We had the good fortune of connecting with Andre Paradis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andre, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
One of my favorite quote is:
“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable”
To me it means that anytime I have to do or learn something new, something I know nothing about, something scary even, it simply means that I’m stepping out of my comfort zone, stepping out of the box.
I figured out early that I never learned anything when I’m comfortable.
So I create this habit. The more I don’t want to do something, it becomes something I must do.
This builds my confidence every time and helps me become the powerful, versatile, flexible and knowledgeable man I want to be.
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.
I started my career as a Ballroom dancer in high school, This led me into the world of commercial dance next and I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my dreams. I quickly settled in, got a agent and started auditioning for all kinds of parts for tv commercials, movies, music videos of course, television shows, industrial shows, corporate entertainment and so on. I was fortunate and talented enough to climb up to the top. Dancing with Michael Jackson, Prince, Paula Abdul, Julio Iglesias and an array of artists, singers and musicians along the way. I toured the United States, traveled the world and loved every minute of it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I have people visiting us in LA regularly for many years now. They all want the typical stuff to see. Hollywood sign, Hollywood Blvd, walk of fame, the chinese theater hand and foot prints of famous people. Lunch at the Hollywood Hard Rock Cafe. All still fun for me honestly. I then will surprise them by bringing them to things and places they don’t know about. Marilyn Monroe’s grave in Brentwood. Necx to her, Hugh Hefner. Around the corner, Dean Martin, Natalie Wood. Then more currently passed celebrities. Jack Lemmon, Farrah Fawcett, Walter Matthau and more. I surprise them with a drive on West Sunset blvd. Stop by the rental mansion where Michael Jackson died, Elvis Presley former property just behind, Lucille Ball’s house where she resided her entire career in Hollywood,…and drum roll… the 33 million dollar mansion where Bugsy Siegel was killed by the mob on June 20th 1947. This last one comes with the history of Las Vegas, Siegel’s arrogance towards the mob and some graphic pictures of the murder scene. Some other days we’ll visit landmark places like Griffith Park, Forest Lawn Cemetery. The Griffith Observatory with movie connection to James Dean and Natalie Wood. The beach of course at some point is a must. The freak show at Venice Beach boardwalk with souvenir of t-shirts, sunglasses, bathing suits and various oddities. On the weekend we may take a drive through the Hollywood Hills neighborhoods then Brentwood, Beverly Hills and Bel-Air. So much to see, such history and landmarks. I love LA!!
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?
Shout out First, my wife Nancy and me children Alec and Renee who are my reason for living. Next to Dr. Pat Allen who taught me all about the dance or lasting Love relationships. The necessary polarity of masculine-feminine to achieve long term relationships. Others key players in my growth in this field are. Dr. John Gray, Esther Perel, Shaunti Feldhahn and Alison Armstrong. These masters, along with their research and studies mixed with my own, helped me create an incredible cocktail of knowledge in this often confusing field of love relationships..
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