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Meet Jian Pierre-Louis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jian Pierre-Louis.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Jian. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My life began in New York City where my love for music was deeply seeded. My mother worked for MTV in the 90’s so you can imagine the stimulation by music, art and fashion at a young age. I decided at age nine, I wanted to be a musician and began playing the saxophone. Around that same time, my family moved to Miami due to work and that’s when my love for dance sparked. I began training in freestyle and hip-hop mostly and decided in 2006 that it was time to take it seriously by moving LA. I moved to LA from Miami in hopes of working with the best in the television, music video, film and touring industry. Fast forward some years and I am humbled to say I’ve accomplished that dream. Dance gave me the opportunity to travel, see the world and connect with amazing people. It has also opened up new avenues of creativity such as choreography and creative directing as well as deepening my passion for music production and djing. These roles are primarily my flow of work today. I am not dancing as much as I used to but more focused on creating a legacy for the future generations.

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?
Working as a professional in the entertainment industry is never a smooth road. As a dancer, you have to endure countless auditions and castings which is extremely competitive. Being that LA is the mecca for entertainment, you are up against the best of the best. It took about two years to start booking work. After that, it was like a snowball effect, the work momentum kept coming. But it was all patience, timing and consistency. Now working as a dj/choreographer/creative director, I am able to maneuver smarter because of my relationships from being a dancer. There is still the ups and downs being a freelancer but I maximize the highs then the lows don’t seem as bad.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
As I’ve mentioned, I specialize in choreography, creative direction, music production and djing. This includes creating movement and music for building shows for artists, television, films, music videos, albums, etc. I would say because of my years of experience as a performer and a musician, I understand the elements that is necessary to create a show or lasting impression/experience, which sets me apart from the rest. I am most proud of my work touring with Alicia Keys, Madonna, Backstreet Boys and Mary J. Blige.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I am a believer of destiny, timing and what’s meant for you is meant for you. There have been times where work has landed in my lap because I kindly walked by a friend and said hello. That friend then tells their friend who is a director for a project. I guess that’s just the LA thing. But I would say my personality has gotten me into a lot of doors and my talent helped lock it in. Treating people how you want to be treated goes a long way.

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