We had the good fortune of connecting with Susannah Cotrone and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Susannah, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
The truth about the habits of successful people is that they learned how to succeed by making mistakes! Through the trial and error process, much is revealed about how “not” to do things. It’s up to the individual to get back up and learn from these disappointing moments and grow into a more successful person. Becoming successful also requires discipline. Showing up prepared and on time, every time, can be one of the biggest differences between success or failure. Have you ever gone to your local bakery but they just never seem to be open on time, or they haven’t made the coffee yet? Frustrating! It is the same for everyone. Reliability builds your brand and you.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have been trained in classical ballet since I was 3 years old and was very lucky to go on and have a first career as a professional dancer, as did my husband. Our background in dance is what keeps us excited about keeping people moving! Pilates is a brilliant form of exercise for former dancers, athletes and movement enthusiasts. Never stop moving!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Wow great question! I think in the era of Covid-19 we are lucky to live in such a mild climate, and we love being out doors. I would definitely want to show them some of the great patios for dining and our number 1 place to patio dine is The Ivy on Robertson Blvd. Other great patios can be found at Bianca Bakery in Culver City at the Platform and although it is less of a patio, we would definitely hit up Fumi Sushi on La Cienega. Places to visit would include a drive up the coast to Malibu and a walk around the Country Mart and maybe a stop in at Taverna Tony’s! On a cooler day I would bring them over to The Hunting Gardens for a walking tour of their beautiful grounds and art. LACMA is always a good bet if it is able to be open.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would be nothing without all the excellent teachers I have had the privilege to learn from making us members of the second generation of Pilates instructors after the first that were trained by the man himself, Joseph Pilates. My incredible teachers include Romana Kryzanowska, Jay Grimes, Dorothee Vandewalle, Mari Winsor, Moses Urbano, and Dana Santi to name a few. I am blessed to learn daily in our studio from many inspirational co-workers and follow many brilliant Pilates minds on Instagram. Follow us @CotronePilates for Pilates inspo and at home fitness hacks and tips.
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