EP 79: Chelsea Dee (autogenerated)
[00:00:00] Dane Reis: [00:00:00] you booked it, episode 79.
[00:00:04]All right. Let’s get started. I am excited to introduce my guest today. Chelsea de, are you ready for this Chelsea?
[00:00:14] Chelsea Dee: [00:00:14] Let’s do it.
[00:00:15] Dane Reis: [00:00:15] All right. Chelsea hails from good old England. She started dancing at the age of two later, studying at the Hammond school in Chester and gaining her national diploma in dance. She started her professional career at 19 on cruise ships and within a year, moved to Portugal to work at casino. she then went back on the high seas, working for celebrity cruise lines as a dance captain and aerialist for four years in 2013, Chelsea made her way to Las Vegas and has been there ever since she has been freelancing for many entertainment companies in sin city over the years, and was also part of the dance team for the AFL Los Vegas Outlaws. She danced in Scott Bradley’s postmodern jukebox, and before COVID was a swing dancer at Vegas, the show she also loves fitness and as a teacher at true fusion Summerlin,
[00:01:08]Chelsea. That is a quick intro of who you are and what you’ve done, but why don’t you tell us a little bit more about yourself? Fill in the gaps, who you are and a little bit more about what you do as a professional in the entertainment industry.
[00:01:23]Chelsea Dee: [00:01:23] Okay, so hi everyone. My name is Chelsea D.
Um, my stage name would probably be Chelsea. Do Robinson. Uh, I’m named. Married would be Chelsea deed along, but I just go by Chelsea. Do you normally, um, yeah, I’ve been here. In Las Vegas for seven years, as you said, I came all the way from good old England and the Northwest of England, somewhere between Manchester and Liverpool, for anybody that knows, uh, England, that’s listened to this.
[00:01:52] Yeah, I trained. At the Hammond. School in Chester fall three years from 16 to 19, it was a vocational college. So we did Monday to Friday, basically nine till five, just pure dance. I did some academic, but all I did was just eat, sleep, breathe, and dance every single day. And then from the, yeah, I went onto my first crew to stamp. It was actually a Costa cruise lines.
[00:02:17]I worked on one of the smallest ships that they have did that for about nine months. And from the, I made a contact. And was able to put my feet back a lend and I was like, okay, I’m going to try it. A land contract, correct. Went to Portugal from them, made a connection that got me to celebrity. Did celebrity for four years, I was dance captain for a few contracts and got to do aerial. So I actually was part of a.
[00:02:45] Ariel trapeze act. I have a full girls or two girls and two boys, and we would do an eight minute act. During one of the shows.
Um, so yeah, I got free training for that. That was amazing to be able to gain that as a skill, being a dancer. And then from there, I actually, whilst I was doing celebrity cruises, I’d actually been introduced to Natalie Brown, which you’ve already had. I’m doing a podcast.
[00:03:10] And she has been one of the many people that had always told me, you need to come to Vegas, you need to come to Vegas. And at the time, I didn’t know what Vegas was at all. I was a British down, so on an American cruise line, working with all these people. And I was like, I don’t. What’s Vegas. It’s
[00:03:26] less Vegas, you know, and then it’s not until I got older and, , I discovered it and I was like, okay. And I’d met my now husband at the time on,
uh, our last one of our last ships. And yeah, I would decided, you know, what. Let’s do this. We decided it was just, it was going to be serious. We’re going to do the whole, we did the long distance thing for a while. And then I looked into get in an O one visa.
[00:03:48]No there’s many visas out the fall people to make it into the States.
Um, a lot of people would like just get married, just get ride. But I was like, I don’t know him well enough. To just be like, let’s go. And, I didn’t want to ride all my career. I’m making a relationship work. So I’d research the O one.
[00:04:06] Visa and found that I could get it for three years. And I was like, you know, this is the smarter way to do it and get my feed into the U S
um, It was a struggle getting the visa. I’m not gonna say it was, it was an easy ride. It was hard. Um, but I did it got the O one visa. moved to the States.
