EP 7: Danielle Aveyard

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Interview Transcript (autogenerated)

Danielle Aveyard

Dane: [00:00:00] You booked it, episode seven, Hey, entertainers and performers of the world. I’m your host, Dane Reis, and welcome to you. Booked it. Where I chat with inspiring entertainers, seven days a week by digging into their journey. We’re going to discover everything you need to do to be a successful entertainer, you know?

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[00:01:22] Let’s do this. All right. Let’s get started. I am excited to introduce my guest today. Danielle AVR. Danielle, are you ready for this? 

[00:01:35] Danielle: [00:01:35] Absolutely. Thank you for having me. 

[00:01:37] Dane: [00:01:37] My pleasure. Danielle was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, where she went to college to receive her BFA in dance from Wright state university in her senior year, she was accepted into the pre professional world, renowned Dayton, contemporary dance company, where she danced for one year while hitting the audition circuit.

[00:01:58] Danielle moved to Vegas in 2010 after hearing more and more entertainment jobs were opening up there every day. After a year of auditioning for talent agencies shows in nightclubs. She booked her first show with rock and roll. From that point on things seem to fall into place. She has danced at almost every casino on the strip in either a show or a nightclub.

[00:02:22] Some of her favorite jobs have been dancing in byte. The act fantasy as an AFL Outlaws, cheerleader hide and ex burlesque. Currently, you can find her at exper less at the Flamingo six nights a week, and occasionally even seven nights, Danielle, that is a quick intro of who you are and what you’ve done.

[00:02:42] But why don’t you tell us a little bit more about yourself, fill in the gaps, who you are, where you’re from, where you’re currently calling home and a little bit more about what you do as a professional in the entertainment industry. 

[00:02:56] Danielle: [00:02:56] All right. Well, I started dancing when I was very young, so probably since I was three years old.

[00:03:03]It’s just something that’s always been there for me. I’ve always enjoyed it and I just kept at it whenever I graduated high school, it just made sense to go into dance for college and pursuing that more, Well addition for cruise ships, dance companies.

[00:03:25] I’m trying to think of what else I’ve done. I actually moved out to Vegas in 2010 and I’ve done many, many, many auditions for many, many different projects. I’ve okay. With talent agencies that have opened for celebrities for different events, I’ve done some private events I’ve done. Concerts, I’ve done music videos.

[00:03:48] I’ve many shows on the Las Vegas strip. Aye. The amount of experience that I have is stuff that I can’t even remember half the time. So 

[00:03:59] Dane: [00:03:59] I get that. I mean, cause you are a true freelance hustler in this city. Yeah. I 

[00:04:07] Danielle: [00:04:07] freelance and I do a 

[00:04:08] Dane: [00:04:08] show. Exactly. You got the best of both worlds. 

[00:04:12] Danielle: [00:04:12] Okay. So. Between doing all that, I’m pretty much a workaholic.

[00:04:17] Dane: [00:04:17] Great. But that’s great because you’re busy doing what you love doing. And very few people, you know, really get to say that. 

[00:04:25] Danielle: [00:04:25] Absolutely. I’m very lucky. That’s one of the things that I talked to my friends about a lot, a lot of us, we hustle. We do all the jobs. Sometimes we’re doing three gigs a day.

[00:04:34] Sometimes there’s a week where you’re only doing one job every night. It doesn’t feel like work because it’s something we love to do so much. I get to go and I work with different friends on different gigs. And then I go to my show, which is my home, and I see those girls six or seven nights a week. And I don’t feel overworked.

[00:04:57] I don’t feel exhausted. And I don’t feel upset that I have to go to work. I get excited every time I get to do gigs. 

[00:05:04] Dane: [00:05:04] Yeah. It’s so much fun. And you know what I love about. What I love about the gig world. Cause it’s always a different client, a different something different company you’re working for. And they’re so much fun for me because that’s really how I get to see all my friends.

[00:05:20] Cause we’re all in this together. I’ll doing basically the same stuff, but we don’t get to work on the same jobs all the time. So it’s really just a big reunion and a bunch of fun. Every single time you get to a gig. 

[00:05:32] Danielle: [00:05:32] Exactly. Some people I don’t see for maybe. I’ll go as far to say six months, just because we’re booking different jobs.

