Olga Sergeevna Karavaeva (born: November 20, 1982), or Olga Kay for short, is a Ukrainian Internet celebrity (mainly known as a YouTube personality), comedian, writer, director, and performer.
Trained as a professional circus juggler in her youth, she later moved to acting and video creation. In 2006 she started the YouTube channel OlgaKay, creating shows such as Emo Girl and Olga Kay's Show. Adding channels on gaming and fashion, by 2013 her four combined channels had approximately a million subscribers.
In 2014, Olga Kay's YouTube Channel was listed on New Media Rockstars Top 100 Channels, ranked at #47.
Olga Kay was born as Olga Sergeevna Karavaeva on November 20, 1982, in Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Ukraine). She performed professionally with a circus in Moscow as a teenager, before moving to the United States to work with the Ringling Brothers Circus.
Performing, internet channels
After settling in Los Angeles, around 2004 she acted or juggled in television shows such as CSI: NY and The Benvenuti Family. She also started attending various YouTube events, co-promoting her online videos with other YouTubers such as Shay Carl, SxePhil, and CTFxC. In 2006 she started her YouTube comedy channel Olga Kay, followed in 2009 Olga Kay 2, which focuses on behind-the-scenes videos. Among her recurring shows are Olga Kay's Show and Emo Girl, where she plays a comedic emo version of herself known as Razor Blade. She later developed a third channel, Olga Kay Games, which presents video games in a comedic way.
Her fourth channel Mooshville is focused on fashion and beauty, with the brand name Moosh stemming from a nickname for her cat. Mooshville features What’s in my Purse?, filmed at the YouTube sound stage in Playa Vista, California, and the Pajama Party show, a makeup review show that has had guests such as Hannah Hart, Taryn Southern, and Shane Dawson. Moosh is also the name of a custom brand of shoes named Mooshoos, which she created using feedback from fans.
The YouTube channels have approximately 1.2 million subscribers combined, as of July 2015.
On October 31, 2015, Olga started her successful series Will It Juggle?, which she announced at the first annual Stream Con NYC. In the series, she takes viewers suggestions of items to juggle, usually succeeding, due to her circus roots.
Kay has appeared as herself in a number of documentaries and webisodes, including the feature film Butterflies in 2009. In 2011 she had appearances in Shane Dawson TV, JoeNationTV, The Annoying Orange, and in 2012 acted in YouTube's original channel initiative show MyMusic as a raver character. She hosted the Rogue Pictures web show Tube Top, which recognizes the top shows/videos on YouTube.
She appeared in some Your Grammar sucks videos by Jack Douglass and collaborated with him on the short comedy video "Olga Kay: How to control your dreams!" in 2011, and in 2012 Toby Turner starred in a short with Kay entitled "Olga Kay Goes Haywire."
She has performed at VidCon and was interviewed in the podcasts New Mediacracy and Rhett and Link's Ear Biscuits. Brands she has worked with include Microsoft, Ford, Google, Relativity Media, Axe, Capcom, Nintendo, Virgin Mobile, Xbox, and others.
Kay launched Mooshwalks, her line of socks, in May 2014. The knee-high socks feature four character designs and external ears. Kay said she created socks with ears because she didn't want to be another YouTuber with a logo on a t-shirt. Kay immediately recouped her initial investment in manufacturing the socks through a pre-order campaign. Mooshwalks were featured in the style lounge at the 2015 Emmy Awards. As of January 2016, Kay now has unisex sock and baby socks, and is developing pillows in collaboration with Throwboy.
Film and TV
|2005||CSI: NY||Susan Young / Juggler #2||Episodes "Crime and Misdemeanor" and "Blood, Sweat, and Tears"|
|2007||The Benvenuti Family||Mrs. Avery||Television|
|2008||Spike Guys Choice||Herself|
|2009-2011||Olga Kay's Show||Herself||Kay handles writing, production, and editing on video shorts with Joe Nation, Jessica Lizama, Betsy Ullery, etc.|
|2009-2010||Emo Girl||Razor Blade||Kay handled writing, production, and editing.|
|2009-2010||Shane Dawson TV||Dancer, Daisy, Jennifer||Episodes "Strip for Your Life," "Movie Freak," "Talking Fruit from Hell"|
|2010||"Olga Kay's Circus"||Herself||Short film directed by Andrea Ball, written by Wyatt Pascoe, and produced by Lux New Media|
|2010||The 2nd Annual Streamy Awards||Herself|
|2011||YouTube Assassin||Hypnotized Chick #1||Episodes "Shane Dawson Part 2"|
|2011||Black Box TV||Deumos||Episodes "Deumos Kisses"|
|2010||The Web.Files||Herself||Episode "Buzz 2"|
|2011||JoeNationTV||Herself||Episode "Shut the Hell Up"|
|2011||Victorious||Cat's Juggling Double||Episode "Helen Back Again"|
|2011||Tube Top||Herself||Episode "It Factor"|
|2011||The Annoying Orange||Lettuce||Episode "Kitchen Carnage"|
|2011||Corey and Lucas for the Win||Herself||Episode "Prom: One Perfect Moment w/ LisaNova, ShayCarl & more!"|
|2012||"Olga Kay Goes Haywire"||Herself||Video short produced by Roguelife, directed by Damon O'Steen|
|2012||MyMusic||Raver #2||Episodes "Ghosts!!!", "Raver Madness!", "Mystery Solved!" "Don't Panic! At the Disco"|
|2012||Chug, Plug & Review||Herself|
|2013||Tweet Out||Herself||Episode "Olga Kay"|
|2013||The Mythical Show||Herself||Episode "Smosh & Star Trek"|
- ↑ The NMR Top 100 YouTube Channels: 50-26!. Retrieved on 6 January 2015.
- ↑ Hardest Working Person on YouTube
- ↑ DRAW MY LIFE |Olga Kay. YouTube. Retrieved on 4 May 2014.
- ↑ https://soundcloud.com/earbiscuits/ep-68-olga-kay-ear-biscuits
- ↑ Give your feet personality. The Original socks with ears.. Retrieved on 2015-11-18.
- ↑ Olga Kay Debuts Mooshwalks - New Media Rockstars (en-US). https://plus.google.com/115681828084994119911.+Retrieved on 2015-11-18.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 YouTube Star Olga Kay Can Juggle What It Takes To Be An Entrepreneur. Retrieved on 2015-11-18.
- ↑ 2015 Emmy Style Lounge. Retrieved on 2015-11-18.
- OlgaKay on Flickr
- Official YouTube Channels
- OlgaKay (main)
- OlgaKay2 (behind-the-scenes)
- OlgaKayGames (video-game review)
- Mooshville (fashion, beauty)
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