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Meet Tyrik J Patterson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tyrik J Patterson.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Tyrik. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My introduction to dance took place at Richardson High School in Dallas, Texas. I was a fourteen year old theatre kid surrounded by the dramatically inclined. There, I was able to witness so much talent, including this senior named Brandon Baker: the star of Richardson’s very notable pep rallies. Noticing the way he made people feel every performance, I realized that, despite not knowing how, I wanted to be that star. So I created a dance troupe on a whim as I had no experience. But with the help of the team, I discovered a passion for movement and carried out several shows that inspired a career (little did I know).

Upon graduating, I abused my summer by overzealously training around the DFW Metroplex. The Renegades, The Neighborhood, and DFC Headquarters I thank for sweaty days before continuing my education at UT Austin to study dance performance. I credit the dance program there most for being the medicine for my knowledge and ability. I didn’t know a thing about tendus, fondus, or dance in general. But in those two years, I was living an expedited journey receiving classical information Monday through Friday, and a Monsters Dance Convention education on the weekends. It was two years of ample notetaking and application.

After sophomore year, I prematurely left my BFA program to follow my instincts in pursuing a career in LA. I moved in April of 2018, and could not have been more excited to execute. I was taking four to five classes a day, standing in lines for “thank you for coming”, and creating to turn disappointment into art. I, eventually and first, signed with Bloc Talent Agency that summer and did some work for artists including Rhye, Luke Bryan, Olly Murs, and Snoop Dogg. Nearing a year in the city, I took to creating more than what I was dancing and began hosting off an on sessions in North Hollywood. That led to a seasonal slot at KreativMindz Dance Academy before opportunity sparked in the summer.

In July of 2019, I performed in the Monsters Show along with a family of timeless talent, and more opportunities arose since then. I taught for Movement Lifestyle’s On The Rise program in September. I continued to teach at KreativMindz and started with ImmaSpace. Dance work picked back up, allowing me to perform dually as a dancer and an educator. My creative work started attracting international attention, and I began lining up offers for a teaching tour in the summer of 2020. I signed with Clear Talent Group commencing a new chapter of work. And most importantly, I’ve gained a gratitude that exceeds these opportunities and includes applause for the struggles that have and will come. I’ve gained security in uncertainty, and a hunger for everything that comes my way.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Fortunately, it is never a smooth road being an artist. And I say fortunately because a bumpy road brings wisdom, lessons learned, and answers to prayers. Before I danced and acted, I wanted to be a singer. I auditioned for America’s Got Talent at eleven years old, and was awarded a “no” that broke my spirit. But, I learned that the “no” is equally necessary as the “yes”. The “no” for me was walking home with no agent after swearing I would. The “no” looks like chasing scholarships/accolades that aren’t chasing you. The “no” sometimes disguises itself as a “yes” but reveals the truth after being on hold for a dream job and losing it. You just have to be patient for the “yes” that comes when it’s supposed to.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
My business is my art. I specialize in creating energy, dialogue, and movement that can start a movement. I would say that I’m currently known for my choreography and approach to dance. I celebrate shape, mobility, and texture in my work with room for honesty and individuality. Something I see less and less of these days are peoples’ secret weapon. I firmly believe that clones do not exist. Therefore, everyone has something special about them that no one else can have. Finding, sharpening, and using my secret weapon is what sets me apart from this world.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Resilience, Patience, Honesty, Faith, and Love. I could add so much more as there’s so many attributes necessary to top the entertainment industry. These five are what I try to practice for the most part though.

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Wes Klain, Chad Brady Photography, Aerol “Ace” Abance, Rajinee L Buquing, Verano Revolution, Larkin Donley, Kenny Washington, Adrian Doza, Noel J. Federizo

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