Years ago, I was in New York taking a writing course. It had me inspired and excited so much so that when I found out that I could register for another workshop at the same school, I shared the news with my instructor. I told her that I was originally planning to go on a trip to Argentina, but I wanted to stay committed to my writing and to learning so could put off the trip to another time.
She looked at me for a moment and didn’t say anything for a few seconds. Then she said one of the best pieces of advice she received from a former writing teacher herself was, “Don’t become a workshop tramp.”
The questions and responses in this interview actually came out of a larger interview I did with Ismael a few years back, just after I met him. I decided to take some parts of the original and post it to this new website because I love how even after five or six years, I can read Ismael’s words and still be inspired by them. (And his jokes can still make me laugh!) More than that, it’s great that I can say, without a doubt, that Ismael Otero is still as real and open and friendly as he was back then, if not more so now. And it’s because of this authenticity and humbleness, because he doesn’t allow the dancing to go to his head, only perhaps to his heart and his soul, that his talent is that much more commendable. And for me, this makes watching him dance that much more enjoyable, because you can see and feel it’s coming from a good place.