We had the good fortune of connecting with Kupah James and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kupah, do you think college was worth it?
I do believe College made a positive impact on my life in many ways. Friends, community and sense of direction was something I gravitated towards during my undergrad in Boston Ma. I went to a private college 20 minutes south of Boston (Milton) so it was a smaller college (when I attended) and I participated in sports while there. I still have many friends and continued relationships from my time there and I learned how to be an effective part of society from my learnings and experience. Most importantly, I learned how to LEARN, gather information, critical think, and seek knowledge. To this day I credit Curry College with pride for all the things college taught me which led me to a life of self employment. I have maintained a successful Dj Entertainment company for almost 20 years and currently hold a “Celebrity Trainer” title in Americas Fitness Mecca, Los Angeles (specifically SoCal). Im under 40 years of age and have only a few more payments to pay off my college loans. As an individual who has fought for everything, I am very excited to reach this milestone. I hold enormous gratitude for the time, dedication of myself, my teachers, teammates and my family at Curry College. Definitely worth the price tag for me.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Dj: I’ve been Djing for almost 20 years for private parties, celebrities and companies all over the US. There have been challenges yes but would it be worth it if not? What makes me different than other DJs would be my ENERGY. Im an “energizer bunny” that never turns off; always positive and bringing upbeat mixes, and interaction that packs a dance floor. I believe music is medicine and nothing makes me happier then seeing hundreds of people collectively enjoying themselves listening to new and old sounds. We are stronger together and music has the power to do such a thing.

Fitness: Also,  20 years (ironically) is my fitness career, starting with a humble dance aerobic class spawned out of Canton Ma, lasted almost 10 years and became a local phenomenon. Appropriately named “Street Feet” we danced for 60 mins – straight – while listening to mixes I pre-recorded with my Dj background. Cut to 2020 I have grown, matured and become a leading group fitness instructor – Equinox, Health House – Most recently with the help of my Best Friend JENI Lin, we created #BodyWeightBootKAMP, building my own community. #BWBK is 45 min Upper/Lower Body and Core, maximizing your time in a calorie torching full body workout, best part is NO EQUIPMENT required. Classes are Virtual on ZOOM, in person as small group training classes, (SoCal area). You can join every Saturday off Catamaran St, Marina Del Rey @10:15a SHARP, Bring a towel. My goal is to help individuals feel successful, empowered and confident when leaving any training experience with me.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Yikes, I wish I cold provide a long list of things to do but if I’m being completely I don’t have much of a “social life” LA is a tough town to live in and yes are there tons and tons of parks, restaurants, events, and sports… YES, However in order to maintain my relationships with members, clients and a small circle of friends there isn’t a lot of time for me, personally to get out and explore outside of gigs and fitness events. LA requires you to be “ON” 24/7 or it’s possible you could be replaced and I don’t shy away from that at all. I welcome the challenge of keeping up with myself so that I feel Im giving my all to what I chose to do for a living. Having two fully functioning careers takes a bunch of time. I apologize for not having a colorful series of events to provide at this time.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mother will always be my first and most influential Super hero so let’s start there. It hasn’t always been perfect (what relationship is) but she made all the sacrifices and stood in the face of humiliation to raise two minority children by herself. English was her second language (Puerto Rican) and she didn’t receive her G.E.D till later in life. Im so proud and thankful to her for her resilience, unconditional love and support as a care taker/role model. Next would be the Big Brother, Big Sister organization for introducing me to a male figure who taught me about manhood in the absence of my biological father. Dave N is for sure my inspiration for being a good respectful, hard working, sports loving, generous man. Curry College for teaching me how to survive in this ever changing world. Michael Jordan because… well because he’s Michael Jordan (check the scoreboard) he’s the GOAT. The Norfolk county District Attorneys Office for providing me with a job straight out of college (Bill Keating). Then my baby sister who is my world and she knows it (spoiled). She has yet to hear the word “no” from me and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Finally a myriad of friends and acquaintances (JL, RT, DK, KC, BV, XM, TW, SA, NT, and RS) who have supported me through the years, given it to me straight and shouted from the rooftops their affections for me. Without them there is no ME.

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