An Interview and Observation of a Freelance Artist

It was 6:20 pm on a Sunday when I walked into a trendy coffee shop on the west side of Atlanta.  The crowd was buzzing with fashionably-clad hipsters and preps alike, most of whom were engaged more with their laptops than with the person directly opposing them.  The music was thumping loudly as I made my way over to a high table in the bar corner of the room where Christen Weimer sat waiting for me with a tea.  She greeted me warmly. Christen and I have been distant friends or close acquaintances for over a decade.  We unofficially met at the Atlanta Ballet when I was in my mid teens, you know, the time when age gaps are felt more acutely than they are in adulthood, and have continued to share mutual friends ever since.  Christen is a freelance writer, but also a professor of dance at Spellman College and Clayton State University.  She also teaches yoga and dance classes around the greater Atlanta area, is working on a novel, and is about to host and create works for a collaborative art gallery just off the Atlanta Beltline.  Though she mainly writes dance reviews without receiving pay, not necessarily what people intend to do when they set out to be freelance writers, what I find interesting and so extremely applicable to my own life is how Christen balances her creativity between movement and language.  Christen is situated right between the two worlds.  It is a place that seems to be full of life, collaboration, and change. Even the way that we met was infused with this ever-changing energy....
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