An aspiring and successful actor, Che is deeply immersed in the Rochester cultural scene. So much so, we’ve named him Che of The Town!
Exclusively for Talker, Che has solicited and is conducting interviews from about 80 Rochestarians working in a diversity of creative fields.
For the full series, see Che of The Town: Interviews
Tell us a little about yourself, where your from, grew up, what H.S./College you attended etc.
I was born in Sofia Bulgaria. My mom told me that from the day I was born I was already interested in sounds. At the age of 3, I started playing the violin and piano. I went to numerous lessons and practiced endless hours to extraordinary classical composers until I got very good. I was 11 when I moved to the states along with my mother and little brother. It was a bit of a challenge catching up with all the kids who spoke English and I didn’t but the only thing I could use to express myself with was music. I graduated from Brighton High School in 2005. I was a peer mentor while going to MCC and a few years later at U of R; I graduated with a bachelors in Economics!
What inspired you to be an artist/entertainer? Early experiences worth sharing?
I was inspired to be an entertainer by the music itself. I felt like it needed some flavor and for me it wasn’t always about what’s popular or relevant at the time, music needed a change and I wanted to be a pioneer in my craft! A moment which inspired me I think was during my high school talent show when I pulled out the violin and freestyled over my hip hop beats; everyone in the room went bananas. I think that was one of my first real experiences of gratitude and lighting up a crowd on stage.
Talk about a time where you have faced adversity/conflict and have triumphed.
It was a summer afternoon last summer and I went in for a check up at the doctor’s office. I was getting these enormous headaches and I felt like I should have a doctor take a look. I had an MRI done and they found a tumor in my brain. When you hear something like this for the first time especially being as young as I am, the first thing you start thinking about is life and your family. Instead of falling into depression, I immediately started to think how can I get over this! So first thing was surgery. After a four hour procedure I woke up and thank god I came out fine. Doctors successfully removed the tumor and the day after surgery I went outside of the hospital and played “Let it be” by the beetles on the violin. Story went viral and thousands of people watched on social media. I endured chemo and radiation which did not break me but made me stronger. I want to be an example for others and to show people that anything you put your mind to is possible and not to let anything stand in the way!
What I believe sets me apart from others is my dedication to my art! I breath, I feel ; I am music! I constantly think of new ideas, melodies, dances to my sets and how to captivate the audience creatively! I like to challenge myself and do the unexpected!
Apart from music I am an inspired pilot. I fly small planes as well as RC model airplanes. When I’m in the air I feel free! Music in a way does that and listening to music when I fly is probably one of the greatest things I’ve experienced.
Any projects you have out or currently working on?I’m currently touring most of the time. I am also working on my new album which is currently in the lab being grown like a baby in the womb. 🙂 It will be a very special album which I want to make very compelling and unique!
Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?
Five years is a long time, pondering on all the things I’d like to accomplish. I want to be a apart of our ever changing culture which is always evolving. I see myself being on stage captivating audiences around the world and hopefully inspiring others.
I want to share that you should never give up on your goals. The more you believe in yourself and work extremely hard, the better chances of you standing out and making your dreams come true!