We had the good fortune of connecting with Jerod Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jerod, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risks are what makes an individual grow. It’s so easy to be stagnant when it comes to being comfortable at doing the things you love, but while being comfortable, there is also not a chance to grow your mindset and expand your knowledge when you don’t take a risk. I would like to think that every single risk I take in my career is a reinvention. Before COVID-19 hit, I had become the most comfortable and stable in my fitness journey as an instructor when I taught my in-person classes. I could feel out a room and explore that in-person connection. Now that COVID-19 hit, it took that aspect of my life away and now I have to re-train myself to gain that same feeling again, except I had to do it virtually. It’s a challenge every time I press start on Zoom, IG LIVE or FB LIVE, but I’m learning and growing as I go. Success or failure, each time you put yourself out there in the universe, you grow and it is a risk.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a Cardio Dance Fitness Instructor. What I am most proud of about this journey is that it is ever-evolving and it is one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences that has humbled me and has made me who I am today. I would like to think that dance fitness is not only about getting fit or who can give you the best workout, but also who has the best heart and can lift your spirits up. It’s all about connection and as a fitness instructor, when you can dance with your whole heart, your audience and the people around you can feel that connection. I would like to think that my energy translates for the love of what I do. When I started my journey, I found myself trying to compare myself to others and that (in turn) made me stifle my own voice when I started doing that. It’s hard trying NOT to compare yourself to others, but once you let go of that aspect of your life, you are LIVING authentically, you’re living your truth. When I teach my classes, my mottos are “Get Yo Life” and “Let’s Dance The Night Away”. These classes are therapy. These classes are medicine for the heart and soul.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would visit and explore any of the restaurants and bluffs that are along the Pacific Coast Highway near the Pacific Ocean. You can never go wrong with any of the places out there. For good eating, Duke’s and Nobu in Malibu where you can eat with the majestic view of the Pacific Ocean. Hiking at Runyon Canyon is always great where you can hike up to the Hollywood Sign as well as Griffith Park to be one with nature. Visiting also dance studios where you can get some exercise, yoga, etc. All these things are pre-COVID, of course.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a shout out to one of my mentors and my champion, Mr. Stephen Gerald, who was my drama professor and who helped me find my voice as a writer and an individual. My mom and dad who continue to support whatever decisions that I make in life and who have always been my sounding board for whenever I need counsel or advice. My small inner circle of people (you know who you are) that continue to lift not only me up, but we lift each other up. When you find an inner circle that selflessly celebrates the success of each other with no ego, no envy and no jealously, then you’ve found your tribe and that is a blessing.
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