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Jack of all Trades, Gina Starbuck, says You Are Enough

November 11, 2014 by  
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Please tell us about yourself and what you do?

My name is Gina Starbuck. Mainly, I am a choreographer, dancer, and dance educator. But, I am a jack of many many trades! I also act, sing, write music, poetry, scripts, produce, design clothes, direct, and art direct. I am a certified reiki master (which is healing through energy) and am in the process of getting certified in transformational hypnosis. I created my own charity, Art4life and am very much invested in charity work in different ways. 

Can you tell us a bit about any upcoming projects or events that you are working on?

It is transition time for me, though there are always many exciting projects being created in my world. I recently became a partner with DanceON network and will be creating really exciting content to add to my YouTube page. So, if you haven’t already… Subscribe! 😉 Beyond that, I am still teaching and choreographing, really focused on acting, and hoping to do more international gigs as a teacher. I’ve got some amazing shows that I am currently consulting on some of the newest venues from the Houston Brothers. They create the most incredible nightlife experiences in the world at their venues. I am incredibly inspired and hopefully this is the beginning of a lifelong partnership with them as a choreographer and artistic director! 

Do you find the pressures of working in your industry significant with regard to feeling the need to have a “perfect” body?  If so, how do you navigate through that terrain?  How do you “not” judge yourself when others (critics, audience members, producers, etc.) “judge” you based on outward measures?

The entertainment industry is full of unreasonable ideas of what “beauty” and health is. Certainly, I find myself being affected by this. I am an incredibly health conscious, active 30 year old woman with tons of energy, radiant skin and a gray body. yet, I do find myself occasionally looking in the mirror thinking negative thoughts about my appearance. We live our lives being told we are too short, or too thick, or too pale… The reality is though, that true beauty radiates from within. We all perceive things differently, and there is more than enough work out there that you AND you beautiful self will be right for. Certainly, we want to strive to be healthy. yet, everyone is different. Some people are naturally thin, others carry a little more. What we should be focusing on is how we feel. Eating well, exercising, actively working on our whole being. (Physical, mental, emotional, spiritual) From that place, the things that are aligned with who we truly are will come. 

To follow up with that question, how do you deal with bullying or people talking negative about you?

When people talk negatively about you, it has nothing to do with you, except for the likelihood that something they perceive to be true about you sparks an insecurity in them. I have a huge heart, and do my best to make people happy. So it used to really get to me when people spoke ill of me. But, I have learned over the years that we are human. We are flawed. And because everyone is living their own version of reality, there will always be someone who doesn’t understand you. What I do now in response to negativity is… I send them light and immediately do my best to forgive. 

Can you give any examples of bullying in your personal life and how you handled it?

There are so many I could get into. I will simply say that we have all experienced it on some level. And I’d like to encourage anyone going through it to stay in your truth, even if you feel at fault in some way, remember that you are going through this for a reason, and it is an opportunity to look within and find more light. You are supported. By people on this earth, and angels and guides beyond. You are loved. You are enough! 

What made you want to get involved with Mental Fitness, Inc.?

I immediately jumped at the opportunity because I have worked through some major life challenges lately around these types of issues, and I am extremely passionate about making sure that education goes beyond just the mental or the physical. It is time we start to include all aspects of fitness into curriculum. I know that had I had more opportunities to be educated and empowered in emotional intelligence, I likely would have saved myself from some choices that presented major challenges. However, there is no such thing as a “mistake”, only a learning tool. And I can use this opportunity to help others. 

Who were the role models in your life?

I have had many mentors and role models along the way. Too many to list. You know who you are, and I am beyond grateful! 

What do you define as beautiful?

I feel that beauty is simply being authentic. Being true to who you are. honest, compassionate, unafraid to show vulnerability or “flaws”. 

How do you define inner beauty?

That is a tough question. I don’t know that it is definable. But, it is something that is in ALL of us. Every single human being. 

What is happiness?

Happiness is a state of mind. A choice. It is deciding that no matter what gets manifested into our experience, we are going to learn and grow and continue to love and express and feel and share. To laugh and dance and sing. 

Would you be willing to take the Real Deal pledge?  Thoughts about that? (http://wearetherealdeal.com/about/the-real-deal-pledge/)

I will have to check it out! Stay tuned! 

How do you manage your stress levels in daily life?  Do you use music / art / dance, etc. as a coping tool?

I pray, meditate, do reiki, (I am a reiki master myself! And I absolutely love having healing sessions with my clients!) write, dance, create in any form. Hiking, cooking, traveling are also quite healing for me. Music… The tools are endless! I genuinely just try to stay in a state of joy. If I feel something negative, I try not to fight it. I do my best to let it move through me quickly, I bless it and then I shift to a higher vibration.

Are there other things that you do to live mindfully?

I try to do everything mindfully! (Easier said than done, but I’m working on it!) 

How do you find a work-life balance — as a woman, relationships, a professional — what are keys to balance?

This is something I am actively pursuing daily. I have found it incredibly challenging to balance relationships and work in particular. Somewhere along the line, we got conditioned to think that you choose career OR family. I am learning though that is not the truth at all and it is absolutely possible to have all of your hearts desires! 

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BIO:

Gina Starbuck, is a triple threat who has been turning heads in Hollywood and beyond for years. Predominately a dancer, choreographer, and dance educator, she has worked with artists such as Adam Lambert, Prince, Nicki Minaj, Patti Labelle, Gavin Degraw and more. She starred in the LA Company of the Broadway hit, Wicked, as the Witch’s Mother. Her film and television credits include Mobbed, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, American Idol, America’s Got Talent, Bring It On, Dancing With the Stars and Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition. All of which she played various roles, utilizing her talents as an actor, dancer, and singer.

She has received endless awards and recognition for her choreography, and as a teacher, she is flown all over the world to share her unique style, inspiration, and vast knowledge. She has created work for world record holder, Sophia Lucia and YAGP winner, Gisele Bethea and continues to inspire tens of thousands of dancers every year as a teacher at Hollywood Vibe dance convention, MUSE, the Edge, and various avenues of dance. She is also a guest artist at the Pulse, Broadway Dance Center, and Movement Lifestyle.

Gina is also a recording artist, having 5 songs on iTunes, and a recent music video that got over 100,000 hits on YouTube. Her signature style and fashion sense have gotten her into the pages of many publications, including XO Magazine, Japan’s Woofin’ Girl, Beauty Launchpad, and beyond. And she is one of the faces of Phillips headphones. She has her own urban dance wear line, Starbeat and is a celebrity designer for cosmetics company, Cliché.

Starbuck has been a guest host of Afterbuzz TV, as well as a guest on Hot Sauce Radio. And soon you’ll catch her doing some hosting for the Danceplug Dish. Outside of her exciting career, Gina is incredibly passionate about charity work, having created her annual event Art4Life in honor of her father, whom she lost to cancer, and continually contributing to various projects that support the greater good of humanity. Miss Starbuck is an artist who has numerous gifts to share with the world, and will continue to do so, while giving back in the process.

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