Doe Deere, the founder of Lime Crime who is a little Jewish girl, was born in Xenia Vorotova in Izhevsk in Russia. She considered the United States as an ideal place where she thought that anything is possible.
All the amazing things including movies, magazines, and popular music made her fell in love with the US. She was obsessed with their English language, the American Culture and often wondered how life would be like in the States. When she was 17, her world turned upside down when her young sister and mother decided to move to the U.S.A, seeking a better lifestyle there.
The New York City was their destination which was considered as a platform where many immigrants and many people can start their career and build a better lifestyle.
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The population of New York was 7.4 million in 1998 which is the overwhelming difference to Izhevsk’s half-million. Being a teenager, the movies and TV she got to watch were not even close to what the actual city was like, from its 24/7 noise to jam-packed underpass vehicles.
They knew they would face a “live or die” kind of situation in that city. So, they started working to build their career from bottom to top as soon as they arrived. But as they started, they immediately realized that their mother’s savings were not enough for their family to survive.
Back in Russia, her mother was an expert accountant but it took too long for her educational degrees to transfer, hence, she wasn’t able to get a job without them anywhere. To earn enough money for their survival, her mother started housework in the apartments, and Ms. Doe Deere herself walked cats and dogs of people to pay their bills.
This new life, in reality, was very outrageous and it was tough for all three of them emotionally. There were times when they felt overwhelmed and thought they would have to go back to their hometown. They were enforced to get into a homeless shelter in Manhattan on Lexington Avenue even when they worked hard they had only $7.56 left.