We had the good fortune of connecting with TATIANA FEDOTOVA and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi TATIANA, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
I believe that happiness is a choice. I wake up in the morning and choose to be happy today. I’m thinking about the things I would do during the day and get excited. Of course, I’m a human, and I may get stressed and depressed, but in my opinion, it’s important to bring yourself back to the state of mind where you feel neutral first, then positive, and eventually happy. Meditation helps me a lot with that, and it allows me to live in the present moment because living in your past may lead to depression, living in the future might cause anxiety, and only living in the present moment allows you to have a happy life. Finally, I believe that you cannot have everything you love but you can love everything you have; this is my happiness formula.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My specialty in magic is mentalism; it’s not a very common type of magic, but it’s my true passion. I love making people happy, and surprise them so the audience can have a great time. I believe that’s the whole purpose of an entertainer.

Magic is a men’s world for sure. If you think about any famous magicians, who’s name would come to your mind first? David Copperfield, David Blaine, right? They are both men. In people’s minds, a woman is a magician’s assistant. I wanted to change that, so people see there are more women in this career, and hopefully more ladies may get inspired and motivated to start this profession as well. It was another reason why I started doing it professionally.

Every career has challenges, but if it’s a true passion and you follow it, everything is possible. I want people to believe in their passion and not be afraid of the change. Magic was my career change. I had a stable life, working in an office nine-to-five in a tech company. One day I realized I spent all my free time at the Magic Castle; at some point all my friends were magicians and it was the only topic I was talking about. I was doing both things—working in the office and magic for several years, but if something is just a hobby, it would always stay that way unless you gave it a chance and full commitment.

There was a time when I withdrew myself from magic completely and decided it wasn’t for me because I was comparing myself to other magicians who were in the industry from childhood, saying I would never be like them. In general, Los Angeles is very competitive in terms of entertainers; also because we have Magic Castle where world-famous magicians perform. The standards are high here, you need to be really good, but it’s great! However, you shouldn’t pay attention to what other people say, especially in the business. It’s competition and everyone has their own opinion. One day a person might like it, another day he doesn’t because he wasn’t in a good mood. You’ll improve step by step. You need to pay attention to people who inspire and encourage you. These people you’ll always remember. You just need to do what you love, work hard, and your audience will always appreciate it. Hard work always pays off.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Hollywood is definitely one of my favorite places where I would take my friends. I’ve lived in all parts of Hollywood and I know it very well and I love it. It has the best comedy clubs in town, the best speakeasy bars, the best jazz clubs, and the world famous Magic Castle. You can walk everywhere, and you can even hike. Hollywood has everything and I love to see the energy in this part of town. Another of my favorites is Malibu. I love the vibe, the beach restaurants and the ocean. I love LA in general but I’m such a big fan of those two areas of town!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My first magic mentor was Mark Wilson, the first American major television magician. Then Brian Gillis, Johnny Depp’s favorite close-up magician. Both are very talented and incredible people. I feel very lucky to have had an opportunity to work with such brilliant and accomplished professionals.

Website: www.magiciantatiana.com

Instagram: magician_tatiana

Image Credits
Otari Zaharovich, Alexey Gaev

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