We had the good fortune of connecting with Lily Frias and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lily, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking is a very important factor for artists or any creative. We take risks by bringing ideas and visuals to life, ad dancers we are vulnerable through movement with our story telling and we consistently invest in our own creative dreams. For me personally I always had the dream of becoming a professional dancer, nothing ever made me as happy as dance or being on stage. Taking the risk of moving to another country, leaving my beautiful Mexico, my family and friends behind was definitely one of the biggest risks I ever took. Theres definitely moments where we all experience some sort of doubt or insecurity but in the end that sacrifice is what drives me and reminds me to not question myself when I wanna take creative risks. If im brave enough to take those big risks than I believe I am capable to make it as a creative.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Originally born and raised in Mexico, I moved to LA to pursue my career as a professional dancer. In my dance journey I’ve been blessed to brake many barriers such as being the first ever Mexican to be featured on the Tv show ” So you think you can dance” and to travel all over the US and internationally to perform, teach and battle. The beginning of my training as a dancer started in jazz, contemporary, ballet, then went into depth to choreography and freestyle in the styles of hiphop, locking, house, later on specializing in the styles of Popping a dance created in the black community in the west coast and Whacking originated by the BIPOC LGBTQIA underground scene in Los Angeles. In LA, I found a community where I could work as professional dancer in the entertainment industry and also find my identity as a mover through the freestyle and battle scene. In the cyphers is definitely where I fell in love with the culture and met some of the most inspiring people that have influenced me as a dancer and person. I’m very excited for the all the upcoming projects I have individually, teaching, creating visuals, building my brand as a creative and movement artist and of course with my crew Femme Fatale and the creation of our all female company and training program F.A.M (female artistic movement). Reaching these goals was never easy as it involved a lot of sacrifice and determination but I am constantly evolving, growing and setting new goals as a creative.
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.
During my friends visit we would hit a hike for the morning vibes, something hidden, with water and not too crowded, then get some delicious brunch, which I feel is definitely a very “LA” thing to do. Another day would be filled with some fun in the sun at the beach. I would take them out for some of LA’s many bomb vegan spots, there’s this restaurant that a friend put onto its called “El Cocinero” if you enjoy authentic Mexican food and you’re vegan this place is gonna hit the spot. I would make sure to take them shopping, especially explore some thrift shops. At night hit a bar or an underground warehouse party. Pre-covid there was a party on Sundays at Pattern Bar in downtown LA called Soul source, definitely would have brought them there for some good vibes and good music. I’ve had similar experiences when my family and friends have visited in the past, they wanted to see of course the LA landmarks such as Disney, Griffith Observatory, Santa Monica Peer, The Hollywood sign etc but I made sure they got to experience all of the hidden gems in LA too.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to my family my number one supporters, my crew Femme Fatale and to all of the dancers especially the women who paved the way in the scene so that women like me can be apart of the community.
Fd Media, Little Shao, “Qewly” Brian Smith