Today we’d like to introduce you to Kyrstin Young.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
At the age of two, I began dancing at a Ridley’s School of Dance in Nashville, TN. At 13, I started training and competing at Spotlite Dance Studio in Murfreesboro, TN. While training there I was also training under Zach and Dorinda Walker who has played a significant role in my professional career. At 14, I booked one of my first professional gigs dancing for Coco Jones at various shows across the US and music videos. During this time I was still in high school at Nashville School of the Arts so I was having to manage school, school rehearsals, studio rehearsals, and living a regular teenage life. As much as I thought it would be difficult. I was really having the time of my life. Other than always having to do my homework on the plane all the time, it was great! This taught me discipline and professionalism at a very young age and set me up for anything else I’ve been able to book. During this time I was also on a crew named Dreamers Society ran by Zach and Dorinda Walker. This dynamic duo became my mentors and I became “babygirl” very quickly. Here I learned more and more about what it took to be in the industry. Under the crew, I was also able to experience Monsters of Hip Hop and World of Dance which was also super cool .
After graduating high school in 2017 I continued my education at Austin Peay State University where I danced on the dance team for four years. Getting to attend UDA camps and competitions my last two years granted me the opportunity see dance in a whole different light and sparked interest in pursuing a choreography career in the dance team world.
While In college I worked super hard on my brand #kreateyou and what exactly it meant. #kreateyou was created in such a dark time in my life but it truly stemmed from feeling like I wasn’t good enough. I was also able to release two books, “ Seven Paths, One Destination”, where I co-authored with six other beautiful souls and “Kreate You by Kyrstin Young”. After graduating in May of 2021 with a Bachelor’s in Business Management I moved back home and geared up for the next phase of my life. In October 2021, I was granted the opportunity to move to my dream city Atlanta, GA, to further my career in professional dancing, choreography, and creative direction. I’ve wanted to move to ATL since I was 13, so when it finally happened, I knew it was time to get everything I dreamed for. While in ATL I’ve been training, networking, and getting used to being in a new city. I’ve also had the opportunity to be in a few shows around the city and was able to book a show with DaBaby in December 2021 at the Coca Cola Roxy. Life was absolutely amazing but unfortunately, on February 1, 2022 me and 2 of the closest people to me lost our home due to an apartment fire. Still to this day I can’t wrap my head around it and its been rough trying to recover but God works miracles. As of now, I am still dancing but I’ve been doing a lot of choreography and creating as it’s been therapeutic for my mental. I am also working and rebuilding and have been back and forth from ATL and Nashville. Soon I plan to be relocated back to ATL.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Not at all, not even close. I feel like I’m trying to get over a bump right now. I feel like the biggest struggle for me was believing in myself to do all of the things I see in my head. This sent me into a deep depression in college because it was like I knew I could do it and I saw myself doing it, but something inside me kept telling me I wasn’t capable. Oh baby, but now? You can’t tell me anything!!! I am determined to accomplish everything God has set in my path.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a professional dancer, choreographer, aspiring creative director, teacher and author. To put that in brand form that is exactly #kreateyou. Kreate You was created to motivate people to be themselves and know that being unapologetically and authentically you is more than enough. I am most proud of my brand just because I knew what type of place I was in when it was created and it best represents me because I’ve always been told I was different. I’m honestly still trying to figure out exactly what that means but I love exploring it.
I feel like what sets me apart is that my genuineness is real. I feel like sometimes that lacks in such a competitive industry but there’s honestly room for you. I truly believe that so even though yes, I want that job just as bad as the next person, I know that if I don’t get it, my name and blessing is elsewhere. That keeps me super grounded and pushes me to keep fighting.
I am most proud of me… There’s so many things in life that are thrown at you to knock you down and you have to get back up and keep rolling with the punches. Losing my home, and everything in it, is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to deal with. Still picking up the pieces but it has made me so much stronger. I remember feeling like I would be stuck down forever. However, I am proud that I decided to keep going and keep fighting because I feel like the chance to give up was right there in front of me.
Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
To get where you want to be you have to take risks. I am definitely the person to just do it and see how it goes. If it goes great, marvelous. If not, oh well. That feeling of “I should have” or “dang I wish I would’ve” eats me alive. Don’t block your blessings because your scared. God is not going to put us in situations to fail. You win or learn! Simple. So I definitely think taking risks is super important because it helps you grow.
- Seven Paths One Destination $10
- kreateyou by Kyrstin Young $10
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