I spent my early years in and out of hospital rooms. Due to a lack of oxygen, I was born prematurely and hooked up to machines in order to be able to survive. I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and was told I was tetraplegic – the doctors said I’d spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair, unable to live independently. However, my parents wanted to do everything in their power to help me maximize my potential and live without limitations.
At 9 months old, I began daily intensive physical therapy. For the first 17 years of my life, physical therapy was my number 1 priority. At 14 years old, I suffered an injury that put me in a wheelchair for two years. After working hard to create an active lifestyle, I was once more told by my doctors that my chances of ever walking again were less than 20%.
This is when I discovered drums. Drumming lit a fire within me and became my motivation to work towards getting better. My disability really didn’t matter, I just knew I was going to be a drummer. This profound passion for music was what led me to pursue my studies in Los Angeles College of Music and get a Bachelor’s of Music degree with an emphasis in Drum Performance.
Eventually, I was able to overcome a disability that could have taken over my life. Now I am a professional drummer having played in several bands, toured both in Greece and abroad and frequently hosting my own live drum shows in collaboration with DJs. I am also a motivational speaker, and an active fitness enthusiast. I am firmly convinced that everything starts with a positive mindset and that this is the key to success. I have never given up, never stopped trying, and have never taken “no” for an answer.
“My goal is to inspire people to be the best version of themselves. Disability or not, I want to encourage you to find your passion and pursue it fearlessly. I wanted to share my motivation with others to help people find their own unique purpose and, in turn, inspire others themselves.”