We had the good fortune of connecting with Qwenga Cole and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Qwenga, how do you think about risk?
I’ve had this conversation with someone close in my life, and i honestly feel that risk is faith in motion. It has taken me so long to realize that while playing it safe & staying within my comfort zone because how other felt about me reflected what i was accustomed to. But recently i have taken major risk in life like cutting my hair which was a major part of how others identified me, transitioning away from krump and stepping more into creative direction & learning architecture. It was tough at first but i’m loving the shift 🙂
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I began as a mime dancer in church, So I have to attribute a lot of my growth to that point in my life. Following church I began to krump where I found a lot of ways to release all of the pent-up emotions that I carried. So I feel like what sets me apart from other creatives is that the foundation of what I began doing has always been Spiritual and intentional because praise dancing in front of elders meant actually believing and feeling what you were doing because you could not fake it. How I got to where I am today professionally was due to my very first professional job at Kenzo where it was my first time in a foreign country. And onset most of the cast did not speak English so after one take of me dancing the feedback I received was not what I was used to it was a very tough moment. And to some degree a dissolving of my ego in the moment, realizing that what I am doing is to provide an experience and service, and to do my art then detach from it without expectation. What I want the world to know about my brand is that I only love to create things at its highest quality, I don’t really resonate with High quantity low quality forms of art. I would rather put out one high-quality life-changing form of art a month than 10 a day
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Day 1 we have to go to a juice bar then hiking, i find that very meditative. Day 2 we go to hermosa beach ride some of the electric bikes and walk in the sand, later that night hit up some jazz clubs .
Day 3 go to the santa monica pier and ride all the rides 3 times
day 4 go get massages & acupuncture
Day 5 go see a live orchestra or show
day 6 eat crab legs go see a comedy show
day 7 go to leimert park on sunday and walk around dancing in the drum circle and drinking pineapple ginger juice.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Mom hands down! When i first began my artistic journey i was working several jobs but whenever i had a gig, say in Japan it would really conflict with my grounding which would mean i would have to drop everything & go. My mom literally would go to my apartment and make sure everything was clean and tidy. There were time when i’d be traveling so much that i had to move back in with her to avoid paying for a place i was never in.. She never complained & just supported.
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