|Melsy Kamoni, Dancer at Sarakasi Dance Company|
It’s awesome interviewing people I am familiar with. Well, for starters, it isn’t much of a hustle getting to interview them… This means I do not have to jump through hoops and lakes of fire for a chit-chat, which you might or might not end up reading online.
Skype, WhatsApp or a coffee date at Java (because I am not creative or outgoing enough to think of another hang-out...hehe) “When can we do this?” is the first question I get after broaching the idea to them and what can I tell you…in my books, that’s one of my favourite questions.
Enough of this jibber jabber…Meet Melsy Kamoni, a young lady who from the look of things is making a career out of what most of us would call a past time. A 9-5pm in a cramped office doing menial work is out of the question … instead, she is following her passion…read on.
What was your first job?
I worked as an accounts teacher at a business management program run by Colombia University.
How much were you earning then?
About Ksh1500 a day
What did you study?
Accounts at Strathmore University
What’s your current job?
I am a professional dancer at Sarakasi Dance Company where I have been working since 2014
Tell me more about this dancing job
Well, most of our clients are Kenyan corporate companies looking for African dancers to spice up their events. It’s just like any other job. We have daily morning work outs to keep fit and stay in shape. We also train the whole day from 8-5pm.
Best professional advice you’ve got?
To create, give or produce a product or service that you would kill to pay for.
What have you done differently to be successful in your field?
Asking for my weakness from my boss and mentor and working on improving myself. I also keep going back for constructive feedback every now and then.
What gets you up in the morning?
It’s simple…I love what I do…so there’s nothing else I would rather be doing.
What’s your advice to young people struggling to get a job?
Nothing to say that hasn't been said before. Use your passion and hobbies and make money out of it. The good thing with passion is that even when you are down, facing challenges along the way, you will still have the motivation to keep on fighting.
What’s your advice to someone reading this and thinking… "Maaaan….I wonna be a dancer.”
(Laughs) Take it seriously just like any other job. Second, practice on improving your moves and skills.
Are there parts of your job that make you go arrrrgh!?
Ooooh yes, at times, my whole body hurts but I still have to get the job done…you know…chase my dreams.
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
Follow your passion. Find a campus or whatever learning institution to facilitate whatever you are good at. In the long run you will save yourself money and time.
After a long day at work, you like to go home and?
Watch a movie!