Today we’d like to introduce you to Maci Montes.
Maci, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started dancing when I was three years old. I was highly influenced by my mom who was a professional dancer and I really needed something to keep me busy. Through the years, life became tough for little Maci. At age 13, I was diagnosed with severe depression, social anxiety & ADHD. My world came crashing down, but I realized that dance would always be there to save me. I am now a mental health advocate and I’m loving dance more and more every day. I’m also apart of the dance company IMMAbeast/IMMAbreathe based in North Hollywood.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not been a smooth road I would say. Struggling with mental illness tore me apart, especially in the dance industry. After every audition, I would get so in my head about how I looked and how I acted. I’ve also struggled with knowing my individuality. I’m very different, and confidence in my uniqueness was a bump in the road for many years. Every day is a new struggle for me, but I now know that it’s making me a wiser, stronger human.
Please tell us about your work.
I am a dancer in Los Angeles. I am apart of a dance company called IMMAbeast/IMMAbreathe. I’m known for storytelling through dance. I’m very different from others. I move differently than most dancers, I tend to really act out whatever character I’m assigned. I love playing different characters and people in a dance, and I feel like that’s what makes me so unique in the dance world.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I have no regrets honestly. I’ve learned from my mistakes. I would go back and take care of 13-year-old Maci a little more intently though. I feel like I did not take care of myself as well as I should’ve. But I wouldn’t want to start over, I feel as though everything happens for a reason.