Introducing: Jana

December 28, 2008 § Leave a comment

On a downtown shoot with Tanaya

On a downtown shoot with Tanaya

Greetings!

I am Jana, the other half of this wonderful endeavor. The great Jim Murray started his first column ever by telling his readers a bit about himself. While I don’t purport to be at the caliber of Murray, I would like you to know a bit about me.
I’m a Los Angeles girl in the most UNtypical way possible. I don’t want to be in the movies. I darn-near hate fashion. And I don’t tan (fake or otherwise) for hours. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, and I have spent all of my adult life working to make it better.
I have two wonderful parents who taught me how to look at my world.  They also gave me an amazing ethnic identity—I am part Mexican, Polish and Lebanese.
I have three wonderful younger brothers and an awesome sister-in-law. I
love them all more than anything in this world, but that’s a given because they’re so great. So, growing up with three boys, I am a huge tomboy. I love baseball and climbing trees and I’m not afraid to get dirty.
I attended USC and earned a B.A. in Print Journalism. I chose my major because I wanted to cover the Dodgers for the LA Times. That didn’t quite happen….my life has taken some interesting turns. For the first three years after college, I taught Geometry at an all-boys high school in Watts. During that time I went back to USC and earned an M.S. in Educational Psychology. Shortly after finishing that, I quit my job (some would say without a plan). I ended up in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles with a job as a Development Director.
I like to jump freely and wholeheartedly into things. I’ve taken each job as a challenge that was a little out of my league, and I’d like to think that I’ve succeeded quite well.
Now at 26, I still love writing and baseball and photography. I like to think I have a whimsical spirit—meaning I make decisions on a whim!—and this is the attempt to combine all my creative passions and my best friend into a fabulous life’s work.
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