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

Hi Maria, how do you think about risk?
Success lies on the other side of fear. I truly believe that. Never ever in my life I’ve achieved anything without risking everything.
In order to get to this country I had to let go my entire past successful career and risk of loosing everything.
But because I’ve bet so much on it, it lead me to success. When you only have plan A, you go full force. When you risk and not afraid of loosing everything – this is where you create the future you desire. Deep inside of your mind you know that you’ve put too much on it to fail.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have a special talent of cracking other people’s talent open. I see people’s potential and make sure they see it in themselves. No matter what I do: dance, choreography, directing- it’s never about me. It’s about showing them who they are. And I think that this is what makes me special.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Crossroads kitchen – best place in LA for sure!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Viktor Manoel. Who was the first one who taught me to control my fear and believed in me since the day 1.

Website: Www.mariaskakun.com

Instagram: @mariaskakun

Youtube: https://youtube.com/c/MariaSkakun

Image Credits
Maria Skakun Dima Skakun Dina Layzis Atlana Groys

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