Career Advice
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When I transitioned from company life to freelancing almost a year and a half ago, "adulting" got real. Quick.

In my previous experience at Alonzo King Lines Ballet, details and scheduling of my daily life were decided for me. As I began my freelance career I quickly learned that the simple things we take for granted like call times and physical therapy suddenly become your decision, your responsibility.

I know that many freelancers find this part of the job to be the biggest learning curve. Ironically, I find it's also the most essential part to having success and maintaining a sense of control in this new life that has a forever shifting balancing point.

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Health & Body
The author, Courtney Henry, right. Photo by Elena Lekhova

To my fellow long-limbed dancers,

Almost every month, I receive a letter from an aspiring ballerina about her struggles as the tallest girl in the class. While growing up and peaking at six feet tall (in flat shoes), I used to have these very same insecurities.

Freelancing throughout Europe now, away from the safety net of Alonzo King LINES Ballet, I was recently met with overt commentary on my six foot frame during a ballet casting.

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