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Life and Work with Jessie Westbrook

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessie Westbrook.

Jessie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have been dancing since I was three years old. I fell in love with it, and knew very early on that dancing is what I want to do with my life. Recently I started SYZYGY Dance Company. Being able to fulfill a lifelong dream of mine through connecting with other people through art and expression means the whole world to me.
The modeling for me served as another creative outlet. I fell in love with photography in high school and also started modeling around then, so being able to be on both sides of the camera really helped me grow in both forms.

Modeling has also led me to other opportunities like creative directing and styling. I love how creative and collaborative working on a team for a photo shoot is and being able to hold a finished product of something you put all that creative and expressive energy into is incredibly satisfying.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Honestly, the largest obstacle I’ve faced so far has been myself. For whatever reason, I had this mentality that I needed to wait for an opportunity to come along. I was lost a lot, but who isn’t at times? After a while, I realized that I already had what it took to create my own opportunities, so I did.

Please tell us about your work.
I love combining elements of dance into my photoshoots, especially in fashion editorials. I’m also very excited about having started Syzygy Dance Company and to use that as a platform to fuse dance with other subjects I am passionate about.

There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that a lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
Find someone that you see who you want your future self to be in them.

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Image Credit:
@jessepixler, Dustin Handrich, David Langlois Photo, Eve Jenkins, Ricky Zastrow, Lindsay Amber photography

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