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

Hi Rachael, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
I’ve been fortunate to choose a career that offers an abundance of life lessons, so it’s hard to pinpoint what’s been the most important one for me. I will say that in the Entertainment Industry, working as both a Professional Dancer & Master Teacher for over 18yrs now, and working as a Film & TV Actress, being your biggest fan is probably one of the most important lessons I’ve learned and attributes you can have as a performer. This business can be hard, it can also be rewarding, there have been highs and lows as any artist can attest to, but it’s the importance of knowing your worth, the value you bring to the table and the unwavering faith you have in yourself that’ll keep you motivated and proud to bet on yourself. So often as artists, we’re measured by our skills and talents, and with that comes a lot of yes’s and a fair share of no’s. In times where we feel let down or our talent isn’t fully recognized, we must dig deep to remind ourselves that opinions are subjective, but the one opinion that should never waver is the one we hold for ourselves. How we understand our worth and value is so important and matters greatly in this Industry. The old saying, ‘If you don’t believe in yourself, how will you expect anyone else to?’ resonates with me often. Its a reminder to keep pushing towards my goals with faith, hard work, grace and trust.

Share your professional career with us, and the mindset that keeps you motivated
I began my journey in the Arts as a Dancer and was able to parlay those skills into becoming a Master Teacher and also an Actress. My journey was always an uphill battle, and for that I’m thankful, it’s taught me so much about my resilience and work ethic while also made me appreciate everything that much more. I’ve always been the type of person to use hardships as motivation, to push past other people’s limitations of me and to make my own path. I’ve had a strong belief in myself and have worked really hard my whole life to be able to produce the level of skill that this business requires of me…and with that I’m constantly learning and a student of life. I love immersing myself in the craft and peeling back the layers of my artistry to work towards becoming a stronger creator who can bring more to a job or role. Born with a slight disability with my hips and legs, Doctors told my Mother that I’d never dance or model, but if I could walk straight then I’d be in good shape. That was reason enough for my Mother to put me in dance at 3yrs old. I disliked it and it was painful for many years, finally at the age of 12, it clicked and I fell in love with the power dance gave me and the beauty and experiences is gave others. I went to a Performing Arts High School studying dance and theatre in Massachusetts, I also spent many months living in NYC and training at some of the most prestigious studios in NYC. I then went onto become a Dance & Theatre Performance Major at Oklahoma City Univ. At the age of 20, I moved to Los Angeles, and for the past 18yrs I’ve enjoyed a successful career in the Entertainment Industry. Having danced and traveled the world with artists like Rihanna, Katy Perry, Beyonce, Pink, Chayanne, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake and more, I got to see the world and dance on some of the biggest stages…a dream come true for a little girl who used to watch Janet Jackson in concert and think, ‘I want to do that with an artist one day.’ Being able to parlay my skills as a Dancer into becoming a Master Teacher that gets to travel the country teaching the younger generation is such a gift for me. With that, I also started my company, The Dancer’s Edge, bringing LA & NYC Master Teachers into dance studios across the US. This platform has allowed me to connect with even more dancers and studio owners. I also created a Mentorship Program for young dancers that gives them the tools they need to further their careers into the professional world, while building great character and life skills. Additionally, I work as an Actress and am so grateful to expand my art in that way. I’ve used my body to communicate for so long as dancer, that it feels great to us my voice and emotions as an Actress. Working on network TV shows and in major feature films has been a dream and I’m still striving for more. My goal is always to make people feel through my artistry, so whether I’m on a stage or behind a camera, I’m servicing the story that needs to be told, I take great pleasure and responsibility with that. I’m eternally grateful to be able to share my work in that way with the world.

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?
LA offers so much! Our beaches are stunning, and the many hiking trails would be a must. We have some incredible spots in DTLA, an afternoon at The Broad Museum following by a fun lunch and cocktails at Grand Central Market is always fun. I love Sunday Farmer’s Markets in Studio City, Hollywood and Santa Monica. Outdoor summer movie nights with food trucks are always so much fun. Hotel Cafe is a great spot for live music, some incredible artists go there to play. A show at the Hollywood Bowl is always a blast. Evening Jazz Nights at LACMA are great for family and friend picnics, kid and animal friendly too. LA has some fun shopping spots, each neighborhood has a strip or 2 of some wonderful and unique stores. LA has some awesome thrift stores too. The LA food scene has really stepped up over the past several years, an outside or rooftop happy hour is my go-to, and fun brunches always bring great friends together.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This shoutout is dedicated to all the incredible teachers and mentors I’ve had along the way, AND to my students who inspire me each time we share space together. I gain so much from the people in my Industry, from those who came before me, those who work alongside me and those I currently teach and mentor….I’m profoundly grateful for the gifts they’ve given me and ways they’ve inspired my journey.

Website: https://www.rachaelmarkarian.net/
Instagram: @rachaelmarkarian
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rachael.markarian
Other: The Dancer’s Edge – https://thedancersedge.net/

Image Credits
Brian Parillo Photography Nikki Dalonzo – Cr8Cure8 Nick Onken Photography

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