We had the good fortune of connecting with MARIANA PARMA and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi MARIANA, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
TAKING RISKS TO ME, IS ABOUT PURSUING WHATEVER IT IS YOU LOVE DOING AND NEVER FEEL LIKE YOU ARE WORKING A DAY IN YOUR LIVE.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a professional Dancer, instructor, and choreographer specializing in Argentine Tango and Salsa. My dancing career has given me the opportunity to travel nationally, abroad, and meet beautiful people from all over the world. Dance has also lead me to pursue and develop my other passion for acting. When you discover a love and passion, you have to commit fully. It’s very hard to turn it into your profession if you do not commit 100%. This requires a lot of discipline and resilience. And more importantly trust, trust in your ability, that you can. And when you trust, you invest in yourself, by taking classes, and working on perfecting your ability, to develop your skills. It’s not easy because you are responsible to show up, for yourself, for your passion. And many times you don’t have a set schedule, you have to set that up, and be accountable for the time you spend on your craft. And sometimes you never know when or where the next job is going to come from. I love a quote, a dancer friend, Rosina Gil, shared with me, “When the fisherman cannot go out to sea, he spends his time repairing the nets”, And that”s how I feel right now. I have lost all my scheduled work as a dance educator and performer, but I continue to train and create. Because this will pass, and when things open up, I will be ready to go out to “sea.” The same for my Acting career. If I am not working in a production, I am in class working my skills, and everyday I am searching for potential projects that I would love to audition for . And work on networking by meeting casting directors. Things I have discovered, and that I am constantly reminding myself, is to be light. Not to carry so much on my shoulders, expectations, taking everything lightly, rejections, successes, and to do everything with love. I try not to do anything, with anger and especially with hate. Without sounding cliche ish, Life is precious and find the joy in the simplest things, like walking outside, on a sunny day feeling the breeze, and being able to breathe effortlessly. Because these basic freedoms are not the reality for so many people, And we have too embrace this. I just want people to be happy and realize how important each one of our stories are.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take my friend to the local places. Like the jewish deli on the corner that have the best bagels in my neighborhood in Queens, and then walk to flushing meadow park, where you come across all the cultures in NYC, every three feet. And for dinner to my favorite Mexican restaurant 5 Boroughs , that has the best quesadillas and margaritas. And lastly we need to go Salsa dancing on Monday night at Taj, and Tango dancing at La Nacional on Thursday night.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
WOW, there are so many people that inspire me and support me. I can just say one person or group. I think that along the journey of life, we come across a certain book, group, and people that elevate us and sometimes, we do not see or speak to the person again, but still feel indebted to that person or group. And I make a mental note, that I will try to pass on the inspiration to someone else unconditionally. Family for me has always been very important to me, and my parents instilled that in my brothers and myself. So my biggest foundation and pillars are my parents and brothers and our respected partners and children and nephews and nieces. Followed by my dance and art community that always show up to help and support me in my projects, and to my students, who inspire me so much with their endless dedication to show up. And to my yoga teachers, who have introduced me to a spiritual moving meditation.
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