Today we’d like to introduce you to Marquis Wooten.
Marquis, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Hi! My name is Anthony but I go buy “Marquis”. I started dance as a cheer dancer in Orlando, Fl. It was there that I got introduced to hip-hop dance and people from all over the country with the dance team I was on at the time. After graduation, I started a dance team with my then best friend, Jamel. We put together a crew and auditioned for America’s Got Talent. We made it through the first round. We weren’t featured but we took the momentum from that experience and started a dance company Masterz N Motion. After traveling as a teacher and choreographer, I decided to move to LA with my then fiance. We moved here in 2010 and through chance and good luck I reconnected with a good friend, Terrence “TP” Polite and he gave me the chance of a lifetime, to have my first job as a dancer for Raphael Sadiq on Dancing With The Stars!. This experience propelled my career and I was able to work with some amazing artist and people. I started a studio with my wife and we were able to build it up to over 100 kids. But in 2014, I had to start all over when I got divorced. I was faced with the decision to give up and go back home or fight to stay here. I went into grind mode and was able to get my fitting all over again. Even though I was still in LA, I knew something was missing. The industry! I remembered all the amazing conversations I was privy to the previous ten years, and I wanted to create a platform for talented creatives to share their viewpoints. Last year I said a prayer and pressed “publish”. From the first episode, I have to have candid conversations with creatives and Ive personally been able to grow so much. It was going great until my mother was diagnosed with kidney failure and put into hospice. I flew back home for a month to be with her. When I came back to LA, I seriously contemplated stopping the podcast. It was right when I was about to stop that I had a convo with a friend, Alex, who also happened to be my first guest. He reminded me why I started and even offered to come on again. The support that I get from people that listened has been encouraging. I take pride in sharing my story so others can know they can do it too.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No, it’s hard to get people to come on sometimes. When I stopped to take care of my mom, I lost some of my motivation to keep going. But I fight to keep going because I know the things my guest share could help someone else going thru a lot.
The Kickback w Woo Views (podcast) – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My podcast specializes in sharing real stories. Real people. Real talent. Real opinions. Real growth.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Of my podcasting career, I would have to say this would be it! The ability to share what I do with a larger outside audience is a dream come true. I used to dance in front of thousands but this medium is so new for me. So as a podcaster, this would be my crowning achievement.
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