Today we’d like to introduce you to Eva Jerkins.
Eva, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Hello! My name is Eva and I am a dancer from Columbus, Ohio. My journey to LA was actually a pretty crazy one! Though I had originally thought of moving to New York following graduation from my BFA program as a dance major, during the last two years of college I kept running into opportunities to move to LA instead. Initially unsure of how to fund such a big move, I came up with the idea to utilize my required senior project in congruence with a dance program in Los Angeles. The stated purpose of my senior project was to use the LA dance program as research on how the world of modern dance and commercial dance intersected. As this hadn’t been done before, there were many forms to be signed and a few incredible professors who aided me. A few months later, I was finally in LA! Arriving in LA was definitely a bit of a culture shock. There was SO MUCH to learn from completely different dance styles, networking, expected attire, even just learning how to get around with the traffic. Two years, one tour, a few life-changing shows and beautiful friends later, I am still very grateful to have taken the wild leap.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I truly believe nothing worth having comes easy. It has definitely been a tough journey with many setbacks. One example would be learning how expensive the city is. In my head I thought I understood, but actually living in LA was a whole different story. I truly thank God for my family for seeing my hunger and helping when they could and supporting me emotionally. I have to also give a huge thank you as well to the teachers who saw my hunger and let me guest their classes.
Please tell us about your work.
I’m a dancer. Though I do hip-hop and jazz funk most often, my heart also leans heavily towards all movements of the African diaspora and foundational post-modern. I think what I’m most proud of is just my willingness to commit. There were so many styles I had never been introduced to on any real level before coming to LA that have become classes I am addicted to attending. No matter if I’m in a season of being booked or not… even if I feel I’m making a fool of myself in a class… I just love learning. I work hard and try to do my best.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Dancing in itself on a non-professional level takes work. The entertainment industry takes even more work. I believe hard work, remaining open to criticism, choosing to be around those who speak life into me, faith and my mother’s prayers are really the recipe I follow. Certain things I may have initially felt happened by chance have always revealed itself to be a puzzle piece in my life’s plan. Even when in moments where I may have felt like I made a grave mistake. God is kind of funny like that sometimes.
Victor Franklin II