We had the good fortune of connecting with Camal Pugh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Camal, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I think risk is something we are taught to be fearful of doing when growing up without knowing that’s what we are learning. We have to play it safe, make sure we have a back up plan etc. I can admit I was one of those children who was afraid to take risks but as I got older I realized where’s the reward without the risk. The risk can be the action needed to propel you or a learning experience. My biggest risk was deciding to pursue dance as a career after college. After no formal training, done sports all my life, knowing nothing about it. It was a risk I was willing to take. I fell on my face a couple times but was successful along the journey. I think the biggest risk was me deciding to move to LA after living in DC all of my life. To this day that was this biggest risk I have taken. What I learned was your family and friends can influence if you take risks in life or not. A lot of my family and friends have never taken risks so me making this big jump was a surprise to them as well as a reason for them to deter me from moving. Alas, that jump to LA has helped my career thrive even more. “Without Risk, there is no Reward”. Taking risks is what I needed to do in order for my dreams to be realized.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a professional choreographer and dancer. I’ve been doing this for 10 years. It wasn’t an easy journey having started late but I had faith and a burning desire to want to create and dance. Those 2 things, as well as being a competitive athlete, pushed me to want to be great and successful. I just couldn’t shake the feeling of wanting to create and move. Lot of lessons learned though. Learning the industry, how to be a creative director, having a clear vision, being able to teach and reciprocate what you want for dancers to learn etc. That along with knowing your worth, what is a professional, no being used, and marketing. If anything I want people to know that it’s never too late to pursue your dream. If you can’t get it out of your head and it’s all you think about then do it. You couldn’t have told me 10 yrs ago I would choreograph for an award show, do a Nike commercial and be teaching kids. Anything is possible
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?
Some of my favorite spots in the city include food spots and outdoor activities. Some of my fav food spots are fish dish in north hollywood, Burgerama in valley village (the best burger in la in my opinion), and pimp my pasta (dope name and great pasta).
There are so many outdoor things to do here that I love. The top ones are hiking at Fryman canyon. It’s a great view and good workout. Horseback riding in Burbank is great. They take walk ups and its great for people who always wanted to ride a horse. It’s a great trail that goes through the mountains Circle K Riding.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to shout out my best friend Lauren. She’s been there for me since high school and seen me at my highs and lows but always pushed me to go for my dreams. She’s one of the strongest women I know and such a big heart
Shot by: Kemar @saint.kemar