We had the good fortune of connecting with Abby Callahan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abby, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
The thing that makes me the happiest is performing. There is no feeling like it in the world. It’s almost hard to put into words how special it is. We all work so hard rehearsing a role, and getting to finally share it with the audience is something I am extremely grateful for.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Being a professional ballet dancer is definitely not just tutus and tiaras. I think often times people see ballet dancers as delicate fairies, when often times, we could be dancing on a broken foot or a sprained ankle, and still trying to make it look effortless. I truly do love my job. Not many people can say they look forward to the weekend being over so that they can go back to work! Getting to where I am today has been difficult at times, but I don’t know that I would have appreciated it as much if it had been easy. In ballet, you must be prepared to face rejection. Not everyone will love your style of dancing, and something as simple as your height could prevent you from getting the job. There are just so many factors involved. Many of my challenges have resulted from my late start in ballet. I began my formal ballet training at the age of 14, and I had a great deal of catching up to do. This has taught me that nothing is impossible if you are willing to put in the extra time and effort. I would want the world to know that you can still achieve your dreams if you’re willing to go the extra mile. Ballet is my biggest passion in life, and each and every single person (good or bad) that has been on my journey with me, has helped me get to where I am today. I am super grateful for the lessons that they all have taught me. I truly am a lucky girl that my biggest dream is also my career.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I recently moved from LA, but if my friends were going there to visit, I would have to say they need to go to Urth Caffe on Main Street. I love the one on Main Street, because after you get your coffee/tea or delicious food, you can go walk to the beach! I did that all the time and I always tried to go at a time when the beaches were quiet, because it was very peaceful. Another favorite thing of mine to do was to walk in Downton Culver City. I lived pretty close to Sony Pictures Studios, so it wasn’t a far walk at all to get downtown. There are so many cute shops and restaurants, it would be tough to name just one. But, I will say Make-Out Cafe has an amazing almond milk latte! As you can see, I like to keep things pretty low key. I would always prefer to walk somewhere if it’s possible.
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?
I have had an army of people help me on my journey. Seriously, I have been so blessed by each and every person on my path to becoming a professional ballet dancer. I would have to dedicate this in honor of my Gran. She passed away in 2018. She has always believed in me and would always say “I don’t know how, but I know it will all work out.” I wish she could be here to see everything that has happened since she passed, but I know she has got the best view in the house and she is definitely my guardian angel.
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