In today’s episode we sit down with an aspiring entrepreneur and our first ever guest from the East Coast, James Chaplin. We talk with James about his start as a dancer, graduating college during a pandemic and he declares this episode as a celebratory milestone (thanks James!) James shares his experience on how he became immersed in the global dance community and tells us that his desire to travel abroad was because of his love for Naruto. James’ experience in Japan allowed him to be exposed to a broader community and he shares his thoughts on what the dancers here can borrow from the Japanese dance community. We talk with James about DownKore and the inspiration behind it. He shares his process on the evolution of DownKore and gives us insight to his vision of what DownKore can become. We take a slight detour in our conversation about DownKore to talk about dancers and their love for anime. We even go as far as to “trademark” the idea to create an anime revolved around dancers. James candidly talks to us about his love for dance and the motivation for maintaining his path of entrepreneurship. James shares his inspirations and tells us that the DownKore team needs help! We wrap the episode with a round of rapid fire, take another anime detour and he shares what’s good in the dance community.
In this episode, we explore:
02:29 Dancing since the age of 3
06:23 Engaging in a global dance community
11:46 Dance Culture in Japan
22:00 Connecting the dance community
24:17 Dancers and anime
26:12 Maintaining the motivation
29:09 The user experience of DownKore
35:00 Mentors and inspiration
39:00 Help Wanted!
41:37 Rapid Fire
48:00 Maintaining the creativity
51:03 What’s good in the dance community?
54:00 Closing remarks
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-Jane Banares for creating our Co-Lab Podcast artwork
Music by Sam Stan - Das Boo - https://thmatc.co/?l=997FC418
Music by SkeetOnTheBeat - Late Night - https://thmatc.co/?l=E76B5749
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