We had the good fortune of connecting with Noah Jackson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Noah, what principle do you value most?
My Purpose. It’s something I had an idea of when I was in high school and since then have molded it as I experience more in life and think about things differently as I mature. This matters most to me because my purpose is what keeps me going! It is what helps me look at the bigger picture. Re-center myself. Come to terms with the reason why I do what I do. Why I am an artist, and where I want to take my art. Purpose is what also helps me most when I’m not working on my art, and/or haven’t in a while. When Covid-19 came around, it was just after I had finished my latest concept video “Dreams” fortunately. However once everything began to close up and we were in lockdown, I had to basically put a hold on my craft and developing something new w others. I knew this was for the best and safest option, but all the free time I had made me think about why I was doing these projects in the first place. Where do I want to go in my career with this? Will I even make it there? Why am I creating art? What’s the point of it all? These are questions that I have a responsibility to answer if I wanted to continue doing this once the lockdown was lifted, and what gave me the overall answer I needed was my purpose!
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.
What I love about my art is how I always create to songs that truly inspire/move me, and therefore when I make choreography to it I put much time and thought into everything I do. I prefer quality over quantity, and I think that definitely sets me apart from others. With my concept videos, I always make sure that everything looks clean and finished before I put it out. I want it to be understandable to a wider pool of an audience so more people can take in and get what it is I’m doing and the message I’m saying. As a creative director and choreographer, I’m so proud of and excited about my latest video “Dreams”! It took so much time and labor to get it to being an official video for people to see. I’m proud of the work I put in for it and that my drive to bring it to a finished product after nearly a year of developing it for both stage and film, brought my vision for it to life! As a professional dancer, I’m so proud of myself for getting to be apart of huge industry projects that gave me so much knowledge and experience! Late last year I was a principal dancer on Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Live” and it’s always been a dream of mine to dance for Disney and work with them, especially on such an iconic film I watched and loved as a child like The Little Mermaid! After this I was a dancer for Kanye West’s Opera “Nebuchadnezzar” live at the Hollywood Bowl, which meant so much to me since I happened to graduate there about 2 years prior to that performance, and then a dancer for another of West’s Opera’s “Mary” live in Florida at the Miami Marine Stadium! I got to where I am creatively and professionally by following my dreams and goals I set out in my high school years and putting in the work. However it definitely wasn’t easy, it’s very difficult to try and create your own projects without resources like money, filming equipment, lighting equipment, rehearsal space, etc. and that’s exactly how it was for me starting out. I only had my music to inspire/move me, whatever small space I could make at home to create to it, and a phone to record. My “studio space” was my bedroom or my bathroom for the mirror. I had to get creative and push on even though I didn’t have those things easily accessible! It was hard and almost bittersweet, but I wanted to see my creative visions through regardless and was very driven to do so! You have to start somewhere and work your way up. That’s definitely an important lesson I learned because before, I let what I didn’t have be my reason for not starting my own channel and doing my creative dance projects. It’s important to keep working hard to get to where you want to be! As a dancer, I wanted to to be apart of big projects like tours, live shows, commercials, etc. but I needed an agent to help me get to those opportunities. I auditioned for dance agencies in Los Angeles and got two no’s before I finally got a yes the third time. Those no’s put me down of course but I kept going and now I get do the jobs that I’ve always wanted to be apart of! That’s definitely what I want the world to know about me and my story. I was driven and worked hard for my achievements today, and even though I started from nothing and at times still struggle with resources, I continue to build myself up and not let those things stop me!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If I had a friend who was visiting, I’d for sure take them to places I’ve been that I love going to! Santa Monica Beach is definitely great for relaxing or cooling off with the waves crashing against you. A great place to talk and hangout or take a walk! I’d also take them to shopping centers so we can shop and eat; I like going to the Northridge Mall, The Grove, Burbank Town Center, Hollywood & Highland, and Universal Citywalk! All these are great places to go and do things as they day passes by, you can even catch a movie at some of these places. Food spots I’d want to go to would be too many to count, Los Angeles definitely has a wide variety of places and options to eat at. If I had to name some places I’d have to say In-N-Out Burger (an LA staple), Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles, The Habit Burger Grill, Wingstop, Subway, and Yogurtland! Last but not least, I’d have to take them to a dance class! I go to a few studios in NoHo, one of which that I love taking classes at is Movement Lifestyle. There the people are always nice and friendly, and the teachers make you want to come back again and again!
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 want to give my shoutout to all of my friends who were involved in any of the projects I’ve created and put out to represent my work/art! These friends were either dancers or they were on the other side of the camera filming for me. When I started out with my YouTube channel I only did solo projects/videos, I wanted for a long time to create on multiple people but didn’t know many dancers and also didn’t think people would want to work with me since I wasn’t an established/“big named” choreographer. Not using others definitely helped me work on and better myself, but it was also holding me back from creating bigger and better concepts with others! It reminds of a quote most of us know “it takes a village”, it truly does take a group of your own to come together and create something beautiful. So I want to give my shoutout to my friends who’ve danced in my videos or filmed my videos, that wanted to work with me! It truly is an honor and meant the absolute world to have that opportunity! Without all of you I wouldn’t have such amazing projects to look back on that are even more meaningful to me simply because I was surrounded by all of you.
Alexandro, Irene Ashu, Carlos Duarté, Carlos Perez