We had the good fortune of connecting with Chris Watson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chris, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I chose to be a professional dancer and choreographer because it has always been something that has been dear to my heart. I can think all the way to back when I was 5 years old, and my parents were always telling me to go out in large groups of people and show my talent. It was something that came natural to me, and I always had fun doing so. Choreography became a big part of my life once I became a teenager – from choreographing dance routines for my siblings and cousins to do at family functions, to dancing in plays and at pep rallies at my high school. Dance has always lived in me, and I never wanted to look back on my life and say I didn’t do the things that made me happy.
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.
Well as a dancer/choreographer, I would say one thing that sets me apart from others is my ability to create a vision (choreography, dancers, location, etc.) from just hearing song. As a creative, I think that is an amazing talent to have, and you’d actually be surprised how many “artists” who don’t have this ability. Nothing about my professional career came easy once I relocated to Los Angeles to pursue dance. I worked extremely hard for every accomplishment and credit I have to my name. A major lesson I’ve learned as a professional dancer/choreographer is that you have to play the game in order to win. A lot of people get bent out of shape when they find out all the hoops you have to jump through in order to make it in this industry. My thing is, the industry was here long before many of us. You just have to play your cards right, and when you get to the top, make the changes for the next generation.
As far as fitness goes, I would say my lifelong experiences in sports would definitely be what sets me apart. I ran AAU/USA tack and field from the ages of 9-18, and I also competed in NCAA Division II as well, a total of 13 years to the sport. I learned from so many great coaches, and had so many experiences on and off the track that help mold me to become the great personal trainer I am today. Although, I just recently became a CERTIFIED personal trainer, I literally had already been doing the job for friends for many years before even taking the course. The course just put some key words to concepts that I already knew and understood. The most important thing I want the world to know is that Body By Chris is here to help all clients achieve their fitness goals.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well I would definitely take them to the hot tourist spots – Hollywood Walk of Fame, Runyon Canyon, Venice/Santa Monica Beach, & The Fashion District. Those Are just a few of my favorite place to go , when I have the time of course. Restaurant choices we’d hit would definitely be 24 Hour Chicken & Waffle (Studio City), Crabby Crab (Sherman Oaks), and Maggianos – just because its my favorite restaurant ever.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would give the biggest shoutout to my father, Gary Watson, because he has always been my biggest cheerleader in all that I’ve ever done. Everyone lesson I have learned in my life, I learned from him, and I know I would be nothing without him in my life. Besides my dad, I would say my siblings and close friends are always there to keep me motivated and help push me in those times when I feel like giving up. I would name each of them, but thats a lot of names!
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