[00:05:41] Each person gets booked for different things. Cause it’s, you know, you get typecasted for different things. So you might not see the same people all the time, just because you’re not cast for the same roles that you would get all the time. Yeah. It’s always a good reunion and a good time to catch up with friends because you go and you do this job, and then you sit on breaks with people and you get to have conversations about what they’re up to and what they’ve been doing.

[00:06:06] And it’s more than just looking at their social media because. Not all of us have the, We don’t all have the time or the freedom to go out and catch up and get drinks or do lunches and things. Cause we’re all working all the time. Or, you know, everybody has their own families or their other friends they hang out with.

[00:06:27] So at least the jobs is that’s where you get to see people. 

[00:06:32] Dane: [00:06:32] Absolutely. Well, let’s move on to the next section here. And look, I am a sucker for a good quote. What is your favorite quote that you’d like to share with everyone? 

[00:06:44] Danielle: [00:06:44] One of my favorite quotes, I don’t even remember when I found it. I want to say it was probably in college.

[00:06:51]And I should have looked up who the author was, but it’s just something that’s always stuck with me. So I don’t have, it might be an unknown author, but it’s. Blessed are those who dance for? They have infinite fours of gold beneath their feet. 

[00:07:06] Dane: [00:07:06] I love that quote. I’ve never heard that 

[00:07:07] Danielle: [00:07:07] before. That’s one of my favorite ones because it doesn’t matter where I go or what I’m doing, because dance has always been my home and my passion.

[00:07:19] I get to do that anywhere. Whether it’s in a show or my living room or taking class, I can always find somewhere. To do what makes me really happy. I 

[00:07:31] Dane: [00:07:31] love that. And that just creates kind of a balance in your life I can imagine. And it’s okay. And it’s not even, like you said, it’s not just about the, the professional work, not just the shows, not just the gigs it’s that you can control that and experience that and fulfill yourself when you’re at home.

[00:07:50] Danielle: [00:07:50] Absolutely. I don’t have to be at work to be dancing. 

[00:07:53] Dane: [00:07:53] Right. Exactly. You know, I think it’s a, a true Testament to the fact that this is your passion, that this is what you it’s, who you are, you know, that you do this when you don’t have to do it. 

[00:08:06] Danielle: [00:08:06] Absolutely. 

[00:08:07] Dane: [00:08:07] Great. Well, let’s move on. So Danielle, of course you are an entertainer.

[00:08:12] I’m an entertainer. And I think you’d agree that the entertainment industry is one of the most subjective. Brutally honest, personally, emotional industries that either of us know about or have experienced and you know, as well as I, that in order to create and to have a successful career in this industry, like you’re having now, it takes a lot of dedication and hard work.

[00:08:35] And while of course, yeah, there is outrageous amount of fun and excitement being an entertainer. We also. Are going to experience obstacles and challenges and failures that we’re going to have to move forward through. So tell us, what does one key challenge obstacle or failure you’ve experienced in your career and how did you come out the other side better?

[00:08:59] Because of it, 

[00:09:02] Danielle: [00:09:02] one thing that I learned, I want to say pretty early on, because I think. It was more when I was over at fantasy that I started learning this, you are not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. You’re not going to be everybody’s favorite. You’re not going to be booked for every job because it’s all based on who’s casting who’s and the audience, and just what they like the hardest thing about being a dancer in a show or doing.

[00:09:36] Gigs and working events, whether it’s commercials or anything, that’s movie related music, video related. It’s the person’s personal preference. That’s watching you whether or not they enjoy your talent, the way that you look subjective. So even though you gave it your all. You felt good about an audition?

[00:10:03] If you come out of it and you don’t get the job, it’s not because you’re a terrible dancer. It’s not because you didn’t do your best. It’s purely based off of what that person’s looking for. In that moment, I’ve gone to auditions where they kept I’m five, eight, and the brunette. They kept all girls that were five, four and blonde.

[00:10:26] Right. So obviously it wasn’t. I didn’t do a good job in the audition. I mean, I don’t know if I did. I felt like I did, but if they weren’t looking for a five, eight brunette girl that might have just been why I didn’t get the job, not because I wasn’t good. Not because they didn’t like me it’s because I wasn’t what they were looking for.

