Inside 2 Ukrainian Film Workers’ Plight in Hollywood: ‘Walking Dogs and Picking Up Poop’

Two sisters from Kyiv were lucky to land in L.A. But despite their experience as film industry professionals, nobody will hire them

On February 21, Yuliia Chumak and Alona Ksenofontova, two sisters living in Kyiv — both professionals in the Ukrainian film industry, one a production coordinator, the other a hair and makeup artist — decided to take a trip to Barcelona to celebrate Alona’s 34th birthday. They arrived in warm, sunny Spain and spent a few idyllic days shopping and touring the city sights, having a blast, snapping photos to send back to their parents and friends. 

On the evening of the 23rd, they shut off their phones, chatted a bit about dressing up for Alona’s birthday on the 24th, then went to bed.

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Diane Haithman

Senior Entertainment Business Reporter • • @dhaithman