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

Hi Linnea, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
When I decided to take the plunge and become a freelance artist, the main thought process was about what I could NOT do. I couldn’t handle working in a 9-5 office environment. I couldn’t spend my whole life waiting tables. If I wasn’t passionate about it, I simply couldn’t do it. As I embarked out on my own, moving across the country to chase my dreams, I boiled down my thought process to one thing: “Does this make me happy?”.

Over time, I’ve learned that success can only be defined by yourself. Someone else’s version of success can be completely different than your own — so comparing someone else’s accomplishments and achievements to my own was pointless. What made someone else happy, is not necessarily going to be what makes ME happy. Another dancer’s journey may be entirely different, because their goals are different; what’s important is discovering my own individual pathway to my version of success. In venturing out and starting my own business, creating my own pathway in the entertainment industry, I am able to do what I am passionate about. I’ve found what feeds my soul — and that was my ultimate goal in setting out to create a name for myself.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As is with many professional dancers, the pathway to success has been a rollercoaster. Many setbacks have happened, but each one of them made me stronger & more determined to accomplish my goals. I started out my dance journey at 4 years old, and was strictly a ballet dancer for the first 14 years of my dance career. As I got older, my body changed, and it was a change not welcomed by the ballet world. At a young age, I was being pushed to the back lines of productions simply because I was “too big” to be in a leading role. It took me a long time to break out of that mold/mindset, to realize that there were other styles of dance, other places I could go where my body type was accepted and praised for being how it already was. In moving across the country to LA & switching into styles like heels, hip hop and jazz funk, I found my calling. It took those trials and tribulations that I experienced to push me out of my comfort zone, into something brand new that I had never tried. When I finally stepped out and gave it a try, I experienced joy in dancing like I never had before! Don’t get me wrong, I am thankful as ever for my dance upbringing — all those years of hard technical training have served me well in the dance industry. While ballet was not the ultimate goal for me, and not my pathway to success, it brought me to where I am today: a woman who is more confident than ever in her own skin, and ready to pave the way for other women who share similar stories.

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.
When friends visit town, I like to give them an LA experience that makes them feel like a local. Over the years of living in the City of Angels, I’ve found a few spots that I will always take my friends when they visit. First up would be visiting a few rooftop bars — one of my absolute favorite things to do in LA! A few of my favorite places are: The Ace Hotel, Broken Shaker, and Mama Shelter. Gorgeous views of LA, good vibes, and some even have pools! Another thing I love so much about LA is the weather, so taking friends to places that are outdoors are a must for me. I always take friends to my favorite beach in Malibu, Point Dume — there’s a secret pathway that leads to a beautiful concealed beach where we always see dolphins! Another beautiful nature spot in The Arboretum in Arcadia. Slightly outside of LA, but well worth the trip.

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?
When I moved to LA a little over 4 years ago, I knew absolutely no one. I was starting completely fresh, blank slate. I have been SO blessed to create a community of dancers and friends over the years that lift each other up at every opportunity possible. One company that I would give a special shoutout to is Insomniac Productions. Being able to perform for the company that puts on some of the largest festivals in the world has not only given me the chance to travel and dance on stages all over the country (and some internationally) — it opened the door to countless friendships and connections in the entertainment industry. Through working for Insomniac, I have met some of my best friends, the ones who support me in all of my endeavors, through the ups & downs of working in the industry. My fellow Insomniac Entertainers are the type of people who lift up other performers, even when they’re not in the room. It’s a community that is not trying to get booked only for themselves — they see opportunities for other people as well. Sending lots of PLUR to my Insomniac Family for the love and support over the years!

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Image Credits
Tyler Worth – Cabrera Worth Photography Tessa Nesis – Star Cinnabar Photography Little Big PopUp

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