[00:10:45] So when you go into these auditions and jobs and gigs, as long as you’re happy with what you’re doing, and you did your best, that should be all that matters. Everything else will fall into place. You might not, they have been booked for that job for a reason. Maybe a better job was coming later and you wouldn’t have been able to do both.

[00:11:07] Dane: [00:11:07] Absolutely. And I think that insight and is it’s something that I think we, as I guess, experienced entertainers. Yeah. Built that maturity and have learned that that is part of this industry, but it’s such good advice for anyone that’s listening that is newer to this industry or Mamie. You just need a quick little reminder that you can only control what you can put out.

[00:11:36] And there are so many factors that are simply out of your control and too, and to try not to attach your ego to that and your, the way you feel, because. Someone’s it’s subjective opinion about you is quite irrelevant, you know, to your skillset and what you can bring to the table. It’s just the way it is in that moment.

[00:11:57] Danielle: [00:11:57] Yeah. Because you could go in and mess up in the audition three or four times, and then you make that first cut. And then there was another girl who you thought just killed it. Cut her. You just, you don’t know exactly. 

[00:12:13] Dane: [00:12:13] You don’t know what anybody’s 

[00:12:14] Danielle: [00:12:14] looking for. 

[00:12:15] Dane: [00:12:15] Exactly. So you just need to be confident and no know who you are and what you can bring to the table.

[00:12:20] Bring that every time and the rest will happen. 

[00:12:25] Danielle: [00:12:25] Exactly. You will find your place the way it’s supposed to happen. I know it’s hard to go in because you go to these auditions and you’re like, why don’t they like me? Yeah. You don’t somebody else might like you more and you’ll get a different job and then your career will go down a different path.

[00:12:40] And that’s, what’s meant for you. It’s so hard to just accept that, that, and it’s easier to say it, but in that moment, coming out the other side and thinking about it that way we’ll make each audition easier for you and less stressful 

[00:12:56] Dane: [00:12:56] for sure, for sure. And it makes me more relaxed and I’ve, and I was speaking on another interview, recently that.

[00:13:04] Every everything that I’ve ever booked, I can quite literally tracked back to the fact that I, it felt calm and I wasn’t feeling desperate. I just, when in there do what I do. And then you booked 

[00:13:18] Danielle: [00:13:18] it. I did that, the audition, I went to it three times. The first two times I was so nervous, I made it the whole way through and they just kept telling me, you know, we don’t have a spot for you, but we’re really interested in you.

[00:13:36] It’s just not the right time yet. And then that third year time I was kind of, I just went in and I was like, well, I’m here again. So let’s just get the audition over with and do it. And then that was the time that I got the job. 

[00:13:48] Dane: [00:13:48] Exactly. You have to let go too. Yep. Let what you do. Okay. 

[00:13:54] Danielle: [00:13:54] Absolutely. 

[00:13:56] Dane: [00:13:56] Cool.

[00:13:56] Well, let’s move on to this next section and it’s to a time that I like to call your spotlight moment. That one moment in time that you realized, yes. Hi, I’m going to be an entertainer for a living or maybe it was, yes. This is what I need to be doing as an entertainer. Tell us about that. 

[00:14:18] Danielle: [00:14:18] So, like I said earlier, I had dance for my whole life.

[00:14:23] It’s not like I ever took time off and didn’t do dance classes for a year or anything like that. I always had dance class in my life. Sometimes it was more than others. It was just always assumed that that’s what I was going to do. So when I went to college for it, aye. Showed up. Didn’t really know what to expect.

[00:14:44] I was in dance classes sometimes for five hours a day, and then doing rehearsals afterwards, and then still having to go through the regular curriculum of basic education classes that you have to complete just in college, because you have to, 

[00:14:59] Dane: [00:14:59] of course, 

[00:15:00] Danielle: [00:15:00] but it wasn’t until my sophomore year of college, we would do dance concerts in the winter.

[00:15:09] So they would do, More of like a play or a musical in the spring and then the winter quarter, because back then they did quarters. So it was okay. Sorry, not the spring, the fall. It would be fall winter the spring. And then you would have the summer off. So fall was a musical or play winter was for dance.

