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Friday, November 2, 2012

DEAR DIARY: LATOYA WEBLEY AND HER HUMBLE BEGINNINGS


If you think there is only one way to make it as a dancer, think again. As much as we wish there is a factory handing out blueprints to "make it in the industry", I highly doubt this kind of thing exists ... and if it does, please do fill me in. 

For Toronto-born dancer Latoya Webley, she has found what works for her and has fearlessly taken the right steps, using her God-given gifts and faith to power her through.  For those of you that caught the 2012 MTV Music Video Awards, you would have seen her sharing the stage with the one-and-only Rihanna.  And for those of you who have been around for much longer in the Toronto dance scene, you would have been brimming like a proud mother/father knowing her beginnings included tearing up stages with the explosive all-female crew Rukus.  A true testament of what can happen with the right amount of hard work, dedication and persistence. Latoya has been recently rockin' it out with Shakira, Jamie Foxx, Will.I.Am., and JOJO

In the latest Dear Diary entry, Latoya shares with us why working with Rihanna is such a special experience, why finding joy in the journey is what counts the most, and why facing the unknown is ALWAYS a good thing.  Keep at it girl and we'll see you at the top:D  



Dear Diary, 

Wow…where do I start?

‘Don’t despise the day of small beginnings’
Looking back at all my accomplishments as a dancer thus far, it honestly feels surreal. I still can’t believe I’ve had the opportunity to work with the industry’s top artists and choreographers. Hard work, dedication, networking, sacrifice, persistence, support from friends and family, a thick skin and my faith got me here.
To some dancers, working with Rihanna is a dream job, but for me, it goes far beyond just being a backup dancer. I remember dancing in Rihanna’s first video “Pon Di Replay” when she was in the beginning stages of her career. It was my first major dance job and no one even knew who she was. So having the opportunity to work with her years later, I’m always reminded about the humble beginnings and the start of both of our careers.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Rihanna on her ‘Reb’l Fleur’ perfume commercial, 2012 Grammy Awards and most recently 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. The 2012 MTV Video Music Awards was such an amazing experience! There were approximately 34 dancers total that were apart of this production. We rehearsed for an entire week/8hr days. Dance jobs like these tend to stretch me as an entertainer in so many ways and reaffirms that this is what I love to do.
Over the year I’ve realized that real joy can be found in the process of achieving your goals. There is no one proven blueprint to make it as a dancer. I had to figure out what works for me and not allow fear to interfere w/ my true destiny. I’ve always walked through the doors of opportunity boldly without fearing the unknown and ready to embrace whatever lies ahead.
I am so grateful and I thank God for every blessing and failure, times of joy and sadness, every job and rejection/let down, happiness and even the moments of loneliness, as I know it has molded me into the person I am today.
Don’t give up on your dreams!

Signed, 
Latoya Webley 

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