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Check Out Artur Lago-Varjapetian’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Artur Lago-Varjapetian.

Hi Artur, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
“Life is just like a Dance: It’s not about how many steps you do or don’t know. It is about how much you appreciate the ones you take and those who you take them with.” Artur Lago-Varjapetian.

Hearing the stories of my grandparents surviving Armenian genocide and Stalin’s repressions of the Jews in my childhood and youth while surviving the collapse of Soviet Union and the civil wars that followed it forever influenced my prospective about the power of storytelling. Since during those days a lot of my friends in our small town were getting into local gangs or doing drugs, my mother decided to enroll me into a small Ballroom Dance studio to keep me away from trouble and to introduce me to a bigger world of performing arts. Dance helped me to develop self-discipline, healthy self-expression, and to avoid trouble on the streets. I now could feel a deeper sense of the gift of life. When I won a green card lottery and had an opportunity to come to the United States, I took my chance to change my life. While picking up multiple part-time jobs and educational scholarships, I received my AA in Dance and Liberal Arts from Santa Monica College and my BFA in Dance and Theater from CSULB. During my years at CSULB, I met Gregory R.R. Crosby, now my close friend and film mentor. Under his patient guidance, I developed a strong interest in film-making. We’ve been creating our projects since. I continue building relationships with creative people from all over the country who come from various artistic, professional, and social backgrounds. I utilize my life and creative experiences and skills in dance studios, colleges, on theater stages and film sets as a creative producer, writer, performer, coach, and choreographer.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Due to a unique nature of my business and industry, the biggest challenges usually are the best opportunities. Learning to navigate through chaotic order of film industry, physical exhaustion of dance industry and emotional pressure of creative career continuously challenge me to learn more about the world and my role in it. The rest is just a matter of time, patience, and discipline.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am an actor, dancer, creative producer, and writer. I do not like to set myself apart from anyone else or compare myself with anyone else. I simply and persistently pursue my gut instinct by training, creating, collaborating, and supporting others in their pursuit of their best self-expression.

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
I was a troublemaker. Although I could easily succeed in any of my classes growing up, I never did because I simply found all that theory so far removed from the daily reality of people I loved and cared about that I simply chose to always do my best to make them feel good right there and then. I made jokes, danced, and always listened. Some thought I was crazy dreaming of even coming to America. But I knew I would not just come here. I would come here, stay here, and leave it a better place when it’s time for me to go. Most likely, I have at least another 60 years to be in America.

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Gregory R.R. Crosby

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