We had the good fortune of connecting with Brandon “BeastBoi” Juezan and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Brandon “BeastBoi”, why did you pursue a creative career?
Creativity is uniquely human. Abstract thought and creating something from nothing is human, and no other life form on Earth is capable of doing that in the same capacity as us. Arts & innovation have the ability to change the way we view the world around us, answering questions we never thought to ask or feel emotions we haven’t felt before. The arts & creative industries prevent humans from being stagnant and constantly challenge the status quo. From a young age, I was naturally drawn to the arts through my love of music & animation. I grew up in a musical household and like most kids in the 90s/00s, I loved my cartoons & video games. But what I didn’t realize was that I was attracted to the sounds of instruments, the colors and shapes of visual art, and how those artistic elements made me feel. As I got older, my connection with art, design, fashion, music, and eventually dance, also grew. Dance became my biggest interest because I understood it more easily than the others. Something about the level of strength, control, and understanding of your physical body that dance required attracted me. The way dance feels and the way it brings music to life made me fall in love with this art form. However, I have had my moments where I felt uninterested and unmotivated to dance, sometimes not seeing value or long-term success in it, and have contemplated quitting multiple times. Eventually, I realized that art is an effective tool for social change and the preservation of culture. Through my work with Versa-Style Dance Company, I’ve become a professional educator, mentor, cultural practitioner, and activist within my community, all due to the intersectionality of art, culture, and how our modern society operates. Dance has given me a voice in spaces where I felt voiceless and has inspired my life goal to make a positive impact on our world. Dance and the arts have made me deeply rooted in BIPOC culture and have made me aware of the injustices our communities face. Art promotes physical, mental, and emotional wellness and can educate and unify people from different backgrounds. For these reasons, I continue to use dance and other forms of creative expression as tools to build a better future for generations to come.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I chose “Other” for my career since my work doesn’t fall into one category. I dance, but my focus is no longer in being just a dance artist and creating movement works. I’m also a business administrator that helps manage Versa-Style, which is both a professional touring company and a non-profit organization. I’m also an educator and have taught in various spaces between studios, K-12 schools, universities, and professional development for other educators. My work also demands that I take on other leadership roles such as mentor, community organizer, and advocate. It was never my dream to do the work I do today when I was young, but I found over time that I’m most passionate about helping others. When I realized I could do that through dance, something I already loved to do naturally, it was a no-brainer for me to pursue this type of work. I’ve been dancing for 11 years and working professionally wearing multiple hats for about 8 years, and although this lifestyle can be challenging, seeing the impact it leaves on our communities is worth every moment of stress. This work has taught me to love people and love life in ways I never thought were possible, and this has set me on a course I want to pursue for the rest of my life.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Los Angeles is a huge city and we have everything. The obvious answers are to head to Santa Monica & Venice beaches, on some hiking trails (my favorite are the Santa Monica mountain trails), and maybe over to the Hollywood area to see tourist sites. But to be more specific, I would need to take my friend down to Koreatown for some of the best food in the entire county, and over to Little Tokyo and walk into the Arts District to check out the murals and small shops. For any of my friends who like to be in the trendiest spots, I’d head over to the Melrose/Fairfax area where some of the biggest brands in fashion and pop culture reside. Since I currently live and work predominantly up in the San Fernando Valley, I have a sweet spot for areas like NoHo and Studio City. Two of my go-to spots to meet with friends is a small smoothie/health spot called Naturewell off Ventura Blvd and a pizza/beer spot in Van Nuys called Macleod Ale Brewing Co. My favorite restaurant, Sugarfish, a more high-quality sushi spot, is a must for any of my friends who enjoy sushi, and they have locations here in Studio City and down by the beaches. Last but not least, I’d take my friend down to Leimert Park in South LA, which is one of Los Angeles’s hubs for Black culture.

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 will always give love and credit to all the dance organizations/institutions that helped me get here today. Starting with the Gladstone Co-Ed Dance Team and later to Collabor8 Dance Company, Hall of Fame Dance Team, The Beast Camp, and the organization that has impacted my life the most, Versa-Style Dance Company. Without the training and guidance of these organizations, I would not be who I am today. As I mentioned before, my work is most heavily involved with Versa-Style, and this is the organization that really taught me that our communities matter, our youth matters, our culture matters, and that we need to represent and uplift these groups every day through our work.

Website: www.versastyledance.org

Instagram: @beastboithehypegod

Twitter: beastboibih

Facebook: Brandon Allen Juezan

Youtube: VersaStyleLA

Image Credits
George Simian Photography Steezy Studios

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