We had the good fortune of connecting with Jo Jo V and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jo Jo, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I love being able to create, the entire process is exhilarating! With dance and choreography, I found my outlet of expression. Overtime, I’ve continued to grow in the creative process. I started training in multiple styles of dance at the age of 5 and still do till this day. Around the age of 12, I began choreographing. If there was a song that I really liked I would just feel the beat and the words and create the movement. At the age of 20, when I would choreograph for students, I began to learn how to mix songs for the performance music. In 2018, I began teaching myself how to edit my dance videos. I enjoy doing every piece that can bring a visual to life! From the dancing, to choreographing, to the music, the video editing, and every detail in between, I love it all. I also love being able to inspire others with the projects I have put together.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Many things I’ll say haha, just because I have my hands in a few things outside of dance. But in regards to dance and being a creative, I keep busy by putting myself out there for different opportunities. Also, connecting with other artist/creatives and collaborating in some way.
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.
I feel like I haven’t even been to all the hot spots in LA yet lol, but from what I know, I would definitely include BlaqHaus NoHo, Bayou Grille, Overland Cafe, Roscoes, and Saddle Ranch as some good places to eat. For places to visit I would suggest Leimert Park, Hollywood Blvd, LA Live, Fashion District, and Venice Beach to name a few. There are plenty of exciting places in LA and the surrounding areas to go for good food, drinks, and fun!
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?
First and foremost, I have to thank God, for even giving me the many talents I have. Then I definitely have to give a shoutout to my mother, she is the one who put me into dance classes as a child and has been supporting me through this journey. I would also like to shoutout the many dance teachers and coaches I’ve had throughout my dance career, they have all had a positive impact on my dance experience. Last but certainly not least, I’d like to shoutout my close family and friends who have been supportive, encouraging, and believing in everything that I do.
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