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

Hi Madi, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking is something that I believe has carried my career from the start. I have never been one that likes comfortability. I think the moment we get comfortable is the moment for another risk to be taken. I want to feel 100% myself in all things that I do and to be purely yourself is a risk itself. I believe that with risk comes self trust, knowing that whatever I chose to do is meant to happen. I would rather live a life of “Oh well” than a life of “What if”. You never know what’s to come if you don’t take opportunities. I take risks in the way I look, the career I chose, where I live, and I have never felt more myself. Everyday is a brand new day to take a new risk and trust that gut feeling inside that we all have. I believe that that gut feeling is never wrong. I believe life is way too short to be stuck in fear or insecurity. Those feelings are just a way of your mind trying to protect itself from the unknown, but I believe part of our purpose in this lifetime is to figure out the unknown. By doing this, we can start to inspire people to take risks and the amount of knowledge we find through risk taking can collectively change life for the better.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Dancing is like breathing to me. It is a huge essential part of my life that I hold super close to my heart. I started dancing when I was three years old and have never stopped since. My artistry is a way of communicating, processing, growing, and inspiring. I have found that life goes hand in hand with movement. Our bodies can sometimes tell us more than our minds can. Movement is a way that I heal. Growing up in the dance world can be very tough. Constantly having people tell you what to do or how to do it can become very trapping. You get a thousand no’s before you get one yes. I made the move to LA when I was seventeen and I attended and graduated from AMDA College of Performing Arts. Since then I have been in multiple music videos, concept videos, stage work, got signed to Bloc Agency, and joined a professional contemporary company. Something that helped me get to where I am today is fully accepting who I am and not being afraid to dance how I wanted to dance. I started realizing that the more I danced for myself, the more people became magnetized to me. I believe that people are drawn to people who don’t question themselves and that has been one of the hardest things for me to work through, but also the most fulfilling. I have learned that there will always be people telling you what they think is best for you. They will always want to control how you look, how you dance, your branding, and even your social status. I came to a realization that none of that will matter unless I am proud of myself. I now make all of my career choices with my gut feeling and my own desires first. This industry can tear you down if you don’t have your own back. If the world takes one thing away from my branding and my artistry I would hope that they learn to just be completely and unapologetically yourself. There is only one you on the entire planet and trying to fit a mold or be someone else won’t ever work because you are you. I have given myself grace to find who I am and my dancing reflects that. I feel confident that my own movement is special because it is generated strictly from my own soul. Dress how you want to dress, look how you want to look, dye your hair whatever color you want, get the piercings and tattoos people told you not to get, dance the way you want to dance. At the end of the day, the only opinion that will ever matter is your own.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am a huge beach girl. I absolutely love spending as much time as I can at the beach. First thing we would do is go to Solar De Cahuenga for breakfast/brunch. They have the best breakfast burritos ever. Then, I would drive down to Malibu and either go to Zuma beach, El Matador beach, or just park somewhere on the side of the street and walk down to the water. I grew up in Nebraska where there are no beaches so now, the beach is my ultimate getaway. On one of the days I would also love to hike the Malibu hiking trails. It is absolutely gorgeous. I would definitely take my friend to go eat at a few different taco trucks that I have been going to for years. I would also love to take them shopping on Melrose. I love the pop up stores and love seeing what the vendors on the street have for sale. I would show them around Hollywood and where I went to school and where I use to live. I also have family that lives in Redlands so I would potentially drive down there as well. LA usually has funs concerts or art shows that I would love to see as well!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate this shoutout to my amazing parents. Since I started dancing at three years old, they have supported me and stood by my side to help me reach my dreams. My mom is the best dance mom I could have ever had. She has taught me strength and taught me to keep my head up even through failure. She is always my number one fan and her support gets me through some of the toughest times. My dad would always say, “No matter what happens, remember your goal.” My dad is the hardest working person I know and making him proud is one of the best feelings I ever get. They both support every move I make even if they don’t understand it, they trust me to make the best decisions for myself. Through every challenge I have given them, they always stood by my side. They never gave up on me and I am so entirely blessed to have them in my life.

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