Meet Svetlana Legetic, Founder & Director of Brightest Young Things. I had the pleasure of meeting Svetlana during FotoWeekDC this past year and she's amazing. This woman is 24/7/365 and has her finger on the pulse. And, at the same time looks flawless and remains calm, cool and collected while promoting all things cool in DC and NYC. Svetlana has an incredible work ethic and does not stop. Here are some of my favorites images from a recent shoot. Hair by Ian Palmiero from Scissor & Comb.
What brings you to Washington, D.C. How long have you been here? Where did you grow up?
I came, much like everyone else, for a job. I moved here in 2003 after living and studying and growing up in Serbia, England, South America and The American South. I worked in architecture for 6 years and then sort of decided that my real calling was to be DC's cheerleader, quit that and have been happily working 24/7 on BYT ever since.
How did BYT start?
Initially, just as a hobby (much like all the best things in the world). DC in mid-2000s was starting to get really, really interesting and there was no non-mainstream or print resource to find out what to do and we figured we could give it a whirl, because we loved what was going on. Don't ask me how we ended up here, where we are now. Mainly through just never stopping.
What are you working on right now?
We're working on a really exciting first-ever National Archives after hours (April 18th! Save the Date!), planning on our three big festivals we work on every year (Fotoweek, Bentzen Ball and Snallygaster), thinking about our National Geographic and Pride annual celebrations and, of course, still publishing 20+ stories about all things good in DC and NYC every single day.
Favorite place to chill on a gorgeous spring day?
Frankly, probably on my bike. I am never happier than when I am on my bike. Cannot wait for proper cycling weather. Cannot wait.
Favorite place to listen to live music in D.C.?
This is like a real Sophie's choice for me. Obviously 9:30 club is an institution but I also have a soft spot for stumbling upon a new favorite band on a Monday night at DC9 or getting into one of those should-be-on-the-mainstage-but-is-backstage Black Cat shows.