1. What is something not too many people know about you?
I am generally outgoing and have a strong presence in social situations, but I am surprisingly introverted and extremely introspective. I like to spend a lot of time alone, because I mainly like to just chill in my sweats with messy brows and hair, work on creative projects, train in my chosen arts, and/or rest my energy levels so I can do it all over again! Not to sound like a snobby artist because I do value friendship and connection, but there really is just so much energy we can exert in social situations, and if I don't reserve my energy, I have less to give in my pursuits. When I find people I can both hang out and create with, those are my peeps! I definitely need crisp air, nature and forest time in between living a pretty full-on urban lifestyle. Also, many are shocked to learn that I play video games (like not just Mario Kart and stuff, but extra-long single-player PS4 games haha). I am also really fascinated by interpersonal communication, and how we can learn to express ourselves in the clearest, and most direct and authentic way. No sugar coats, no indirectness, just straight up realness and full ownership of our words.
2. What are your biggest passions or hobbies?
I would have to say dance and performance art primarily. There is just something about silenced speech, embodied musicality, and the potential to tell a story through expressive movement that really captivates me. It's all about the showcase of passion, the energetic releases, the sweat, the fusing of dance styles, the drops to the floor, the rises, the acting/embodiment, the concept, the artistic direction, the use of props or tech, and the make-up/costuming. Even if it's minimalistic and non-extravagant, which is (generally) my style. Everything that goes into a proper performance art piece just feels so complete for me. I can't understate how much modelling means to my life as well, as I constantly find myself moved and surprised by the impact a really beautiful and artistic photo can have... a fleeting moment captured.
3. What are your goals for the future?
I would like to continue collaborating with other dancers to create emotive and boundary-pushing performance art pieces that can be shared in other cities, both within Canada and hopefully beyond! PuSh Festival is the ultimate dream for me. I also would like to go deep into my latest creative pursuit, acting. I hope to call in roles that feel meaningful and engaging to me so I can learn to broaden my depth of emotion both on stage and camera, as well as feel challenged to explore and convey a perspective or character that may be entirely new for me. You never know what you might learn until you have to walk in someone else's shoes, even if it's through a fictional character!
4. What is your definition of success?
Health is wealth. First and foremost. I was really humbled with this fact after my brother went through cancer, and realized that nothing matters more than our health and relationships to the people we deeply love. My body is the most precious 'thing' I own, and my family, true friends and partner are the people who keep me shining beneath the surface. Keeping stress levels at bay, I would also say, is the true mastery of success. Other than that, feeling happy and fulfilled with life, and my personal biggest dream, which is sustaining myself from my art. Every artist knows how hard this is to achieve, but I love that so many of us are so driven to never give up on it.
5. Tell us something about the projects you're currently working on.
Right now, I just wrapped up an epic feature-length dance theatre production with my collective, Omnika in Motion. We are happy to announce that we will be taking it to Fringe Festivals in Toronto and Edmonton this year! So there's that. But also I plan on releasing more solo dance videos of my own choreography, as well as smaller collaborations with dancers both in and outside of Omnika. I want to do some conceptual brainstorming as well in the next little while, and really think about what stories I wanna tell with my body. I'm also vulnerably and shamelessly throwing myself out there in the auditioning world for various small-scale film productions in Vancouver.