Last month, we introduced you to Answers4Dancers member Karma Stylz who took a chance and wrote a letter to Ryan Murphy with all the reasons why he should be part of Pose, FX’s show centered around the New York Ballroom Vogue Scene.
It not only worked, but after he danced on Pose, he was invited to choreograph the Season 2 promo. And it didn’t stop there. Karma was offered the role of Corey, and you can watch his performance when you tune in on Tuesday, July 16.
So what’s it like to realize this incredible dream? We asked Karma about his experience.
A4D: How did it feel to get the news that you booked the role of Corey?
Karma: As I read the script, I felt like I booked The Perfect Job! It was as if they created Corey based on my life… it mirrors how I am in real life. That shocked and inspired me so much… I needed that confirmation! So in many ways, this small role has changed my life in big ways!
A4D: Did you have any speaking lines?
Karma: My character, Corey, doesn’t have any speaking lines, but similar to myself, he speaks volumes through his facial expression... Serving shade, confidence, and lots of attitude. In the episode, Corey is an up-and-coming Legend from the Ballroom Scene. He’s tall, dark, handsome, and has all the talent to go with it, (and he knows it!) During my scene, the main characters are chatting about how they think Corey is one of the Top choices for Madonna’s Blonde Ambition Tour. And Damon and Ricky were right because Corey books it! It’s so surreal, and YES, I actually do hope to tour with Madonna one day!
A4D: What’s it like to find yourself in this incredible place?
Karma: I’ve booked some amazing jobs in my career, but this one means the most. People from all over the world will get a glimpse of my choreography and even see me perform it on the show! I’ve worked so hard trying to break into this industry as an all-around performer. It’s been a challenge doing it all on my own. I’m proud of myself for staying focused through all of the ups and downs and never allowed setbacks to discourage me!
And then Karma added: From stepping off the plane and finding myself alone and homeless when I arrived in New York City in 2015 to now… How is it even possible that since then, I’ve been booked as a Choreographer, Dancer, and Actor on Pose?
We know the answer Karma… You took a chance, believed in yourself, and when called on, you stepped up and embraced the challenge. Thanks for sharing your story!
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