[00:15:30] So we would get to perform in the theater where. all of the performances happen through the, not community with the word of the fine arts department. Sorry. Yeah. And then, spring was always, the seniors would come up with dance numbers and then they would perform theirs in the spring. So it was a winter dance concert.

[00:15:54] Okay. One of my favorites classes when I was in college was jazz. So that teacher was doing a piece. She had cast me, I didn’t get cast my freshman year. I got cast my sophomore year for herpes and it was a 12 minutes dance piece where we maybe left the stage 30 seconds total for the lumber. And it wasn’t even at the same time, like I might’ve gone off stage for five seconds here and then came right back on.

[00:16:26] Right. But just doing that and dancing the whole time, something okay. That whole number, it just made me feel like, Oh my God, this is what I want to do. I want to work hard. I want to be using my whole body to express myself. And I really just found a whole new love of being on stage and getting to do that kind of band thing.

[00:16:50] Dane: [00:16:50] Absolutely. I love those moments and I just a great production show where it is.  exhausting. You just you’re you’re off stage facet is long as it takes to change a costume real quick. And then you’re back out there. And I love, I love doing shows like that, cause it just never stops. And it’s so it’s such a high when you get done with the show, that is like that.

[00:17:13] Danielle: [00:17:13] That’s how, that’s my job right now. It is just answers. And the show is about an hour and 13, maybe 15 minutes long. And we have one break in the middle because we have a comedian that comes on and she does her section of the show and we’re on stage the whole time. And I am so tired by the end of the show, but it feels so good to be working so hard and just.

[00:17:41] Using your body and moving and enjoying yourself. There’s nothing else like it. 

[00:17:48] Dane: [00:17:48] For sure. I could not agree more. So let’s piggyback on that question and let’s talk about your number one, booked it moment. Walk us through that day, the audition and callbacks. If those happen to be a part of it, what was going on in your life?

[00:18:04] And what about that moment? Makes it your favorite? Booked it a moment. 

[00:18:09]Danielle: [00:18:09] I got it. Two, there were two shows whenever I moved out here that I really wanted to do, one of them was fantasy and one of them them was bite. So I kind of already did the bite story where I auditioned three times. And then finally, the third time I got it.

[00:18:23] So would go under the fence. Yes. The story, Fantasy is I think it’s been running over 20 years now. So when I auditioned. I believe they were coming up on there, maybe either 13th or 14th year. Yeah. When I lived back home, I remember watching her television show and it was on the network and it was the 10 top 10 or top 12 sexiest shows on the Las Vegas strip or I guess jobs.

[00:18:53] It wasn’t shows because one of them was they’re retaining and a couple other things like showing the sky, things like that. and I remember seeing. Fantasy on there as one of the sexiest jobs in Las Vegas. So when I came out here, I was auditioning for shows and lines done the shows like or audition for peep show I auditioned for.

[00:19:18] Okay. Right. I’m trying to think of all the other shows. A couple of them are close. I’ve auditioned for Jubilee, but fantasy was one of the ones that yes. One of the hardest shows to get in. It seemed at the time I remember I was working at the act nightclub at the Palazzo at the time, and I was kind of looking for the next job that I wanted to do and been there for about eight months.

[00:19:46] So I was ready to move on. And, a friend of mine was a swing at fantasy. And she had mentioned to me that two girls were leaving their full time spot. So there would be, or two full time dancers. So when I came in to do the audition, I met with the producer and the dance captain was running late. So she actually didn’t get to get there in time.

[00:20:13] And the producer took me backstage and she took me in the dressing room. She’s like, okay, well, I guess we’ll just have you dance. And I just kind of looked at her. I said, Oh right now. And she said, y’all just go ahead and you know, dance. So I didn’t get any music. Hi. I was in the dressing room and I had my heels on and I was in my audition attire, which was just fishnets and a G and a bra.

[00:20:44] And I okay. Two and a half eight counts of improv on some carpet. I think I might’ve done a bot mom, maybe a peer wedding in there somewhere. I don’t know. She kind of looked at me and said, okay, great. I can tell you know how to hold your center. So that’s good. I’ll have Tracy get with you about when you guys will start rehearsals.

