We had the good fortune of connecting with Autumn Cooke and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Autumn, what do you attribute your success to?
Not giving a F*ck. No matter what, someone will have an opinion about what you do and it’s not always going to be nice. You know yourself better than anyone; Do what makes you happy and what’s best for you. Most of all, if you’re making money moves, why would it even matter what anyone else has to say. Especially, if they’re going against what you do. Be unbothered always.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Pole dancing in society has always been looked down upon and still is in many ways. Since the beginning of the pandemic, people are starting to open their eyes and see pole for what it really is, which is art; I thank social media for that. Pole dancing in the last fews years has become more mainstream which is great in many ways. I knew I wanted to be a pole dancer when my favorite artist, Summer Walker’s back up dancers during her performances were pole dancers.
She brought this beautiful craft, this art, to display on her stage while she sang her heart out. This hit my soul like no other. When I started pole dancing, it definitely wasn’t easy. I made the decision to do this on my own. After taking 5 classes, all of the studios closed down and I had to teach myself from home. On top of that, my job let me go, all due to the pandemic. So for 6 month straight, I poledanced everyday, posting my journey on Instagram. People notice my progress and loved it, shared it and my page started to grow. The most important thing I have learned so far is that consistency is key! Truly this is how you’ve become successful no matter what it is you do! Sadly even the people who you love won’t support what you do but that has nothing to do with you. The first time I experienced my family not really being on board with my goals, is when I decided to go to college to study computer animation. It really hurt my heart when they would suggest or bring their opinion into it; I knew they just did understand it. Overall, I have never been the type of person to conform to social normality. I am a person of color, there is nothing this society has for me anyways. I have always created my own path. As an artist, I have learned you have to be your own biggest fan. I get super excited when I finish a comic or an Illustration of my characters. I’m so proud to see my stories come to life because this has been a dream of mine since I was a child. With that said, keep putting your stuff out there because there is always someone who is looking for exactly what you have to bring.
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?
Even with everything still shut down, I would take them to Venice Beach. Me and my Pole goddess’ would set up our portable pole and dance there. We would put on a performance without meaning to and is something we usually do during the summertime. Being at the beach, watching pole dancers doing amazing tricks and watching the sunset- who wouldn’t have a good time?
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would to shout out Cami Arboles and Mackenzie Palmer. Both amazing pole dancer/instructors i admire and so inspired by. They have also started their own Businesses. Cami email- firstname.lastname@example.org Mackenzie email – email@example.com