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Meet Shuichi Morimoto-Jalad

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shuichi Morimoto-Jalad.

Shuichi, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I moved from Tokyo, Japan to NY in 2011 before setting my foot in LA in 2016. When I moved to the US, I had a student visa and my English communication skills was not as good. In NYC, I performed in one of the famous dance TV shows in the U.S. called America’s Best Dance Crew/ABDC in which I was a dance crew member for Rhythm City. I traveled with the crew in Japan and the US doing dance workshops and dance showcases for two years. Besides dancing, I also did some acting/modeling. I did a short comedy film that I directed myself which was featured at Culver City Film Festival.

All while doing this, I also trained for the bodybuilding and competed at a men’s physique competition and placed 3rd in his class. I love to challenge and push myself.

Right now, I am working as a fitness coach that mixes my hip hop dance styles and unique workout exercises.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
When I first moved here it was not a smooth road at all. My English communication skills was a 4/10 so I went to an English school while doing all the things I love. The process at first was definitely a struggle when you sometimes can’t communicate what you want and you were less understood. Also, when I had a student visa I tried to work for a Japanese restaurant so I can pay rent and pay for food. When I did some acting and commercial modeling jobs here in LA, I felt I did not get a lot of roles and I think being Asian, I felt it was very challenging to get into this field.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Right now, I am working as a fitness trainer and dance instructor. What sets me apart from what I do as a dance instructor is making my dance moves that are geared to everyone from beginners to advance levels showing character and acting.

What were you like growing up?
I am the oldest of two kids. I was not close to my younger sister and my family since I love hanging out with my friends more. When I started dancing I was just busy trying to get a job and being independent. I was working 3-4 jobs and all I was just focused on myself.

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Erikson Erise @eriksonerise; Frank David Wagner @wagnerla

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