Artist Dana Boulos aims to be unstoppable in her career


Dana Boulos cannot be stopped. The photographer, director, DJ, creative director and Renaissance woman as a whole took a childhood passion for visual mediums and a restless mind and turned it into a career full of groundbreaking achievements. Her reputation precedes her as a “can do anything, do anything” creative mind.

This mentality and this approach is the reason why Boulos was identified as one of the The next 9 by Porsche. From fashion photography and consulting to a future as a feature film director, Boulos got to where she is by never taking ‘no’ for an answer.

“I always try to convey the idea that anything is possible,” Boulos told me on Zoom on an unusually cold LA morning in October. “If you can dream it, you can make it happen. It’s something that’s ingrained in my brain. I don’t care what anyone says, I don’t care if someone says “no” or “this has never been done before”. This is exactly how you know you can do it.

With strong motivation and a determination to get things done, Boulos is an expert in responding to the moment. That’s probably why, when she isn’t weaving brilliant, ethereal dreamlike visuals, she moonlights as a DJ, a job that requires you not only to capture the vibe of a room, but to respond to it as well. and turn it into something new.

“At the end of the day, you create something out of nothing,” she notes. “When it comes to DJing, you set the mood… Performing is the same thing, you control, but you manage people. It’s all about teamwork, you need to know how to manage that team and get the most out of the people you work with.

Boulos credits her education for giving her the skills and tools to thrive as a multi-hyphen.

“Both my parents are Lebanese,” she says. “I grew up with this mentality that you work really hard and you don’t give up. They came to America with nothing in the late 70’s / early 80’s and just decided they were going to make a living… I see that as a motivation. Do what you love and the money will come.

The impact of Boulos’ parents cannot be underestimated. You can trace her relentlessness, her ability to complete any task she sets out to do, and her aspiration to be the best in her earliest memories.

“My dad worked so many years and finally bought a Porsche,” she says. “This car has always been in my world. It’s beautiful, it’s luxurious, but it’s also very powerful. I was lucky that when I was learning to drive, my father let me drive his Porsche. It impacted me, I thought ‘oh my god he trusts me with that car; he believes I can do it.

This early instillation of confidence helped form Boulos’ strong belief in his own abilities. It’s a skill she still focuses on today – constantly analyzing her past work, looking for ways to improve herself and take things to the next level. And it all led to a feature film that explores her experiences growing up as a woman of Middle Eastern descent and finding her place in the world.

“It’s very traditional to get married and let the men take care of you,” she says. “But it wasn’t like that in my house. It was a lot you doing and you work hard at it. This is something that I will tackle when I work on cinema projects and feature films… To be able to make and have a film financed. It’s a whole different ball game… Having a movie premiere at Sundance or Cannes. This is the next goal for me. Boulos said with finality, before suddenly adding: “In addition to creating a physical book.”

Its ambitions are immense. Its successes are legitimate. And his mind never stops working. Dana Boulos is pulling at full speed.

For more on The Next 9 series, check out our hub page.

About Julius Southworth

Check Also

Art Center Sarasota welcomes photographer Barbara Banks as a board member

Carolyn Benedict-Drew, Chair of the Art Center Sarasota Board of Trustees, recently announced that the …