I Tell Stories
for Two Reasons:
To Better Understand Myself and to Help Us All Feel Less Alone

Modern Storytelling with a Twist

in search of authentic alignment

What is a storyteller, you might ask? It seems, these days, everybody and their third cousin is calling themselves a storyteller — from the sales copywriter to your neighbor’s dog walker. 

But, I get to tell stories for a living, so for me, a storyteller is someone who seeks connection and understanding in words — both written and spoken. And that, in a nutshell, is what I do.

I tell stories that are yours, mine, and ours. Whether you want to hear what it was like growing up in the Soviet Union, commiserate over universal parenting struggles or glean the lessons I learned from working at Google, I’m your gal.

So, what IS a storyteller?

So buckle up, Bubelah.
You’ve come to the right place.

I share candid stories about…
  • Floundering, figuring it out, and flourishing as a creative (and as a human)...
  • Straddling multiple cultures (and at times feeling like you don’t quite belong anywhere)...
  • Navigating the highs, the lows, and the downright messiness of being human…

alexandra franzen, best-selling author

“I've worked in writing, & book publishing for 15 years. Yuliya has a voice that stands out. She's hilarious. She's deep. She brings such honesty to her stories about this beautiful mess we call life. If you gave me a pile of 20 stories -- without any names -- I could pick Yuliya's out because she has a distinctive voice & point of view.”

I’m a natural born storyteller and performer. Clients (and friends that I don’t even pay) say that they appreciate my storytelling for my vulnerability, HUMOR, and depth. I don’t want to toot my own horn too much, but some kind souls have even compared me to Brene Brown (after two drinks) and Erma Bombeck. I, on the other hand, like to say my storytelling persona is what you’d get if David Sedaris and Tina Fey had a baby and raised it in the Soviet Union.

Hi, I'm Yuliya

Yuliya, rhymes with Goo-lia

storyteller, humorist, writer, & performer

My life experiences are diverse (to put it mildly). I grew up in a small town in the former Soviet Union and learned English by watching Star Trek the Next Generation (I may have accidentally learned Klingon, too…). I taught intertidal ecology as a teen, earned an MBA (no one knows why), and even performed stand up comedy (just the once — oy to the Vey!).

While all of that may feel random at first glance, at the core of everything I’ve done and everything I still want to do is storytelling. It’s my passion, my drive, and my zone of genius. And I love nothing more than sharing stories with other good people navigating this tricky thing called life.

My stories are rooted in my experience as an immigrant and are shaped by my interest in belonging, identity, and bias.

erma bombeck

“There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.” 

Read my book, Until the Last Pickle, all about my life as a Soviet-born immigrant to America. Or check out my other various writings across the interwebs.

On the Page

Hire me to speak at your event, webinar, or workshop. I specialize in topics on creativity, belonging, and the art of storytelling. 

On the Stage

Listen to the audiobook version of Until the Last Pickle, subscribe to my audio newsletter, or check out my podcast to get my quirky, raspy, alto voice in your ears.

In Your Ear

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