Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany “BJ” Jones.
Brittany, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Sure! My story represents the hardworking, 9-5, full-time employees of the world who battle with trusting God enough to step out on faith. Fresh out of college, I never wanted to be behind a desk 40 hours a week, but that’s what happened. Of course, I found myself unhappy because I knew I was supposed to be fulfilling my dream, but instead, I settled. I worked all day, but my real job started at 5:15. I was drained physically and mentally–something had to change. It took me three years to leave, but I finally did in October of last year. I’m now a full-time choreographer/dancer, running a graphic design business, at the same time! And to think, all I had to do was believe!
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I’m a choreographer, dancer, and self-taught graphic designer. Dance started out as a hobby for me, then immediately became my passion after about a week of summer dance camp. I fell in love with it, and I knew it was what God called me to do. I started doing choreography and graphic design in 2013 during college, two things I never saw myself doing. I didn’t know at the time, but those side hustles became my main hustle, and now they’re my only hustle.
I really enjoy what I do; it brings me so much joy!! All I ever hope is for people to feel that same joy and become inspired to spread more of it. Being an entrepreneur is not always easy, but aiming to attack each day with happiness and determination helps me to push through and put out great content and quality work.
How can artists connect with other artists?
Always be you. Whatever energy you put out is what you will receive in return. As long as you’re staying true to yourself, you will connect with and be surrounded by people who are doing that same thing. Sometimes, it’s better to fly solo then to worry about having company–people may not be ready to receive your energy or vice versa. Either way, you have to be content with or without people around. That’s where true happiness lies.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can catch me every Monday night (8:15p) at Dance Stars of Atlanta (DSA)! I teach a class called “Sass-Hop,” a hip hop and sassy dance style that focuses on high-energy, personality, and performance. Class footage and videos can be found on my Instagram and Youtube (@heythatsbj). My graphic design work can be found on Instagram as well, @bjsgraphics_.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @heythatsbj
- Twitter: @heythatsbj_