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

Hi Noel, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
I think the pursuit of ones own journey is measured by how far they are willing to take that ride.

In my experience within my own journey, I’ve tried to look at situations that didn’t fit my current vibrations as a checkpoint to the next chapter of my existence. Not everything is for everyone, and when you can realize that, you’ll see how easy it is to open up the doors for things that are. I think self discipline plays a huge role in how far you’re willing to go and for how long. I enjoy my career. I mean I LOVE it, so there was really never a question on whether I was gonna give up on it or not, but choosing what situations/opportunities were going to water it so it would flourish into what I hoped it would. Now, I worked really hard to plant every seed that would eventually make up the backbone of my career, but I needed to be patient in allowing them to grow. At any given moment, I absolutely could’ve given up and chosen a different route, but just imagine everything I would’ve missed out if I did!

If you can learn patience & discipline, giving up is no option. 🙂

Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Music was always a part of my daily life back home, and when you are raised in a Latino household, it’s pretty inevitable that you are going to be dancing around the house at any given time. I started dancing at a young age ‘cuz my aunt and mom would make me partner dance with my cousins, who were around the same age as me. Growing up in the age of MTV & music videos, I was infatuated with learning all the dance steps I could from some of my favorite artists, including Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Usher, MC Hammer, Paula Abdul, and even movie stars like Fred Astaire and Bob Fosse. Dance was my escape and I knew I was always good at it. Fast forward, I was a part of 2 dance companies, danced for major artists and tv networks, toured the world and even joined the circus (Cirque Du Soleil) all by the time I was 24 years of age. I’m 38 now, so imagine everything else I was able to accomplish since then. To be honest, I had no idea this was going to be my journey in life, but I’m glad I listened to my gut. For many artists pursuing their passion, it’s not easy. Most end up broke and working odd jobs to stay afloat. Even being a working professional dancer for so many years, there were times where I couldn’t pay my rent, none the less, pay a simple cell phone bill. In my case, I was always too skinny for most of the jobs I was auditioning for. I had such a negative complex about my body for such a long time, but I also refused to do anything about it because I was always taught to love thyself no matter what. I would also tell myself if this job isn’t for me, there’s five more that are. And eventually, I was able to carve out a place for myself in this industry that I can honestly say I’m proud of, ‘cuz it’s 100% authentically me. With over 20 years in this industry so far, I have been able to develop an approach to dance that is very much stylized to who I am as an artist and a creator, so what sets me apart from others is my ability to tell a story through dance, as well as how stylized my movement has become. Versatility is key. You wanna be able to give everyone something they can relate to.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love going out to eat, so I would take them to some of my favorite restaurants around the city: Jones Hollywood Cafe, a quick happy hour at Spitz Los Feliz, a nice drink at Gold Diggers in Hollywood, and some good hikes around town. I think everyone should experience Palm Springs a few times in their lives, so I would take a weekend trip out there and enjoy the sun by the pool. I’m very big on brunch as well, so I would invite them over my place and make them food, jam to some music and drink bloody Mary’s. And speaking of music, we would go anywhere my friend and DJ, Derek Monteiro is playing cuz he knows what to serve up on any given day in LA. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family is the reason why I love music and dance. They taught me that culture is the root of ones true success.

Mia Michaels changed my world as a dancer and how I think about movement.

KR3T’s was the first dance company I was a part of and it truly gave me the platform to perform and showed me that this was my calling in life.

Toni Basil is the QUEEN of dance and her extensive knowledge of dance is just INCREDIBLE.

And my friends who I enjoy life with. They inspire me EVERYDAY and without them, I wouldn’t be the person I am and continue to be.

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Image Credits
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