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Conversations with the Inspiring Paulina Michaels

Today we’d like to introduce you to Paulina Michaels.

Paulina, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born in Russia, in a small town of Penza. As long as I remember myself, singing and playing was always a part of me. At a very early age my brother and I started putting together home concerts for my parents, differently themed each time. Music continued playing a huge role in my life, I started writing songs and classic compositions and graduated from music school at the age of 14. I moved to Moscow to get my Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism, but soon realized, that I’m very far from my actual dream of being a performer. After graduation, I made a decision to move to the US. My city of choice was, of course, the City of Angels. When I came to visit – I couldn’t shake off the feeling of being home. It felt like the city gave me that special energy and courage to go after my dreams. It will be six years now since I moved here. And these six years feel like a totally different life from the life I had before. I’m still acting and also got into producing. And although many things went not as how I’ve envisioned it – I would never change a single thing about my experience here.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My road towards my dreams and goals has been more of an off-roading experience. Sometimes, it was so much dust around that it was difficult to see where I was going or which turn to take next. That’s where the only thing that helped – was listening to my heart, to my inner voice and inner being. I think the most important thing, whenever you encounter difficulties is to do your best to see it from a different perspective. I’ve had friends betray me in business matters, taking my ideas and “running” with it, had people in the industry take advantage of me money – wise . I’m not a stranger to the “Me Too” situations either. Luckily, I haven’t been raped, but I had a role taken away from me for not agreeing to satisfy Mr. X’s sexual needs. The best advice I can give in those situations to myself and everyone out there – CHOOSE NOT to be a victim, take your power back! It is a choice and NO ONE can take it away from you. A few years ago, I got into learning more about quantum physics and laws of energy, which helped me understand life a bit deeper and take responsibility for creating my own experience. Challenges are there to help us understand on a deeper level what we truly want in our lives, many times they are

there to make us see more clearly where we don’t value ourselves or don’t believe in ourselves enough. Another thing that helps me during tough times is to remind myself about other situations I’ve already been through and managed to handle. That allows me to start believing a bit more in that THIS too – shall pass. At the end of the day – even the darkest hour has only 60 minutes in it. Never give up on yourself! And always SIGN contracts, when doing business, even with your friends! 🙂

What should we know about FAST GIRLS and your producing work? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition? In my producing work, I’m always interested in projects that create a positive social impact, whether it’s a feature film for suicide prevention “ Last Train” starring Lou Diamond, or “Trust Me” that talks about domestic abuse and violence against women. In 2017, I launched a social media platform FAST GIRLS with the goal to empower women’s interest in Automotive and Motorsport. It is an INSPIRATION COMMUNITY, a place where like minded women, interested in different aspects of the automotive, come together to empower each other by sharing their experiences and supporting each others ambitions. FAST GIRLS consists of community connect online space and events, a social media platform, a Youtube channel and a blog. At Fast Girls, we believe that EVERYONE driven by passion for the automotive world, no matter age and background or level of experience, has its own unique place in it. We believe

in supporting individualities and finding new perspectives TOGETHER. As of now, we hosted our first Women’s Track day March 7, 2019, with a turnout of 45 women, as a part of a project Accelerating Change together with PCA – LA. On the producing side, I’m currently working on putting together “FAST GIRLS” TV -series, dedicated to women interested in racing. If I were to choose one thing I’m sincerely proud of – as an actress, producer and FAST GIRLS founder –it would be authenticity and inclusiveness of everything I do.

For good reason, society often focuses more on the problems rather than the opportunities that exist, because the problems need to be solved. However, we’d probably also benefit from looking for and recognizing the opportunities that women are better positioned to capitalize on. Have you discovered such opportunities? I truly believe that what we see and get is a result of what we focus upon. If you focus on lack – you’ll be getting lack. I think there are a lot of opportunities for women to get support for their business and creative ideas. There are great support groups, multiple programs existing for different types of projects and ideas. Amazing grants for women starting their small businesses, mentorship programs in different areas of work. What you’re seeking – is seeking you.

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