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Meet Zen Waterford

Today we’d like to introduce you to Zen Waterford.

Zen, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born and raised in St.Louis, MO. This May marks the two year period that I’ve been here in LA and I am really enjoying my journey here.

A lot of people don’t know this about me but I am a soldier in the United States Army. I’ve been enlisted in the Army for almost six years now. Being a soldier while pursuing my passion for dance is definitely a challenge while trying to balance the two. The best way to describe it is comparing my life to the TV show “Hannah Montana” on one side I’m this strong, discipline, structured solider and on the other side I’m this expressive, creative, liberated dancer.

So you can see how this can be a little challenging at some times. It’s hard because on one end I’ve promised a duty to my country but on the other I’ve promised a duty to myself so both intersect a lot. Being in the Army has pushed me physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually but with being said that it has helped me deal with this competitive dance industry. I’ve been dancing for eight years mainly in hip hop and heels but I have trained in ballet, tap, and jazz. Dance is the reason I moved here to LA. I knew that If I wanted to make a career in dance I had to leave my hometown and take that big step to follow my dreams and I haven’t looked back since.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
As a dancer, my art is bringing other peoples choreography and visions that I am trusted with to life. I love creating characters to whatever choreography is being thrown at me. Whether thats me being a crazy person, a hopeless romantic, a kid at a candy store, etc. What I always hope people take away from watching me dance is making them feel what I’m trying to portray at that moment. I always hope that the audience feels some type of connection with me when I’m performing. I love creating these characters in my head to take me to another place because at that moment, I can be whatever the music is making me feel what I want to be. Its one of the best feelings to have, being able to switch at different moments. It’s pretty much like being an actor having to adapt to each new movie role you are being given. I eventually want to transition from being a dancer to being a choreographer to see my visions and choreography being brought to life by other dancers. But for right now, I want to focus on performing.

How can artists connect with other artists?
Be proactive go out and network! I know it can be scary putting yourself out there but that is always the best thing to do especially when your new to any industry. Whether that means making connections going to a party, events, class, etc. Be “YOU” and people will gravitate towards your energy! Always make a good first and last impression and you will be fine.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can see my work mainly on my Instagram page @zenwaterford go ahead and check it out! If you would like to support you can follow me and engage in my content letting me know what you think about it.

Contact Info:

  • Email: zenbooking@yahoo.com
  • Instagram: @zenwaterford


Image Credit:

Henry Tran

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