search for a "normal" life.
Initially I worked as a cashier at a clothing store and after a few months I heard of an opportunity at VICE Media. The company was looking for a researcher for their newly launching network, VICELAND.
The catch? The show was about sports and as much as I wanted to venture away from the topic, I was lured back in because this particular format would focus more on the cultural and human aspects of sports storytelling. I signed on.
In less than a year I went from researcher, to associate producer, to full-fledged producer on VICELAND's show, VICE World of Sports.
I was able to tell stories on Australian Rules Football, Florence's Calcio Storico, Lakota Sioux High School Rezball, eSports + League of Legends Rivalries, Six Man Football + Farming in Montana, and Youth Football in Liberty City, Miami.
Working on this show changed my world view and put an emphasis on the importance of telling stories properly.
I poured my heart and soul into this show + network and upon hearing that we were not renewed for a third season, my world collapsed. I wrote about my feelings of emptiness, purposelessness, and confusion, and sent this letter to a group of friends. The email included a message explaining that from here on out I was going to follow my intuition and embark on a journey of finding myself and my purpose in life.
I began exploring options and building this website only to be hit hard by Life.
In April 2017, after ten years battling an Eating Disorder, my body finally gave up. I moved with Life and stepped into Recovery, while still holding on to my workaholic tendencies. I launched a Podcast and started a new business. But I also started Telling My Story, Speaking My Truth, and Championing My Flaws.
I developed a new belief system and began exercising it in my personal life and empowering every person I encounter from here on out. I launched WO/MEN, providing a safe space for all to discuss a myriad of topics which all fall in line with a deeper understanding of Emotional Intelligence. I believe we can all do a better job of exploring and emanating authenticity, transparency, empathy, vulnerability, compassion, kindness, and love.
This platform is a work in progress - as am I - and I'm excited to see where and how it evolves, i feel it is my duty to share the ups and downs as I navigate the modern world.
you can follow along by:
Listening to my Podcast
Partnering on Experiences
Watching Me on YouTube
Thank you for reading me.
remember to live in love.