We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Kravitz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Work/life balance has always been a tough one for me! I’ve been a work-oriented person my whole life and have never done well with too much free time. I think there’s something about being a freelance artist that makes work/life balance especially difficult. You’re always looking for the next gig, and that hustle can be ungrounding. Finding small ways to stay present throughout my day to day–like doing yoga, writing, or just sitting with my eyes closed and breathing for 30 sec–has helped relieve some stress that kind of uncertainty invites. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we were all collectively forced to confront work/life balance in a new way. I learned to give myself clear boundaries between work and life and created a space in my home dedicated to work, so I could physically step away when needed. Balance is something that I learned in my body at a young age. Balance is not stillness. When we stand on one leg our bodies are constantly making tiny adjustments and shifts to keep us upright. Work/life balance is the same. Maintaining the balance is a constant process of checking in with yourself, your loved ones, and your work, and making small adjustments. It’s all a process.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a dance artist. I love creating and sharing movement and have been fortunate to make a career out of doing just that. I studied and began my professional career in New York, performing concert dance with various companies in NY and across the country. I also self-produced dance events in NY with Shantel Prado under the name ‘bait’, and am currently a founding contributor to the Dallas-based non-profit, Agora Artists. I am most proud of the collaborative work I’ve been involved in both in the Northeast and in Dallas. I love to work with artists of varying mediums, primarily visual art and sound, and create opportunities to share movement outside of the traditional theater environment. As a maker and collaborator, I’ve learned that I work best with artists and friends who inspire me. It can be tricky working with friends, especially in making art, so it’s important to continue to center the work, not take things personally, and communicate directly. As a performer, I’ve learned that emulating other artists or trying to fit yourself into a certain role will only get you so far. It’s much more fulfilling to stay true to your own artistic voice and let that guide you throughout your career.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I moved to Dallas just a few months before the pandemic and was just discovering these places for myself when COVID-19 caused lock downs and social distancing. I’ve found sanctuary in outdoor spaces like Reverchon Park, Oak Point Nature Preserve, and Spring Creek Forest Preserve. I’ve also experienced some cool, COVID-safe art at Arts Mission Oak Cliff, Sweet Pass Sculpture Park, and Tin Star Theater!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Huuuuge shoutout to Avery-Jai Andrews. She is one of my biggest inspirations, dearest friends, and just an incredible person. She does so much for the Dallas dance community and is fearless and generous in her work as an artist and community organizer.
Headshot by Alexandra Hulsey 1: Agora Artists’ “Tether” at Arts Mission Oak Cliff. Photo by Corey Haynes 2: Agora Artists co-founders Lauren Kravitz & Avery-Jai Andrews. Photo by Corey Haynes 3: Lauren in Sean Curran Company’s “Everywhere All The Time” at Brooklyn Academy of Music. Photo by Ian Douglas 4: Lauren in Indah Walsh Dance Company’s “& Other Love Songs” at Arts Mission Oak Cliff. Photo by Corey Haynes 5: Lauren Kravitz & Avery-Jai Andrews. Photo by Corey Haynes