If you’re from the GTA, you’ve probably heard the name Jae Blaze. Jae is an established choreographer that has worked with everyone from Sean Paul to Rihanna. Jae Blaze is also the creator of the JukGyal, Dancehall workout, that is mashing up Toronto and Los Angeles.
Over the last seven months fitness has become a big part of my daily routine. I am continually looking for fun, new ways, to burn calories, and get moving. I came across the JukGyal workout on Instagram and reached out to Jae for this week’s installment of Inspired By.
I love her advice on staying balanced and guarding your brand.
Where does your story begin, what led you to create the JukGyal brand?
My JukGyal story began with women in Los Angeles demanding to know the mechanics of female Dancehall movement. I used my knowledge and experience as an Artist Developer/ Choreographer for celebrities (who most are not initially dancers) and really broke down how the body should feel while executing these dance moves. Women found this method very challenging, so I thought how can I make this even one step harder. lol. I added resistant bands to the movement and JukGyal class was born.
What inspires you?
I think everything inspires me. Sound, light, people, art, music, movement. Its never just one thing. And it changes everyday as I’m exposed to something new each and every day.
What are you most proud of?
I would say I’m most proud of my son. He’s an amazing human being who is a better version of his parents. Mission Accomplished. He’s my light!
Name a book that changed your life?
Wow. I can’t say there’s ONE book that changed my life. However there’s definitely a collection of books that have molded, changed, inspired, and helped me navigate through this thing we call life. Here’s my top 5
What advice/insight do you have for someone who is trying to figure out their passion?
Go for it! No regrets! If you failed that’s one thing…but don’t let the words “I didn’t try” in your vocab!!
What helps you keep going on days you want to quit?
In all honesty, I don’t quit but I do take “breaks”. Its hard to burn the candle at both ends and simply keep going. No. When I have those days where I’m just overwhelmed. I stop and do something that is totally unrelated. My “go to” is the gym. I’m able to blow off some steam and most of the times solutions pop in my head during my workouts. But my other options are cover my head and sleep, read a book, movies, museum, ask for outside opinion, unwind, recharge and then back at it again. For me, I like to attack tasks at 110%. I need to catch my breath to do so. I give my self a few hours to a full day to be honest. Nothing in this world is that important to kill me off or stress me out!! But then I’m right back at it..no time for self sulking…..I got goals hunny! lol.
What’s been your most important lesson in business/life?
You are your brand so guard it with your life!! Move with integrity, professionalism and know who you are!!
What do you know for sure?
That God is Love..anything after that I can’t call it!!
How do you balance life and your creative work?
You know I’m still trying to figure that out… lol. …but I’ve been blessed to live a creative working life! It’s a struggle but someone’s gotta do it!
How do you continue to challenge yourself?
I continue to challenge myself by learning something new everyday. These young kats are out here moving like the gust of wind. It’s great to connect, have them teach you new technology, dances, and keep you in tune with the new trends. Then there are my elders who challenge me to find ways to not use those technologies, get back to the simpler ways of life and not be so dependent. So I’m in the middle, always learning and I seeking ways to challenge myself. Sometimes its difficult to grasp at first but I always consider the struggle growth!!
What does happiness look like to you?
Happiness looks like family, and friends who are considered my family! A space to create freely and the financial freedom to do so. A continuous flow of knowledge from those who are smarter and more powerful than me. And a sea side villa in Jamaica! Bam!!
Who would like to check out a class with me? (Class schedule can be found here) Jae included a discount code for your first class below.