Well, it’s been a journey to get here…
Where do I even start?! How about the beginning. Lol!
Recently, I was told by my birth mother of a sweet story when I was two. My grandmother was visiting from Romania. Side note, I’m first generation Canadian where I was born and raised in Calgary, AB, Canada.
Anyway, I had a mini keyboard and I was rounding up my grams and birth mother, so I could sing for them. Like seriously?! My heart is full from this beautiful memory.
As a young kid, I would sing with my fav mic which was black and had a yellow foam covering, recording tracks on my tape recorder – 90’s style baby!
And every weekend, you bet I was listening to AT40 with host Casey Kasem. Plus, MuchMusic was my jam along with Electric Circus being a part of my Friday night plans as a teenager!
Although music was something I fully enjoyed, my professional career has not been centered around it.
When I was a young adult, I landed my first corporate job working at a national law firm and worked my way into marketing over a six year period.
During this time, I started my post secondary journey and completed my BA in Psychology with a minor in Communications from the University of Calgary.
I later moved on into the finance world where I stayed for the next seven years. This is also when I started my fashion journalism career, freelancing for the Calgary Herald.
I was living a double life: the corporate world by day and the media world by night as well as the weekends!
I had the pleasure of covering major events such as the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards (CAFA), Toronto Fashion Week (TFW), and New York Fashion Week (NYFW) as well as interview some major influencers such as supermodel Candice Swanepoel, Derrick Rutledge who is Oprah’s makeup artist and Lubov Azria, BCBGMAXAZRIA Group’s previous Chief Creative Officer.
Then in 2015, I was nominated for a Notable Award in Journalism.
Mixed in there are various projects I worked on too. In a nutshell, I’ve tried it all!
All that to say, this year the musical journey has come full circle. This summer, I really got back into music and had the sexy Trey Songz on repeat with #the6ix’s Drake, of course!
I got inspired by one of my dear friends to pursue singing when I sent him one of my raw files doing some freestyle who said I had potential.
Also, I dropped a hypothetical situation on my Instagram feed stating, “If I was dropping an album cover, this would be it – an image of me crouching in front of a fountain throwing up the peace sign – and I would call it ‘Ellanation!’ The response was hot and I even received comments of people saying they would purchase my album. I took this as a sign!
As soon as I made the decision to pursue singing, the Universe brought amazing individuals to make it happen.
And this is how the journey of #E11ANATION began!
*Photo was taken by Kala Photography
Thanks to my dear girlfriend and stylist, Yalda Kazemi of StylEsteem who nominated me, I was featured on A Woman A Day. an empowering community celebrating women of #yyc founded by 98.5 Virgin Morning Show’s Co-Host, Danaye Maier. Peep the feature now!
To hear my radio shoutout, take a listen here:
I had a blast taking over Life In Calgary’s Instagram account covering Folk Fest and highlighting fashion trends. My dear girlfriends – Stylist, Yalda Kazemi of StylEsteem along with Digital Creator, Sandy Jung of Chic Stylings – put together Folk Fest inspired looks for me from local boutiques. Read my Q&A where I chat about all things Calgary!
As an alumni of the University of Calgary, I received the opportunity to share my journey as a fashion journalist and how my BA in Psychology helped prepare me. Find out about my fondest memories here!
For almost six years, I had the pleasure of freelancing with the Calgary Herald as a fashion journalist covering some of the biggest events on the scene. Here’s a brief overview of my portfolio!