She is feisty. She is courageous. She is quirky. She is versatile. She is serious on the outside however passionately warm on the inside. Her character is a culmination of life's ups and downs - the happy, the sad, the funny, the hurt, the loss, the gains..... NEVER giving up hope....and always finding a place for music, laughter AND love!
Sveta’s character was inspired by Lana’s heritage - her family and family friends who surrounded her upbringing....
Sveta is the
little girl who decided to change her name to Lana in Grade 4 because no-one had the courtesy to ask her how to pronounce her name 'Swetlana'...where in the Eastern European alphabet a 'w' is pronounced 'v'. She was teased and called 'sweaty Lana' .
girl who threw away her lunches because she was teased for having rye bread and 'unusual' fillings...but did not want to hurt her mama who made them for her each morning at 5.00am before she left to work in a white goods factory.
little girl who for a period of time was embarrassed and ashamed for her parents to attend parent teacher interviews (although they always did) because they had accents and she thought they would get laughed at...
young woman who was bullied by her first boss who was from an Eastern European country, and who did not like 'Russians'.
girl who compromised the pronunciation of her full name because it was easier for others.
woman who is now proud of her heritage, her parents, her family and her name!
woman who dreams of returning to Russia to re connect with her Russian family and explore her father's Ukrainian heritage.
Lana has had no formal training in performance or event management however her passion, dreams and highly developed organisational, communication and presentation skills, have motivated her to pursue her performing dream and hopes to inspire others to follow their own dreams...particularly magnificent middle aged marvels!
After working on an island resort, a group of talented musicians and friends invited Lana to join the show band 'Hanky Panky', and years were spent entertaining at RSL, League Clubs and Corporate events in Qld.
Her first show 'The Sickle Of Life’ was written, funded, produced and performed with assistance from a great many family and friends. Lana’s dream was realised when she was able to complete and perform the show before her mother passed away in June 2009. While Lana had planned to perform two shows, predominately to family and friends, ‘Sickle’ was an instant success and has now played to over 45 sold-out shows in SA, QLD and the NT.
Now living in Darwin she is ready to share some more adventures!
She endeavours to remind us all that getting older can be marvellous, magnificent, miraculous and monumental...and that life stories through comedy can touch the heart....