Today we’d like to introduce you to Brynda Rowen.
Brynda, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
When I was a kid, my mom put me into soccer. She saw that I didn’t really enjoy it and got burnt out pretty quick, so she thought why not try cheerleading. I loved cheerleading and it was super fun, although I didn’t really care for anything other than the dancing part. Now, my mom is a dancer so I’m sure you could understand her excitement when she heard the news. She then decided to pull me out of cheerleading and throw me into a few dance classes. By this time, I was six which is a later start than most studio dancers who begin typically at the age of 2. I felt slightly insecure jumping into it later than my fellow classmates, but I also didn’t really care because I just loved moving. It felt so natural as if I’d been doing it forever.
A few years and many dance competitions laters, I decided I wanted to get more serious about dance. In the passing years, I had gone from 3 different studios and discovered my love for hip hop! I learned everything from breaking to popping to house. I started competing and really only focusing on all things hip hop at this point. THEN, I found out that there were actual hip hop CREWS! I joined my first ever hip hop crew, ‘Soul Fresh Fam’ ran by Ricky Cole, around the age of 10 and was introduced to a whole new part of the dance community. We competed against other crews from all over the U.S. and different countries. Through the years I ventured out and was lucky enough to be apart of many other teams such as: Boogiezone Utopia’s Offspring and Armada Kidz, TroubleMakers, Gravy Babies, and The Lab!! The dance community has truly taught me so much about myself as a person and artist.
By the age of 11 I got my first agent, DDO, and started going on auditions. This part of the community was completely different than what I had known. There was so much more that went into it and I realized my talent alone wouldn’t be enough to get me to where I wanted to be. I started training in LA and learning from big choreographers such as Brian Friedman and Dave Scott. It was extremely intimidating, but I was determined. It definitely got to me mentally and emotionally at times and I felt like giving up a lot; however, I knew that I had to keep going.
I ended up getting signed by one of the top agencies in the industry, Bloc Talent, and from there I knew it was go time. Once I turned 16, I started training under choreographers, Antoine Troupe and Kolanie Marks. They have an academy in Burbank called KreativMndz Dance Academy and they gave me the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest choreographers in LA. We were taught and introduced to so many different styles, cultures, and people. I had some of my best, life-changing moments at this academy and I’m forever grateful for their impact on not only my life but many others’ as well.
I had done jobs from Just Dance commercials to video games, and a Skechers fashion show. It wasn’t until I turned 18 that I got booked to play a lead role in a music video, ‘Left To Right’ by Marteen. A few months had passed and I got asked to perform at my first ever award show, the AMAs, with Ciara and Missy Elliot. From here, things slowly started to take off. Once I turned 19, I got booked to be apart of an American Eagle: Back To School campaign featuring Lil Wayne. During that amazing experience, I got a call from Carrie, manager/director of The Lab, asking me if I was available to dance with Ciara on Jimmy Kimmel! We went on to perform on Good Morning America, Nickelodeon’s Kid Choice Sports Awards, and even in Ciara’s recent music video ‘Set!’ That was the moment I realized this is what I’ve worked so hard for. It was so reassuring and gratifying.
Has it been a smooth road?
It was definitely mentally and physically exhausting. Growing up, I was very insecure of myself and my dancing. I was constantly comparing myself to other amazing dancers and it became difficult for me to see my own potential. I felt like giving up many times throughout my career because of my lack of confidence. Although, I can proudly say I’ve overcome the majority of my insecurities and finally love who I am as a person and dancer.
Physically, I had to take more rest days than training days because I used to not stretch properly or take very good care of my body. This made it hard for me to stay consistent in my growth, but every time I was able to jump back into training I’d make sure to work extra hard.
I had always struggled financially with dance as well. My mom was paying a lot of money to keep me in it, but I could tell it was tough; which is why I worked so hard to show her that her money and support didn’t go to waste.
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