We had the good fortune of connecting with Salise Marin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Salise, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I really just could not see myself doing anything else. I have a really hard time when I am not active, so I can’t see myself working a normal 9-5 desk job. I have always been like that. For example, in my schooling, I couldn’t really sit down for more than 2 hours a day. I needed to do something like; skating, dancing, swimming, tennis or any of the other movement based activities my parents were able to put me in. My mind is always flowing. I feel like I always have to be creating something new. I am very inspired by music, by my friends, and just by art in general. If I have something in my mind I have to just let it out in a creative way.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I feel like my drive, and the fact that I don’t want to be similar to any other artist, is what sets me apart. Whatever organically comes to my mind, I translate into my art. I don’t want to be known for just doing whatever is trending at the moment. In terms of skating I try to incorporate my dance moves to make it more versatile and unique. I like to have a bit of challenge to what I do- I don’t like to take the easy way. Sometimes it is easier than others, but I like the way it feels to go with my own ideas. I like the outcome more because it is something that naturally came out of my brain versus following somebody else. I’d like people to know that it’s not easy, and its a struggle, and you have to find beauty in the struggle of it. If you just focus on the struggle, you are going to find yourself stressed out and not wanting to do it anymore. It’s all about learning to find that balance between, “OK, this is very difficult but I can keep pushing and fighting”, and knowing when to give yourself a mental break. Mental and physical health are very important in order to succeed in athletic based careers.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
In Los Angeles, a really good day would consist of: a nice brunch in Studio City (somewhere with a really good avocado toast) and then going to take a dance class at Millennium Dance Complex on Ventura Blvd. Then go to Malibu to enjoy the beach, come back into the city for a photoshoot in Downtown LA, and end with a nice dinner in Hollywood! The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I think it would be my fellow artists and creatives. I am very inspired by those around me, and they encourage me to level up. Being a dancer and looking at myself in the mirror constantly, I feel like I see myself as competition. I am always competing with myself and learning new things about how I can be better and get stronger. I would say it is all about the experience of being in a creative setting. I have had many skating coaches and dance mentors that would always encourage me to be my authentic self. I was motivated to keep growing and learning new styles while also diving into my own artistry. My initial goal always to keep creating and finding my own voice within my craft and to explore my passions.
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