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Meet Kennedy Daniel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kennedy Daniel.

Kennedy, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started dancing when I was five years old. As my body began to grow and transform, I could feel my muscles adapting to that of a ballet dancer. When I look in the mirror at my 20 years old self now I realize that my body was made for dance. My muscular and broad shoulders appear as if someone sculpted them with a knife. My legs, handcrafted to support my adventurous movement. No matter how many breakups dance and I go through we always come back to each other- as if we were meant to be. Dance serves me as a form of entertainment when I am bored, a way to see the world when I feel uninspired and a form of therapy when speaking isn’t enough. Dance has given me everything.

From feelings of confidence to feelings of insecurity, feelings of being both beautiful and ugly. Dance has informed everything in my life. As I enter a new chapter in my life in which dance is somewhat taking a back seat, I realize that my assorted dance resume has given me skills to succeed in every aspect of life. My dance training has taken me to the dance studios of Juilliard dancing with other students from all over the world, to the stage of the Dorothy Chandler dancing for my thousands of people, to my parent’s backyard dancing in celebration of me getting into college. My story is riddled with movement.

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?
Nothing in life worth pursuing is going to be a smooth road. But the beautiful thing about being young is this sort of blind optimism. Everything you are experiencing is for the first time so you don’t necessarily know that you should be afraid. Blind optimism has guided me in every frightening endeavor.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I work as an offline editor at Glossier LA on Melrose Place. Working there has been one of the best experiences of my life. Joining a team so dedicated to delivering such a personal experience to customers allows for a collaborative and dedicated work environment.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Luck is a funny concept that I am not quite sure that I believe in. I believe we have the responsibility to fight for and manifest the goals that we want. Often times the universe rewards those who are not only blazing their own trail but being respectful and kind in the process.

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Image Credit:
Green shirt photo: Martha Kirby, White Sweater Photo: Abby Orons, Blue Shirt Photos: Vanessa Lynn

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