Today we’d like to introduce you to Kezia Kinchen.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Kezia. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a God-fearing, aspiring professional dancer that loves to express myself through my artistry. I am the oldest of 5 kids and was born and raised in Texas! I started performing in school talent shows and in dance shows around the city of Dallas. I joined many groups while I was growing up and it helped me grow and add on to many things I know now. I was blessed to lead and be the captain for the Cedar Hill Highsteppers my senior year at Cedar Hill Highschool. Being a leader for many girls seriously taught me many things and opened my eyes to many leadership qualities I didn’t have before I started there. It wasn’t always easy leading the team but every mistake I made or successful act I made was a great contribution to what I am today.
My junior year of high school I tried out for my dream collage AMDA and I was accepted that same year! It was such a rewarding process because I started with little to none technical training. I worked super hard day and night to earn all I got and I was accepted and received many other rewards following that! I began to be a leader and not just for my team but also in my city. Many black girls like me began to realize it’s possible to achieve the impossible with God, hard work, and dedication. Thanks to my mom who has raised me into the woman I am and am still becoming, I have nothing but high expectations for myself and others around me. Thank you mom! I currently am a dance major at AMDA, working towards getting my BFA in Performing Arts. This isn’t where I stop, there are many more things to achieve and so many people I have to shed my light to that God gave to me to shine.
Has it been a smooth road?
This wasn’t always a smooth road. I had many obstacles coming up. While in high school, I was doubted and always made fun of and told that I would never make the Cedar Hill Highsteppers team. This discouraged me a bit but I didn’t stay down for long. With the help of my mom and my coach Mila McQueen, I rose above all of the negativity and made more than just the team. I was the first junior to make 1st Lt. my junior year, then the following year I made Captain. God did that to show not only me but the negative people around me that humble people who are hardworking and diligent will always get what they deserve. Was carrying the weight of these positions easy? No, not at all but I rolled with the punches and allowed every bit of that process to strengthen and grow me into who I am today.
I also started super late with my technical training than most girls. So I had to work twice as hard than many girls that could just get it overnight or were already born with it. I actually loved having to work harder than them to achieve certain things because it disciplined me and kept me hungry!
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I specialize in dance/ entertainment. I am most known for my performance aspect when I dance and perform for many people. It brings joy to the crowd and it’s the best feeling I could ever ask for. Nothing can beat it. I am most proud of all of the accomplishments I have achieved that many people would’ve given up on earlier on. It’s about continuing to push and know that God has it there for you already you just have to do your part and work to get there. My work ethic sets me apart from many. I will stay up past hours to make sure my choreography or dance routine is done the right way and I have grown in some area of it.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Los Angeles is a beautiful place. What I love most about it is that it proved so many opportunities for young people like me to flourish and build on their career. The opportunities and people are there, it’s just up to you to go grab them!
I hate the huge rate of crime and homelessness that is in Los Angeles, specifically Hollywood. It’s something that needs curing and many don’t look at it that way. It’s definitely something I look forward to giving back to once I make it.
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