We had the good fortune of connecting with Adelaide Marcus and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Adelaide, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is unavoidable, however, what we perceive as “risky” will depend on our personal psychology. In many ways, I feel it boils down to how much we believe in ourselves and are in it for the “long haul.” If you take on the perspective that you will always learn from your “failures”, taking risks will likely not prevent you from moving forward, and potentially “failing.” In my opinion, failing only happens if you stop there. If you are in it/your business for the long haul, you’ll learn that taking risks are always worth their weight in the learning experience. It’s also important to factor in what you may be risking by not taking “the risk”. For example, If you don’t quit your day job, how many years might go by with lost opportunities that are more fulfilling? Often times look at things this way, contrary to most people’s thought processes, who are mostly looking for perceived security. All that said, I do feel it’s wise to make calculated risks! If the failure means you lose money but can still eat, that’s one thing if it means there’d be no food for your entire family, well that’s different, to state the obvious!

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I celebrate life through art, expressive movement, and empowering others. Born of Syrian blood, I grew up near song and dance from the womb. I made my way into the spotlight when moving to San Diego in 2005 to create “The Shimmy Sisters” Middle Eastern Dance Company with my blood sister. My career in entertainment carved the path to becoming an international performing artist and distinguished teacher. I’ve appeared on multiple TV shows, performed and taught worldwide, produced numerous events, created hundreds of visionary paintings, and taught countless classes. As a reflection of my eccentric lifestyle and background in psychology, my art exposes the power of the mind, the allure of the goddess, and the delicate dance of duality. I love to blend taboo subjects with the feeling of purity, often merging loaded concepts with light-hearted feels. My visionary art gives the viewer a space to dive into a transcendent realm, and open to a wider perspective. Though “out there” in some ways, my art is rooted in personal experiences and is relatable to all kindred humans. More recently combining the concept “Womb Wisdom” with my visionary art pieces, products, and Belly Dance classes has been giving me great joy and purpose. Pre-covid I was teaching retreats that combine art, body positivity practice, and dance to bring forward the nourishing sacred aspects of the feminine. My life experiences and unique way of being are a reflection of my commitment to sharing what she loves with the world!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d love to give a shoutout to my art patrons, and early supporters of my work. You showed me early on that yes, indeed people will buy my art. Throughout the years, your support has not only helped pay my rent, but it has evolved my art and made me a more skilled painter! Big Thanks to my Sister Leilainia Marcus, who paved the way in our first Belly Dance performance company, “The Shimmy Sisters.” Big Love to all the students and women who dance with me and keep the fire alive!

Website: www.ArtByAdelaide.com & ArtOfYouBellyDance.com
Instagram: @ArtbyAdelaide
Facebook: facebook.com/AdelaideMarcus

Youtube: Art By Adelaide

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