We had the good fortune of connecting with Edye Kelly and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Edye, what matters most to you?
I value the ability to put everything into question and keeping that curiosity with you no matter how experienced in this life you are.
As a person who grew up in a very traditional environment, there was a time in my life where I would judge anything I did not completely understand. My perspective reality was smaller than reality itself, and I would’ve never came to terms with that if it wasn’t for having dance, creativity, and art in my life and career. Once I started to embrace the differences in values and morals with the rest of the world, my mind began to expand. It became easier for me to empathize with and understand those that are around me.
There is a sense of being present and conscious when it comes to developing a curiosity with what, who, and where you want to experience life for yourself. With an open mind, you not only look at the trees, but also the grass under them.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What sets me apart from something so unified would be my deep thoughtfulness, and my ability to take things further. I’ve always (and sometimes still do) struggled with communicating my thoughts and ideas, which results into my artistic expression being very saturated. The deeper the process, the more effective the message is. As an upcoming artist, I am most excited about sharing the personal breakthroughs that I have made as a person with social anxiety.
I took a numerous amount of risks to get to where I am today in my professional life, whether it be with finances, confidence, or emotional baggage. It’s never easy when it comes to art because it deals with a lot of self-reflection. The biggest lesson I’ve learned so far is that it is easier to make decisions based off of other people’s decisions because it distracts you from figuring out what you need to do in order to grow individually.
For me, I would want the world to know that I will never know everything. And if I do know something, that means I’ve learned it, lost it, and/or just overall experienced it. I want people to see my brand as something very human, yet influential.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would always love to take people to the dance studios I go to, like Westcoast, 88, or Snowglobe. I also love to eat at Korean BBQ and Crab places, so I would invite literally anyone to go with me. Museums, public beaches, and hiking areas are also a MUST.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and most importantly, I would not be where I am today without my home town, Vallejo CA /The Bay Area. The cities with so much artistry and global influence, I am proud to be from such an amazing melting pot of community.
My home dance studio, Chapkis Dance Studio, gave me my first opportunity to take risks with my dance career and overall beginning of exploring myself as an artist. Greg & Amber Chapkis are legends.
And a big shoutout to Diana Matos and Motus the Company for guiding me into rediscovering myself in movement and reminding me that dance is just as spiritual as it is technical.
Honorable mention to all of my friends and family (biological and chosen) that supported me through all the times of self-doubt. I would never know love and grace without them.