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

Hi Olga, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
Freedom. Freedom to be free, to choose, to decide and to express myself. I figured, we, humans, tend to attach to and seek for things and conditions that provide security, comfort, quality. But when you look at it closely, that often leads to being dependent on a number of things and other people’s opinions, decisions, choices. I have spent a lot of years working in world’s largest and less big regional corporations, thinking I was happy because I had a stable, high and solid income, great benefits, and lots of other things that let me travel the world, live an amazing comfortable life and provide the same comfortable living to my family, until one day when I realized that none of that was giving me the most important thing – freedom. In fact, I was a victim of all those great benefits, great work conditions and salary… I didn’t belong to myself; I couldn’t often say what I really felt or thought; I had to accept someone else’s point of view because it was the “right thing to do” in my position, in my job. And that made me extremely unhappy inside, when I was on my own at home, as well as when I was with my family and close people. I realized I couldn’t breathe freely and as widely as I wanted to. And so I decided to go independent and start doing MY own thing – something I really truly loved and always did just wasn’t allowing myself to do because I was too scared, too concerned, too “comfortable” with where I was. Now, I’m free.    

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My passion to create, and I love to call myself a Creator. It actually is my personality archetype, whose motto is “If you can imagine it, it can be done” and the goal is “to create things of enduring value”. And I can see how my archetype has been informing, guiding and impacting all of my fundamental life choices, behavior patterns, preferences, paths and routes in both: personal and professional life, most of the time without me even understanding it:) And it’s incredible how our subconscious functions! My professions were chosen subconsciously by my archetype, as well, and the way I’d approach challenges was guided by the Creator values and strategies, too. I have a BA degree in Teaching and Philological Sciences, and I taught 3rd and 4th year students at the University for 1 year after my graduation. And the way I would teach the class, the way I would build the structure of the lessons, the way I’d approach each student would be “creative”: new, customized, different, unique in a way. Then, I started my journey in a big corporation, first, in one of the regional offices as a marketing team assistant at the age of 22, and grew all the way up to an International Marketing & Innovation Manager, and moved to the headquarters offices at the age of 28. And just a few years later, I became a Marketing & Innovation Director. I’ve lived in 5 countries, and traveled to over a 100 countries by now. Today, I’m an actor and entrepreneur. I have my own business that allows me to have as much time, energy and space, as needed, to devote myself fully to my passion which is acting and film-making. My journey has never been easy – whatever I have today is the result of a lot of work. I always had to work very hard, and push and push harder to get what I wanted for myself and the people I love. I’ve never won a lottery haha, nor have I ever counted on winning one, to be frank. I think living is about overcoming challenges, and continuous transformation. I can’t imagine sitting still and just waiting for things to happen. Action, movement, waking up to new is what gives me energy, and these are not just awesome words to say out loud. I really mean it. There are a lot of lessons that I’ve learnt on the journey to today’s me, and yet I keep learning, challenging myself, and enjoying every day of my life. Two of the biggest lessons that I’ve learnt and I’m happy to share are: 1) luck is the result of hard work, dedication and commitment. 2) freedom to choose, to do and to be is the ultimate ingredient of happiness. I hear from lots of people around me that I’m a source of energy and positivity, and endless courage to do and to live it. Well, I guess 50% of it comes from my parents:) But the other 50% is what I’ve done and keep doing every day.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Let me imagine that it’s one of my good friends, Maria, and she’s visiting me. I’d take her on a road trip to Naples and we’d stay in one of those small boutique hotels right by the water. We’d drink wine, eat seafood and talk, talk, talk. I’d definitely take her to our acting studio ‘The Actory” to watch one of the classes, and meet my fellow actor friends there. I love The Actory – we’re a community of great people! My favorite restaurants in Miami are quite diverse – I’m a real foodie:) In before-the-pandemic times you’d catch me at: Broken Shaker, Zuma, Lung Yai Thai Tapas, Kyu, Meraki, Joe’s Take Away, Sugar, Watr at 1 Rooftop, just to name a few.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
David Matos. He’s my best friend, my business partner and just my soul partner, too. He’s the most entrepreneurial person I know personally. Great is not enough for him! He always strives for fewer but bigger and better, and he loves freedom just as much as I do.

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Image Credits
Photography: Carlos Chacin, Carlos Bornacelli

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