Your latest YouTube video revolves around your song “Super Jerkin.” How did you come up with the concept of having a dance contest?
“Jerkin” is really big in California, so I came up with a song. I thought it would be a cool underground single, to let people see a little bit of my style. So I put it out there and everybody loved it. People kept saying, “Are you going to do a video? Are you going to do a video?” So my mom and me and my online people came up with the idea that we get a contest going. We had two sets of contest. We had a contest where people would rap and be on the remix. And then we had another where people created choreography for it and I would learn it for the video. So we taped it in California, and then we put it online. The dance that won came out to California and they did the dance with me! It turned out really good and people loved it. It got bigger than I expected.
I was really surprised by the fact that you dance so well. I never really expected that. When did you start dancing?
Oh, thanks. I always danced. I was never, “Oh, I’m going to do a Michael Jackson move.” I just pick up steps easily. Whenever I put my mind to it, I can do anything! [laughing] When I was little, my mom used to dance and she would just say, “Do this.” She taught me how to do the moonwalk, how to do pop lock, and stuff like that. I’ve always just been able to do some moves. I’ve taken singing lessons, but I have never taken acting lessons or dancing lessons. Now, I’m trying to be in dance classes more consistently, like two days a week, so that I can get better.
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