We had the good fortune of connecting with Charissa Kroeger and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Charissa, how do you think about risk?
In my experience, “freelance artist” and “risk” are synonymous.
Jumping off creative cliffs is a daily practice— a balancing act of fear and faith. I make the decision everyday to continue to lead this life that has no guarantees, yet offers potentially high rewards.
As a muse, Ive had to overcome introvert tendencies to truly be available to whatever tasks are thrown at me. Here I find that the risk element is more of a shared experience between myself, the performer, and the other party, which is the maker. Both of our choices as artists are on the table or chopping block— up for praise or critique.
As I’ve started to wear the choreographer and director hats, I find the risk factor has become more personal and vulnerable as my vision and instincts are at stake.
Risk is the cause of those ever present butterflies in my stomach. I’ve learned, and continue to remind myself, that risk is a friend not foe. This has led me to make decisions that have changed my life and fill it with purpose.
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.
My art is kinetic. That of the physical body and digitized images. I am led by the unconventional and being part of something that is bigger than myself.
My proudest moments artistically have been due in part to the collaborators that I was able to share the process with.
For so much of my life I solely listened and observed.
Through watching others and studying my craft, I’ve developed my voice as an artist. I’ve learned to lead by example– that integrity and vulnerability are true super powers.
Now, community and communication truly drive me.
I feel proud that Ive shared my gifts on some of the biggest stages and screens internationally. I have worked intimately with creatives that I put on my “goals” list since I was 10 years old.
Recently I feel most proud that I have committed to create my own work. My directorial debut is circling the film festival circuit, and being recognized worldwide.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
EAT in Frogtown- Just What I Kneaded (vegan and female owned)
SIGHT SEE in Palos Verdes – Take a drive up the coast and stop at one of the sea side cliffs, basking in the sun and feeling the sprinkle of sea salt on our skin.
HANG OUT in Joshua Tree – Rent an Airbnb and hike around the beautiful desert, taking in the stars at night
VISIT a show – Something with an underground and “pop up” vibe. There’s always something happening in the city whether it be a dance show, concert, sound bath, fashion show, acclaimed chef operating out of a food truck….. usually a combo of all of those
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family — both the biological and the creative ones
Other: Vimeo https://vimeo.com/user23358268
The Prom directed by Ryan Murphy Outsidelands Music Festival Billboard Music Awards Danielle Levitt for Glamour Magazine Zoe Ghertner for Chanel Yudo Kurita and Sara Tagaloa for Teeth Magazine Matthew Brush