Chat us through the process of how you created your piece:
Creating my piece for the Supré Power Project was a really unique process for me. I wanted the final product to be personal; I wanted to give the #girlgang a true insight into the way I see myself. I originally recorded myself reading the manifesto, and when I played it back, I scribbled down everything that came to my mind—words, images, ideas… I was immediately flooded with inspiration, but the clearest picture in my head was myself standing in an empty space dressed head to toe in a pink suit, showcasing my “inner boss” almost like a superhero. We all have outfits that make us feel like we are IN OUR POWER! When I have a suit on, I feel like I can conquer the world, and I felt like the Power Project was the perfect opportunity for me to show myself in that light.
How did the manifesto influence your ideas for the piece?
The Power Project Manifesto encompasses everything I believe in. From the notion that love is EVERYTHING, and as a community we can build each other up! I think my primary inspiration was that we are all our own leaders, with our own ideals and morals and beliefs. It solidified even further that the “inner leader/boss” idea, was what I really wanted to go with. I thought about pre-choreographing a routine, but when I think about the times I have felt most like myself, it’s when I am freestyling. Just being me, so this is what I chose to do when creating my piece.
Why did the Power Project resonate with you?
I give myself the power and permission to be the creator of my own destiny. I am my own boss, and I choose to use my voice to create change! My ability to be brave and be a leader should inspire other incredible females around me to do the same. I am PROUD OF US! We are filled with magic, and when we step into the light of our authentic selves, we ignite the whole world on fire! Ultimately, my own mantra for this video became, “Awaken the inner BOSS—it’s time to be extraordinary”.
Awaken the inner BOSS – it’s time to be extraordinary
How did you find the confidence to express yourself through your art? Why do you think it is important to share and express yourself through your art?
Dance and performance have been in my life since before I can remember, they have always been one of my primary ways of expression and communication. Dance is amazing because it removes the vulnerability of using your words to share feelings you might be experiencing in your inner world. Another important part of my art is music, so when I marry movement and sound, I get the most perfect platform to experiment and release. More than anything I think it’s really important to find an outlet that makes you feel comfortable and safe to share yourself… art connects us all, whether you’re a painter, musician, poet, dancer or designer—we are all artists. We are all a part of something bigger. And when we step into our light we enable others around us to do the same. Find your light and bask in the warmth of it.
What does empowerment mean to you?
To me, empowerment is creating space to create a life for myself and the people around me, that is in alignment with my personal truths. It is recognising that I am responsible for developing an internal and external climate that my most authentic self can be brought to life in. This means taking ownership for my own professional career, playing a role in empowering adolescents to shape their own futures and make their own choices, and having a voice for those who can’t speak up for themselves, whether this be underprivileged community groups or underrepresented individuals who aren’t provided a safe space to explore their abilities. Empowerment is all about moving forward, making choices that align with my future self—because she is who I am working for. It’s primarily around being proactive about the world you want to live in.
Who inspires you?
My biggest inspirations would be people who are unapologetically themselves. You can just tell when these people walk in a room, they aren’t trying to prove anything or be anyone other than the amazing human they authentically are. This is the light that I try and live in.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Katherine Hepburn once said, “as one goes through life, one learns that if you don’t paddle your own canoe, you don’t move”. This stuck with me ever since I read it, and if I want to make moves, I’ve got to make waves. Another one is “one day at a time”, I would get this tattooed on my forehead if I could, honestly. It reminds me to break down problems, put things into perspective, tells me to practice gratitude for the gift of today and understand that everything is temporary, so enjoy the NOW, enjoy this moment.
What is the best piece of advice you can offer to other women?
We all have 24 hours in the day. You can play more than you work or work more than you play. Your growth is
entirely in your own hands. I don’t think there is such thing as ‘flying to close to the sun’… you either burn for what
you love, or you stand on the sidelines and watch someone else do it. Having ‘desire’ is only half the distance & result
requires action. Passion is everything. Having focus and alignment can put you years ahead. I’m working on shifting to
make choices based on what I need, not what I want to serve the future me. Who you are depends on the hunger you
feed – choose wisely.
If you were able to change one thing in the world what would it be?
If I could change one thing about the world, it would be equal access to education. There are so many barriers to
education around the world, especially in developing countries. The primary issue is a lack of funding for education –
meaning the building of classrooms, access to materials and the ability totrain teachers to an international standard of
education. Deeper issues are also the discrimination of disabled children in the classroom, and the risk of war and
conflict among dangerous countries. Currently there are over 130 million young girls around the world who are not
enrolled in school due to poverty and conflict. Education is a fundamental universal human right – to which such a
large population of our international community is deprived of.