It has only been seven months since SYTYCDAU’s season four runner up Lauren Seymour made the big transition from down-under to London to kickstart her international career. She is not only making a name for herself, but she is dancing for some of the biggest names in the entertainment business. Lauren’s most recent gig in the UK made it all the way to Australian television, by back up dancing for Kylie Minogue.
Dance Writer chats exclusively to Lauren Seymour.
1. How was the experience of dancing behind Aussie icon Kylie Minogue? How is she like in real life compared to the big stage? Were there other Australian dancers in the mix?
LS: I have always wanted to perform along side Kylie as she has formed such a long and successful career. To have the opportunity to perform for such an icon was a dream come true. She is such a beautiful and optimistic person to be around, very kind and supportive to us as her dancers. The only other Australian in the mix was the choreographer, Ashley Wallen.
2. Ashley Wallen —one of the best Aussie choreographers of this generation, who has worked with Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron on The Greatest Showman among other movies! Describe your experience working with him.
LS: Ashley Wallen is absolutely incredible to work for. He has a great amount of respect for his dancers, which then creates an environment that allows respect in return. He has fun while getting the job done and makes me LOVE being a professional dancer because of his wonderful energy and passion for his creations.
3. You’re currently based in London. How was this transition for you moving countries? Is dance more or less tricky to get into professionally in the UK? Why?
LS: Yes, I made the move over to London mid last year (2017) and let me tell you it was THE HARDEST thing I have ever done. I have a successful career in Australia and to leave that to expand it internationally was scary. I had to start from scratch like I had just came out of full-time. I didn’t know anyone over here, I didn’t know how the industry worked and I didn’t even have a place to live in to start with.
In my experience it is just as hard to make it in the UK then it is in Australia, if not harder. The comparison for me is that in Australia, you grow up learning and watching the people you look up to and meet people along the way, whereas in the UK there are so many pathways you can take and countless amount of choreographers and producers to get your face in front of. I am constantly (even seven months in to my stay) auditioning. Whether that be at a large audition, small casting or even class.
No matter how hard it has been, making the move out of my comfort zone has sparked the most intense fire in my belly to keep pushing and striving to create a successful international career.
4. How often do you get to come back home? Do you find you miss Australia when you return? Have you received lots of support from your family and loved ones back home?
I have only visited home once since I’ve been here and that was for the Christmas and New Years break. I do miss the Australian sun and the easy going, calm nature about the country. My family though is what I miss the most. The amount of support I have from them is indescribable. My wonderful fiancé still lives in Australia and he knows that this move is so important to me, so we are pushing through the long distance struggles and making it work. I love my family and fiancé so very much for all the support they provide me.
5. Do you believe you have to try dancing in an international setting in order to fully achieve professional dancer status? Why or why not?
I don’t believe that you HAVE to try dancing overseas to fully achieve a professional status at all. As I mentioned before, I had a professional dance career in Australia before I left. I just believe that if there is any part of you that would like to give it a go, I think you definitely should! It has re-sparked my passion for dance and proved to me that I had more in my tank than I was aware of!
6. Besides Kylie, have you had the privilege of meeting other icons in the entertainment industry since moving to the UK? Just how quick has it taken for you to gain representation and a name over there?
I have been fortunate enough to work with incredible choreographers such as Jaquel Knight, Jason Gilkison, Shaun Niles, Tobias Ellehammer and Lukas McFarlane. I’ve also had the opportunity to perform with French Montana, Liam Payne, STEPS and Client Liaison.
I consider myself extremely lucky with the opportunities that have been presented to me over here. I’ve learnt that you have to be in the right place at the right time and if you don’t impress while you’re there, then you will miss your opportunity. You should never feel comfortable in any position that you are in within this entertainment industry because it can be taken away from you at any stage. Working hard, respecting those around me and always giving 120 percent I think has formed my reputation and work ethic. I am extremely proud of all that I have achieved and appreciate every single person that I have crossed paths with because they have made it the most rewarding chapter of my life.