Professional female boxer from Oklahoma is former international DJ
Torn between the music on the turntables and the bell in the ring, Oklahoman Kelly Goldstein was at a turning point in her life.
It was 3 a.m. and the woman behind the turntables had two black eyes, a swollen nose and a busted lip.
Just 48 hours earlier she was at Remington Park Casino in Oklahoma City getting the snot beaten out of her in a professional boxing ring.
The way my personality is I can't just do something and do it for fun. I have to make a big deal out of it.”
However, on this night in the fall of 2011, the tall blonde was at an Ultimate Fighting Championship after party in Houston. Not too long ago, she was in Mexico, India and South Korea mixing club beats for thousands of screaming fans.
But lately, she limped into the DJ booth after long training sessions and covered the bruises with makeup. It was a reality check.
Meet Kelly Goldstein, 30. Her fans call her Kelly Trance: She fights professionally for HD Boxing out of Oklahoma City, and is one of only a handful of female boxers in the state. She's a small-town Oklahoma native who went from internationally known DJ to fighter over a 15-year span.
“Everything I've ever done or have been interested in I've been a real self-starter,” Goldstein said. “I just explore whatever it is.”
It started in high school in Goldstein's hometown of Bethel Acres, a single gas station stop off Interstate 40 without a post office or supermarket. Goldstein was listening to a set of MTV dance CDs in her car when she became inspired to create her own club music. She didn't know a single DJ, but over the next few years she found her way into the underground rave scene where she absorbed the culture.
Her mom was supportive, but her dad and some friends were a little less understanding. Girls in Oklahoma didn't aspire to create electronic dance music, especially in Bethel Acres. There were few to no female DJs in the state. But through networking and constantly asking for opportunities, she became known worldwide as Kelly Trance by 2008.
“It was a snowball effect,” Goldstein said. “I started to meet like-minded individuals, and it all kind of came together. I just knew what I wanted to do the whole time, and I just kept pushing.”
It was a blur of strobe lights, smoke and bass. Goldstein made a living traveling city to city, weekend to weekend, all while joining a movement. She says now more than ever the number of female DJs across the nation is growing. She played outdoor festivals around the world and was even featured in FHM magazine as one of the world's hottest female DJs.
“You don't really get to sleep much,” said DJ Mary “Sno” White, Goldstein's longtime friend. “It's a really hard lifestyle with all those late nights. And there is the peer pressure of drinking. You say you'll just have one, but it's never just one.”
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