Celebrating International Women’s Day with DJ Tessa

featuring a Q&A and special mix

International Women’s Day DJ Mix

When did you start your career as a DJ?

I have loved music all my life and bought my first pair of turntables in 2003. In 2009, I booked my first paid gig, so I would say, 2009 was the beginning of my professional DJ career.

What genre of music do you spin?

I’m considered an “open-format DJ”, which means I play everything from pop, classics, hip-hop, house, indie dance; but my first loves are underground hip-hop and 80s/90s alternative music.

What/who inspired you to become a DJ?

I’ve always loved collecting music, sharing music, and street culture, so those things definitely inspired me to be a DJ.

When you’re not at the turntables, where can we find you?

Pre and post pandemic you would find me at local art museums or eating the best food LA and Long Beach have to offer. I try to visit my hometown Reno, Nevada and my parents in Honolulu, Hawaii as much as I can as well.

When did you start caring for your skin?

I have always had to care for my skin. When I was 8, I developed an allergy to the sun and chemical sunscreen. At that young age and many dermatologist visits, I had to learn by trial and error what worked for my skin.

Who was your first skinfluencer? (Whoever taught you how to care for your skin: Mom, sister, aunt, friend, actor, etc)

I would say my first skinfluencer was ME. I had to test several products and learn how to care for my skin differently because of my unique situation. Other than that, my first memory of skincare regimen was from my mom. She used to always apply Pond’s Dry Skin Cream for the face. I’ll never forget the smell of that product!

What skin product (besides sunscreen) can you not live without? (Toner, moisturizer, serum)

I’m honestly addicted to Rescue Skin serum now. I have been using it for over a year and my skin is so incredibly smooth and clear.

What makeup product is always in your gig bag when DJing an event?

I can’t pick just one makeup product! I carry all my makeup with me in my gig bag. I would say the top items I can’t live without in my gig bag are Too Faced Cosmetics “Damn Girl!” mascara and Mac Cosmetics “Velvet Teddy” lipstick.

Beauty means many things. What does it mean to you?

To me, beauty means being a good person, caring for others and our environment.

What are your personal and career goals? How do you hope to make a difference?

In 2015, I started my company Prism DJs, a booking agency and collective for female DJs. Through my company, I hope to empower women by helping with them succeed as DJs, whether it’s booking them on a gig, giving business or personal advice, or showcasing them on our platform. It makes me happy to help others and watch them grow.