We had the good fortune of connecting with Macy Swaim and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Macy, what matters most to you?
The principle that matters most to me in my life as well as in my work is that of authenticity. My foundation for every thought, action, creation, and decision is to move with my utmost genuine heart and mind. I believe authenticity speaks beyond its time as it shares a love and passion for every human who is approached by you. My truthful work will read across worlds by relation and being vulnerable. My real human will create connections that will serve me and stay with me for life. Authenticity aligns with so many qualities that contribute to a wonderful person, and it is a quality every human should strive for, as we are such special individuals and should never shy away from our honest selves.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a professional dancer in Los Angeles. However, I like to think I am more of a creator than a dancer. I truly enjoy creating a movement that makes people feel something or think a new way. I am most proud of staying true to who I am. I have always strived to share my heart and be vulnerable with my art and it has kept me on my unique path. The professional path is not an easy, and it is very tempting to be, look, act a certain way to fit a mold, but I have fought for my individuality. The challenges I have faced have been a struggle, yet I always remind myself that everything happens for a reason and that the challenge will veer me to the right path, and that always seems to be the case. The phrase “when one door closes, another one opens” is a huge lesson I have learned to follow. Another statement I live by is “blood, sweat, and tears, but also trust and patience”. As long as you keep working hard but not force your path, the right things will come to you. I want the world to know me as an unconditional artist. One that loves hard, shares vulnerably, and lives boldly. I hope to influence a world of genuine humans and help people find their special power. I want to be a leader of the powerful, and a follower of the world’s lessons.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In Los Angeles, my favorite spots to eat are Salsa & Beer (Mexican is my all time favorite), Rodini Park, and SunCafe. My favorite spots to go are honestly any park, any hike, Malibu beach, and I love to driving around Mulholland Drive to look at the artistic houses and beautiful views. I very much live a local life, so my ideas of exciting spots are local little hole-in-the-walls. Groundworks Coffee, Noodle Monster Restaurant, Valley Village Park, any little area that brings me comfort. 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?
The poet Adrian Micheal Green. I have recently discovered his art and it really is the most authentic words I have read. He also encourages every reader to be their honest self and find their greatness.
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