spotlight: i don’t drink pickle juice…

As silly as pop culture can sometimes be, it can leave us with bright little gems of philosophical greatness that last long past the artist that says them or the situational context it┬áis in. Today’s example is the Harajuku┬áBarbie herself, Miss Onika┬áMaraj┬á(aka Nicki Minaj).┬áJump the jump and┬ápeep Nicki talking about respect around the 28sec mark – the particular anecdote I’m spotlighting ends at 1:27.

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belief: work hard for that money. and honor. and respect.


So this is a tale about working hard…

I’ve danced┬ásince 2001 and done┬áprofessional┬áchoreography since about 2005. In every job I’ve held or experience that I’ve had relating to dance, I work my ass off at it and give it my all. It’s just a part of my┬áethical makeup – if you want to be┬átaken seriously at what you do, you’ve got to approach it seriously and provide quality. That can sometimes mean going above and beyond what is usually expected. As I count it as something┬áimmensely enjoyable, I’ve never really considered dancing or teaching real┬áwork, nor the “oh-my-god-not-this-again”┬áfeeling before approaching company┬árehearsal or walking into a studio full of students.┬áAsking me to do something past what I normally would is never a problem, I often do it without being asked if it crosses my mind. All for the love and passion of satisfying my soul with developing my talents every day.

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