We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Tran and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I have always had this dream of running a dance company sometimes in the future, maybe when I finished school and working full time. For a while, I just casually thought of my company’s name, logo design, etc. for the fun of it, nothing serious or set and stone. However, everything happened so differently this year due to COVID-19 (isolating, quarantine, social distancing, only virtual activities, etc.), a huge urge to make arts and to spread arts even more. I have a huge passion for dance making, having a dance company of my own would allow me plenty of opportunities to create and share my arts with the community. In time for a global pandemic, it is quite challenging to make a living as an artist. I spent a lot of time in quarantine rethinking about my career goals and plans, laying out some possibilities and I thought why not now? I have a small circle of connections with some dancers I’ve worked with before to recruit for my start up dance company, luckily everyone whom I reached out to are all on board with it, we made a great team. With the help of my great friend Mary Huong Tran, she provided us amazing professional company photos and digitalized our company logo beautifully. Taking one step at a time, I am super excited for what the future has in store for us and for our growth even if it may take a long time.
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.
Our mission is to create works that communicate human lifestyles and narratives through movements. We embrace beauty and creativity in the neglected human imperfections. Our works revolve around honesty, imperfections, and resistance against the currents of certain constructed standards in society. TM’s choreography specifically focuses on the correlation between movement and rhythmic distinctiveness of sound. We emphasize the quality of movements to merge with the music to produce visual and aural satisfactions. TM strives for opportunities to perform and create in collaboration with artists around the world as we spread our dance narratives to the community. Currently, we are working on our first full company digital project that will launch in February 2021.
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?
Mozart Bakery in Dallas or Carrollton, this is a cute cafe to enjoy some sweets and tea and long conversations. Dallas Bishop Arts District, Arlington Highlands, Reunion Tower.
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?
I am super grateful to Mary Huong Tran, a friend of mine who never hesitated to offer her creative and quality services for my dance company such as photos, videos, logos. She is amazing at what she does, thanks to her, we were able to present our name beautifully and professionally. My family, especially mom and sister, though it is very hard for them to understand what I am doing, they still show support and offer useful advice. These are the people that I know will always be there in failures or successes. My close friends, seeing them react excitedly to my achievements gave me so much motivation to work even harder.
Mary Huong Photography Tony Le