[Eventually], I realized that the only person that is fully responsible for how I look is myself. I woke up one day and had to tell myself, “Look, you’ll never be perfect. There is always going to be something you’ll want to change or look better.”
I had to take into consideration that as a Black man, I am built differently; I have a very athletic build–it’s in my genetic makeup. That’s when I decided to commit to being my best. If that’s good enough, I’ll get the job. If not, that’s okay. It doesn’t mean I didn’t look good enough or something was wrong with me, it just means that I wasn’t what they were looking for.
The very first time I stepped on stage I just knew that I wanted to do it forever. The rush it gave me. Not even being the center of attention, but being in front of an audience and free. The freedom is what I appreciate about it.
My definition of freedom is limitless and infinite space, mentally and physically. It is being able to connect to myself in order to reach outside of myself, and share that without any inhibition or self-doubt.
There’s a quote that says, “You have nothing to prove but everything to share.” A lot of the time, we as people and artists put ourselves out to be judged. With that being the forefront of what we do, in order for people to accept and enjoy what we do in the entertainment industry, we feel that we have something to prove. We want to be applauded and get rave reviews and other tell us how beautiful we are. But for me, as long as I could remember, I’ve always felt like dance has been another way to communicate and share.