We had the good fortune of connecting with Joie Shettler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joie, what do you attribute your success to?
I believe the most important factor for success is to do what you love, do what brings you joy and energy! There will often be some no’s and obstacles in your path, but if you lead with your heart and work hard at what you do, success will come! There is no greater joy than to love your work!
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.
Moving to LA on a dance scholarship, at 19 will always be something I’m proud of. I definitely took that road less traveled. I have been blessed to work with some incredible artists. Michael Jackson, Prince, to name a few. Being one of the original creators and dancers of the Pussycat Dolls is a stand out in my life. Without taking that leap of faith years ago, none of this would have happened. And even as I grow older, I just keep creating and working on myself. Last summer, I toured with Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction) as a back up vocalist for him and his wife, Etty Lau Farrell. I performed at Lollapalooza’s all over the world! I think what sets me apart from other vocalists is my ability to move/dance on stage. I love engaging the crowd and getting people pumped and energized, and movement is a huge part of that. Not to jump 360, but I also feel like my physicality brings uniqueness with my pilates students and workouts! I also LOVE my cover band(s) so much! Nothing makes me happier than to play a client’s event and to get people up and dancing! I would say the status of Covid has been a big challenge, as live performances have basically come to a halt. But that has lead me to add another job to my list: voice-over! You just can’t keep me away from a microphone.. haha!! With the status of our world, I decided to dive head first into voice over acting. It has been very tough, as competition is HUGE, but I did get a fabulous agent, and booked my first job a few weeks ago! I look forward to learning more, studying and hopefully booking some more fun gigs!!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Again, its tough to choose fun places these days with Covid, and restrictions, but I love the newly reopened Rock & Brew in El Segundo! I would take my friend there for a fun lunch! For hikes, I would go up to Palos Verdes, cruise around Terranea area, and then stop at Hi-Fi Espresso (the Riviera or Hermosa Beach) on our way back into town. For dinner, you can’t beat the view or menu at The Strand House! (Manhattan Beach) Also a bike ride on the strand in the Southbay: from Hermosa to Playa Del Rey is always a good one!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family deserves a big shout out, especially my husband! He has always been my greatest supporter and cheerleader. I am so lucky to get to do what I do. Before Covid, I was touring, and gone for almost 2 months during the summer, working on weekends/holidays was the norm. My husband, Dr. Dave Birznieks, held down the fort, took great care of our kids, and cheered me on the whole time!
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