[00:21:08] Oh, okay. 

[00:21:12] Dane: [00:21:12] What a crazy story. 

[00:21:15] Danielle: [00:21:15] Hi. I actually danced over at vantage C for three years. That was my audition process. 

[00:21:23] Dane: [00:21:23] That is not to be one of the most unique auditions I’ve ever heard of. 

[00:21:28] I’ve 

[00:21:28] Danielle: [00:21:28] had some crazy auditions out here, but that was one of the better ones. 

[00:21:34] Dane: [00:21:34] I mean, if they produce the show, I mean, they get the ultimate.

[00:21:36] Yes or no. And you just got straight in. That is so crazy. 

[00:21:43] Danielle: [00:21:43] She knows exactly what she’s looking for. So. I think going into it, she had a pretty good idea of whether or not it would fit her cast. Right. Right. You still got to audition people or they can’t put people on stage that don’t know how to dance at all.

[00:21:58] Dane: [00:21:58] Of course. Yes. Well, I love that story. all right, well, let’s take a moment to talk about the present. Oh, what projects are you working on now? What are you looking forward to? And obviously we are midst this crazy global pandemic. How do you see the entertainment industry moving forward in the next couple of 

[00:22:18] Danielle: [00:22:18] years?

[00:22:18] So right now I’m like a lot of people where I don’t have anything going on fair where just our show is obviously closed. We’re not doing anything with that. We’re kind of waiting and being the casinos just opened. Right. I think we should be hearing something. I’m hoping soon. I haven’t heard anything at all from anyone I’ve heard other shows talking about opening up, so I don’t want to start rumors or do hearsay or whatever.

[00:22:53] So personally for my show, we’ve not heard anything about when we’re opening back up. So I don’t have any projects that I’m doing on the side. I’m just kind of. Go into the gym and again, dancing in my living room when I feel like it. That’s all I really got going on. Ah, as far as things moving forward with entertainment, it’s the pandemic and everything.

[00:23:18] I don’t really know. Ah, I’ve had some conversations on Facebook about what’s the differences between. Events that are going on now in my entertainment, like you’ve got movie theaters that are allowed to open, but we can’t have shows and Vegas open. So it doesn’t, it doesn’t quite make sense. And I understand it goes a lot into what’s the safety protocols that you need to take for.

[00:23:51] The dancers on stage and also there’s tech and crew that are also close to the dancers. And even though we’re a smaller show in a smaller showroom, we all have to be close in that tight space. And a lot of us haven’t seen each other for the past two 

[00:24:09] Dane: [00:24:09] months. 

[00:24:10] Danielle: [00:24:10] Right. And I’m personally, I don’t want to wear a mask on stage.

[00:24:16] Aye. I can’t imagine. With all of the dancing that we do and running around, it would be easy to work and do that in a mask. So I’d rather go to work, not having to worry about wearing a mask, but also my show is not known for social distancing, not only on stage, but we go out into the audience. Right. So I understand they can.

[00:24:43] Choreograph the shows so that we don’t go out into the audience, but still again, if I haven’t seen some of these girls in two months, and they’re not comfortable with coming back to where it gets that whole health thing. So I don’t know a lot of places are saying that we’re not going to have any sort of why that attainment for the rest of the year.

[00:24:59] I hope that’s not the case. I feel like there’s only so much gambling you can do in Las Vegas. And I know that they want other. They want other entertainment to come back. We’re the entertainment capital of basically the world. So I’m hoping they’re figuring. But we’ll see. I just know there’s a lot of stipulations that go into it.

[00:25:26] And it’s a lot of information that I’ve tried to research. I don’t have all of the right answers and I don’t know that anybody does. 

[00:25:34] Dane: [00:25:34] Yeah, fair enough. Well, let’s move on to one of my favorite parts of this interview and I call it the grease lightning round. I am going to ask you a handful of questions.

[00:25:46] I want you to answer them as quickly and concisely as possible one after another. Are you 

[00:25:51] Danielle: [00:25:51] ready? Absolutely. 

[00:25:53] Dane: [00:25:53] All right. First question. What was the one thing holding you back from committing to a career as an entertainer? I’m going to be 

[00:26:02] Danielle: [00:26:02] honest. I don’t think I had anything holding me back. 

