We had the good fortune of connecting with Nadiya Strother and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nadiya, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
The impact of moving forward is already enough as it speaks volumes for many on all different levels of understanding our true selves. The phrase to “give up” is not really an option for me, I believe in proper breaks and rest for the body. I’m a busy body myself but my body knows when it’s time to settle down. I tend to look at the mood board of my dreams and apsirations which help me to continue to keep going. We are all human and process the way of life in many ways but I know who I am and continuously stay true to myself and what is right for me. AND THAT is what keeps me going for the long haul and not a short haul. I allow myself to unpack all the negativity from the worlds’ chaos and create new waves of art or anything that truly makes me happy. That’s the best part of life. We all have different paths but I know and understand my journey within myself.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a fighter regardless, if anything is thrown at me. The road is not easy but it’s gets better within time and being around people to motivate you. I definitely have my days of self doubt but at least try to give myself 24 hours to feel that emotion and strive harder the next day. I learned overtime to not overdue it or not wear myself thin trying to please others. Sometimes we can get caught up with so many other things and forget about ourselves. I decided to bet on myself and get into training, meet incredible and talented people along the way which makes life so much better. I have many plans and projects for the future but I’m grateful and appreciative of the process I’m in now. The brand of my company HOMEGRLZ LLC will be turned into a non profit to help give back to the youth community. I’ve always wanted to do something impactful for the youth, things are so over saturated right now and kids deserve to be kids. I’m super excited for what’s to come and what the future holds, I can’t wait!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We’d probably eat everything, my best friend and I are on a seafood diet so we SEE food and eat it! LOL There’s a few places I know: STK in Westwood, The Woodman on Ventura, La Mesa lounge, Laurel Hardware, Berkshire lounge on melrose, Gladstones in Malibu, etc That’s the ones I can think of from the top of my head that I know that has good food and good drinks. I’m pretty sure there’s other really dope places but these ones stick out to me and definitely my go-to places.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have a few people who I truly love and appreciate! If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be the person I am today! First and for most I would like to thank my mom for putting me into this dance program when I was younger to help kick start my journey. To my dad, may you Rest In Peace I love you and thank for always supporting me and yelling “THAT’S MY BUTTERCUP!!” LOL on all my dance recital videos. Jahanna Biddle and Nadia Schlosser my top two favorite dance teachers at Performing Arts Center, literally paved a way for me and believed in me when I barely believed in myself. From training in jazz funk to hip hop to ballet they were the ones to get the job done. I love you guys and hopefully we cross paths soon. A big thank you to another one is my dance coach from high school, Mr. Mike Nakauchi aka Mr. N! He gave me a chance to showcase my own choreography and let the world know what I’m capable of. I love you Mr. N you’re the goat! And finally Mitchell Kelly, you’ve helped me get out of my box and continuously helping me grow throughout this process I appreciate everything you do for us and thank you for being apart of my life. I love you guys and just THANK YOU!