[00:04:24]Lived in Michigan for about two months. That’s where my husband is from. And then we decided, what are we going to move to? Cause I couldn’t. In Michigan. And I knew New York was probably not an option for me as I don’t sing. So I was like, it’s probably not. Where I’m meant to be. We had friends in Vegas already was like, let’s try Vegas. . Let’s just go. Let’s see what happens. So we made , the cross country drive, pack the car up. We’ve Dover.
[00:04:52]Came to Vegas, both didn’t have any work. , we just had an apartment then adopted a dog within a week of being here.
Um, you know, it was just trying to figure it out and yep. Was still here. Now we know I have a home out here. We know have two dogs. And, you know, before COVID we both had full time jobs.
[00:05:11]So. that’s my life in a nutshell, I guess.
[00:05:14] Dane Reis: [00:05:14] love it. And you know, throughout that, throughout your recap of your career, I love a couple of things that you brought up one, you said, well, I went and did this job, and then I made a connection and then I went and did this, and then I made a connection and I went and did this. And I think that is so massively important for everyone listening, especially if you’re new to this industry to pay attention to. Because. You might have this grand scheme of what you want in. Your career. And you’ve been thinking about it since you were, I don’t know, in diapers, but. it’s good to have that plan. Sure. But you still have to always keep your eyes open to opportunity. And when things come at you and see, how does this fit in? To my life, my plan, can I work with this? Is this something I can do with this? Because if you keep yourself too blinded to just being so focused on your plan and just ignoring what’s around you in the moment, there’s so much you can potentially miss out on.
[00:06:08]Chelsea Dee: [00:06:08] Oh 100%. I mean, I went to college. On at the time, the,
um, the course was I have a classical ballet on musical theater. And I, from being so young as does every, , young down. So like they want to be a ballerina. That’s what they aspire to be. And I wanted to be a ballerina. So when I got into college, I was doing the classical Coles and as much growing up, I did do tap to do jazz modern. I did all the things. I just wanted to do ballet, but when I got to college, Three months in. honestly I did say to my mom was like, I miss being cheesy. I missed doing jazz hands. I miss doing all the showy stuff. As much as ballet will always have. My heart, because that’s where I started. Like as much as it will, but I just loved to perform. So I switched courses and honestly it was probably. The best thing I ever did because now I feel like I’m pretty versatile and an all grown down. So, but if I hadn’t have done that, Then my career would have gone in a complete. Different direction to what it is now. And I wouldn’t have done all the things that I have now. So I, yeah. It’s a and then made the connections. And it’s true. I did. I was saying to my husband talking about this, that. As much as your talent and your training and everything that goes into you wanting to be a dancer, . The connections is if 50%, if not more of this career in this industry. Which . I feel like they don’t necessarily teach you that at college. You know, the all about, you need to have all this technique. You need to do this. And I don’t want saying technique should, should be displaced at all. Um, but. They don’t teach you that email. . Um, you know, make sure you’re friendly with everybody , and there’s someone that you connect with, keep in touch because you don’t know who that person is or who they know. And if they can’t do a job and be like, well, I can’t do the gig, but I have a friend. that might be available. So it’s yeah, it’s crazy.
[00:08:06]Dane Reis: [00:08:06] Yep. And I like how you said, stay in touch, keep in touch in you. And I found actually. Is. Being true throughout my entire career with. Different performers is that you will create these fantastic relationships with different people throughout different shows and different whatevers that you’re doing throughout your career. And I think also as entertainers have this fantastic ability on the whole to develop these great. Strong relationships, but then they don’t necessarily need. Loads and loads and loads of maintenance throughout your entire life. You’ve had that connection in your life. There’s that was a real thing. You. Enjoy each other’s company, you respect each other’s talents and then you might disappear , or you guys both do your own thing. For the next five years, decade.
[00:08:53] Chelsea Dee: [00:08:53] Yep.
[00:08:54] Dane Reis: [00:08:54] At any time you can reconnect in a new city, you could give them a call and everyone just can pick up right where it left off because they have established that relationship in the past. And you didn’t have to be calling him all the time. And.
[00:09:06] Chelsea Dee: [00:09:06] No. That’s
[00:09:07] Dane Reis: [00:09:07] about you. You can reach out to those contacts, those wonderful relationships that you’ve made throughout your career. And. Those can help propel you into loads of other things. So really
[00:09:17] Chelsea Dee: [00:09:17] Oh, of course. Yeah, no, exactly. I agree. 100% agree with you.