[00:26:07] Dane: [00:26:07] Perfect. I love that.

[00:26:08] Danielle: [00:26:08] I had supportive parents. I told him I wanted to go to school for dance and major in dance in college. I don’t think they quite believe me when I said I’m going to move to Vegas. That was the only thing. And then it got, I was like, I’m going to move to Vegas in September. It was June. Oh, okay. And it got to September.

[00:26:28] I said, okay, so I’m moving. Oh, 

[00:26:32] Dane: [00:26:32] but that’s great. But I’ve been behind you the whole time and that’s fantastic.

[00:26:35] Danielle: [00:26:35] Yeah. I mean, what parent wouldn’t want to come visit their kid in Vegas, 

[00:26:39] Dane: [00:26:39] right? It’s a, it’s an easy holiday. Isn’t it? Right. All right. Well, second question. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

[00:26:50] Danielle: [00:26:50] no, I can’t think off the top of my head, the best piece of advice I’ve received. I think it’s just more what I’ve learned along the way. Yeah. I’m going to say don’t give up perfect. Every time I wanted to stop somebody push me and said, you know, you should just go do it. And 

[00:27:10] Dane: [00:27:10] then the good things happen.

[00:27:11] Danielle: [00:27:11] Yep. 

[00:27:13] Dane: [00:27:13] Perfect. And the third question, what is something that is working for you now? Or if you’d like to go pre COVID, what was working for you before our industry went on? Pause. 

[00:27:27] Danielle: [00:27:27] I know that there, when I was growing up, there was a lot of debate on yeah. Getting into the gym and lifting weights and doing things that way, as opposed to just taking dance class, to stay in shape.

[00:27:44] I want to tell the younger generation two, not be afraid of getting in the gym and getting muscle from weights and things like that. It can be really beneficial. Doing extra cardio can help you. Doing long dance numbers doing shows, things like that. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box of ways to exercise and make yourself stronger.

[00:28:14] Yes. Oh, that’s right. The biggest thing, like just take time for yourself and listen to your body. Of course, but the stronger you are, the better you’re going to be. 

[00:28:26] Dane: [00:28:26] That’s fantastic advice. So, fourth question, what is the best resource, whether that is a book, a movie, a YouTube video, a podcast, some piece of technology that you’ve found is helping your career right now?

[00:28:42] Well, 

[00:28:42] Danielle: [00:28:42] since my career is not really doing anything right, I like to just stay up to date with, honestly, what’s going on in politics. So, if you can find someone that’s talking about current events, that’s keeping you updated on what’s going on in your community, make sure you know, what’s going on with the people that represent your community, because sometimes you are going to come across things that are going to affect you as an entertainer.

[00:29:11] It’s going to affect you as a dancer, as a singer and actor. You want people that are going to support the arts. In your community to speak for you because that’s your job. And that’s what you’re passionate about. And if you want the younger generation too, learn about the arts, make sure you have somebody that thinks that that’s just as important as you do representing where you are.

[00:29:37] Dane: [00:29:37] Perfect. Great. And the fifth question, one of my favorites, if you had to start your career from scratch, but you still have all the knowledge and experience you’ve collected from your career in the entertainment industry, what would you do or not do? Would you do anything differently or the same? Oh,

[00:29:59] Danielle: [00:29:59] I would definitely

[00:30:03] early here on. And probably try to get more sleep I’ve found when I was younger, I didn’t really watch what I ate and it wasn’t, it didn’t do anything bad for me. But knowing what I know now about how important, important it is to take care of your body, whether it’s getting rest, or like I said, strength, training, eating the right foods, especially cause there’s so many things that you can.

[00:30:32] Do for holistic medicine or supplements that you can take that you might not be getting in your regular food and eating healthier options. It’s so important to take care of your body because it’s your instrument and that’s, what’s going to keep your career going longer. So I would have eaten better and been more aware of what I was putting into my body and also getting more rest.

[00:30:56] Dane: [00:30:56] I think that’s incredibly sound advice, you know, and it’s, and sometimes it’s hard to do when you get booked and booked and booked and booked, and you’re jumping from one gig to the next and you gotta, you gotta eat stuff on the fly or you got to, you know, sacrifice some hours of sleep because you’ve lined up so much work.

