Today we’d like to introduce you to Justin Conte.
Justin, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was born and raised in upstate New York. My family was always very connected to music and communal expression. Storytelling was a vital part of our household. I was always a bit quieter than the rest of my family – listening, observing – probably because I am the youngest of seven children. Also, most of my siblings were very close in age (a year or two apart), and I was born six years after my older brother.
I started dancing at a very young age finding an outlet to use my voice in a different way. Artists like Janet Jackson, Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes had such a huge influence on how I wanted to move and create. I remember learning all of the dance moves from their music videos and teaching my friends the moves so we could perform it at my family gatherings. Also, my older brother Robert was in theatre. I had the opportunity to watch him grow and had such admiration for his craft.
At the age of 14, I started to take Jazz and Tap classes soon realizing I had found a safe place to learn and grow. Over the next six years, I immersed myself in dance – training in Ballet, Modern and Contemporary styles. I then moved from upstate to New York City at the age of 20. I was blessed to be exposed to a beautiful community of underground dancers/ artists who taught me the importance of ART as a lifestyle – not just a job. I learned about Hip Hop as a culture and the dances within it. I started training in Urban Styles and performing professionally. My interest in soulful and fresh musical genres began to expand. I also started to explore my spirituality and how my craft is a powerful plug into my soul.
All of these experiences have led up to this moment. Over the last ten years, I have lived/ worked in both LA and NYC. I am currently traveling around the world Directing, Choreographing and teaching my original fusion style of dance (Urban Flow).
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My current mediums of Art/ expression are Dance, Choreography, and Direction. The soul of my movement is inspired by Urban Style dance (Hip Hop, House, Vogue, Popping, Waving), as well as the communal aspect of Ceremonial and Social dance.
My creative process is always evolving. I do what I do in hopes of promoting collective growth in society. I have a passion for Earth, where it’s at and where it’s going. I love to tell futuristic tales with politically, economically and environmentally charged purpose. Art (without words) allows for its engager to discover its message or purpose on their own. I truly believe this is the greatest tool in making change.
With my craft and experience, I get the opportunity to work in a few different industries. I work on Music Videos, Tours, Stage Productions, Fashion Shows, Commercials and other multidisciplinary projects. One of my current creative babies is a performance collective called Pendulum People.
With all that said, I do believe I live my Art in every aspect. The way I dress, speak, eat, post, love… It is all a reflection of my artistry. This allows me to stay grounded and connected to my creative flow no matter what.
Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
ART and MONEY don’t always mix well. Understanding self and artistry is a patient journey. If that means we have to have one, two, or three side jobs to survive – so be it. LONGEVITY comes from staying true to oneself – not following a trend.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can see my portfolio at www.JustinConte.com. Also, I love to share works in progress on instagram @JustinConte.
- Website: www.JustinConte.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/justinconte
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justinconteart
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/justinconteart
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/user/FEARlessDance