[00:09:22] Dane Reis: [00:09:22] Wonderful. And then I, one more thing,
uh, in your intro that you mentioned your visa, and I think the visa situation in the, in the States particularly, uh, it can be a bit tricky because a lot of people, I think, think that, look, I need to marry someone and, you know, Look, if you legitimately want to marry someone do that, don’t fraud the system. That is a very, very, very bad idea.
[00:09:41] Chelsea Dee: [00:09:41] Yeah. I
[00:09:42] Dane Reis: [00:09:42] know that the O one visa. Even exists and specifically with the Oh one that, that does bind you to only doing performance work.
[00:09:54] But it is. Something that is out there that exists that you can apply for. And you really can’t open up the entire us market. If that’s something you want to do. And you’re not from the U S. yes. It’s time consuming. Yes. It’s a pain in the butt to do, but it is a possibility. And to know that is massive.
[00:10:14]Chelsea Dee: [00:10:14] Yep. No agreed. Like I said again, I, when I was looking into this, there was this, so there is so many visas, like so many and the explanations of each one. And. actually, one of my friends from ships heat actually wrote. A referral for a singer that was trying to get the old one. So that’s how I found out about it. He said, why don’t you try and apply for this? Visa. And I did my research. I found a company out in LA. The guy that owns the company is actually from England originally. And we’ve, don’t the, so I got in touch with them. They helped me with both my visas. And. it’s not like you can just apply for visa, be granted,
um, you know, hop on over and you had to have a potential job offer. No, that’s a hard thing. And you know, I’ve known a lot of the people that have come to the States with some sort of working visa, in hopes to get an Oh one, but. No one in Vegas and I don’t know about any other state will hire you. If you don’t have a visa already.
[00:11:16]So it’s a very like catch 22 had thing to get a potential job offer from somebody. But yet you don’t have a visa to come into the States and do the job. So I was lucky being able to get the job offer. That enabled me to be able to proceed with the Visa and.
Uh, come over. Unfortunately, I didn’t do the job because by the time the visa comes through, the job ended. That’s how long it took, but they still acknowledge that I’ve been given an offer by an American company.
[00:11:48]Dane Reis: [00:11:48] Yeah,
[00:11:48] Chelsea Dee: [00:11:48] So, so yeah, it was long and stressful. if you are determined to do it, Go ahead and do it. just be prepared that it’s, it’s a long grueling. Couple. I mean, now I don’t even know how long it’s going to be. No, for anyone to get a visa with the way the situation of. Everything is. So, yeah, but if you want to do it, go do it. It was the best thing I ever did. .
[00:12:12] Dane Reis: [00:12:12] Wonderful. Beautiful. That’s such good advice. And let’s move on to this next section here. And Chelsea look, I’m a sucker for a good quote. What is your favorite quote you want to share with everyone?
[00:12:25]Chelsea Dee: [00:12:25] this was a tough one. I’m not gonna lie. this question. It seems easy, but it’s actually, it was pretty hard because I mean, you go through social media and you see a bunch of quotes every single day and you’re like, Oh yeah, that’s, that’s good. But one that actually like, kind of resonates with your really hits, I would had say. I do go by. Everything happens for a reason.
Uh, , I truly do believe that everything happens for a reason. You may not think it in the moment. But looking back on my career. There has been moments where in that situation, I was like, This is it like, what am I doing? Like, but no, I look back and I was like, that happened. Because it was opening a door for this to happen. So I truly do believe everything happens for a reason. And then I did see another one. The other day and it’s someone will always be better and stronger than you, but the fact is they will never be, you. And I think in our Korea, that is a really good quote because again, especially with this lockdown and the whole COVID thing, A lot of people have been turned into social media and, you know, people are posting the workouts that post in this, the post in that. And even just before all of that, Social media can be such a good thing and a bad thing. It can be a good thing to let people know what you’re doing, because you’re happy about something, but there’s people sat at the other end, looking at that and being envious that the body doesn’t look like that they don’t sing like that. They’re not as tall as that. So I feel like, yeah, you know, there is always gonna be someone bigger, better, stronger. Then you, but they are not you and what you have to offer and what you have to bring to an audition to a cast, to a show. That’s special to you. No one can replace that and no one can take that away from you. So that’s something that I feel like people always need a home back into. Because, , we get so wrapped up with what everybody else is doing. And it’s like, Oh, well she did five workouts a day and I haven’t done any I’ve sat on the coach. You know, , but you have something that she can offer or he can’t offer. And I think it’s just a really, I That was a really good quote to standby.
