My Native Admission Statement: I love art, I love travel, I don’t afraid to step off my comfort zone, I challenge myself at work. After almost 5 years living here in US, I feel like I got another life experience and I know that I can do much more not just for myself, but for the society, future generation and a planet itself. - https://www.tinaiaroshenko.com
How did you get into the industry?
I knew what I wanted to do in my life when I was 4 years old. My Dad used to take me with him every day after work (my mom worked till late, so he was the one who was babysitting me after the kindergarten hours). I saw Good Bad Ugly and Alien at that age and fall in love with this world of heroes and dreams. I started work when I was 12 to save money and move to the capital of Ukraine to study film. I typed my scripts and poem to get a scholarship on the old typing machine and my fingers were all in callus because of that, but I didn't have a computer at that time. Eventually I got my scholarship and my dream to get into the film school in Kyiv. I worked evening, night and weekends to pay rent and take care of myself.
Working on sets in Ukraine since I was 16, as a set dresser, PA, assistant of the director, editor, producer, screenwriter, set designer, video editor, director, creative producer, and much more. I moved from Ukraine to the USA just 4 years ago and my goal is to achieve the highest level possible in the industry. I know that all my previous experience made me extremely confident as a director to properly understand the process of collaboration with the rest of the team.
Any emerging industry trends?
Trend for being true to yourself, loving yourself and be proud of yourself. But to expose that, you have to be a character on your own.
Any industry opportunities or challenges?
Commercial market on TV is dying, the only open spots for good sales is prime time for Superball. I would say that the main platform to sell is the Instagram.
Inspiration for the business idea, and your vision for the Business?
Shopping bags exchanged on plastic at the cheap grocery stores (made of recycled plastic)
Video and photos of all the sea animals that suffering of the plastic in the ocean.
What’s next for the Business in the near future?
Drones as a personal assistant for caring staff:)
Building houses out of used plastic bottles.
Your key initiatives for the success of the Business?
1.1.You should always think about the audience.
2.2.Hire crew members that are passionate about the project, not money.
3.3.Plan you process first.
Your most difficult moment at the Business? (and what did you learn?)
Working non stop for 70 hours on commercial...
Ideal experience for a customer/client?
Original creative idea that is delivered on time.
How do you motivate others?
I’m giving opportunity to all my team members to share their opinions and ideas related to the project.
Career advice to those in your industry?
Control every step of the process or hire someone that will do it for you.
What do I do best?
Creating project from A to Z, offering ideas, organizing the process.
What makes me the best version of myself?
I plan every 15 minutes of my day
I’m so not afraid to take a risk
I have “everything is possible” attitude
What are my aspirations?
I want to create a school for volunteers to teach art to kids and create a non-profit organization to support their work and travel programs to the third world countries.
My Biggest Success?
I started my professional journey at seventeen years old as an assistant prop designer on the set of a big movie. Since then I created TV shows, directed movies and documentaries, music videos, fashion films, etc. I attended the workshops of many well regarded film makers such as, David Lynch, Steve Kaplan, Renata Litvinova… I was also awarded, “Best Script” for a Screenplay and “Best Short” movie I directed recently at the New Jersey Film Festival.
I created an art program for kids to learn all the basic of moviemaking process. I taught my first round of classes at the Bronx shelter and it was the best thing ever. Sixteen years of experience in the entertainment industry has provided me with abundance of knowledge in every step of production.
I was able to see first-hand the positive effects of providing children with an opportunity to explore a creative medium and how art and process of creation can bring joy to kids in disadvantaged communities. The program was tested successfully and I’m really happy with the results:)
It's not easy for kids to tell their stories by expressing them in art. They can try but often find themselves frustrated with the process and ultimately giving up. Kids are also naturally apprehensive with the prospect of being creative in front of others and are self-conscious. I think it is vitally important to allow children an opportunity and outlet where they can safely grow and express themselves creatively. It is important to allow them to try on different characters (of their own creation) and I promise, you will see their progress in a matter of weeks.
My Most Challenging Moment?
I had enough, and one day I will make a movie about it.
I believe in God. I like to find church on Sundays, and stay there for a little prayer.
My Favorite People/Role Models?
Nicola Formichetti, MariPol, Renata Litvinova, my boyfriend, my friend Natalka, Alina, Elmie, Dame Dash and my mom.
My Favorite Places/Destinations?
Paris (I'm trying to visit my friends there as often as I could, this is one of my favorite cities. New York, I love this city the most.
My Favorite Products/Objects?
Clothing, MacBook Pro, humidifier with lavender scent.
My Current Passions?
Smell of wild orange, Frenchie bulldogs, my new apartment, my boyfriend and friend.
My Daily Thoughts: Plan and take a next step
Goal of the Day: try to stress less
Thought of the Day: hear yourself
Action of the Day: work out, work and relax
Deed of the Day: think about your goals and try to achieve, even if it is task like text to your old friend from New York or buy a new lamp.
Tip of the Day: plan your afterwork evening, otherwise it will be too short before you go to bed.
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
I’m still exploring the city and recently moved to Marina Del Rey. I love to walk on a beach and watch boats.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
Home, I can’t live without peanut butter, cottage cheese and berries.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – sleeping
10:00 AM – spending one hour to get to my work place in Beverly Hills
12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal? Office Netflix
7:00 PM - spending one hour to get to my apartment in Marina del Rey
11:00 PM – getting ready to bed
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
Water with lemon and coffee
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
What should everyone try at least once?
Skydiving, and be honest with yourself
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
Art galleries, book store, streets of New York and Paris
What Else to Know?
I have an experience of working in extreme situations (One of the TV shows that I created, prime-time Paragraph series with 4 hosts & 24 journalists, that were live from the Maidan, conflict zone)