“The things that most inspire me as an artist are the things that make me happy to be alive” said Carol Hong when asked to speak on being a performing artist in Boston. Continue reading our exclusive article with Carol to learn about her newest venture, Soul Sessions.
What inspires you the most as an artist?
The things that most inspire me as an artist are the things that make me happy to be alive – staring at the sky from dusk till midnight, intimate, important conversations with loved ones, and my bohemian pursuits like truth beauty freedom and love that keep me waking up in the morning.
Tell us about Soul Sessions and how you collaborated with others to form it and what are your plans for the future?
Soul Sessions is a monthly performance party featuring local performing artists in a safe yet exciting setting to break the fourth wall and get intimate with raw talent. I started it because I wanted a place to share my creative and performative and artistic outlets. I am grateful for everyone who has gotten inside the lights and come back to help me move this cultural revolution of soul forward.
What is your favorite form of dance? And what are the various dance types that you practice?
My favorite form of dance is martial arts of any kind. Though not identified in popular culture as a dance form, I love the way Martial arts requires a purity and precision in movement, that also very often tell stories as well as cultivates inner peace and inner power. I would never get sick of watching martial artists nor will I ever get sick of training.
Tell us about your hobbies and interests, and your opinion on Boston art and culture.
I work with children, I have since I was 14. This has been a blessing in so many ways for me to be able to witness and facilitate the resounding benefits of arts exposure and education on the development of both and individual child’s life and the future generations at large. These are the things that keep me waking up every morning — chances to make, share and show art. I love spending time outdoors, staring at the earth and sky, live music of any kind and soaking in bodies of water.
Boston Arts and Culture seems to me to be suffering from a bit of segregation. Soul sessions could very well be the antidote. Art making is just as much for the individual as it is for the collective, and the more we share with each other, the greater we can be together. One God; One Love.
Tell us about an experience you’ve had that has changed your life – it could be any story that you would like to share with us.
The first time I taught my mom how to do yoga was a pivotal moment in my life as a living breathing spiritual being and as a practicing yoga instructor. You see, my mom has a serious case of the busies. Buddhist texts sometimes refer to it as monkey mind. What I was able to facilitate and witness is the antidote for this society’s attachment to hard work and busy-ness, which is silence, stillness and conscious breath work. The 45 minute session changed my mother right before my very eyes, and stripped her of the alluring pretenses that get passed around and I was able to feel like I was really connecting to the spiritual being within and without the confines of human being-ness. My conviction to share the greatness of breath work, meditation and yoga deepened into a souls calling.
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