We had the good fortune of connecting with Sara Pizzi and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sara, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Balance is my daily reminder: life is about balance. Being a freelance artist in NYC puts you at high risk of overworking, losing track and getting lost in overwhelming commitments. First arriving in NYC my unbreakable rule was “never say no, you don’t know with opportunities you may lose”. But right now, I’m in the mindset that it is better to lose some opportunities than losing track of yourself. Now I follow the rule of the 3 do’s: do what pays you rent, do what makes you happy and gratified & do what will make you improve; saying “yes” only to works which will help me to achieve my goal and represents who I am. Regarding daily life: having a planner helped me to visually understands how much work I was doing daily and to equally giving myself time to rest or to do something “extra-ordinary”: nothing crazy, but something that would trigger my creativity and senses. Lastly: not being afraid of unbalanced moments, actually events which broken my balance were the one from which I learned the most.

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’m a performing conceptual artist, which includes also being a choreographer, dancer and teacher. My art is based on any physical medium which can evoke any inner personal exploration, deeper analysis of our inner self, the creation of a safe place for discovering and questioning & can bring togetherness in solving some common social issues. This creates performances which break the concept of standard performance creating collaborative, conceptual, interactive art experiences & teaching any level and any age, prioritizing any class that involves people with physical and mental disabilities or for underrepresented communities. In the meantime, as a performer I’m currently working for four dance companies based in NYC and for some projects, looking forward to expanding my network and dance abilities to other contemporary dance companies/organizations. My final career goal is still far, but I’m happy with my accomplishment and my biggest take away from my growing experience is “remember from where you come from and where you are going”.

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?
POV: I love walking, cozy places and nature. When my friends are visiting I cannot not bring them to my favorite little spots, and multiple times I made this itinerary. Taking the subway to stop at Jefferson St (L TRAIN LINE) to have breakfast at NOOK (on 45 Irving Ave) in this cozy, warm, welcoming cafe with delicious pastries and coffee. Continuing with walking around the area admiring the street art and hidden markets. Proceeding walking in Bushwick heading to Brooklyn Ball Factory, a hidden pearl where you can eat original and yummy Japanese food and drinks. From here, just in a 15 min walk, you can reach Williamsburg in the vintage shopping area, with many hidden spots, gorgeous parks and good coffee places. And if it is not a shopping day, just passing that area you will be close to the Hudson Side, where you can admire the Manhattan Skyline. If you still have gas in the tank, at the North 5th Street Pier and Park, you can have a 10 min ride for only $ 2.75 to Dumbo (a cheap and easy way to have a small trip on the boat). There you can just hangout until the sunset to see the city turning on its light or just can cross the Brooklyn Bridge.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Thank you for all the team, supporters and collaborators of saraika movement collective. This last year has been incredibly full of wonderful performances, meeting talented and incredible people and organizers, giving me a lot experience as creator, facilitator and performer. Few people makes the difference in life and this movement collective definitely contributed to make this last year better and full of great moments.

Website: https://sarapizzi.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_sarapizzi_/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sara-pizzi-a514281a6/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaraPizzi3

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sara.pizzi.7

Youtube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCrojXl1b6CortTwOIyKIvCA

Image Credits
Rebecca Marcela Oviatt BECCA VISION website: https://www.beccavisionnyc.com instagram: https://www.instagram.com/becca.vision/

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