We had the good fortune of connecting with Chase Constantino and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chase, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
I think we all fear risk, we are afraid of the consequences of it. What will happen if this risk I am taking doesn’t work out? What if I fail? What if people judge me? I think risk brings about many doubts in our mind that allows ourselves to second guess our intentions. I would be lying if I said I don’t fear risk, I do. For someone that prides themselves on their accomplishments, I am always afraid that the task I take on will not be perfectly executed. But I think it’s important to have fear, because it shows us that we actually care about what we are doing, that it means something to us. I think we should take inspiration from the fear to push us to take risks for the things we are passionate about. As simple as it sounds, we will never succeed unless we try, and try, and try. And as we keep taking risks and putting ourselves out there, one or more of those chances you take will start to manifest into the rewards and goals that you’re trying to achieve. Many of my most successful moments in life have happened when I took a big risk, and yes I was scared, but it never would have happened unless I put myself out there.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a creative director and choreographer, I think it is important to have experiences. I think it is important to be learning about cultures, different types of movements, and different types of art. Although I am known more for creating South Asian dance art, my style and vision has grown from so many influences in my life. My love for staging and conceptual group formations comes from the ideas that I picked up from doing musical theatre throughout my childhood. My fusion approach to my choreography, comes from my love of other dance styles like dancehall reggae and jazz funk. I believe when I conceptualize a creative direction for a project, shoot, or choreography, I draw from my experiences. This makes me absolutely unique from others, because no one has shared my exact experiences in life. I think trusting myself, my vision, and approach has brought me to where I am today, and I truly believe the times that I have doubted myself are the instances that have lead to disappointment. An important lesson I love to share as an artist and a POC that works in what people call a “niche” field, is that sometimes the “door” closes, and often the “window” doesn’t open, but you need to get through still. If that means you have to bust a hole in the wall, that’s what you do. Create your own opportunity.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Alright, well I am fairly new to LA myself. Although I have been back and forth for years, I still consider myself fairly fresh in the scene. Forgive me if some of my picks are a bit cliché. I love exploring and getting out into nature, so I would definitely take them to Runyon for a hike and the view. I think Malibu State Park is also gorgeous to explore and take pictures. I love a good deal and some unique finds, so I would take them to Melrose Trading Post. Definitely would have a beach day, go from Venice, Santa Monica, and just past it to relax. I have always felt the water is very relaxing so I love being by the ocean. For food, I would definitely get some Korean BBQ in Koreatown and maybe some Indian food at Badmaash LA. And for nightlife, we would definitely check out the always lively and colourfurl Weho strip, and maybe a couple of themed parties in Silverlake or Downtown. Oh, and of course we would end one of the nights at a Mulholland Overlook. As I learn more about LA, I am sure I will find more gems to share.
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 would like to dedicate this shoutout too, every artist or dancer that trusted me to create for them, choreograph for them, direct them, teach them and conceptualize for them. Without their trust and faith in me I would not be where I am today.
Lilly Singh, Samantha McRoberts, Gurminder Banga, Krushit Vanzara