[00:31:12]Of course we can do anything for a short amount of time. Sure. But at some point you need to reflect, I think, and look back and say, hold on, am I. Am I going backwards right now, because maybe we need to reset this for a second. 

[00:31:24] Danielle: [00:31:24] Absolutely. You gotta, at least if you’re work in three or four jobs a day, at some point you’ve got to take at least one day to just sleep in, get some rest because otherwise your body’s going to start doing things.

[00:31:37] That’s telling you that you need it and you want to beat your body to the punch. You want to work smarter, not harder. And then that’s how injuries happen. 

[00:31:46] Dane: [00:31:46] Even if you’re not gigging and you’re not going from, you know, multiple gigs or shows or jobs per day, I have found that any time I’ve ever been part of a production that performs six nights a week, that inevitably you, you just start getting worn down after a while, because at one day rest tends to not be quite enough.

[00:32:07] I don’t know about your experience, but that’s been mine. 

[00:32:10] Danielle: [00:32:10] Absolutely. My show technically runs seven nights a week. Right. So we all kind of rotate between us who has a day off. And then we have one girl that comes in and fills in for that each other girl that has the day off. So we all work well scheduled six nights a week, but there’s been times where I’ve, I picked up a day, like somebody goes on vacation and somebody else can’t cover them.

[00:32:32] I’ll come in and work.  you just run yourself into the ground and you’re doing the same thing every night. Your body finds new ways. It kinks in it. And. Over compensating for the pain, because you’re not resting people. Don’t realize we’re doing the same thing to our bodies almost every day. And it really starts to take a toll on you if you don’t take care of yourself.

[00:32:57] And that’s why rest is so important. I’m saying this, and I know people were probably going to hear this and things. She doesn’t rush. She doesn’t do anything. I said a lot of people that work with me, no, I’m always on the go working all the time and. I’ve found I get injured more whenever I’m doing those three or four jobs a day and I’m not resting.

[00:33:18] Dane: [00:33:18] Absolutely. All right. Well, last question. What is the golden nugget knowledge drop that you’ve learned from your successful career in this industry that you would like to leave with our listeners? 

[00:33:31] Danielle: [00:33:31] I think it’s just going to go back to what I said earlier, where you got to realize not everybody’s.

[00:33:38] Going to like you not, everyone’s going to book you every year, dancer, entertainer, singer, actor, we all have our own style and our own way to do things. And that’s what makes us unique. Yeah. Just because you don’t fit one job that you really wanted, it doesn’t mean that you’re not going to fit another job where somebody sees you in the way that you said that line or the way that you.

[00:34:05] Know, did the dance moves and the audition, the way that you saying just your style, it’s going to be perfect for them might not be perfect for the person before or the person after, but as long as you’re true to who you are, you’re going to get the jobs are going to make you the happiest. You don’t want to go into an audition, stressed and trying to be someone you’re not and being uncomfortable because honestly, that’s going to make you have a harder audition anyways.

[00:34:34] You’re true to yourself. Just remember there’s people that are going to book you for being you. You can’t make them and be someone you’re not. 

[00:34:44] Dane: [00:34:44] Yes, absolutely. That is perfect advice. And to wrap this interview up, it is time for you to give yourself a plug. Where can we find you? How do our listeners connect with you?

[00:34:57] Is there anything you’d like to promote? 

[00:35:00]Danielle: [00:35:00] I don’t have anything specific going on for myself right now. So I’m going to go ahead and let you know where I dance. My show is extra less. It’s at the Flamingo casino. Normally it’s every night at 10 o’clock. Okay. Right now, until shows are open, you can find us on our Instagram at X for 

[00:35:19] Dane: [00:35:19] less.

[00:35:20] Great. And what’s your personal Instagram. If people want to connect with you 

[00:35:23] Danielle: [00:35:23] there. D my first initial, my middle initial and then my last name. 

[00:35:31] Dane: [00:35:31] Perfect. All right. Well, Danielle, thank you so much for joining us today on this podcast. It’s been a pleasure having you. 

[00:35:40] Danielle: [00:35:40] Thank you so much for having me. I had a great time.

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