We had the good fortune of connecting with Justine Gera and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Justine, why did you pursue a creative career?
My goal was to always pursue a professional career in dance. As a Canadian, I wanted to be able to work in the U.S. since I was around 15 or 16 years old. I took dance very seriously and with more experience and training, I wanted to continue and take what I have learned into pursuing a career out of it. It is just truly always what I have wanted to do. I do have other passions other than dance however and it is to work in the fashion industry. Also a creative career choice! I ended up going to college back in Canada and studying the business of Fashion while simultaneously working in the dance industry. My even bigger goal was to be able to balance both passions — which I can happily say, I am doing just that!

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have always been a very artistic and creative person. In the dance world, I would consider my style to be quirky and innovative, but I also have some very great assistant skills. I worked as a professional assistant on a touring dance convention throughout Canada called, Triple Threat. There I learned a lot of my skills that I still utilize in my professional career today. I realize how on top of it you have to be in an assistant position and I would consider myself to be extremely reliable. I am very proud of where I am now with my career even though there has been a lot of ups and downs along the way. 2020 in particular, and I am sure I can speak for the majority there. I believe my biggest challenge is the feeling of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is difficult to balance being here in the U.S. while I also have the ability to work in Canada. The restrictions due to the pandemic have made these already difficult decisions even harder. I am trying as I get older to practice trusting my gut and just remembering that everything is going to work out how it is meant to. During the pandemic, when there were not a lot of options for work in the entertainment industry — I ended up unexpectedly building a brand/small business of my own. I started upcycling/reworking clothing and it actually turned out into an awesome thing for me! You can find me on Instagram: @justj.style

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
WHEN EVERYTHING OPENS UP… My itinerary would be: Morning coffee and walk in Malibu.. (also still would love to go to a winery in Malibu) Then possibly just a beach day? I also love Huntington and Manhattan Beach. I would for sure take my dad to Huntington as he likes to surf. Would definitely go to a Mexican restaurant. 100%. Shopping on Melrose, Fairfax.. Melrose Trading Post or Silver Lake Flea on the weekend. Honestly, there is so many things I want to do considering I feel like I have only been in my house for an entire year. If it was a weekend trip or something, I would go to Big Bear and rent an Air BNB up there. I had a great time when I was there and it really gave me back in Canada vibes. And I would have to go to Disneyland. Obviously. As far as exciting people in LA… I think there is a lot of it always and you don’t really have to look for it haha.

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?
Shoutout to the founders of Triple Threat Dance Convention and to my dance teachers growing up for helping shape me in to the professional that I am today. I have learned skills that not only help me in my career, but in my life as well. And shout out to my man for the consistent support in everything I do.

Website: www.justine-gera.com

Instagram: @justinegera @justj.style

Youtube: justinegera

Image Credits
Jesse Ballantyne Evan Morash Jessica Doll

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