For Dancers: Reclaiming Your Resources

There are so many moving parts in a career as a dancer. Especially when you’re dealing with branding, networking, and most importantly, the ongoing challenge to push boundaries in your technique, your artistry, yourself. That is a lot to hold yourself accountable for. But, what I’ve found to be shocking is: a) the lack of … Read more

Being a Whole Dancer

As dancers, we all know how easy it is to sink into negative patterns of eating or thinking. It can be a challenge to confidently practice healthy habits. When we think wellness, we tend to think about the physical aspects: eating right, sleeping, cross training etc. but what about our conscious and subconscious habits? A … Read more

For Photographers: Rachel’s Law of Expansion and Contraction

This is the time of year when I work on creative shoots and really focus on expanding the scope of my shooting. I’m experimenting with new ideas, new subjects, different lights and lighting patterns, as well as new ways of working and so on. As I am challenging myself to push my own boundaries, I … Read more

Checking In: February Frenzy to March Madness

Hey all! February always seems to spiral out of control. We lose track of new year’s resolutions, schedules kick back into gear after being holiday mode for so long, and with audition season in full swing, a sense of stability gets lost in the shuffle. But this time of year is when I get to … Read more

Getting Out of Your Own Way

Audition season is upon us! And we all know how it feels to step into a room and feel wholly out of your element. Whether it be the technique, the repertoire, or the style of dance, there are so many ways a new environment, like an audition, can throw you for a loop. But while … Read more

Find Your Support

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Creating, identifying and maintaining a support system is so valuable for dancers. We spend so much time internalizing the emotional burden of the profession and too little on finding healthy outlets and stability in our daily routines. I am certain it is not lost on you that balance is important, dancer or not. Finding balance … Read more

Retrospection and the Year Ahead

I’ve just come through a really heavy shooting season, and like any business owner, I don’t take downtime but turn my attention to post game analysis. What could we have done better? What things need to be put in place to make systems run more smoothly next year? Is there an area of my work … Read more

It’s All About Your Attitude

How we present ourselves in body language, personal appearance, and overall attitude is a quiet yet key player in the audition process. Having a good attitude and exercising basic etiquette with your fellow dancers, choreographers, directors, and yes, photographers, is a sign of respect and is beneficial to your career and how you approach your … Read more

Holiday Reset: Conditioning and Cross-Training

We all need to take a break to pause and breathe. For many of us, the holiday sweet spot between Nutcracker madness and audition season is the tempting and rare moment to be still. And period of this rest and relaxation has as much value as pushing yourself. However, with many studios closed at the … Read more