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Born and raised in a wee town just outside of Seattle, Washington, Mischa received his undergraduate degree in film directing from NYU's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. Minoring in psychology and graduating with honors at the age of 20, he then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music videos. Securing his first job at Propaganda Films, home of such visionary directors (and idols of his) as Mark Romanek, David Fincher, Spike Jonze, and Michel Gondry, Mischa remained with the company until it dissolved. Then, after a brief stint as a director's rep at Oil Factory Films, helping to manage the careers of such A-List music video directors as Sophie Mueller, Jonas Akerlund, and Dom & Nic, Mischa said farewell to the "office side" of entertainment to continue his work as a freelance photographer.
Always looking for his next creative outlet, he soon found himself booking more and more directing jobs, both in music videos and in live theater. He developed an original rock-opera, entitled Bare, taking it from a one-page synopsis to a full-length, 33-song staged event that was eventually optioned by MTV. Fluent and bilingual in German, Mischa then fell into the crazy world of voice-overs and has since been heard in various feature films (MILLION DOLLAR BABY, THE BOURNE SUPREMACY, MI:3, VAN HELSING, and VALKYRIE, to name a few) commercials (TRESemme/Project Runway, Bowflex,) documentaries (the making of THE 5th ELEMENT,) video games (Medal of Honor, Call of Duty, and Saboteur, in which he plays the main villain,) and perhaps most obnoxiously, as the voice of Disneyland's Matterhorn ride. Zat's right, kids, buckle up or zey'll come get you!
In 2007, armed with a wide array of connections within the film industry, Mischa focused his attention on learning what they didn't teach him in undergrad -- namely, "how to make a multi-million dollar film using other people's money... and then pay yourself for doing it," and thus found himself as one of only eleven people to be accepted into UCLA's Producers Program, focusing on film & television marketing, financing, international sales, budgeting, distribution, entertainment law, and selling projects that don't actually exist yet. Thrilled to have earned his masters degree, he is now moving on to the next episode of life.
With three new projects currently in development, including STEAMTOWNE (a graphic novel and original cable television series,) an UNTITLED FEATURE FILM (set in Prague, utilizing the multitude of songs co-created with his composer,) and PNEUMATICS (a live experience,) Mischa's days are never boring.
Of course, when all is said and done, all he asks is to be remembered by two simple words...
... any two, as long as they're simple.