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

Hi Camia, what do you attribute your success to?
My favorite thing to say to people is follow your bliss . To me that means if your heart and souls yearn for it do whatever you can to make it happen. Sometimes you’re given signs in the people you meet or just being in your ordinary natural habitat. My dream was to travel to Israel and up to leading to my travels I would randomly meet Israeli strangers or listen to random songs by Israeli artist on the radio and finally was given an opportunity to perform their at someone else’s expense. I knew it was my time to go and experience and I left everything I knew to follow my bliss. A lot of people are afraid of their dreams because they’re so large and feel that they don’t deserve it . You have to find your value and invest in yourself just as much as you invest in the people you look up to. 

Please tell us more about your career. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I think as a dancer we have to realize that we’re a small community and we know everyone nationally and internationally. What sets me apart is what made me successful. I was myself. The whole time I took a stressful and tense situation of auditioning and made it my favorite past time. I always connected with someone in the room and established a connection. I can recall approximately 4 jobs I’ve auditioned in the room and booked. 4 JOBS! Everything else I booked through friends who referred me by saying “I know someone who would be perfect.” or via YouTube/video submission. Of course as a female in this industry it’s so tough. There’s so many of us. And as a black woman there’s no room for failure. You have to equally great at ballet, hip hop, jazz and tap. You have to sing, act or have a special skill that sets you apart from the rest. I think I learned many lessons when I was living in NYC. I learned we are all exquisite artist and you’re “competing” with the best. Leave some room to establish a community outside of dance. Balance is key. I was a work horse in the city. I woke up 5:30am 5 days a week, I auditioned all morning, took class and vocal lessons, and worked all night until 11pm. I didn’t live my truth or support friends because I was a workaholic. What I now know is that it’s ok to take breaks, check in with friends, date, and have a day dedicated to doing absolutely nothing. You need balance! I want the world to know this. Travel the world. You’ll discover things about yourself that you didn’t know you loved. I’ve been to to 30 countries and islands and I’ve only just begun. Your passport is your weapon. Traveling has open my eyes to visual see what books were trying to clarify. Establish a community who supports you and you equally support them. Lastly the dance community helped me and my career. Be kind and professional and you’ll definitely go a long way.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Due to the pandemic I haven’t been thriving like I use to, but I’m a huge fan of greenery and being outdoors. Places where you can fine me socially distanced is Kennesaw Mountain, Piedmont Park, Little 5 Points. Also I love Indian and Thai food and I’m a huge fan of Slutty Vegan. It’s worth the wait. The Jonesboro location has a great bartender.

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?
Dr. Edwina Stanley, Melissa Lodhi, and Dr. Ivan Pulinkala. These are three different individuals I met in three different stages in my life. Each person has personally molded me to the artist and person I am today. Till this day I am still in contact with all three human beings and I’m forever grateful for them pouring into my life and pushing me to the limit. Thank you all!

Website: www.camiagreen.com
Instagram: @camiadancer
Twitter: @camiadancer
Facebook: Camia Green
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/camiadancer

Image Credits
Justin Scott Parr Sean Howard Richard Mourant Ildar Umyarov

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