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Meet Myranda Gibson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Myranda Gibson.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Myranda. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was born and raised in Oswego, IL a suburban town outside of Chicago. I grew up in a white house at the end of cul de sac with my older brother and my parents. My parents put me in dance class at three years old and I immediately fell in love. I was a very shy child and dance brought me out of my shell. When I was nine, I decided that I wanted to take dance more seriously and I joined a competitive dance company. I was at the studio everyday training and competed most weekends.

When I was 12, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and all of our lives went on hold. With her going through treatment and not being able to work as much, my parents could not afford dance the way they had before. During this time, I learned two of the biggest lessons, how important my family is to me, and how important dance is to me. When my mom finished her treatment and was cancer-free, I was able to go back to dance with a new drive and perspective.

A few years later, my dance studio closed down. I was then able to take classes at different studios to expand my dance training. I also began assisting on a dance convention where I found the sense of family I had lost when my studio closed. At that point, I knew I wanted to move to LA and pursue a career in dance. I decided to leave my school and study online so I could dance even more. I managed to finish my high school courses a year early and when I was 17, I moved to Los Angeles.

I have lived in LA for a little over four years now and I am so proud of myself in how far I’ve come in my craft and even more proud of who I’ve become as a person. Every day is a new struggle and a new lesson. I am so grateful for my journey so far and I have so much excitement for what’s to come.

Has it been a smooth road?
Most definitely not. My life has been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster and pursuing a career in this industry has been no different. I have struggled with anxiety and depression since I was young and it’s something I’m still very much working through today. I dealt with a lot of confidence issues growing up both in my day to day life and in dance. I had a hard time believing in myself and seeing my value. Over the years, I have come to love myself for all that I am and that has been my saving grace. In an industry where you have to audition for so many jobs and be told no more times than you can count, it can become exhausting. I’ve learned that the auditions, jobs, and opportunities will come and go but the person that I am and what I have to offer others will always be the most important thing.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a professional dancer in Los Angeles. I have worked with artists such as Snoop Dogg, Juicy J, and Charli XCX, as well as companies like McDonald’s, Apple, and Beach Body. I have performed in music videos, award shows, live performances, commercials, and industrial shows. I am so grateful for all of the opportunities that I have had. The biggest gift for me is knowing that the life I am living is something my 13 years old self had only dreamed possible. I know I will look back in 30 or 40 years and be so proud of everything that I have accomplished. Staying true to my younger self and being someone that she would be proud of has kept me genuine and grounded. I find so much reward in being someone that inspires others to stay true to who they are.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I think our industry will continue moving in the direction of more acceptance. Acceptance of the nontraditional “dancer body”, taller dancers, shorter dancers, dancers of all different ages, races, and sexualities. I also see dance getting the recognition that is long overdue. Choreographers and dancers deserve to be respected and praised like directors, actors, and singers. I truly hope that that shift comes soon!

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: @MyrandaGibson

Image Credit:
Wes Klain, Claudio Robles, Ben Adams, Kevin Simpson

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