On Moving To LA: 3 Questions To Consider – Jian Pierre-Louis


After winning a role in the prestigious Monsters Of Hip Hop show, Jian faithfully and steadily climbed the ladder of success, having worked with some of today’s top artists including Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, Keri Hilson, P.Diddy, Jordan Knight, Sean Kingston, Pussycat Dolls, and Ne-Yo.  From scholarship winner to renowned instructor to touring professional, Jian continues setting his mark in the industry and gives us 3 important thoughts to consider on pursuing the dance dream.

Food for thought:

1) How much do you know about the scene?

It’s always good to know what you’re getting into before diving in head first.  My advice would be to do some research on LA. If you haven’t been to LA before I would suggest for you to make a trip so you can get a feel of the environment. When you’re there you can sort out a couple of days to see the dance studios, dance representation agencies, etc.

2) How will you support yourself?

If you’ve already been to LA and are ready to move then I would ask are you financially ready? Have you saved enough money? Do you have an apartment/home situated? Are you willing to work a side hustle (job) to keep providing a living for your love to dance? These are questions to ask yourself before making the move. As much as many of us love to dance and want to experience LA we also have to look at the reality of the situation. We don’t have to “struggle” if we are properly prepared for it.

3) Are you willing to put in the time, even if it meant years?

It took me almost 2 years before I booked my first major gig and in between that time I was working at Starbucks as well as other side jobs to sustain my living.  Most dancers think it’s easy to book industry related jobs, but the truth is… it really isn’t.  Unless you happen to be a prodigy like Misha Gabriel, Tony Testa, or Tucker Barkley, and you start to work right away when you make the move… That indeed is a major blessing, but it doesn’t happen for everyone. Patience is key.

Some of this material may sound intimidating for most people. But this is what it is. You hustle and work to create what YOU want out of life. We also create our own happiness and joy from doing what we love to do. I would have it no other way and I am truly grateful I made the step, took the courage and went for my dreams. Are you truly hungry for it? Indeed these questions will be given answers if you journey into heart and mind. Or you can experience it firsthand (LA) and see what you learn about yourself.

-Jian

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