We had the good fortune of connecting with Jonathan Bryant and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jonathan, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My thought process behind starting my own business was that I wanted to be in ownership of the services I was already offering and those I knew I could offer. It wasn’t a hard decision to start my own business. I have always been a person who created his own opportunities so it made sense for me to own my own.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I began my career as a professional dancer in the commercial realm over 10 years ago and currently work as an actor in TV/film and musical theatre. I’ve always had a creative soul since I was younger starting with drawing, leading into writing and then performance art such as singing, dancing and acting.
Being an artist is important to me because it is a part of my being. It allows me to express myself in many ways using different mediums. I teach and choreograph as well and have done so for over 10 years. I have always had a knack for choreographing and creating movement. I have choreographed pieces for theatrical, stage and video. I love seeing my work on others and how they express themselves through my choice of movement. The styles I teach are hip hop, jazz, jazz funk, contemporary and musical theatre. I enjoy teaching children and teens because I feel it allows me to have an impression on how they move, dance and think about performing. For me, dance should always tell a story or help to tell a story. The feeling in the movement and the intent that a person has behind a performance is powerful and I love to create those moments. I own a business/lifestyle brand called JAYBSMOOVETHEBRAND. My company represents MOVEMENT, STYLE AND PERSONALITY. All of these elements make up who I am as an artist and what I want my business to represent. My main goal as an artist, entrepreneur and human being is to always allow people to be themselves and express that freely. I am an advocate of supporting each other, supporting the arts and supporting those who think outside of the box and push the envelope. Being different and unique is a blessing and one that we should all embrace and allow to be free.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a simple guy when it comes to hangouts. They can vary from dives to live events. Restaurants I would take them to would be Jack’s Pizza, Fellini’s, La Fonda, El Ponce and Harolds Chicken and Ice Bar. Bars I would take them to would be Friends, G’s Midtown, bars along Edgewood Ave and Cirque. I love Piedmont Park so we would hang there and walk along the Beltline. One of my favorite dance clubs is MJQ Concourse where they play an array of music and bring in different people from different walks of life. I love different events that happen randomly across the city at different times, there’s always something to do in Atlanta.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a shout out to my family and friends that always continue to support me in whatever I do. Also, to my first dance family for believing in me from a young age and continuing to believe in me as a creative and an artist. I would like to thank my Dad for always supporting me from the beginning of my career by taking me to auditions, classes and gigs. Without him, I’m not sure where I would be.
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