[00:14:28] Dane Reis: [00:14:28] Yeah, I love the quote and you are so right. And the Instagram rabbit hole is a real thing
[00:14:34] Chelsea Dee: [00:14:34] Yes, it is.
[00:14:35] Dane Reis: [00:14:35] it. And if you really, honestly, if you really truly are going through that, binge session on Instagram.
[00:14:42] And you, and you start feeling not very good about yourself.
[00:14:46]Chelsea Dee: [00:14:46] Turn it off. Turn it off. Yes.
[00:14:48] Dane Reis: [00:14:48] And walk away from it because you’re not doing any favors for yourself.
[00:14:51] Chelsea Dee: [00:14:51] No, I agree. 100%,
[00:14:54] Dane Reis: [00:14:54] Great. Well, let’s move on to this next section here. And Chelsea, of course you are an entertainer. I am an entertainer. And I think that you’d agree. This industry can be one of the most subjective, brutally, honest and personally emotional industries. We know, and you know, as well as I, that in order to create and have a successful career in this industry, like you’re having now takes a lot of dedication and hard work. And while yeah. There is an outrageous amount of fun doing what we do. There are also our fair share of obstacles, challenges,
and failures. We are going to have to endure, and we’re going to have to move forward through. So tell us. What is one key challenge, obstacle or failure you’ve experienced in your career? And how did you come out the other side better because of it.
[00:15:46]Chelsea Dee: [00:15:46]
Um, okay, so one challenge we’ve already mentioned it. I would say the O one Visa was definitely a challenge. the first time around, obviously, because I wasn’t in the States and I was doing the visa actually started doing it all whilst I was on a cruise ship. And I remember going to the photo gallery on the cruise ship and printed off a thousand photos. And I would have to write on the back where this photo was, what date it was, what I was doing. I was all of this evidence. So that was a really big challenge. And just like with. My lawyers, the company that I was going through, being in the States and me being England, the time difference of trying to connect and make sure we had everything and everything was done correctly. But. Then when I came here the second time, cause I actually had the whole, always a Oh On visa twice. I didn’t do it just once I, then we knew it it for another three years. So. The second time was, even worse. I’d yeah, I’d been here for three years. I would say I, pretty much established myself as a dancer in Vegas. Of who I was. I done a handful of things that I was proud of and that I will consider accomplishments. But when I was gathering all this information for my Oh one visa. And I ended up actually getting it’s called an RFE, which is a request for further evidence. Once you’ve sent your packet in, they can, send it back and be like, we need more. And that’s what I got and I felt so. Disheartened. I was like, but I have literally given you a binder full of my career, my life, and yet you still don’t think it’s good enough. So that was a real challenge. Um, the second time around trying to get that second visa cause. I was like, well, what else am I supposed to pull out? I’ve literally given you everything that I could possibly give you. And you’re still telling any, just, I mean, they weren’t saying I wasn’t good enough, but that’s what it made you feel like, you mean you felt defeated. You put all this hard work and getting it all. To be sent back and be like, we want more. And I was like, but I have nothing to give you. Like, what do I give you? So that was really tough. And, you know, um, figured that out. And then I would say, A obstacle that I had. I’ve had you in my career is I actually, whilst I was on cruise ships, it was actually. My first cruise ship contract. Uh, with celebrity, um, I actually had an accident on the ship and I fell off the trapeze whilst we were in a technical Russell. So I probably fell. 20 feet. From in, from the funnier. And yeah. So that was an obstacle coming back from that, I honestly thought I had broken my hip. I thought I was done. And so I thought my career is done. I was 21. I was like, this is it. Hip replacement at 21. Great. Not going to be able to dance ever again. Um, luckily someone was watching over me and I only, I. I say only it was still pretty bad. I dislocated, um, broke my wrist. So, I mean that’s bad, but it could have been a lot worse. So that was an obstacle coming back because I got sent home for my contract early, so I didn’t get to finish my first, celebrity cruise line contracts, with the rest of my cast, I had to go home. Uh, I came back to England and it was snowing in England. So, you know, trying to maneuver a rind of a broken arm on. If anyone that’s been to England, when it snows, it’s not like beautiful powder snow. It becomes, you know, like ice and slush. So trying to. Maneuver around with one arm wrapped up, like trying to figure out. And yeah, I just remember coming home. But, I mean, my mom has always been like my biggest cheerleader, but she’s always kind of been. Cool to be kind she, uh, never really wrapped me up in cotton wool and that, in that sense, , I came home and she gave me a couple of days to mope about myself. And then she was like, you know what? Get back up, figure it out. So I was going back to dance classes with a cast on. , and I remember getting the cast off and they told me it might be like six, six months till you can go back. I was back on trapeze within three months.
