Interview with Brian Friedman (Guest Judge of The Dance Floor)
Brian Friedman is a renowned choreographer in the American entertainment industry. He’s been nominated 4 times at the MTV Video Music Awards, twice at the Music Video Production Awards, and 5 times at the American Choreography Awards. Brian’s worked with top music artists such as Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Beyonce, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, One Direction and many more. Brian has also worked extensively in reality television, having worked on the X Factor US and UK version as a judge, choreographer, creative director and producer.
Brian was in Singapore as a guest judge for Mediacorp’s The Dance Floor. In this interview, you will get to know more about Brian and his interests!
Q1. What makes you fall in love with dancing?
It was before I enter the classroom setting of dance. I was a fan – my mother was a dancer and I would always watch her dance classes when I was little. I would also danced around in the house. However, it wasn’t until I saw this competition that my mother was judging. I was 11 years old then, and I was simply mesmerized when I saw this group of kids that danced on stage. It was then when I told my mother that I would like to dance with them and so my mother took me to the dance studio. I went for my first class and fall in love with it.
Q2. When you are not dancing, what do you do during your free time?
I love to cook, I have a clothing line. Fashion makes up a huge part of my life. It’s funny because all of the things I like to do are all artistic (including dance). I enjoy working out and hiking too!
Q3. How is your creative process like?
It is always different and it depends on the project. For example, for a movie, it would be the actual script where they have exact guidelines of what they need you to do. The process would then be that actual script that has to inspire the movement. For a show like this (The Dance Floor), there are no boundaries and you can do whatever you want. My main source of inspiration as such would be the music. I decide what that music makes me feel and I start to do research. If I’m doing a piece for Ghost, I’d look up on everything there is on ghost, paranormal activity, the fashion for what they are wearing are cohesive and inline with the theme. All these aspects and elements must be thought out so that they will all come together to convey a message as normal people do not necessarily understand or know the difficulty of dance steps.
Q4. What is the hardest thing about dance?
The wear and tear of the body is really tough. It’s hard to maintain your body. Shelf-life of a dancer is not as long as an actor, where you can work till you are old. As a dancer you will be looked as past your prime if you are in your late 20s. It’s all about taking care and treating your body well.