We had the good fortune of connecting with AMANDA MAY and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi AMANDA, what do you attribute your success to?
My belief in God. I grew up in church my whole life, but it wasn’t until my early 20s that I truly formed my own personal relationship with Christ.
Movement is the way I worship, give thanks, connect with my deepest spiritual centre. I would be nowhere and nothing without God. I fall short all of the time, but His love, guidance & protection is what keeps me. He deserves ALL the glory.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I often think that the way I intellectualize dance sets me apart. I have a fascination with language–specifically prosody. i see dance the way I read/hear the rise and fall of words. The way they are stressed and how that creates rhythm and intention. I see dance the same way–ever-evolving patterns of sounds, manifested through several variations of any one thought in a part of the body. It’s so juicy. Perhaps that outlook sets me apart.
My professional journey hasn’t been easy whatsoever. I don’t know anyone who has experienced ease in this line of work. However, I do make effort to slow my pace. To not be afraid of taking a moment to ground and re-centre my focus. To check in with myself constantly. This world, this life–it’s all so chaotic by nature (which is so, SO invigorating in many ways). Nothing to be weary of though, so long as we hold space for breath.
When all is said and done, I wish to be remembered as a sign to breathe through all the many versions of oneself. I pray that I am honoured through those I’ve affected, finding rest in their purest form–an amalgamation of all forms in harmony.
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’m such a homebody, so I seldom explore as much as I always seem to say I want to, but I’ll always love finding great spots to eat. If you’re looking for a healthy bite in the arts district, you could go to Urth Caffé. In the same area, Café Gratitude is cute if you’re vegan. Or for some amazing brunch, you could hit up Sqirl in Silver Lake. I absolutely love Honey Hi in Echo Park. I’m a sucker for some flavour, so I can’t make a trip without hitting up Comfort LA for some soul food (and the best house hot sauce I’ve ever tasted) or LettuceFeast for some a succulent fried chick’n fix (bonus points because they’re black-owned). I’m still on the hunt for some authentic Jamaican food. Coming from a Jamaican family & growing up in Toronto, it’s a tough standard to match! I’ll definitely update y’all once I find some good Ackee & Saltfish.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Dedicating this to all who have (or that has) taught me. Up close or from far… Directly, indirectly… through insight or by example. Anyone and any experience that was a lesson.
Through it all, I am changing & that alone is a blessing of abundance.
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