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Friends this timing of today’s episode was not planned to be in alignment with today’s world events, which makes it all the more fascinating that things lined up the way they did. Today I have the privilege to introduce you to the incredibly talented and wise Mika Newton, immigrant to the United States from the Ukraine. Mika shares her story of hard work and making a life for herself that broke outside the mold of women in her native country. Mika tells of growing up in a small farming community where there were no cars and her best friend was a little piggy. At the young age of 5 Mika decided she wanted to be a singer and began competing at the age of 9 and then winning them at the age of 12. She was told that she couldn’t be a singer, that she should just be someone ‘normal’, that she needed to fit inside this box. At 15 after continual input from judges telling her parents that something was special & different about their daughter, she moved to Kiev a big city of 4 million people to train at a special college. At 16 she found a Celine Dion cassette tape, and without the internet, had no idea who she was, just that she wanted to sing like her. Covering one of her songs she won a large city competition and soon signed with a manager that would have her change her name. She would soon sing in the biggest competition in Europe called Eurovision and take 4 place. She became a household name in Europe and lived a life of fame with a driver and bodyguards. Despite her success, Mika was not taken seriously that she wanted to pursue a career as a singer. She was looked at as only a doll and her ambitions were dismissed. She tells of the culture of her country, that remains after the old USSR in which women do not have rights and that the only thing you are to achieve was to marry a good man and take care of him. In order to pursue her career, Mika took a huge risk and moved to America to work with Randy Jackson to produce her album. Mika tells of the struggle she had with her ego when she realized she was no longer famous but just a regular person, and one that couldn’t communicate with anyone. She tells of her drive that led her to learn 10 words a day which had her speaking English in 4 months. She tells of the happiness she has found here in America by not living in her past or in here future and by enjoying the freedoms she has found here to be who you want to be, no matter your age. She shares her insights that immigrants realize how lucky we are as Americans and they are hungry for the chance to make it here. She concludes with part of her beautiful song “Angels” and shares what she hopes the listeners will take away from her message. Listen and be ready to look at the freedoms you enjoy every day in a new light and be inspired to start that thing you have been putting off.

Want to know if this episode it for you?  This episode is perfect for someone who is looking for inspiration to take a risk or begin something they have been wanting to do.  It is perfect for someone wanting to understand more of a perspective from an immigrant to the United States.

What is this episode about?   In this episode you will learn about how Mika:

  • grew up in a small town in Ukraine on a farm life with no cars and her best friend as a little piggy with a culture heavily influenced by the old USSR
  • at young age of 5 wanted to be a singer but everyone said “you’ll never be that, might as well have said “I’m an alien”
  • spent all her time singing and dancing at home –
  • starting competing at age 9 and then winning at age 12
  • judges started telling parents there was something different about her and to not quit
  • at age of 15 moved to big city of Kiev – completely different culture – 4 million people
  • drive to move outside of the box , Mika wanted to be a singer but people said “you can’t do that, you have to be someone ‘normal’
  • Mika shares about how her culture was influenced from USSR, low wages, and women have no rights, that her biggest success was to married to a good man and to take care of him
  • teacher taught her to just show up and not try to prove anything to anyone, just show who you are – energy of confidence
  • never approval from parents and grew up independent
  • at 16 found a Celine Dion cassette – didn’t have internet -wanted to sing like her – covered her song, took frist place in competition –
  • manager came up and asked her if she wanted to be a star-signed with him – worked together for 7 years
  • changed her name from Oksana G… to Mika Newton
  • won competitions but all people saw her was a doll, a pretty face, didn’t take her ambitions seriously
  • Eurovision – biggest singing competition in Europe – took 4 place – household face – 3 weeks of fame – drivers, body guards
  • decided to take a risk and move to America
  • just a regular girl – didn’t know how to communicate
  • drive to communicate so badly that was starting to speak after 4 months of 3-4 classes a day
  • became like that little 5 year old girl that wanted to sing – started working on it every day
  • learned 10 words a day
  • she had to put her ego aside when she arrived and went from famous to a regular- can’t live in the past, can’t live in the future –  happiness is not anything anyone can give you, happiness is something you create
  • there is no right time to start something you want to do, no matter your age, but have to accept that it will require hard work
  • immigrants realize how lucky we are in American and are willing to fight for this, they are hungry for the chance
  • no other country brings you as much freedom as being in America
  • tells women to just be who you are, make your own decisions – do it
  • sing her song “Angels”

Show Notes:

Mika Newton’s Instagram feed 

Mika’s Eurovision performance of “Angels”

Mika Newton’s wikipedia page

Mika’s song “Magnets”

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