Values – family, goals – global, work – loved. At the entrance exam to the Theater University, everyone imitated classics. For some reason I shot a parody commercial for Wrigley’s Spearmint chewing gum.
I guess it was fate.
At the school, everyone loved ping-pong. Everybody played it. Often, Chinese paddles and balls had to be de-commissioned and this is where the boy, with a bag filled with ping-pong balls came in handy. I bought them for three copecs. And sold them for ten. Later I tried my hand at selling books, dumbbells and even hair dies. There was a deficit and I had my “unique” offers. I knew everyone. Everyone knew me. That’s the story. Yeah.
I love life, fishing, traveling, good food, and fresh baked bread smell…
I love to see everyone dancing till morning.
I was a Cossack chief in my previous life.
Once, I’ve picked up a client at the airport and nearly took him to our office, to find out he is not our client, and came to Kiev to a conference on FAMILY affairs. I picked up the real client on time, though…
I am the luckiest person.
See for yourself:
In the Zoo – the monkey throws dung precisely at me, at the church I will accidentally set the person if front of me on fire. It is me who gets bitten by a bee in the tongue right before an important report at the conference. No one will be surprised, if I chew off a piece of expensive crystal glass at the restaurant, or if a frog hides in one of my sneakers. I am so used to all of this, it doesn’t even bother me.
And I am sure that I am the luckiest person!
Producer is not just a job, but a way of life.
That is why, it's not that hard to organize in an hour children's party with animators, trampoline, air balloons, all other attributes including costumes, treats and cake a la carte.
But I'm helpless in organizing my cat "Nyavchik". It constantly manages to jump on the window sill and push down the cache-pot with the blooming orchid, tear to pieces my daughter's drawing and steal the make-up brush from my bag.
But, with all these little naughtiness, he still remains family favorite.
One of my first dreams in life was to get rollerblades. It taught me, that by working hard towards your goal – you can make your dream come true. Even if it means skating around the house in your dad’s slippers, trying to annoy him. Quite accidentally, rollerblades and TV-spots – are the same word in Russian – and the biggest passion in my life.
I recently understood, that my life is very unexpected. All my friends I met were accidental, my birth was unexpected (mom wanted a girl), I accidentally met Jean Claude Van Damme in line at McDonald’s (that guy definitely did not expect me, he was waiting for his hamburger)!
My biggest surprise was when my two girlfriends found out about each other and dumped me. But I did not give up – and came to work at FAMILY. First thing I learned – future producers must anticipate everything. So I had to reconsider my position in life – now I’m just lucky!
So, meeting FAMILY was a big luck and surprise for me.
Once, when I was little, my grandmother took me to the fair. My grandmother is mechanics wife. This is important for the story. It was a weekend and there were lots of people there. And I got lost. So I stood there and cried. But I got lucky – a compassionate couple decided to take me to the fair’s administration, so they can broadcast that I got lost. And everything would be fine. But my grandmother saw her grandson being taken away. I repeat, my grandmother is mechanics wife. I still pity that poor couple.
Many things happened before I joined Family production team. I tried many different jobs before, this gave me a comprehensive life experience of different types of life purpose. That’s why I know exactly how bedroom of gypsy family should looks like, but that’s a long story. Family means that you absolutely confident in every production member. Once we were shooting a music video in a guerilla style manner inside subway wagon it was rush hour, we shot a striptease scene there. Hard to imagine? Just, try it!
Just imagine - my dream company, Family Production. I come there without any work experience. I've been hired as intern.
I work on my very first project in my life. The first 23-hours shooting day. It was a Wrap. Then I didn’t know that after shooting the work on the project continues. Without any hesitation, straight from the shooting location, I decided to go for a party to Ivano-Frankivsk (550 km far from Kyiv). That’s how I failed my test project.. But I was given the second chance and here I am.
P.S. I continue to visit different parties in other cities. The only thing is not during projects.
The very first project I was working on was shooting of the advertising campaign for the French cosmetics brand. As I concluded from the director’s board we were going to shoot an actress named Alexa and she was to arrive from Paris. On the second day of shooting, I was being a little worried why the actress hadn’t arrived yet, so I asked 1st AD: "So, when will Alexa come?" Astonished he asked: "Which Alexa are you talking about?" I showed him the boards: "Alexa! The actress" He answered: "Oh, Alexa! Let’s go I’ll introduce you". A minute later I was introduced to Arri Alexa. Although, I didn’t meet another Alexa on the set I met Phantom later. I am sure that there are still many interesting discoveries and acquaintances ahead)
When I was a child, dad asked me, who I want to be when I grows up. I don’t know why, but I said that I want to become an Intelligent. Now all of my friend betrayed their dreams, they are not astronauts neither firemen. And only I believe, that sooner or later my dream becomes reality.
About wearing a helmet.
No, nobody died in the crash. One of my friends decided he wants to be a photographer, and bought himself a professional camera. In order to practice, he invited me to model for him. We took a ride on motorcycle outside the city, spent a great time at the photo-shoot, than came back home. Once I seen myself in the mirror – I just couldn’t stop laughing. My whole face except for the part, covered with sunglasses, was extremely dirty. Needless to say, that photos were very funny.
P.S. I would like to thank the creators of Photoshop.
In fact, I’m a very cheerful and positive person, though at first I may seem too serious. I can persuade a person to register on Twitter and start using it actively in the course of six minutes. I know a lot of French songs and I like singing them very much when nobody looks at and hears me…… Well OK, I admit, I also like singing when people see and hear me, but not very emotionally. When I first heard about Family, I set a goal for myself to work here in three years. But the things did not come around as they were expected and I became a Family member in a twice shorter term. I think that I got very lucky.
Once, it was a pre-holiday and I took my 5 years old daughter to work. As you can understand, at days like these nobody really works – everyone is in the good mood, and a bit later we began celebrating. In the evening my aunt comes to visit us at home and asks my daughter:
- Who do you want to be, when you grow up?
- I’ll be like my mom.
- Oh? And what are you going to do?
- Drink coffee and talk!
Now my daughter is a General Producer.
Viktor, whose nickname is Schumacher, did not want to write anything about himself. He is the quiet type. Ok. We can write for him. 10 minutes to any part of the city. 10 minutes to the airport. Feels like a roller-coaster, and he never breaks the rules.
Quiet, but priceless.
There was a time when I doubted whether I had chosen the right profession and whether it was interesting for me. I changed the field of activity and started everything from scratch, challenging myself in other directions. And only in Family I realized what I wanted to do. I realized that I am in the right place. Also, I laugh very loud!)