[00:19:57]Yeah. I mean, probably should probably shouldn’t have been, but you know, I was, but again at 21, 22, you do recover a lot quicker than what you do as you get older.
Um, but looking back, I was like, God, I was crazy to go do that. And come back that quick, but Hey, I did it, um, and I didn’t honestly, when I went to my second contract that fast, I didn’t know. If I was going to be terrified, getting back up on the trapeze. Um, my mom said. Fly out, go into rehearsals. If you can’t do it, you come home. It’s fine. but you won’t know until you step back on that trapeze and go up in the air. If you can do it on up. So, , I’m glad she gave me a kick up the butt and told me to just carry on, keep going.
[00:20:40]Dane Reis: [00:20:40] I love it. Well, let’s move on to a time that I like to call your. Spotlight moment. That one moment in time you realized, yes, I am 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.
[00:21:01]Chelsea Dee: [00:21:01] Again, this was another tough one. Cause I feel like I’ve always wanted to be a performer and a dancer. I mean, I started dancing when I was two.
Um, my mom just took me to a class as I’ve read mother does, when the children are young, just to see if they have a hobby or catch onto something to keep them occupied. And I tucked the downs and basically never looked back and. Would always want to go to dance. Didn’t want to do anything else. So I can’t remember. I don’t think I have a certain time where I was like, This. Is what I want to do. I’ve had a, I’ve had a lot of moments, avid be on gigs on shows where I’ve literally been on stage. And I’ve looked at and been like, wow, this is what I do for a living. So I guess, you know, they can kind of Kirk, uh, you know, collide and kind of be the same thing. For instance, doing my first show, a Vegas show. Uh, I came out for the finale and we will start at the top of the stairs and I was like, This is what I’m doing right now. And it’s amazing. And, , so I guess that’s kind of the spotlight moment in a sense. Um, I R I was already doing it, but it just hit back home again that I was like, wow. this is it. This is my life. And the, I don’t, I don’t hate it.
[00:22:17] Dane Reis: [00:22:17] Yeah, I love those realization moments. And I want to piggyback on that real quick and talk about your number one, booked it moment. Walk us through that day, the auditions and call backs. If they happen to be a part of it, what was going on in your life? And what about that moment makes it your favorite book? Did moment.
