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Meet Desanka Ilic

Today we’d like to introduce you to Desanka Julia Ilic.

Desanka, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am a Northern California native who grew up doing extensive amounts of musical theatre, choir, and Shakespeare. After moving to Los Angeles to attend the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts to study opera, I began to work as an actress in film and commercial as well. After high school, I attended Pepperdine University as a Vocal Performance Major, eventually transitioning to Berklee College of Music as a Music Business Major, and am now working towards my Master’s Degree in Music Business at the age of 21, while pursuing my dreams as an actress and recording artist.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Being a professional in both the entertainment and music industry, I of course have experienced much rejection along the way in my journey. However, I take that rejection as a positive, opening me up to more opportunity that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. At the end of the day, I am extremely passionate about acting and music, making me grateful for any and every opportunity that comes my way to exercise my love for the arts.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I definitely consider my brand my own business and a full-time job. Within entertainment, playing heavy and dramatic roles in horror films are my absolute favorite, hands-down. I find it so incredibly interesting to indulge in the process of becoming someone who is so intensely different from who I am as a person. It is truly fascinating.

On the other side of things in the music world, I am a pop artist. My music is made up of catchy tunes and relatable lyrics, giving everyone in my audience a chance to identify with it somehow. With my operatic roots, I feel that my music brings freshness to today’s industry.

What were you like growing up?
When I was young, I was definitely shy. But once I started becoming involved in community theatre in elementary school, I began to break out of my shell. As I had transitioned out of middle school, into high school and college, my personality became more and more driven, passionate, and confident to chase my dreams and never stop.

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Aldon Baker, Josie Rae Henzlik, Mitchell Aragon, Annie Moses, Zachary Schmidt, Maynahl Jakhar, Joshua Stuebe

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