Interview with Mark Jennings (@markjenningsuk)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

MY NAME IS MARK JENNINGS AND OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS I HAVE BEEN RECOGNISED AS A HIGHLY RESPECTED CREATIVE, CHOREOGRAPHY & MOVEMENT DIRECTOR HAVING BEEN DESCRIBED AS “ONE OF THE LEADING CREATIVE SPARKS IN THE GLOBAL ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY TODAY”.

To Me, movement is everything. An expression of emotion that ripples through any performance medium, be it dance, acting, singing, presenting, or hosting. As a dancer myself I was never technically sound. My body was never as good as my soul wanted it to be. Flat feet, knock knees, and was very injury prone. However, regularly booked as a featured dancer, I soon realised it was his connection to emotion and ability to express this through movement whilst performing that captured the audience. Moving to scenes behind the camera and Having worked closely with many of the biggest names in the music industry, I am known for creating high profile performances that shift perception across Music, TV, Film, Theatre, Live, Corporate & Digital platforms. Choreography and direction contributions for International artists such as The Jonas Brothers, John Newman, Jax Jones, Steps, Louis Tomlinson and Katy Perry have resulted in billions of people seeing my work. I’m really passionate about creating strong and iconic experiences for brands and my knowledge of the entertainment industry has given me opportunities to bridge both worlds. Taking inspiration from fashion, design, and art I really try to set new trends in live entertainment which I hope result in meaningful and powerful performances and breath-taking choreography for major events and ceremonies.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

Working on a 6-month film project training English actors Imelda Staunton, Timothy spall, Joanna Lumley, and Celia Imrie on how to dance, move, and physically guide them in preparation for the film. It was truly an amazing process to work with such iconic talents that have not trained in this way before. Working with Actors that aren’t used to dancing is really interesting, at first they hate you, you’re making them do something they aren’t used too. They feel vulnerable and put out but once trust has been made you become a lifeline to them, it’s an amazing journey. Also Working alongside the amazing Katy perry with Paul Roberts, designing and plotting all the movement and choreography for her unconditionally video (which I also feature in) Such beautiful cinematography that still is one of the best pieces of a short film I’ve ever seen.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Try not to look over at what your peers are doing too much, I find that when you start comparing yourself to others, especially other creative people you are working with you loose your clarity of thought and your own uniqueness!

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

Yes – Paul Roberts another extraordinary creative I’ve worked with from a young age, He gave me my first job and continues to collaborate with me. Here in London and over in the USA. I remember he asked me to Fly to NYC (which was my first ever trip to the big apple) to go work with a famous artist who was performing on a big TV show there called the ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon show’. It was daunting at the time as I had never been to the city, I was on my own and didn’t have a clue where I was most of the time, but I learned a lot about my talents and ability on that trip. Very grateful that Paul and the team trusted me to fly over to deliver this.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I have a constant drive and calling to help nurture and spot talent, before they can spot it themselves at times. I feel it’s my personal mission to work with creative people to help younger creatives reach their full potential whether it be in singing as an artist, newly into the industry, or as a professional dancer.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

‘To live a creative life you must loose the fear of being wrong’ – When I first started in the show industry I felt constantly judged and threatened by others. But we put ourselves out there for that very reason, It’s always going to be judged and looked at. That’s what makes our work noteworthy. So I have to remind myself it’s ok to fail or be wrong otherwise growth gets stunted. I like to disconnect myself from the work I’m doing at the time, its not an attack or judgment on me as a person whether it be a good review or bad.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

Instagram, twitter: markjenningsuk

website www.mark-j.net

Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/markjennings-uk/

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