Podcast 19 - Craig Hollaman - Finding Inspiration For His Art, Creating Partnership, And Thinking Big-Picture
Craig Hollaman, of the duo Lindsey B. And Craig H., may claim to be boring, but really he is one of the most humble and coolest dudes around town. You might recognize his and Lindsey's work as choreographers with artists such as Cee-Lo, Justin Bieber, John Legend, Usher, or on T.V. shows such as Face Off, X-Factor, and 2 Broke Girls, or with brands such as Nissan, Evian, and Apple... you get the idea.
In Episode 19 of DanceSpeak, Craig speaks on his 14 years in Los Angeles. From dancing on tour with B2K, to his success in choreography, it is obvious that Craig has consistently grown in his field.
A theme we cover throughout the interview is on finding and sourcing inspiration and staying to true to dance as an art. We also speak about making money outside of dance, and living beyond the industry. Find out what Craig recommends for dancers looking to book auditions, and what they might want to know prior to booking a tour. All in all, this interview is filled with laughs, thought provoking moments, and of course tons of insights and information on the dance industry.
In part II of the interview with Manwé, we get more in-depth with on-the-job experiences. You almost feel like you are in the room with Michael Jackson when Manwé speaks on his experiences rehearsing with the legend himself. We get awesome insights on Lady Gaga before she became the famous star we know her as today. Manwé speaks on falling in love in the midst of his career, and is unafraid to speak about the highs and lows that come with life outside of dance. We then get the behind-the-scenes on dancing for TV shows such as SNL and Lip Sync Battle. And... of course... the story of how Manwé made his way to his next role: Magic Mike Live in Vegas. Listen, learn, take notes, and enjoy!
- Falling in love
- Working with MJ and his work ethic
- Working with Lady Gaga during the earlier days of her career
- Lipsync battle
- Dancing on SNL
- Magic Mike "It's funny that I'm going out stripping"
In Episode 17 of DanceSpeak, we get the unique story of Manwé, who quite appropriately, was born (or at least the water broke) while his mother was teaching a ballet class. As Manwé describes his early intensive training that he attributes must of his dance success to, we also learn fun facts such as... that there is a day in the Bay Area that is Manwé Sauls-Addison day, that he his is white water river guide, and that he nearly became a doctor.
Manwé shares with us fun and informative dance stories which include: booking his first audition, the major changes that the dance industry has undergone in the last 16 years, how he has maintained a strong career that is still thriving, how he became Laurie Ann Gibson's Assistant, meeting Lady Gaga for the first time when we worked with her, and more. A lot more.
Tia Rivera is an entrepreneur, motivator, dancer with credits that would make your jaw drop, recently choreographed for VH1's Hip Hop Honors and she JUST turned 26. In this episode of DanceSpeak, we learn what it means to work SMART in the dance industry. Tia breaks down her daily routines, goal setting, and we get a look at her process that leads to success in the highly competative dance world. We get the clear connection between Tia's training as an entrepreneur and how she has applied it to her career in dance. Other important topics include advice on keeping the jobs you book, insights from the crossover from dancer to choreographer, how to powerfully communicate with your agent, and how to stay ready to consistently work. Stay tuned till the end for a special clip from Derrell Bullock!
After 15 years of experience in the dance world, Galit has worked as Assistant Choreographer for Prince, danced in numerous music videos, including Pharrell Williams' "Happy", has been featured in two dance publications, and currently works as a dance instructor and conditioning specialist in Los Angeles and around the country.