We had the good fortune of connecting with Pablo Malco and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pablo, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Our Foundation helps the community by educating the youth in various art disciplines as a way of providing them a skill that is driven by passion. This passion can propel them from poverty into a career that pays a livable wage and allows them to express their inner most desires and represent their cultural background. We also provide hundreds of job opportunities to local aspiring performing artists and professional artists as a way of supporting the artists community in South Florida.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
It is funny to have to explain this every day because I am not one to go around and talk about my accomplishments on social media. However, I have danced professionally for 28 years, traveled the world, performed and choreographed various famous well know musical artists, and I have toured and been featured in numerous commercials & music videos world-wide. It is important to say though I lived in L.A. when I began pursuing a dance career, but I didn’t attend the dance studios, I wasn’t part of any commercial dance clicks, we were street dancers with determination, passion and grit as they say today. I say that to share with aspiring dancers that you do not need to be a part of a dance studio dance team, or be part of an inner circle of dancers. You do need to train, but most of all understand the business of dance and you will be able to rely on yourself. Sure, it does help to go the famous studio and maybe you can be discovered by a choreographer or another dancer, musical artists etc., but you can also pave your own path and create a career on your own terms.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well most people that come to Florida wants to go to the beach every day, but I would take them to all of the local eateries that are not chain restaurants so they can enjoy the taste of the rich culture in the city. I do not have specific places I would attend but for sure some Cuban restaurants, Jamaican restaurants, Trinidadian restaurants, Peruvian restaurants, Colombian restaurants, Haitian restaurants. They will know their way around the city by taste and smell after we finish our week-long festivities. Of course, they will have to visit some of the community centers our organization works with and see what we do, meet the kids and they will be encouraged to speak with the kids and possibly do a demonstration of their skill set. We will definitely visit locations such as: Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale Beach, Hollywood Boardwalk, West Palm Beach promenade to name a few.
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?
I would like to contribute my success to my brother Romany Malco. With such guidance and a respectable gentleman leading the way, failure was never in the picture. I have learned several things from my brother but some of the things that I think play the biggest role in my success as a dancer and now as a Founding Executive Director of a national not for profit, I can say that his persistence, lack of fear for exploring the paths less traveled and never backing down from a challenge is what I think has been most useful in my journey. My Brother was my guardian at the age of 20 when I was just 16, I mean he was technically my Guardian for several years prior but it became official in my teens. He showed great qualities of a human being, genuine and kind spirit, he was often regarded as one who never complains and steps up to any challenges presented to him.
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