Stephanie Drenka

“The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.” (Fabienne Fredrickson)

Just your average showtunes singing, social media savvy, hockey habitué, marketing minded, gaming geek, korean adoptee, PR friendly, dallas fashion blogger, and lifestyle photographer sharing my love of fashion, beauty, video gaming, travel and technology.

Adopted from Seoul, South Korea at the age of 3 months, I spent my formative years in Marietta, Georgia and Southlake, Texas.

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In high school, I was heavily involved in show choir and theater (aka anything that would not require me to attend any sort of sporting event). This made me somewhat of an outcast being at a school whose football team was #1 in the nation. I’m also a book nerd (which comes with the territory as the daughter of a children’s librarian).

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My very first job was performing as a saloon girl in the song & dance revue at Six Flags Over Texas.

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In 2004, I got the heck out of Texas and moved to Chicago, IL for college. It was there that I finally admitted to myself that I was Asian. I joined a bunch of groups and went on to become president of DePaul University’s largest pan-Asian American student organization.

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I graduated with a communications major and minors in Asian American Studies and Women’s Studies. I was named one of the “Ten Asian American Young Women Who Will Change the World” by Asian Week magazine. Still haven’t quite figured out how to live up to that title.

While working in the brand licensing and merchandising industry with clients such as Activision, Blizzard, Microsoft, Nintendo, and more– I had the unique opportunity to embrace my inner-gamer for a living. I was also lucky enough to fall in love with a coworker/fellow gamer who is now my husband. Our marriage is a happily geeky one, although we do fight over the PS4 on occasion…

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About two years ago, thirsty for creative juice, I launched Geek Glam— a blog which combined my love of fashion, gaming, and technology. Through this, I started meeting amazing bloggers in Dallas who I now consider some of my best friends. Commiserating over our well-intentioned, but not enthusiastic, husbands, boyfriends, and random samaritans on the street who were taking … lackluster outfit photos of us, I volunteered my photography services. Over time, I realized that I much preferred being behind the camera to posing in front of it, and started a blogger photography business.

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Photography has been a constant outlet for me. From an early stint as a journalist and editor of my middle school newspaper, to being the designated paparazzi for any outings with friends, or capturing important moments in life– I’ve fully and happily embraced the Asian tourist stereotype! It is a rare thing indeed to catch me without one of my cameras close at hand.

I was given the nickname of #fairyblogmother while working as a Strategic Optimization Manager at rewardStyle (LIKEtoKNOW.it).

I’m currently employed as a digital marketing manager for a Dallas non-profit organization, Big Thought.