Svetlana Legetic, founder and manager of Brightest Young Things (BYT), a blog dedicated to Washington, DC’s young & hip social scene, was just listed on GQ’s “50 Most Powerful People in Washington” issue hitting news stands next week.
As a 31-year-old hailing originally from Serbia, this former architect turned blogger has made a lasting impression on the city and changed The District for the better. From advertising to event planning, BYT just hosted it’s Fifth Annual NYE Event, as well as a plethora of other events in 2011 like The Greatest Holiday Party of All Time at The Kennedy Center, Vitamin Water Uncapped Live, and numerous sold-out events at The Newseum just to name a few.
When I first moved from Chicago to DC in 2006, I knew one person (my sister) and like most transplants, had no idea what DC might have to offer culturally besides a whole bunch of embassies and museums. Coming from art school and a city with a rich music scene, at first glance DC seemed like a sleepy town for creative types, overrun with politicos, expert networkers, and power happy hours. A now defunct blog whose name I can’t recall was my go-to for all creative happenings until (surprise!) in true DC-never-here-for-long form, the blogger up and moved to New York City. Needless to say, I was pretty bummed out until I saw his goodbye post which suggested readers should follow another blog, Brightest Young Things, a new and fresh collection (and now driver) of goings-on around the city.
Now with three full-time staffers and almost 50 freelancers including up-and-coming writers, photographers, and designers, BYT even has its first office space. In my imagination, there’s probably a mini fridge packed with PBR somewhere in it too.
Join my live Q&A tweet chat with Svetlana Legetic on Tuesday, Jan 24 from 12-1pm EST via #BYTchat – where I’ll ask Svetlana all about blogging, entrepreneurship, event planning, bands, favorite bars, and how great it feels to be DC’s Powerful #42. Have a question for Svetlana? Tweet #BYTchat or post it below.