We had the good fortune of connecting with Casie “Tynee” Goshow and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Casie “Tynee”, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Taking risks in any career can be unnerving. I think some of the best things that have happened thus far in my career are because I took a risk. Before I get to that maybe I should define what risk means to me. Risk to me means taking an action that will have possible consequences. One of the biggest risks I took was walking into an agency only dance class for Adidas. My friend was signed to a dance agency at the time and told me about it. She said, “Casie you are perfect for this, you have to go.” Going to an agency only call is a risk because sometimes there can be consequences if someone finds out that you are not signed. In this case it worked out, because I booked the job. I got to be myself, a bgirl dancing in her bedroom with adidas clothes on. That would be the first gig I booked that spurred many other opportunities. Another big risk was starting my clothing line with my wife Ann Elyse. We both got fired from our jobs and decided to open a business account which we purchased and created our first t-shirt to sell at a dance convention. Once we sold out we put the money we made into making two shirts, and the cycle continues on and on and now we have a full clothing line. Goshow Yourself also stands for everything I am as a person and being yourself which has truly been extremely empowering. We took a risk investing all our money and it worked out in a way I could have never imagined.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
When I moved to both NYC and LA my main goal was to book as many jobs as possible as a professional dancer. For me it was all about training hard and putting in the work to get recognized. The biggest challenge I faced was not picking up steps or technique it ended up being finding myself. In the hip hop commercial dance world confidence is everything. I had confidence in my dancing but what I didn’t have was self love. I didn’t know who I was. I was always trying to be someone else, adapt their style or hair cut or way that they talked so I could get noticed more. It wasn’t until I truly met my now wife Ann Elyse that I found me. Coming out was extremely hard for me for many reasons but the main reason it felt hard was because I had been channeling so much energy into teaching kids. I was scared that parents wouldn’t trust me with their kids or think less of me because of who I loved. When I did come out the response I got was extremely positive and overwhelming. I had kids sending me messages, parents saying what an incredible role model I was for their family, etc. I get messages like these still to this day and all I can say is love yourself. Take time to be brave and be you, not who someone else wants you to be. Just be you.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
L.A. is full of so many incredible places. I will list some of my favorite places by areas in LA. Malibu is by far one of my favorite places. There is nothing like taking a drive from the south up the PCH to land on a beach in Malibu. The views, the vibes are just incredible. Malibu Farm Restaurant is my favorite spot for bites in that area plus it’s right on the pier! After I would head up to Malibu Winery for a day of fun in the sun. Not only is the wine great but the vibes there are amazing. My advice would to bring a basket lunch because they do not have food on site besides a food truck. There is also live music weekly! Check their calendar online for who is playing. Griffith Observatory and Runyon Canyon are a must if you are visiting LA. Head to the canyon for a morning walk/jog but keep your eyes peeled because you will almost be sure to see at least one celebrity! I would head to Urth Caffe after on Melrose for the best lunch ever. A lot of people think it’s overrated but I have never been there and not loved my meal. Head to West Hollywood for a great time out on the town. I would hit Fiesta Cantina for happy hour drinks and dinner at Gracias Madre, be sure to make a reservation because it is always packed! You always have to end the night at The Abbey. There is nothing like it. Shopping is obviously a must when coming to LA. My favorite spot to hit everything you want is the Third Street Promenade. You have everything there that’s high to low end plus the street entertainment is pretty good! Downtown LA is my absolute favorite place to be. I may be biased because I lived there for two years but it really is incredible. Grand Central Market is so much fun. Some of the best restaurants you can eat at are in this outdoor marketplace. This is a must if you are in DTLA. My other favorite stop for books and the iconic IG photos is The Last Bookstore. My favorite Italian spot is Terroni hands down! For whiskey and pool head to Seven Grand and make sure to make your way to the back of the bar and find the door on your right which is a secret Whiskey Tasting room called Bar Jackalope. Join their club to get in weekly or try out your luck getting in 🙂 Best spot for a sandwich and beer is Cole’s French Dip. Iconic and been around since 1908 plus they also have a speakeasy with a secret door in the back! Make sure to see a game or concert at the Staples Center! It is a must if your in LA. If workout out is your thing make sure to take a class in LA. LA has some of the best trainers in the world!
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?
Wow. So many incredible people have helped me get to where I am today. The main person I need to thank right now is my amazing wife Ann Elyse. She has truly been my biggest cheerleader/fan since we started dating in 2012. When we moved to LA together she asked me what she could do to help make my dreams come true. How incredible is that? She then started to pretend to be my manager and tried to get me jobs teaching around the country. It worked out so well that many of my friends wanted her to do the same for them and she started her own talent agency by accident because of her trying to help me. I really do owe her so much. She also decided to marry a dancer which she knew would never be an easy life. I am so glad that her love of me being happy lead to both of our successfulness in our careers.
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