New York native Kyra Caruso has an interesting mix of professions: she is a DJ and a doula. Part Mexican and part Austrian, Kyra is co-owner of the music and lifestyle company Blend Media Group. Caruso has become quite the hot commodity, even djing for the likes of Katy Perry and Rihanna.
If playing music for celebrities isn’t enough, Kyra is a certified doula, and is especially passionate about meeting the needs of immigrant, single and low-income women in her community. Through her work as a doula, Kyra is now launching a program called, Beyond Words: music therapy for mothers and their babies during labor. Caruso is preparing to launch this program in the United States and Mexico.
For her passion for her community, and using her creativity to help other, Kyra Caruso is this week’s Inspiring Latina.
Tell us a little about your job as a DJ and your music therapy doula outreach program for expectant mothers.
I’ve been a DJ for about a decade now. My career in music started while I was at high school in Vienna, Austria – first promoting hip hop events then entering the world of concert and artist booking and simultaneously discovering my love for playing music to people who shared my musical tastes. In the beginning I organized and promoted the parties I djayed at. When I moved to New York City in 2005, I really focused on djing more seriously and I have since been playing nationally and internationally. I also worked for Universal Music Group in International Marketing and Promotions in New York City for a number of years, which definitely helped having direct access to new music.
Overall, working as a DJ is the perfect outlet for my love for music. Playing soulful tunes, creating a positive energy around me, and being able to touch people through my music is my ultimate goal and a beautiful experience.
Read more about Caruso and her work as a doula on page 2 >>