LOS ANGELES, June 2012
Photos & Words by Kate Wotherspoon
Tamina Pollack-Paris definitely catches attention with her look, personality and killer dance moves which is all packaged up in the hypest of outfits 24/7. Her passion for dance began at the young age of 3 when she would dance for the camera with her mom and the next twenty years are essentially history. Her credits as a dancer, actress and singer include: Justin Beiber, Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Camp Rock 1 & 2, American Idol, The X Factor, So You Think You Can Dance Canada Season 1, Turn the Beat Around, Hellcats, Stride Gum, Ontario Tourism etc.
She grew up in Toronto, ON and recently moved down to Los Angeles to continue pursuing her career in the performing arts industry. She is definitely making headway and makes Canada proud with her talent and sense of style. I stayed with her while I was in LA and it wasn’t till the last few hours before I caught my plane that we actually sat down for the interview over some tasty sangria from Pitfire in NoHo. We were too busy gallivanting around the city to do it earlier ha ha. (If you’re ever in North Hollywood, Pitfire is a must along with Republic of Pie…The chocolate pecan pie just throws my taste buds over the edge). Check out what Tamina had to say regarding the fashion and dance industries…
Tamina Pollack-Paris || Hat: Urban Outfitters || Sunglasses: Ray-Bans
Shirt & Shorts: LS || Shoes: Aldo
Kate W: What is your current state of mind?
Tamina P: Hustling, making things happen wherever I may be. I go where the work is and I want to set up for my future while I’m still young.
KW: Where do you feel most at home?
TP: Toronto definitely, because I grew up there, but LA is becoming that more and more. So many of my friends visit me too so that definitely helps.
KW: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
TP: My Grandpa would always tell me he would give me a dollar if I could save 90 cents of it and “Don’t be mean to your pennies!” That definitely sticks with me and for advice in dance, I’ve always appreciated “ Be yourself because everyone else is taken”.
KW: What is your greatest fear?
TP: Not being happy. I don’t want to live a life that’s unfulfilling and empty.
KW: What was the last thing you bought?
TP: I actually just bought a huge amount of groceries at the Farmer’s Market even though I’m leaving in seven days for three months…
KW: What makes you laugh?
TP: People, myself and interesting scenarios. I’m not a fan of “funny” TV shows though…
KW: Which dancer/choreographer/artist would you want to share the stage with the most?
TP: Fatima Robinson. I’ve admired her choreography for Aaliyah and Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time”. She has a vision of elegance and minimalism that creates such a strong impact even with the subtleness of moves.
KW: What’s on your playlist?
TP: There’s some Floetry, Jill Scott, John Legend, Friendly Fires, Frank Ocean and Elle Varner on there right now. I’m definitely on that grown, sexy R&B tip.
KW: White or Black?
TP: Ha ha… both! Let’s say grey.
KW: Prints or neutrals?
KW: Simple pendant necklace or bold costume jewellery?
TP: Simple pendant necklace, but if I’m having that extra diva moment, I like to wear a hype piece of jewellery that does the talking.
KW: Who or what do you feed off of for inspiration the most? Dance/Fashion?
TP: Both, they’re so connected. You could be the best dancer in the room at an audition, but if you’re not looking the part, if you don’t have style or something unique to you, you’ll be missed. You want to be that character that they’re looking for, and that includes how you dance and what you wear. Dance and fashion are dependant on one another.
KW: Favorite song to dance to?
TP: I go through phases, but for sure “I’m So Into You” – SWV & “Butterlfy” – Biggie. There’s always the classics too like “You Want This” – Janet Jackson and anything old school and songs that make me hype.
KW: Favourite fashion city?
TP: I need to experience Europe, but NYC/LA/TO all have unique qualities.
KW: Favourite Dance city?
TP: Los Angeles for the work aspect, NYC for the vibe, training and sense of community -everyone has their own style put together in New York. And lastly, Toronto, because that’s where I’m from and so many talented people have stemmed from that city.
KW: Where do you see yourself in five years?
TP: I don’t know and that’s the beauty of it. These next five years are a time for me to live, plant seeds and to travel and enjoy life.
KW: How do you decide your outfits each day?
TP: My best outfits always happen by mistake. It seems that two ugly things can somehow make a hot collaboration. My outfits always happen someway or another, very random, and if I have something new, I have to wear it.
KW: If you could be in any music video, which one would it be?
TP: Janet Jackson’s “You Want This”.
KW: Your Fashion Idol(s)?
TP: I don’t have any. I do what I want but find inspiration from attending fashion shows.
KW: Thanks so much for sharing Tamina!
Dress & Collar: Timeless || Shoes & Socks: American Apparel
Top: LS || Belt: American Apparel || Shoes: Downtown LA
Thank you for reading! xx
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