[00:22:38] Chelsea Dee: [00:22:38] Okay. I have two booked at moments. Is
[00:22:40] that okay? Okay. So my first book, tit moment,
um, I had probably been in Vegas. Oh God. I think. Maybe, I don’t even know if it was a year, maybe a year, maybe not. I think I was in Marshall’s cause I have a slight obsession with going. Marshall’s and home goods. And it was like a Saturday afternoon. I was in Marshall’s. I actually think I was trying something on, I didn’t get a phone call And I remember he asked me, what are you doing? And I was like, I mean, it was like, well, what a. Well, do you have anything planned this weekend? And I said, no, why should I like, kind of like, confused, like why you ask? And he was like, do. Do you want to be on the billboards? I was like, excuse me. And he said, do you want to dance on the billboard awards? And I was like, uh, yeah. who wouldn’t. And he was like, well, can you be at MGM by 6:00 AM tomorrow morning and full hair and makeup? I said, Yeah, of course I can. I didn’t know really who I was down in fall, what I was doing. I was like, yeah, I’ll be the. I remember like getting the information that night and. I’m not big on country music. I obviously know them know cause they’ve grown a lot bigger as a group, but it was actually fall Florida, Georgia line. Is who I was dancing fault, but at the time, like, I don’t think they were as big as what they are now. I didn’t no. And I remember coming home and telling my husband, I mean, he was like, are you serious? And I said, yeah, So anyway, I went and did it. We were there at 6:00 AM. It was obviously prerecorded for. Well, we did it live for the East coast, but . Uh, my buck date moment was actually coming home from the day and actually getting to watch it. On TV. And I was like, wow. So I guess that’s kind of a spotlight moment going back to, and I was like, Oh my God. , that’s what I’m doing. And yeah, it was such, such a great feeling. So I felt very fortunate because I hadn’t been here that long too. . That’s still one of my favorite book take moments. And then obviously my next book didn’t moment. This is a big one, too. I auditioned for Vegas, a show. Not one time, not two times, actually six times before I got into the show.
[00:25:40] Yes. And looking back at those times every time I would make it down to the final cut. Felt like they liked me. I felt like I’d done really well, but then never heard anything. It was like, you know, you go home when you questioning yourself and you like. Why? Why, why did she get kept all? Why did they not call me? And. So false and I will keep going to the audition at, to the point where the production manager at the time Shannon would know my name when I would walk in before I even give my resume. And asked me how I was doing. I was like, this is awkward that he already knows who I am, but I’m not in the show. But, you know, I would still show up. And the last time I went to audition, I almost didn’t go. , I almost was like the, not going to hire me again, whatever, but I was like, you know what, if I don’t go, what if that was that one time they were looking for somebody, my height, my size, my hook. Hello, my whatever. What if that was that one time? And I didn’t go, . And I said, I will regret it for the rest of my life. So I went and. I stood at the back because by this time I already knew the two combinations that they taught at the audition. And I always felt sometimes that I might’ve come off as like being at the front and you try to not do the routine if you already know it, but sometimes you can’t help, but go ahead of what’s being taught. If you already know what what’s coming next. , and I thought maybe that was going against me. So I stood at the back. Didn’t come to the front and basically just stood there until we got put into groups and then just did my thing. And I felt pretty good about it again, as I done like the other times. And didn’t hear anything. So this was Roman six. Didn’t hear anything. And again, defeated. I was questioning myself like. You know, what am I doing wrong? What am I not doing? Am I being too much of a perfectionist at the audition? And instead of just going with the flow and just, you know, if I do mess up, I mess up rather than being so hard on myself. But I picked myself back up and actually I was getting ready to go to another audition somewhere else. And I was basically a full face of makeup.
Uh, I had my outfit on. And I was picking up my bag to go out the door. And I get a Facebook message. From Shannon. And I still, I have kept it to this day. I’ve never deleted the message. I’m just saying that they have an offer for me. And could they call me. And though I still think it’s a S it’s so hysterical. Cause I was like, you have six resumes, but you Facebook message week You know what I mean? . Dropped my bag. I called him and. He said we have an offer for you. And before they even told her, I said, I’ll take it. You said, I didn’t even tell you what it was. I said, Shannon, I don’t cut. I said, I will take the job. , because I’ve been trying for that long, like, I’d want it to be in the show for so long and, you know, and I was like, Oh my God, hallelujah. Ah, so I was like, I’ll take it, whatever it is, I’ll take it. I don’t cut. Even if I work one day a week, I’ll come and do the outcome, do it one day a week. It doesn’t matter. So I went in that night and signed my contract and I got hired as an on call and down, so to start off with, but I ended up. As a lot of people may know with Vegas, a show on calls and swings. We do a lot more than the average. On-call all swing would do. Uh, so I was actually in the show, quite a law, which I loved and from the, just worked my way up into the show and I became full time. And then I became a swing. And you actually learn basically every tracking the show, not just, you know, one tracking is still scheduled and you don’t sit and wait for somebody to go down before you go in. You’re always in. and then, yeah, so now I’m, I have to be in the foot. Four and a half, four and a half years. I know back down to a uncle swing again, but like I said, I, before COVID I was still scheduled into the show full five days a week. And yeah, that was that’s one of my, you know, funny a book stories just because I love that. I got a Facebook message. And I still have it. And I still look at it from time to time. Cause again, connections. You just don’t know. It’s not necessarily always going to be a phone call or an email. That’s going to get you that job, you know, um, So, yeah, that’s uh, that was a great moment too.
