how one woman quit her job & made dance her career

There comes a point when you have to stop blaming your job, your relationship, your health, your family, your crap-that-only-happens-to-me, and you start taking charge of your own life.

 

You dance because you want to. You create the life you desire.

 

I’m not saying the outer circumstances or roadblocks aren’t real - oh boy, are they real!

 

And I’m not saying that the change will happen overnight - very often transitions are convoluted, challenging, and not black-and-white.

 

But I am saying that it starts with a moment:

a commitment to oneself to gather all the power you can muster, to bring in support where needed, to take responsibility, and to make the first tiny step.

 

One of my joys in life is to be the midwife for this kind of creative emergence - helping people take back creative license on their LIVES. It’s not just about making art, it’s about making your life what you want it to be.

 

The story I’m going to share with you today is of one of my clients Aimee who successfully quit her 9-5 job and made dance her career.

It involved letting go of the fears around disappointing her family (it was a family business) as well as her fear that her new path would be a failure (it’s not).

 

In Aimee’s words:

 

“I have accomplished A LOT with Jess.

 

“I have quit my job (!!!), I have my own dance company that performs, I teach dance workout, I have my own class where I teach my own choreography each week, I am dancing in multiple companies, and have noticed a new respect from peers within the dance community.

 

“A lot has shifted for me. I feel like I am on my life path and it feels so good and I am not only one who gets to enjoy this shift, everyone around me gets to enjoy being around a happier, more loving, more creative and thoughtful me. It’s awesome!”

 

Want to know more about how it happened?

 

Watch her Showcase video below where we talk candidly about:

  • Aimee’s transition out of her job

  • what it’s like to make dance your career

  • AND get a peek at Aimee’s debut dance video that she created as her final project in the Thriving Artist’s Program.

Please comment below with your questions or takeaways that you want to apply to your own life!

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Are YOU ready to take your power back and initiate creative change in your life?

Let me lovingly kick your butt into action this fall.

jesstutu5 spots are open in my calendar next week for a 30-minute Creative Guidance Session. I’ll help you identify exactly what’s blocking you, what your bigger creative vision is (it might not be what you think!), and how I can guide you step by step through the process of making lasting change.

Click here to claim your spot.

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There’s a creative world in you waiting to dance it’s way through you.

Don’t stop the flow.

Let it go.

It’s time to grow.

I told you so.

 

;)

 

supporting the most expressed, fulfilled version of you,

Jess

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Here's Aimee's awesome dance video that she choreographed and produced:

"The project I am presenting for the showcase is called Vampire Teeth and is an original choreography created by me and filmed by my good friend Mallika Prakash.

"Vampire Teeth, by the reggae/dancehall artist Busy Signal, was a song created for revenge against another dancehall artist Movado (I think) who was talking shit. The song it’s self is all over the place lyrically but the beat is strong, dark, and menacing so I tried to create a work that had those qualities plus more literally gangster and warrior like. This piece incorporates movements from dancehall, Afro-Haitian, and Afro-Cuban dance to tell a story of anger, death, and remorse. This is not a happy dance but more darkly expressive. For me it was a healthy way to express my anger for whatever reason."

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What will YOU create?

Let's talk and find out.

jesstutu5 spots are open in my calendar next week for a 30-minute Creative Guidance Session. I’ll help you identify exactly what’s blocking you, what your bigger creative vision is (it might not be what you think!), and how I can guide you step by step through the process of making lasting change.

Click here to claim your spot.

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alone time doesn't have to be lonely

in bed with my journalsI used to freak out if I didn’t have plans on a Friday or Saturday night, or any night, really. Now I cherish the nights when I can stay in and do my own thing. (As you can see from the photo here, I spent the night with my journals a few times this week and literally slept in bed with them. Hot.) Now, it’s not because I’m a hermit. I love being social, I love having people around me, I love making community happen. The last couple of weeks actually involved lots of this activity with workshops, performances, team meetings and retreats of various kinds, family events and parties. But in addition to all that, I also love and need to just be alone sometimes. And I’ve learned that my creative spirit needs the solo space to thrive.

Can you relate?

The summer time can be tricky when it comes to making space for alone time. The sunshine and parks and picnics and barbecues beckon us outward. So enjoy all that, but find your balance. Escape somewhere alone if you need to write or dance or make feather decorations for your hair (I actually did the latter last summer while on vacation with my family).

Everyone is different. Everything has a time and place. The natural cycles around you and inside of you will guide you if you just listen.

So here’s your mission for the next week, starting today:

Don’t judge yourself if you feel like taking a lone walk in the middle of a 4th of July barbecue. Also don’t judge yourself if you go out every day and night for weeks straight. Just check in with yourself daily and be sure you’re honoring what you most need to do.

As much as the world outside is exciting, there’s a world inside of you waiting to be explored, a world that wants to interpret and play and imagine and create. Don’t miss out. Voyage inwards sometimes. Being alone doesn’t have to be so lonely.

And now I’ll leave you [ah-hem] alone with a few solo dance videos I made that hopefully will inspire your alone time in some way this Friday.

Here is my latest, made a few days ago in the middle of a trip to visit my boyfriend’s family in Indiana:

And here is one of the first dance videos I ever made and posted to the world, made in 2010 when I moved into my first studio apartment and tried to occupy my newly found alone time:

So what do you think?

How do you feel about alone time? Do you fear it or cherish it? Have too much or too little?

Share with me here!

I promise, you won’t invade my alone time. I love hearing from you!

your supportive loner,

jess

p.s. in the process of reading through old journals (a creative practice I highly recommend) I came across this quote I had jotted down from Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way and thought it was fitting to share:

"As we lose our vagueness about our self, our values, our life situation, we become available to the moment. It is there, in the particular, that we contact the creative self. Until we experience the freedom of solitude, we cannot connect authentically. We may be enmeshed, but not encountered."