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WHM: Tatiana Berman Founder of Constella Arts

By lindsay

March is Women’s History Month.  BCB salutes the MANY women throughout history who have gotten us to this point today.  But, throughout March 2021 we are celebrating and sharing MOMS who are making history RIGHT NOW.  As we know, moms are basically super human, super heroes.  We tackle so much at once, are the queens of multitasking and at the end of the day—we are almost always putting others’ best interests ahead of our own.  So as we look to the future, we want you to meet some incredible women, all of who are making sure brighter days lie ahead for all. 

Name: Tatiana Berman

Age: You should never ask a woman her age (but you can google it)

Kids and Ages: Alina 5, Ingrid 14, Lea 17

Where do you live? Orange County, CA

TELL US A BIT ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO MAKE HISTORY RIGHT NOW.

To introduce myself, I am a mother of three girls and an artist. I play concerts on the violin, give workshops and produce artistic content for a living. A few years ago I founded Constella Arts, an organization that became a creative hub for live performances, film and digital productions and numerous educational workshops. I like to find ways to bridge the gap and introduce a broader audience to classical music in a way that is accessible and enjoyable. That is why I co-created the Not So Classical experience, and released an album with the same name.

I’m also one of three women profiled in the new documentary, Forte, premiering and streaming free on International Women’s Day (3/8). It’s a beautiful film about soloists balancing competitive music careers–in my case, balancing music and motherhood. Here’s a trailer.

WHO IS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN YOU KNOW?

Maye Musk, Michelle Obama, Melinda Gates.

THE THEME OF WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH 2021 IS: REFUSING TO BE SILENCED.  WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU AND HOW DOES IT PLAY OUT IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE?

I am grateful to the women who stood up for what they believed so that we can live in a more just society where we can speak our mind. Music gives us the ability to connect with others in a unique way on a deep emotional level. As a performer and a mother of three, I believe that music is a language that can be understood across different cultures. Every chance I get, I speak out about the importance of music as a tool to help children express their inner world, stay mentally healthy, and build resilience. We can travel in time and experience stories created in our mind while listening and especially practising classical music. I try to help find solutions to issues and problems. For example, we know from numerous research that making music and art helps to improve our children’s grades in academic subjects. Why aren’t they considered an essential experience for all of our schools and are the first subjects to be cut from the curriculum whenever the cuts happen? I believe that musical and artistic expression in general is essential to our future as human beings.

WHAT WOULD PEOPLE BE SURPRISED TO KNOW OR LEARN ABOUT YOU?

I am a dancer at heart (not in real life), and my hobby is interior design and home organization.

HOW ARE YOU ABLE TO BALANCE BEING A MOM, WORKING AND HELPING TO CHANGE THE WORLD J IS THERE SUCH THING AS BALANCE?

I may not be the best example of balance… hahaha…. I have been known to be quite an intense person – constantly juggling a myriad of professional and personal endeavors. Nevertheless recently, my journey towards a more balanced, more enjoyable life became surprisingly more successful because of two things: 1. I choose not to worry about the hundreds of things on my to do list, making sure the right priorities are in place and are accomplished every day (or almost every day). 2. I now make time to take care of myself so I can better take care of everyone/everything else, and that makes a big difference. Life feels more balanced now.

WHAT IS ONE SILVER LINING THAT HAS COME OUT OF THE PANDEMIC?

I am sure that I speak for many moms out there when I say it has been REALLY challenging at times. The “new normal” way of life has forced me to re-evaluate how my children learn and spend their time. The circumstances present a unique paradox in that they have much more screen time because of online learning, and yet what they learn within that screen now becomes relevant to my child’s future. It has forced us as a family to rethink the use of technology in our home and create an environment where my kids are encouraged to express themselves creatively not through digital technology but through painting, music, table games, reading actual books and enjoying outdoor activities (as much as is possible).

As for me, I love to learn and challenge myself. So staying home a lot more became a great opportunity to grow in some unexpected ways personally and professionally. Like learning graphic design, taking self-development and psychology courses (usually after everyone is asleep..) Serendipitously, before the pandemic began, I have already begun experimenting with virtual workshops and concerts. After the initial shock of my almost entire season of live appearances were cancelled, I decided to take the virtual work to the next level by connecting my organization Constella Arts with a new venture CultureNet Virtual Sessions. Since then I became a part of a movement to innovate music education by reaching thousands of students virtually. It is amazing to be able to influence and inspire so many kids throughout the nation with the help of the new technology.

HOW DO YOU THINK THAT THE PANDEMIC WILL CHANGE THE FUTURE FOR WOMEN?

I think that as long as we keep being resilient and look at the changes around us as opportunities to grow and learn, then we will keep innovating and leading the way for future generations to come!

WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD LIKE TO OFFER OTHER MOMS ABOUT MOTHERHOOD?

From being consistent with your approach, to setting the right example, to unconditional love no matter what… parenting is so much harder than we imagine. So, read a couple of good books and watch everything you can on parenting, ask lots of questions, get advice, make notes, make decisions with your spouse, and then…. Just take it one day at a time, do what feels right, don’t let others give you advice unless you ask for it, and don’t forget to enjoy the little things and the big milestones!

RAPID FIRE……

Last show you binged: I am somewhat behind the current trends, but my teens were watching The Good Place, so I had to!

Last book you read: A Woman Makes a Plan by Maye Musk

Go-To Family Dinner: Grilled steak/salmon and vegetables/salad or pizza and a salad

Favorite Beverage: At the moment it’s Clear Mind | Brew Dr. Kombucha

Favorite Take out: Japanese and Indian

Favorite Dessert: Good quality dark nutty chocolate

Summer or Winter? Spring-time 🙂

Dream Vacation: Must include the mountains and an ocean

#1 Beauty Product you can’t live without: I love Burt’s Bees products

App you can’t live without on your phone: Omvana and Photos

For more from Tatiana follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You can also check her out on Youtube and her website, tatianaberman.com

Stay tuned as we feature Moms Making History RIGHT NOW every day in the month of March.   Follow us on Instagram and Facebook  for more.   Do you know someone we should be talking to?  Email us to let us know at info@bumpclubandbeyond.com.  You can also meet more Moms We Love, right here.

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