Today we’d like to introduce you to Tarra Green.
Tarra, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born in the heart of Detroit but raised in Chesterfield, a small suburb on the outskirts of Detroit. There was always a love and passion for the arts in my family. At a young age I wanted to do absolutely everything, including gymnastics, swimming, ice skating, cheerleading, playing the violin, and dancing. I experienced all those things but later found my true passion and fell in love with the art of dance. I’ve been dancing for 23 years. I am always exhilarated about dance and continue to carry the same love, passion and devotion for it!
I grew up training in dance styles such as Jazz, contemporary, ballet, pointe, tap, and hip-hop at Spotlight Dance Works. They eventually asked me to be a part of the competitive team where we traveled to dance competitions, conventions, nationals, and intensive that were held in many states.
When I entered high school, I knew being a part of their dance team might be a challenge, especially with what I already had on my plate. I am always up for a challenge, so I joined the team. I ended up pursuing the dance team for four years. I even went on to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance at Wayne State University. College opened me up to a different world where I was taught the fundamentals, significance, and history of dance. They truly expanded my horizons in the choreography realm. Introducing me to some of New York’s greatest choreographers and dancers. I felt extremely grateful and inspired but it didn’t truly resonate with me. My heart kept being pulled in a different direction but I wasn’t certain on where. A year after graduation I decided that I was going to move to California, in pursuit of my dreams.
I flew out to California just to audition for an agency called MSA. I honestly didn’t expect to be selected because when I walked in that room I truly felt out of place. After the jazz audition I didn’t plan on staying for the hip-hop portion because that wasn’t my strong suit. As I was the last person to walk out of the room from my group, they called my name. The judges asked if I planned to stay for the hip-hop audition. Knowing how low my confidence level was in that style I still said yes and stayed. Within the next couple of days, they offered me a contract. I knew this was a true sign from God that California is where I belong. Three months later I found myself living in the entertainment capitol of the world known as Los Angeles, California.
Little did I know I was in for a rude awakening. I didn’t realize how competitive and cutthroat California was until I started going on auditions. I didn’t have anyone to truly guide me in the right direction so I had to do my research and teach myself. This forced me to mature, grow stronger, hustle, grind, and have thick skin. Many times, I felt lost in the sauce, not good enough, depressed, unsuccessful, and ugly but my faith in God allowed me to stay driven and focused. After already being here for 3 years and not really booking anything, I wanted to move home! If it couldn’t get any worse, MSA the agency I was signed with ended up dropping me! Instead of going down a deep dark spiral, I chose to be optimistic and take that as another sign from God that this is meant to happen and greater things will come. I was grateful to have the awesome opportunities such as traveling to China and dancing for the Los Angeles Clippers.
After not being signed for a year I took a leap of faith and submitted to every dance agency possible. It wasn’t until I signed with Movement Talent Agency that I felt my career going down the path I’ve always desired. I was able to do more in two years than I did in four years. I was so blessed to be able to work with Adidas, J Balvin, Jimmy Kimmel, Iggy Azalea, and much more! Throughout my entire experience of being here I was able to work with different entertainment companies that I now call my family, including the LA Follies. This has all been a long bumpy roller coaster but it shaped me into the person I am today.
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?
It definitely has been a shaky ride the entire six years I have been here. I have faced many obstacles and challenging decisions that could make or break my future. I auditioned for E! and their reality TV show featuring Clippers Spirit. I told myself If I made it past the interview portion, I wouldn’t take the dance contract to tour China. Well, they weren’t interested in me for the show but they still wanted me to attend the audition. I struggled with this decision for days because you never know what can come out of certain opportunities. I chose to go to China but things went severely wrong with our visas and I ended up being there one out of three months. This took a huge toll on me I kept thinking about the what ifs. I believe everything happens for a reason and this just wasn’t my time.
I believe a huge struggle we face as artists in the entertainment industry is being compared to one another. Being that I am a woman of color I find that we face a lot of scrutiny in this industry. We have to work harder to overcome barriers. We have to fight in order to not be overlooked. We have to demonstrate so we aren’t classified. As the industry continues to grow so does its appreciation for diversity. I have learned to stop blocking my blessings with negativity, judgement, and envy because it is only holding me back. Being patient is key because God does have a path for me, I had to learn that sometimes it isn’t my time yet. Being the Cancer sign that I am, I had to really grasp not taking things so personal and not letting my emotions get the best of me; but continue to know my worth and all the incredible things I have to offer.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
Sometimes as dancers we tend to branch out into other fields. I have acquired a love for fitness, modeling, and photography. I try to build creativity by incorporating these crafts into one another. I feel that my dedication, drive, passion and willingness to learn new things sets me apart from others. I appreciate the knowledge that is shared by other people because that is how you grow as an artist and as an individual. I am proud that I continue to overcome obstacles and challenges that are thrown at me. For example, COVID-19, instead of complaining and being upset about our state’s lockdown, I chose to take this time to breathe and asses my core values, develop my future, rebuild and rebrand myself.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I honestly do not believe luck played a role in my life. I believe it has a lot to do with being in the right place at the right time and that God plays a huge part in that. I believe God has created the journey I am embarking on, and it’s up to me to execute my designed path. Optimism and manifestation help me stay positive and clear minded.
- Email: Tarragreen11@gmail.com
- Instagram: @Tarragreen