MAJA KEREŠ | DREAMER
These days there is so many local news about a girl who was dancing in a video of famous Justin Timberlake. For the song “Filthy”. But here, we are not going to talk about him or how great she was in that video. We are going to talk about something other portals did not ask her.
We can say that we are more than happy to have her on our blog, and probably you are going to understand at the end of this story why is that?
We asked her simple question. Who is Maja Kereš?
I am a dancer, an artist, a performer, a believer, an achiever. I was born in Rijeka, Croatia 30 years ago, fell in love with dance in my teenage years and decided to follow that passion and my gut, and now I live in Los Angeles, USA working as a professional dancer.
Since our brand is located in Europe / Croatia and we have so many differences between the opinions, youth thinking, culture and almost everything else from the rest of the world we wanted to know what is her inner strength for developing herself and moving towards success. We knew that it was not easy to come to the point where she is now so, what did she tell us about her inner strength.
Exactly. There was a lot of sacrifices, investments, expenses and courage. What kept me going is the passion for dance, for stage, for performing and the hunger for knowledge and experience. I had a dream what I want to do and I worked on making it happen.
The first big project was about a month after I moved to New York. I booked a commercial for a brand of water with the famous Mexican artist Thalia, choreographed by one of the most renowned choreographers Luam. It was literally my second job in The States and it was nerve-wracking for me because there were only 3 of us dancers, and the director wanted me to be the principal dancer, so I put the extra pressure on myself that I have to be perfect and that I cannot mess up. Every next project that I was getting, of course, I felt more and more comfortable, because I was gaining more and more experience.
Photo by: Mislav Mironovic
I think the common thing at home is trying to find an excuse why you don’t have something that somebody else has, or why you are not doing something that somebody else is. I have heard a lot of versions about myself as well, from things like I have a lot of money, my parents are rich, that’s why I was able to go to America, etc. etc. My parents are not rich, I don’t come from rich family, I had what I saved for with my own work, and what’s most important – I had a dream. A dream and the urge to dance that motivated me to travel across the world in order to achieve it. I think especially now, with all of the social media and internet that make everything more approachable there is no more excuse not to do what you want. Young generations have the gift of having so many opportunities to take classes on a regular, to choose from different styles of dance, to attend organized jams, battles, to learn from the internet, to have guest teachers brought to Croatia. There is so much more opportunities to work on their craft then when I was growing up. More opportunities to perform, to work. So, basically, what I’m trying to say – the conditions are so much better than years ago, don’t be afraid to dream, and to go after that dream:) The young generations in Croatia are very talented and I’m excited to see how the future of our dance scene is gonna look like, but I do have an advice, or a reminder – talent is not enough, you have to put in work. Don’t rely on social media to get you famous, let your skills speak for you. Become timeless.
True motivational speaker if you ask us. We would like to hear what these quitters would say now.
Biggest resistance I give in my personal life is to failure, or not succeeding in something, whether it be in an exercise, a move, an argument. Sometimes I am actually just stubborn and that’s one thing I am not always proud of. I do naturally resist injustice, seeing or feeling injustice always triggers in me the urge to fight or to help or to do something in order to make it right. I am all for justice and fair play 🙂
I would like to end this conversation with one of my favorite quotes ever which is “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” (Paulo Coelho, “The Alchemist”)
I chose the Dream big T-shirt because it precisely describes me and my journey 🙂
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