Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog! Guess what? It's that time of the year again, where it's SO cold outside, that all I want to do is wrap myself in my big, gray, fuzzy blanket and blog about life. It's been about a year since the last time I blogged and a lot of things have changed. I am now a YOGA teacher! Woo hoooooo! I completed my 200 hour certification program with Core Power Yoga and now I am teaching real life classes. YEAP.... REAL....LIFE...CLASSES. I know right? Crazy!! So I suppose you guys want to see me in my yoga pants doing a fancy yoga pose. Alright, alright, you twisted my hand. So here it is!
AWK-ward facing dog!
Get it? It's an AWK-ward facing dog vs an UP-ward facing dog, cuz I look awkward doing it? HAHAAAA!! Ok, ok, come on Maria move on to your story. Back to the purpose of my blog. Pursuing your dreams with Keva Walker. Well, who is Keva Walker you may ask? Well here she is!
Isn't she LOVEly? (Maybe I need to stop with all the CAPITALizing. OK. Last one...hopefully;)
I know you can't really see her cuz she's not looking at you, but give her a little time. She's a little shy, PLUS it's very cold outside. Let her warm up, and warm up to you guys as well.
Take a deep breath in. Open up and stretch to the side. INHALE PEACE
Exhale, and come back up. OK. Now we are warmed up :)
Keva came to visit me during the Christmas Holidays and I decided to do a little photoshoot with her and ask her about her life as a dancer in Los Angeles. I always admired artists who go out of their comfort zone to pursue their creative dreams. For a lot of dancers including Keva, L.A. is their biggest dream. What a scary dream though! I mean it's LA! Keva though, is a little warrior princess who got up one day and said I'm doing this!
Before we continue with our interview and find out what helps Keva stay sane in LA, lets learn a little bit about her past.
Aww..she's SO CUTE!
Keva started dancing at the age of 5. She has trained in Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz and Modern. She moved to Chicago where she started teaching dance in the Chicago public school system. She taught inner-city children etiquette, technique, and history of different dance styles. This led her to moving to Los Angeles to pursue her own dreams.
Maybe it was the all that LA SUN that made the move easier? Hey! I can't blame her.
She now specializes in Vogue-Femme, Dancehall and Chicago Footwork. She has danced live on stage with Calvin Harris, Tiesto and Armin Van Burren. She has also toured internationally with Dawn Richard (Girl group Danity Kain) She has been featured in commercials with Nick Cannon's Americas got talent, Miley Cyrus's MTV/VMA Awards promo, and the Fast and the Furious 7. Music videos where she was featured include Coldplay, 5 Seconds of Summer, ZHU and Katlynn Simone.
Forget this Snow!
So now that you know a little bit about Keva, here we go! The SEVEN STEPS TO PURSUING YOUR DREAMS WITH KEVA WALKER.
1. MEASURE SUCCESS BY THE TINIEST ACHIEVEMENTS IN LIFE.
Even simply getting up in the morning and having the courage to go out there is a huge success for me.
But first before we do anything, we must check facebook! (Ok....maybe not every day) Hey, don't judge. You know you do it too. ;)
Ready to face the day.
Let's DO THIS!
2. FOLLOW YOUR HEART AND STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF.
You don't have to do anything that you don't feel comfortable with. By that, I don't mean don't challenge and push your limits. I mean, don't jeopordize your morals and your beliefs just to get the part. Don't ever give in to pressure. ALWAYS RESPECT YOUR VALUES.
And don't take yourself too seriously either.
Go ahead and LAUGH AT YOURSELF. It's good for the soul.
3. HAVE A PLAN BUT NO EXPECTATIONS.
You need to have sort of a game plan when you are out here in LA, otherwise one can easily get lost or overwhelmed.
Now, DON'T EXPECT things to go as planned. This will only set you up for disappointment.
Keep changing your plans. Always stay open to unexpected opportunities. I mean this is real life right? Nothing usually ever goes as planned, but at least you have a rough draft.
4. YOU LEARN WHEN YOU FAIL. YOU GROW WHEN YOU LEARN.
Remember that growth lies in failure. In life you are going to fail over and over again. It is part of being human. Instead of looking at the word "failure" negatively, look at it as a ONE STEP CLOSER to understanding yourself.
"The master has failed more than the beginner has ever tried"
On that note, I have a little something to add to that. A great Chicago basketball player named Michael Jordan, I'm not sure if you know him, ;) BUT he once said....
5. BE VULNERABLE
A lot of people see vulnerability as a weakness. I see it as COURAGE. It takes more courage to be open and vulnerable, than to be guarded and protected. I have found more opportunities lie when you keep your heart and your mind wide open. So be exposed and stay accessible. Go ahead and put yourself out there. You will be glad you did.
6. DON'T FOLLOW THE CROWD
Being different will make you stand out. In a place like LA where there's an ocean of dancers trying to "make it," DISTINCTION is the key. You are UNIQUE for a reason. Look inside and see what makes you different. What do you have to offer that nobody else has? Your superpower is that no one is like you. Remember that.
7. PRACTICE. PRACTICE. PRACTICE. AND ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST
I cannot stress this enough. You MUST keep practicing. Never stop learning and growing as an artist. Take classes. Learn new techniques. Meet new artists and learn from them. Always do your best. Your best will be different every day. REMEMBER THAT. When you are tired at the end of the evening, your best will differ from your best in the morning, when you're feeling more energized. As long as you know that you are doing YOUR BEST given your present situation, no matter what the outcome is, YOU WILL FEEL CONTENTMENT and not resentment.
Know that YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL just the way you are.
And that my friends is my beautiful friend Keva Walker. I hope you enjoyed this blog, and maybe even learned a thing or two. I know I did:) I will post a little video down below so you can see the talented little diva in action. You can also follow her on Instagram @kevawalker, where you can see even more videos of her amazing dance moves.
Till next time!