My name is Oksana Dezera
I am 49 years old.
I live in Kyiv, work as casting director finding actors for advertisements and movies. I am also a theatre actor and a psychoanalyst.
I used to live a carefree and happy life. I used to be woken up by the rays of light, practice yoga, used to drink freshly squeezed orange juice and take my dog for a walk and then I rushed to my drums lessons.
I was very lucky to meet my drums teacher Victor Gerchev from Sky Sticks. I started playing drums 2 years ago. Each lesson is like little celebration! Victor Gerchev teaches in humorous and happy way making lessons very special indeed.
I was rehearsing for my first drums competition Hit Like a Girl. The video recording of this competition was scheduled for 27 February 2022 however things did not go to plan because Putin decided otherwise.
On 24 February at 5am my phone would not stop ringing. It was my son, who was telling me – mama, mama, wake up! The war has started!
We were so naive, we thought that everything that’s happening in Russia was relevant only for Russians. We did not realise that we share the same planet and if one part of it becomes contaminated this will become immediately relevant for the rest of its population.
If one is happy, it is unlikely that he will suffer from aggression, there won’t be anyone who would want destruction and death of their neighbours.
Drums represent an incredible sublimation of your energy, your aggression and your feelings. When you play drums you are becoming an element, like wind which is rushing, like thunder after which will always come a fruitful rain and a rainbow.
I am very happy that despite everything that’s happening around me I still managed to record my video for the competition even if just before it’s end.
After a month of war and hiding in shelters my desire to live returned.
To live equals play drums!