|Full Name: Ilona Tykotski
||Grew up: New York Metro Area
(since age 11)
|Birthdate: September 5th
||Indianapolis, Indiana (10 - 11)
Birthplace: St. Petersburg (Leningrad), Russia
|Rome, Italy (the summer before
||My first name is Hungarian. The 'I' is
pronounced as in "Indiana", not as in "Iowa." The 'O' is short,
not ooh. My last name is Polish (long story). I know it seems
like alphabet soup, but it is actually simpler: Tuh-kot-skee
(the accent is on the kot).
||Fluent: English and Russian
(80%), understand Polish (40%), currently studying French
At one point, Italian and Tagalog (not anymore)
||Various public and private schools;
Montclair State University, BA
New York Law School, JD
||I am an AMERICAN girl. I speak English. I also
happen to speak Russian. HOWEVER, I DO NOT HAVE A RUSSIAN
ACCENT!!! I have no problem trying to do one, but I would like
some advance notice.
||New York, Miami, Bahamas, Italy
|Places I love to go:
||Martinique, Greece, Bilbao
|Cats or dogs:
||I've always thought of myself as a cat person.
However, I love Vizslas, Toy Manchester Terriers, and
|Stage OR screen:
||Luckily, I live in New York. We get to do
everything. I just want to ACT! The exact medium has never
been an issue.
||I had three years of classical piano as a
child. I can basically read music, but do not sight read. I do
have a great musical memory and learn songs very quickly after
I hear them.
I LOVE to sing. I've always known that I could
sing. BUT for years I would have extreme stage fright. Many
years later, after working with a fantastic voice teacher,
George Axiltree, I've conquered it (90% anyway).
I'm a soprano, but I have good lower notes. I am currently
trying to regain "the register" (think Mariah Carey at the end of
"Emotions"). I used to be able to do that, and I will do it again
(with some practice).
Although I am "legit," I prefer to sing pop, rock, R&B,
alternative, and non-traditional music theatre.