We had the good fortune of connecting with Lizz Picini and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lizz, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Authenticity. The more I fall in love with being transparent and owning that I have “nothing to prove” to myself and others, the more successful I am. My hope is that people want to connect, train with, and partake in a community surrounded by other real, down-to-earth, authentic humans. Especially in an industry which can appear “surface-level” at times, it is nice to practice healthy authenticity and walk-the-walk.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
In the Broadway/performing world, I tend to celebrate and discuss my “unicorn” status in my business. I “wear all of the hats” as I will be teaching your packed class, then assisting the following one, running to type you in/out of an audition, but then attending my own callback, working on tomorrow’s audition combo as an Associate Choreographer, while rehearsing my own 32-bar vocal cut for my dream role I’ll be in for the following day… the list goes on. However, it feels incredible to talk about how much I have fallen back in love with dance, performing, story-telling, during these past 12 months, when “lights, camera, action!” were all stripped away. I had the blessing of working nonstop during this pandemic. My “teaching hat” sat firmly on my head and has not come off.
Similar to many, I assumed my past 12 months would look a bit different. I had booked the original cast of a Broadway First National Equity Tour and was heartbroken when the pandemic dissolved that opportunity. While I dealt with uncertainty, frustration, illness, loss, confusion, depression and more, I slowly realized that I was being called to do something much greater. Little did I know that as I struggled to inspire myself, I was about to begin the most challenging process of inspiring others, virtually, all around the globe, by teaching online through Broadway Dance Center. By the grace of God, because I had many “irons in the fire” and chose to continue to work at that (even when I was told I could/should only be one specific thing) I was able to hone in on and strengthen my teaching. Success, leadership, support, community have all skyrocketed.
This right here is the perfect example of “walking the walk.” I encourage and inspire tenacity, resilience, perseverance and hard work in a business full of rejection; I was provided with the opportunity to pick myself back up and put myself back on my feet using my other skillsets and passions. Because of nearly one decade in this field, handling the highs and lows, the uncertainties, the celebrations, the loss, the list continues, I was able to continue creating a brand and a business for myself during a pandemic due to the preparation which had occurred preparing me for a time like this. What a time, and a gift, to fall back in love with inspiring others, leading and promoting positive-self-talk.
Being 100% real, transparent and genuine, has changed my life. I now understand why God has provided this platform for me, especially during such a challenging time, to allow my sincerity and at times vulnerability to become more normalized and celebrated in a glittered/filtered business. I value doing the work, putting one foot in front of the other, persevering and being real. I hope and pray that my following feels inspired to do the same.
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 love traveling and working in this bicostal-realm, but I will leave this question for someone else as I am NYC-based, for now! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Oh my heavens. I truly do not know where to begin! From my incredibly supportive parents, to my encouraging sisters, to my brilliant directors at Broadway Dance Center (Bonnie Erickson, Jim Cooney, Reese Snow, Diane King, Vanessa Byard), to my past/current bosses/mentors (Denis Jones, Parker Esse, Marc Kimelman, Sheila Barker, Ricky Hinds, Al Blackstone, Rommy Sandu), to my magnificent agents (CESD, Sofia Morrow-Schap), to my vibrant students, to my loving boyfriend and uplifting friends, it only feels appropriate to dedicate my success and productivity to them all. I mean it every time I say it, God has gifted me with such an astounding community, personally and professionally, and I thank Him daily. I would be lost without them all!
Teaching 1 – Glorianna Picini Photography (teaching in all black set) Teaching 2 – Jeremy Davidson Photography (jayplayimagery) (green pants by Broadway Dance Center sign) Teaching 3 – Glorianna Picini Photography (teaching class with messy bun and crouched down) Dancing 4 – Jon Taylor Photography (wearing blue romper)