It’s our pleasure to introduce the lovely Maja Keresh as this week’s #FEMMEFEATUREFRIDAY! Maja has the sweetest soul and we love how she shares her radiant positivity wherever she goes. This determined girl made the brave move to leave her home in Croatia to pursue her wildest dreams of being a professional dancer. It goes without saying that Maja truly demonstrates what it means to believe that you can have anything you wish for in life. This girl is unstoppable because she continues to have faith in the vision she’s had for herself since she was a little girl. She knows that combining hard work and unrelenting trust in a path that speaks to your heart will take you to places far beyond what you can imagine.
Maja has experienced much success since moving to Los Angeles. She’s performed for ATCQ & Busta Rhymes at the Grammy’s, AlunaGeorge at Coachella, America’s Got Talent and Global Citizen India. She’s had the amazing opportunity to work on numerous commercials and performances for major brands including Bloomingdales, Aeropostale, BHLDN/Anthropologie, Fortify, New Balance, Deutsche Telekom, and MAC Cosmetics. You can also catch this beauty in music videos for Fergie, Justin Timberlake, AlunaGeorge, Keith Urban and The Train. It doesn’t stop there...this talented girl has worked with some of the industry’s most esteemed choreographers including Fatima Robinson, Luam, Lindsay & Craig, Anze Skrube, and Michael Schwandt. Most notably, Maja is currently living out her dream dancing for Justin Timberlake on his Man of the Woods Tour, which was choreographed by the legendary Marty Kudelka. This girl is incredible!
What we admire most about Maja is how she doesn’t take anything for granted. She has a grateful heart, and she shows appreciation and respect to everyone who has helped her achieve her goals and manifest her dreams. She is the ultimate YGTGirl! Maja recognizes that as women we have the ability to be anything we want to be and we can choose to express ourselves however we desire. She encourages us to stay true to ourselves and lead life with good intentions. Listening to the little voice inside of you is not easy. However, what we often encounter when we follow it…is MAGIC. Thank you Maja for inspiring us to take risks and dream big!
Written by Alessia Rotino
You are living your life on tour right now with an absolute ICON. Tell us what that’s like and what your experience has been like on the road right now.
It is an incredible experience. I cannot put in words what it means to me to be part of this whole cast of incredible dancers, some of the best of our generation. To have the honor to learn and perform those legendary and timeless Marty Kudelka choreographies that I used to admire years ago when I was just stepping into dancing, and I get to perform them almost every single night. It’s an emotion that’s hard to describe. To actually book your ultimate dream job that seemed so far away, I have to pinch myself every day still. To be on the road is an amazing experience. Getting to see the world, travel, eat, explore, while doing what we do best and love the most – it just sounds unreal. I’m lucky enough that our group is made up of incredible dancers and people, and we all get along so well. We are having so much fun together, for which I give props to Marty and AJ for doing an amazing job with casting.
What is your favorite thing about a being a woman?
My favorite thing about being a woman is that I can be a lot of things. I can be strong and powerful, but I can also be sensitive and weak. I can be tough, and I can be sensual. I can do many things as a woman, and I love digging into different parts of my being.
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
My biggest inspirations are the people who take the risk to go after their dreams, goals and desires. The people who, even when in an environment that isn’t supportive, decide to follow their gut, their heart and their mission in this world, and know what that is. No matter how much sacrifice it takes, they love what they do and they are committed and passionate about it 100%. And also seeing how those exact people succeed in what they decided to do, because what you invest in with pure love and pure heart is somehow going to come back to you in twofold. That’s what’s inspiring to me.
If you could go back in time and give advice to your 10-year old self, what would you say?
Girl!!!!!! You are going to tour with Justin Timberlake!!! You’re going to dream about it for such a long time, make a lot of sacrifices and invest your time in it, and even though sometimes it will seem like that dream is sooo far away and impossible to accomplish, every little thing you do is going to bring you one step closer to it. Don’t doubt it, and don’t be hard on yourself. Because I promise, it is going to happen. So, little girl, you can dream about whatever you want. If you put work, focus and love into it, I promise it’s going to happen.
What’s your definition of a YGTGirl?
A YGTGirl for me is a girl with a focus, with a mission and with courage to listen to her heart. She is brave but also very reflective, and aware of the things happening around her. She is empathetic, humble and accountable. She adapts to the situation and takes the best out of it. Whatever happens, she’s got it!