We are very excited that we got to interview another kick-ass woman as our #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY, Chonique Sneed. Chonique is such a inspiration for so many in the entertainment industry. She's inspired many generations of artists and she continues to lead by example. It all started very early for her at the age of eight years old, and since then she has done it all. Chonique is an outstanding dancer, choreographer, singer, rapper, and mentor, and she always leaves a positive mark wherever she goes.
Chonique Sneed has danced in movies, world tours, and countless music videos working with artists such as Missy Elliott, Eve, Gwen Stefani, PDiddy, and Janet Jackson to name a few. She has also choreographed for Missy Elliot, Christina Milian, Britney Spears, Pink, and Jennifer Lopez.
She is the co-founder of Creating Opportunities (creatingopps.com) as well, a wonderful workshop that helps dancers and choreographers discover what sets them apart from others, and then teaches them how to embrace that unique quality. We love that Chonique uses her experience and her knowledge to give back to others and to motivate artists to be their truest selves! It's so admirable that Chonique values growth, expansion and personal success, and this is why we are so happy to have our YGTGirls read all about Chonique. Thank you for all your helpful advice!
What do you think has been the most important asset that's helped you thrive in your career?
VERSATILITY for sure! My foundation and background is in Musical Theatre. I was raised to learn it all. Act, Dance (more than 2 styles), Sing Rap, On stage & work Behind the scenes. I always wanted to be working and learning. I never was one to sit around and wait for the phone to ring... so I got out there and learned what it took to execute a successful vision ; Mine.. or whosever :)
What's a piece of advice you received along your journey that you felt made a difference?
What sticks out now, is the story of "The Bow & Arrow" a piece of advice my mom told me. When you feel your self being pulled way back, just know this is the time to stretch and focus on what your target is, once you've pulled completely back.. Let the arrow go and shoot for bulls eye.." or something like that. It definitely stuck, especially in this business of ups downs, back and fourths!
We love that you founded Creating Opportunities with Lisette Bustamante (another one of Femme Features)! Can you tell us about how this experience has shaped you as a woman?
Creating Opportunities has shaped me in so many ways as a woman, mainly because not only in this program am I coaching, I am also learning. Lisette and I do the work all over again with each group that comes through our sessions. So I am constantly re learning myself, finding new things that I didn't know, or reminding myself of tools that I already have. It's fascinating and continues to make me face things, I may not otherwise have.
Can you share a bit of advice with our YGTGirls that you share in your mentorship?
Find your Lane, the best way for continued success is to find the road/path or tribe that is most connected to your journey (it may not be your friends path.. hmmm). Oh and most importantly... "It's all ON YOUR TIME!"
What’s your definition of a YGTGirl?
My definition of a YGTGirl is a girl who can roll with the process of her journey. Finding beauty in the little things, lessons in the challenges, steps up when it's time, & steps back when it's appropriate. A girl who no matter what is thrown her way, takes a deep breath and says to herself... "I got this."