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Meet Katherine Pegova

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katherine Pegova.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born and raised in Moscow. I attended music school and studied ballet. I graduated with a master’s degree in Applied Math at Moscow State Technical University of Civil Aviation. After a few jobs utilizing my mathematical analytical abilities, I changed what used to be my hobby to a new level. I just knew that my path would include dancing, acting, and modeling. I came to Los Angeles in 2017 and began to explore the landscape. In the beginning, it was somewhat intimidating, but I persevered. My life changed dramatically in 2018 after many runway shows and modeling shoots. I won the title of ‘Miss Russian Los Angeles’ and met legendary media consultant, Elliot Mintz. That opened a variety of professional opportunities. I have appeared in dozens of short films and a feature film. I never stop practicing – acting classes, dialog coaching, and dance training.

Nothing comes easy in this life, so in order to achieve anything you need to routinely learn and practice. Winning ‘Miss Russian Los Angeles’ in 2018 allowed me to create a platform for myself. Of course, acting, dancing, and modeling are what I do. But I don’t view my occupation as a definition of who I am. I was raised in a family where culture and education played major roles in my personal development. Expressing my free vision was encouraged. I was taught to believe we can achieve whatever we want to if we try hard enough. I still believe in that. I like to interact with people. Public service philanthropy, sharing and giving back are the cornerstones of my life. The conspiracy of destiny, DNA and genetics have given me a form that creates attention and I try to use that gift in a manner that excites and inspires others.

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?
I view the obstacles as challenges. I challenged a new language in a way I could convey innermost passion to people from other lands. For a long time, I used dance and my physicality to communicate. But there was so much more left to express. So, first, I learned how to listen. I am very familiar with my own story and fascinated with others. Sometimes, I felt people may be initially intimidated by the uniqueness of what they see, so I had to learn ways to relax them, to establish trust and respect. Every challenge that has come my way has transformed me, enriched me and given me the opportunity to be a better version of myself.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
When it comes to my occupation or the way I earn a living and what I am known for, well, my response would be: ‘self-serving, egotistical and beauty based’. My occupation is about the selling of illusion, the magic of movement and the celebration of my artistic expression. I’m certainly not ashamed of my accomplishments, but I don’t rest on them. I know I am more than I do. Business is good, but I aspire to be better.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I enjoy the metaphors of risk. Some of the best people I’ve known are gamblers at heart. They’re not afraid to take chances. Where would the world be without the Wright brothers, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk or the dreamers and poets and visionaries who have gone against the odds, believing in the power of the dream? I’m an actress, model and a dancer in Hollywood, aspiring to share my artistic passions with the world. By definition, I have to believe in luck, in magic and powers to create my destiny. I am far from naive, I am aware of the people who whisper in the shadows, who offer me warnings about potential failure and disappointment and regret. I have heard their words and pay no attention to them. It’s better to try and take risks than to live with regrets and unaccomplished life.

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Dan Winters, Alexis Cuarezma, ArtLight Photography, Stacey Jemison, Daniel Ecoff

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