[00:30:11] Dane Reis: [00:30:11] Well, let’s take a moment to talk about the present. What projects are you working on now? What are you looking forward to? And. Look, it’s a crazy time. We are amidst this global pandemic. How do you see the industry moving forward in the next couple of years?
[00:30:27]Chelsea Dee: [00:30:27] So, yeah. The interest in times I 100% agree.
Uh, right now, I am just trying to, . Focus on myself. Um, and in the sense, not saying that I never not focused on myself, but we get so wrapped up in work. And craziness that you never have a time to just sit and take a breath. And enjoy the quiet time, quiet time, because quiet time for a lot of performance is like a day off or two days off. And then it’s right back in, let’s go. so yeah, , when all of this started. I was like, Oh, this is a nice vacation, you know? And then the thumb started to twiddle and, and I was like, okay, we gotta do something. So I have just been, I mean, I’ve been working out a lot, I guess you could say, I actually. With good old, mr. Shaun T doing I’ve basically been doing that for the last , three months. So I bet I’m on my final week right now. And then I’ll find some other workout program to do. Um, I don’t think I’m going over debating back and forth with myself about going into the fitness industry. And get it into personal training. Obviously with our career fitness is always going to be a big, important role. And I do like this times where I hate working out, we all do. But I do have a love for it. Again, I do teach a true fusion already. So I teach, um, ho BA, which stems from ballet, which is great for me. Um, and I am certified in Pilates, which infusion. So I thought about going into the fitness industry. Um, but I’m still debating back and forth. Whether I want to do group stuff or if I want to be more one on one. So that’s kind of what I’m doing with my time right now,
[00:32:11] Dane Reis: [00:32:11] perfect. And let’s move on to one of my favorite sections in the interview. I call it the grease lightening round. I am going to ask you a handful of questions. I want you to answer them as quickly and concisely as possible one after another. Are you ready?
[00:32:29]All right. First question. What was the one thing holding you back from committing to a career as an entertainer?
[00:32:37]Chelsea Dee: [00:32:37] I’m going to say nothing was holding me back, but sometimes I feel like being a perfectionist can be a hindrance because sometimes being too perfect, doesn’t always work and it can backfire. So I would say if that’s the thing being too trying to be too perfect.
[00:32:53] Dane Reis: [00:32:53] Great. Second question. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
[00:32:59]Chelsea Dee: [00:32:59] Ooh. Again, this is a tough one. You picked some tough questions. I, I. I would say best piece of advice is that I have been given. You have to start at the bottom. to get to the top.
[00:33:10] that’s something that I have always lived by.
[00:33:12]Dane Reis: [00:33:12] Wonderful. And the third question, what is something that is working for you right now? Or if you’d like to go pre COVID, what was working for you before our industry went on? Pause.
[00:33:24]Chelsea Dee: [00:33:24] So before COVID, I would say I was enjoying I’d stop. No, they say no, I had never enjoyed my career, but I’ve come to an age where I have learned to coalesce about what other people think about me and just focus on myself. And if it makes me happy. Then do it. I spent so much of my life. I feel like in my twenties being like, well, does she, like what I’m doing? Does he, like, what I’m doing is this right? And I’ve lent finally learned in my thirties to just let that go. And just enjoy whatever you’re doing. And I feel like it’s made. My enjoyment for my career. Just expelled even more than what it already had.
[00:34:03]Dane Reis: [00:34:03] Yeah, I love that. And the fourth question, what is your best resource? Whether that is a book, a movie, a YouTube video podcast, maybe a piece of technology that you found is helping your career right now.
