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

Hi Megan, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind my success/the success of my brand is vibrancy. I believe in devoting yourself to living life in a grand and exquisite manner. I believe in meeting people and having colorful interactions. As a performer, I believe in making people feel emotions that remind them how beautiful it truly is to be alive. While I believe there’s power in subtlety and monochromatism, I choose to embrace the vibrancy and color that we’ve been gifted with as human beings.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m an artist based out of both Los Angeles and New York City, specializing in all forms of dance. After training extensively on both the East Coast and West Coast, I’ve developed a love and appreciation for technical, theatrical, and commercial dance styles. My diversity as a dancer has led me to chase and receive a myriad of opportunities; I’m currently working with a private mentor to learn and work on Broadway repertoire, yet I’m also a member of a contemporary-fusion company based in Los Angeles, Lume Dance Collective. I want to be a part of the entire dance community- not solely the concert community, commercial community, or Broadway community. I’m excited to become more involved within each specific community and see how they can intertwine with each other as my career progresses.

I got to where I am today after thousands and thousands of hours training in the studio. It wasn’t always easy. There have been times I’ve wanted to give up, walk away and not look back for weeks. But I always reminded myself why I was fighting for it- why I wanted to be the best dancer, and the best artist, I could be. The answer is simple; I want to achieve my dreams, so I can know that dreams are attainable, and you can conquer anything you pour your soul into. I’m fighting for my chance to be on Broadway, so I can experience that “ah, I did make it” realization…so I can wholeheartedly believe that dreams come true. Until my dreams are achieved and there are no more dreams left to dream, I won’t settle for giving up.

I’d say the greatest challenge I’ve faced, and the main reason I’ve debated giving up before, has been comparison- taking class or attending an audition and watching another dancer perform, feeling as if they are a million percent better than me and therefore, I don’t deserve a place in this industry. Admitting that I deserve to take up space and work within this industry has been the hardest battle- one I fear I (and every other artist) will face forever. Comparison is a nasty thing. The one thing that’s helped me overcome it has been to exaggerate every little thing that makes me unique. What sets me apart as a performer, artist, and overall human? I believe in taking that certain thing and embracing it. You can’t spend your life comparing yourself to others. Instead, you must look within and see what sets you apart, then put it out there for all to see.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d take them to brunch at either Aroma (Studio City), Aireloom Bakery (Toluca Lake), or Solar de Cahuenga (Hollywood). Then, we’d head out to the Rose Bowl Flea Market to do some shopping around. We may venture downtown to spend a couple of hours at The Broad, familiarizing ourselves with the new exhibits. We’d grab an afternoon coffee at Priscilla’s (Burbank) or Republic of Pie (North Hollywood). We’d spend a day (at least) at Coral Beach in Malibu. For dinner, we’d head over to Beauty & Essex (Hollywood), Pitfire Artisan Pizza (North Hollywood), or Vitello’s Restaurant (Studio City). For post-dinner drinks, we’d stop at Tramp Stamp Granny’s (Hollywood), No Vacancy (Hollywood), or Break Room 86 (Koreatown).

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to take a moment to thank my family- my Mom, Dad, and sister. You’ve been there for me throughout the hardest and most sweetest of times. I wouldn’t be here, working as a professional dancer in Los Angeles, without your guidance and love. I also want to thank my friends who’ve offered me the greatest support system imaginable. I wouldn’t be sane without any of you! Lastly, I want to shout out every teacher who’s helped guide me in the right direction- most of all, my private mentor Paloma Garcia-Lee. You’ve taught me so many valuable lessons that I will hold onto for the rest of my life! Cheers to every single one of you who have shed your love and light on me for the past twenty-one years.

Website: https://www.meganholeman.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_meganholeman

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEjUV8AgM4k

Image Credits
Lindsay Rosenberg, Josh S Rose, Jess Alba

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