About


When Mary Jo Smith-Obolensky founded Dynamic Doingness, Inc. in October of 1995, she had a goal of one day establishing a company that specialized in other media such as video and voice-over projects, using her previous experience in the film and TV commercial industries to further fulfill her client’s needs. In 2014, Mary Jo set up Smith-Obolensky Media. Then in 2017, Smith-Obolensky Media expanded into a publishing company to launch Ivan’s first novel, Eye of the Moon, winner of "Best First Book (Fiction)" in the IndieReader Discovery Awards (IRDAs).

Smith-Obolensky Media is a member of IBPA (Independent Book Publishers Association), SCIBA (Southern California Independent Booksellers Association) and SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network).


Mary Jo Smith-Obolensky

Founder/President


Before opening her own company, Mary Jo worked in media and various other industries, excelling particularly in sales. She was born and raised in Colombia in a bilingual environment, and she got her university degree in England.




Ivan Obolensky

Vice President


Ivan was offered the best of education, but he did not actually like studying (and describes himself as an awful student). It wasn’t until he explored subjects independently as an adult, by taking college courses and wrestling with subjects he had once hated, that he changed his mind about them.

Ivan’s work experience also added to his education, as he held jobs in finance, executive management, customer service, sales, business consulting and team building. During conversations around the dinner table, Ivan would connect different topics, and Mary Jo recognized his unique talent for combining knowledge from many fields into an unusual way of storytelling.




Joanna Cook

Executive Assistant


Joanna has worked in the publishing industry as an author, journalist, editor, and proofreader, and loves learning new aspects of this ever-changing field.

She started working at Dynamic Doingness, Inc. as an intern in May 2002 and enjoys the multifaceted landscape of working in a family business.



Mary Jo, Ivan, and Joanna share an enthusiasm for education.