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Meet Dani Golub of Yahoo in Playa Vista

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dani Golub.

Dani, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I studied Journalism and Mass Communication in college and knew I loved talking to people and telling stories. After college, I thought about moving to a small market to be a local reporter, but my heart called me to Los Angeles. I decided to take a more non-traditional path by starting behind the camera. I worked as a production assistant at companies like E! News, National Geographic, and CNN. I then moved on to be a department assistant, turned production coordinator at NBC.

After working in television and programming for a couple of years, I decided to go back to what I love: entertainment news. I started working at Yahoo with their Entertainment and Lifestyle teams in 2017. Here I do everything from hosting on-camera interviews to writing articles and producing videos, to managing various social channels.

Outside of my 9 – 5 job, I am a stand-up comedian. Like I said, I have always loved talking to people and telling stories, and recently I figured… what better way than making people laugh? Laughter is the best medicine and has always helped me through challenging times. I have learned to turn unfortunate situations, no matter how big or small, into comedy and tell relatable stories for others to enjoy.

Stand-up comedy had been on my bucket list for my whole life, but I was always too afraid to try it. Finally, I found out about an all-female comedy class called Pretty Funny Women run by Lisa Sundstedt, and it changed my life. I got over my fear and haven’t looked back since. The class helped me gain confidence in so many other areas of my life outside of comedy too.

I have learned to love myself unapologetically, and I haven’t been nervous for an interview or work presentation since. Life is too short to wait on trying things out of your comfort zone! Now, I regularly perform at The Comedy Store and at Flappers Comedy Club. Come check out one of my shows! I post about upcoming shows on my social media channels.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has been a smooth road for the most part, but I have faced what many other people in this industry have faced — lots of rejection, layoffs, failure, and disappointment. But I have persevered because I would rather do what I love than settle for something less. I never feel like I am working because I love what I do so much, it feels like fun.

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
The proudest moment of my career was performing at The Comedy Store in front of all my friends and family. It was the night before Thanksgiving, so everyone was in town and able to attend. I sold out the whole show, and while I usually try to be pretty humble, I killed it that night. It was the most fun I have ever had performing, and it was so special to share it with everyone I care about.

It was so cool performing in a space where all of my favorite comedians have performed (some even on that night!) and to do such a good job was the icing on the cake. I have written a lot of articles and interviewed a lot of impressive people, but nothing will compare to that feeling of getting on stage and seeing all of your friends and family laughing with you.

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1 Comment

  1. Alyssa

    March 6, 2019 at 18:39

    Awesome! Love to see a rising talent!!!

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