Project BeYouToFull is a project that celebrates authenticity!!! It includes a series of photos and interviews from people that inspire either me or you. We live in a world where we are confronted in every direction we turn with things/people/situations telling us who we should or should not be. In reality the more we embrace exactly who we are the more we can vulnerably pour that into what we create, the more that will resonate with other people around us. Loving ourselves FULLY and then expressing ourselves vulnerably is one of the most courageous things a person can do. This project celebrates those who do just that!!!
Abigail Morwood Interview
by Jenn Prine
Abigail Morwood is a professional ballet dancer with the Cincinnati Ballet. She received her first contract at the age of 15 with the Montgomery Ballet. Abby radiates beauty inside and out. She’s passionate, driven, caring and extremely creative. She boldly puts herself out there with everything she touches. She has a way of making what she creates come to life.
She graciously joined me in the studio and opened herself up to a few of my questions as well as posing for some photos.
JP: What makes you come alive?
AM: Dancing - As soon as I hear the music and I start moving - I mean I can’t help it. It ignites a fire within me. It’s the most alive feeling I’ve ever felt.
JP: Has that always been that way?
AM: Yes - For as long as I can remember. I always knew I was going to be a ballet dancer because it was just that feeling of freedom. When I started moving it was the most unbelievable feeling ever - like being alive.
JP: What is love to you?
AM: It’s true, honesty and purity. That’s what I love about being a Christian - knowing God’s love. It is the most pure form of love. It doesn’t fail. That is what true love is to me - a love that doesn’t fail and is always there. To experience that is truly a gift and really amazing. Being absolutely real, honest - loving unconditionally so no matter what you are not judging. Love is not a condition. It comes from a place that doesn’t involve ourselves.
JP: What makes you feel vulnerable?
AM: That’s hard. Definitely the most vulnerable I’ve ever felt is doing a pas de deux which is a dance for two. It’s just really your most vulnerable state when you are out there on stage. You have to give your heart. You have to let yourself be 100% open and vulnerable to the audience which is really difficult. So to have those energies combined that are so vulnerable to each other is insane. For me to have that partner at the Ballet company is huge because we make them believe what we are doing on stage. We are friends but we don’t like each other in person but people think we do. My boss told me “wow I get sucked in and I think you really love each other”. That’s amazing because she knows us - she knows our personalities - she knows us day in and day out. Our ability to even convince her is a testimony to our ability to be vulnerable.
JP: Are you working on any personal projects?
AM: I’m starting a business. My best friend Courtney Jones and I started an organic business. We make all natural and all organic products. It is called Jonewood Organics. It’s awesome. We love it.
JP: What kind of products?
AM: Our biggest one is lip balm. Everyone is loving our lip balm. I have an amazing face cream which is really good. It’s amazing for the skin - for both guys and girls. We do household cleaning products. Right now we are selling our lip balm on Etsy. That’s my biggest project right now.
JP: I know dancers normally have a time limit for how long they can dance. What are your dreams out past dancing?
AM: I would really love to be a Mom. I would like to be a stay at home Mom. I kind of don’t want to have anything to do with the ballet. I love it and am very passionate about it and I was meant to be a dancer. I can’t imagine myself teaching or choreographing or being a director. Honestly to have to deal with dancers in general would not be my first choice. We are terrible sometimes and super dramatic. (Laughs) I would love to be a stay at home Mom. I also would love to sign with an agency doing some modeling, voice overs, and commercials. I love that stuff. I would love to do some musicals. I did that a lot in high school and would love to go back to it. I want to stay in performing. I want to start having kids but be able to have this business on the side.
You can see Abby dancing to an OTR video here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXOofVB3TW8&list=FLYppbPbrcaT-7EpSpy1wu6Q&index=8
You can find her Etsy shop here - https://www.etsy.com/shop/JonewoodOrganics?ref=shopinfo_shophome_leftnav
You can find her FB page - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jonewood-Organics/768969089787441