We had the good fortune of connecting with Jonathan Mayuga and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jonathan, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
The word “Risk” itself will naturally instill fear in anyone’s decision-making, including mine. What I’ve learned is overthinking and choosing not to educate yourself about a decision will leave you in this endless “Risky” abyss. Although you just never know until you jump in and get your feet wet. At the end of the day, it’s “Now or Never”. Sometimes you may have to make certain sacrifices and that’s okay, there are risks out there that are worth pursuing especially if it includes chasing your passion. I experienced life changing risks that lead me to achieve greater things. From moving to Las Vegas, chasing my Breakdance career, and transitioning into starting my own nightlife tour business was all a huge “risky” mess although it was worth it! You just have to go with your decision and take the leap.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I’ve been a Breakdancer my whole life and because of that I know what it takes to be a professional. Your willingness to grow and learn is what will take you far. Experience and consistency goes a long way even though it may be a painful process you just have to go through with it. Going from a creative career and learning to be in business for yourself is not an easy thing to do. Balance was my biggest challenge, I was hosting tours and doing Breakdancing gigs at the same time which resulted in burn out. I’ve experienced a lot of ups and downs. The way I learned to overcome this challenge was to recognize areas where I fell short and implement a way to release the pressure of “doing everything” at once. A great thing I learned from this whole venture in life is that everything runs on your relationships with people. If you take care of them, they will take care of you. The message I want the world to know of my brand with Pro Party Crawls is to give visitors a welcoming environment in a party filled city, while connecting with other guests and our guides. It almost makes them feel as if we’ve been friends for a very long time.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In no particular order I would actually bring my friend to the Arts District to have drinks at Ninja Karaoke, a karaoke bar that my good friends own. If it’s a First Friday we’d be in the Arts District all night due to the festivities going on. We’d walk around that area and make a few stops at other popular bars like Rebar & Velveteen Rabbit. Then we would make our way to Fremont St. and bring them to one of my favorite bars there called Inspire, which is a 3 level rooftop club. Then pretty much bar hop from there, almost simulating my usual bar crawl route. I’d also take them to see the Jabbawockeez show at the MGM Grand, then hop on the High Roller Wheel. After that I would bring them along one of my Party Bus Tours since we’ll be on the Strip. At some point, we’d switch it up and hit up Chinatown to eat at some great places there, depending on what time of the night it is, most likely Golden Tiki Bar for late drinks then Ramen Show 2 for late night dinner. By this time I’m pretty sure we’d be too hung over the next day (which is what usually happens when friends are in town) so we would take forever waking up and getting our bodies in order. If we wake up early enough I would suggest Baby Stacks for Filipino breakfast which is bomb! Of course we have to hit a brunch spot at either 18Bin for their house music brunch event or Makers & Finders. On top of that most of my friends are dancers, so if there’s a battle event of course we would be hitting that up, then continue to party afterwards or Distrct Arts for open session. There’s so much other places to hit, but I don’t think a week would even be long enough for them to experience.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to give a few shoutouts because naming only 1 person, group or organization doesn’t cut it. First and foremost I want to shoutout my family in Chicago Mom (Amy), Dad (Pablo) and my brothers (John & JP) for their love and supporting my journey in life. My girlfriend Joy for her love, inspiration, and always motivating me to push myself further. My crew, The Zoo, for becoming my family in Vegas when I had no one, and Jorge my old boss from Rockstarcrawls for showing me a new world in the crawl industry. There’s much more but I’ll end it by shouting out my friends worldwide who’ve helped me grow along the way and always showed support.
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