[00:34:17]Chelsea Dee: [00:34:17] I would say YouTube has been pretty good.
Um, just for, for helping me with workouts as well, as well as like, um, during load-in fitness apps. And I’ve actually been taking actually since dance classes and studios have opened back up, I’ve been able to go take downs class again. And that’s something I was never really able to do when I was a fulltime work in dancer because. All the better classes. I felt like what in the evening? And I would always be working. So now I’m really trying to take the classes and I’m gonna, I’m gonna pluck you. I’m going to say these podcasts, these podcasts, if I should have been really good for me. Cause I it’s, it’s always so nice to, like I said, to learn about other people’s experiences, how they had to grind to get to where they are. And like I said, you’ve interviewed a lot of Vegas entertainers and it’s always interesting to find out how we all got to the same place. Cause we all come from different aspects and I really. They’ve been really informative for me, for someone who’s already had a career. So I’ve really enjoyed listening to the podcast.
[00:35:20] Dane Reis: [00:35:20] Oh, well, thank you so much for that. And the fifth question. If you had to start your career from scratch, but you still had all the knowledge and experience you’ve collected from your career in this industry. What would you do or not do, would you do anything differently or would you keep it the same?
[00:35:40]Chelsea Dee: [00:35:40] I honestly, like I said, everything happens for a reason, so I’m not gonna S I would say I would keep my career. I wouldn’t change anything. The one thing I would add. To it, knowing the information I know now, if I known that when I was younger and my mom said it too, I would have gone into singing lessons. I would have took vocal lessons a lot.
Uh, younger. I took them when I was 16, a college, but I wasn’t interested. I just wanted to dance. I didn’t want to do the vocal classes. And that’s why I don’t think, and it’s my own fault. I should have taken them a little more seriously, but I just wanted to dance. That was it. So now I would say.
[00:36:21] Dane Reis: [00:36:21] as you possibly can. Great. Last question. What is the golden nugget knowledge drop you have learned from your successful career in this industry? You’d like to leave with our listeners.
[00:36:34]Chelsea Dee: [00:36:34] I am going to say it sounds cliche, but I’m going to say it anyway. Don’t give up. Because, , there’s been so many times in my career that there was times where I example I didn’t give up on Vegas to show. And finally they took me in. , I could have given up the second time was the time and called it a day, but I kept going. Cause I told myself I’m going to keep going to these auditions till they tell me to stop coming. That’s literally how I was thinking. So I would say that, another eye. I would say just. Don’t be afraid. To put the work in and work your way up to the top at the time, being at the bottom might seem terrible. It might seem mediocre, whatever, but just know that all that hard work you put in, you will. You will get to the top because if you start off at the top, the only way to go is done. That’s how I’ve always thought. If you come in right at the top, you’re only going to fall, but if you come in at the bottom, you are going to work your way up to the top and. You appreciate everything you go through.
Um, I w I would say that’s one of my biggest things, but also stay humble. there’s a lot of people in this industry that are so humble and it’s not a nice trait. When you come across somebody that isn’t very humble, but what they’ve done, we’ve all had a Korea. We’ve all had different stories. We’ve all someone’s done this well, I’ve done that. Just, , I appreciate what everybody’s done. We all have different stories to tell and yep. Just stay kind to everybody. Cause you don’t know. Where that next connection is coming from. And it’s just as important with connections that is if you can do 500 per Watts.
[00:38:06]Dane Reis: [00:38:06] Yep. Absolutely. Absolutely. And to wrap up this interview, Chelsea, it is time to give yourself a plug.
[00:38:14] Where can we find you? How do our listeners connect with you? Is there anything you want to promote?
[00:38:20]Chelsea Dee: [00:38:20]
Uh, you can find me on Instagram. It’s Chelsea D 87. Chelsea Dee Robinson is my Facebook and. If you ever want to come to true fusion and settle in, just check out the schedule, I’ll be teaching help out on normally Tuesday mornings and Wednesday evenings.
[00:38:37] Dane Reis: [00:38:37] Beautiful. And for everyone listening out there, I have put the links to everything Chelsea just said in the description of this episode, Chelsea, thank you so much for joining me
[00:38:46] today and sharing your journey.