Today we’d like to introduce you to James MahKween.
Thanks for sharing your story with us James. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
I came to LA to get my B..F.A. In musical Theatre. While focusing on Theatre, I had a few opportunities to put together choreography. After achieving my BFA, I started on an adventure of finding myself artistically! I moved to South Los Angeles and studied at Lula Washington Dance Theatre where I was given the opportunity not to only grow as a dancer but to present choreography. Doing this really sparked a flame in me artistically, which maybe I create a dance company Eternity Dance Theatre.
We’ve have performed all through Northern and Southern California. After achieving such a vision, I started to produce projects to give other choreographers and other art forms the ability to express. I created “Reflect” this showcase is for choreographers to present work based on a theme. Since doing this project we have focused on a new year, love, home, and now preparing to focus on Gratitude! I also develop a variety showcase called “Love Inclinations” which happens every year around Valentine’s Day.
The goal of this show is to allow the artist to express love how they feel best and gives the audience a little more love in their heart! After producing my first show, I realize I have an extreme passion for the arts and making a change in lives artistically. So I allowed myself to express fully! I now do photography and film projects my company is called “Photogenically You.” I also design clothing based on an Afrocentric take. I also have begun producing showcases which are givebacks!!
A give back meaning a percentage of profits made at the showcase will be given to a certain charity and will also be doing a blanket, food, and cloth drive. Since developing all of these different projects, I couldn’t figure out how to keep them all close. So I figured why not make them branches underneath an umbrella which I now call The MahKween Method!
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?
It has been physically and emotionally draining building all these different projects! Not having the finances or the people and even sometimes the time to do all of these projects on my own. Hahaha but I truly love what I do and what it does for the community. While doing all of these projects and still working with the youth to help strengthen the next generation. I sometimes wonder if I can do it by myself. But then I put a smile on and say “well you made it this far..keep going.”
So, as you know, we’re impressed with The MahKween Method – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I call myself an ARTSPAZ I do several things based around the arts. I’m known for my fashion, dance, choreography, my showcase I produce, photography, educating the youth, and modeling!
I’m most proud of my path as a choreographer and show producer. I’m so in shock on how far I have gotten in choreographing event to get opportunities to place choreography on artist, company, and musicals. For people to show their appreciation for my craft as a choreographer, I’m truly grateful!
Also, I knew I would someday produce a showcase for artist… I’ve always talked about it! But for it to happen now and to have such a great turn out each time with submissions from the artist and the amount of people who attend these shows.
At my last “Reflect” I was placed in three different magazines as one of the top ten to come view there show and also my last show was sold out… It just warms my heart.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I would love for my showcase to reach a larger stage and to have an honorarium giving my artist more opportunities and of course, we all want to get paid. I would love to give my dance company performance opportunities out of the state and of course a steady base of funding to pay the company members.
I would love to have a school program based around the arts that help give underprivileged kids opportunities. I would love for my give back to make an awesome change in our community to have donors to help make the sure the homeless are well and help charities that are in need.
My big dream is to develop a recreational center or a high school or college for all sorts of arts.
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