Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsay Messina.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a kid, I always knew that I loved music and most of all dance. I used to watch the dancers on TV, learn the choreography, and perform it for my family. I always thought “I could do that.” As I got older, I thought my love for dance would fade. I started to have thoughts that it wasn’t a “realistic” goal. I ended up attending Louisiana State University to pursue a degree in Elementary and Special Education, which was another passion of mine. However, dance never faded away. I kept training four times a week at a local dance studio and I traveled to different cities to learn at dance conventions. I was the college kid who trained with all the high school kids. Once I graduated from LSU, I knew exactly what the next step was…move to LA. I’ve now lived in LA for almost two years training, working, and living the life of a professional dancer!
Please tell us about your art.
I create art through my body movement. A lot of my creations stem from my passion of music. When I hear a song that inspires me, I create my vision of how I see it in my mind. I choreograph based on how the music makes me feel. When I choreograph, I start by listening to the music over and over again. I dissect each part of the song carefully. When people watch my choreography, I want them to feel like my movement is the instruments playing the music.
What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
I believe we, as artists, are very underpaid for our work. Innovating new ideas is what keeps the world moving forward; however, artists are sometimes viewed as people who don’t have “real jobs.” Therefore, our careers are underpaid and underappreciated. From a professional dancer perspective, I’ve been asked to do jobs that are as low as minimum wage. Anything that is as physically and mentally exhausting as dance should not be paid minimum wage. Luckily nowadays, dancers have created Dancer’s Alliance to assure that artists get paid a fair amount for their work.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can see most of my work online through my Instagram (@lindsmessi) or through YouTube/Vimeo. Occasionally, I perform at local dance shows such as RAW Artists, Jete, and Choreographer’s Carnival. People can help support my work by simply sharing my videos with others.
- Email: lindsaynicolee@Gmail.com
- Instagram: lindsmessi