Today we’d like to introduce you to NV.
Hi NV, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I can’t start this story without recognizing the little girl whose rhythm was out of tune way back when. I laugh to myself looking back because of the way I move now, lets just say the journey has definitely been transformative. I started out at a local studio in Queens, NY called Eileen’s School of Dance at the time. From my very first year, I became tuned in and dance became life.
The studio would later be renamed Elite Dance Conservatory where I continued my studies in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and musical theater competing for the next ten years. Fast forward to the end of 8th grade, I graduate middle school with an acceptance to Fiorello H LaGuardia High School of the Music, Art & Performing Arts. Within those next four years, my curriculum included dance history, ballet, Graham and Horton modern techniques, tap, musical theatre, choreography, career management and finishing my senior year with performances. You end up meeting a lot of people along the way, especially since LaGuardia is a mini Manhattan in itself. This was essentially the budding of my network. In the midst of life, I was also dancing outside of school. This is where I started getting acquainted with the NY dance community, bouncing around and dancing with different groups, soaking up all the dance information I could and performed. I found myself joining a youth hip hop company called TPDC, which was my introduction to “commercial hip hop”.
Prior to this, I didn’t know too much about it or the places that it could take me but I was definitely in for a neat surprise. After my first year with the group, divine timing presenting me an opportunity to go on my very first tour with an artist who was opening up for Diggy Simmons. This is pretty major considering I was only 15 and never imagined something like this happening to me so soon. Once I started this new gig, I knew that this was something I wanted to do again. By the time I became a senior, my feelings on attending college did a complete 180 and I found myself not really knowing if I really wanted to attend school anymore. By the time I graduated, I decided to take a gap year to access what and who I wanted to be. A few months later, I auditioned for a major talent agency, where unfortunately our relationship didn’t last past the probationary period. This was the first time I’d experience a rejection of this spectrum. Even though it did take a little hit on my confidence, it couldn’t outweigh my resilience. That same summer, I worked a dance teaching job to start investing into my love for modeling. I’ve always loved it. I grew up watching America’s Next Top Model, and its always made an impression on me that I could be a supermodel.
So here we are years later, and I finally dove into creating my own lane with modeling. Before I knew it, I went from not knowing where to start to collaborating and working with so many talented MUA’s and photographers. As I started to come into my own creativity, I joined a burlesque company that helped me tap into my sensuality … my power and magnetism as a woman. After being with this group for a few months, my creative director recommended me to the talented Tanisha Scott and before I knew it, I was dancing for Justine Skye. That became a pivotal moment in my life because even though I no longer had representation, I still found myself right where I needed to be. That day I was reminded that what’s meant for you will always find you. Not too long after, I auditioned for the talent agency I’m currently represented by, Clear Talent Group. Out of 800+ applicants, I was 1 out of 10 signed in 2016.
Then to top it all off, my first job with CTG was dancing for Beyoncé, in her Lemonade performance, in the 2016 VMAS. What a time that was for me. Around the same time the year before, I just got dropped and now I’m dancing for the TOP artist of my time. Divine timing always had a way of intercepting at thee most impeccable time. After that, CTG has presented me with many opportunities that I’m so grateful to have been apart of. Some of those moments include an international foundation campaign for Shiseido, dancing in music videos for Major Lazer, Sean Paul, Yo Gotti & Rotimi, touring with Lion Babe, Azealia Banks, Thalia & Kelela, appearing in commercials for Target, Geico, & H&M, modeling and performing during NYFW for brands such as Savage X Fenty, Alice & Olivia & Phillip Plein, and lastly performing with Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Ari Lennox, Bebe Rexha, & Halsey on national tv and award shows. In the span of the five years I’ve been with Clear, we have made my wildest dreams come true.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Anything you want in life has to be worth fighting for so there has definitely been some obstacles along the way. I think the first main challenge was knowing that I am enough. I’ve always had an adaptive approach to life and because I’m my biggest critic with a side of perfectionism, sometimes I work against myself and recognize the negatives before the positives. I’m always working on myself, but I had to learn how to be more gentle with myself. Affirming myself. Trusting myself, my talent and more importantly, my process. The next struggle I would say is learning not to compare myself and my journey to those of my peers. Sometimes when you’re surrounded by amazing, talented people, we’re bound to look and compare.
It’s within human nature, however that same kind of juxtaposition can birth a mindset that is not conducive to productivity nor does it validate my gifts. I had to learn how to not be envious because someone had what I wanted. Instead, it inspired me seeing their accomplishments and gave me motivation to make things happen for myself. The last major struggle I had to learn was that there are many reasons as to why I wouldn’t have booked a job. Sometimes when auditioning for a job, the talent can become secondary when casting is abiding by a specific breakdown. They could love my talent but I’m not the best fit for the position. Once I understood that some decisions go beyond my talent, I just always put my best foot forward.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am an entertainer. I dance, model, sing, & act. I’m mainly known for my dancing and modeling as those have been the artistic expressions that have the most to show for. The thing I’m most proud of I would have to say, is doing everything I said I would. I remember being fresh out of high school and working at Forever 21 in soho, imagining myself being in makeup campaigns in Sephora, manifesting working with Rihanna whether it was a music video, award show, a tour, etc. and within those next upcoming years, IT HAPPENED. I think what sets me apart from others is my energy. My energy is my biggest currency. I’m all about my work but I also want it to be fun. I love collaborating with people to create magical moments as well as just helping people out with their creative projects. I don’t like wasting my time so whatever I do, I’m always ten toes down. It’s always about good vibes and great energy with me, so if it’s off, I move accordingly.
So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
Folks can work or collaborate with me by contacting me via IG or emailing myself and or my agent. I currently have a YouTube page where you can check out some of the work I’ve done, my page is called Flavors Of NV. I’m currently working on my website, so pls stay tuned as that’ll be the epicenter of everything NV.
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: __nvme
- Twitter: NVZNS
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCddjeOCXafisM5vq-rXD9qA
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