Last weeks episode was about coincidences. A very cool episode and definitely worth listening to!
So I was talking to my co-worker about our own coincidence experiences. I couldn't remember any "crazy" ones that happened to me. But the following day, I actually remembered one coincidence that is actually pretty cool. So here we go!
It all started when I was living in Germany. It must have been around 2006 when I first got interested in the dance style popping. Among my friends dancing was not a big topic so it was hard for me finding people to practice with. Youtube was already popular at that time and I looked for good popping tutorial videos. Out of all videos I watched I found one exceptionally helpful which is the following.
In the next two years I got pretty good at hitting my forearms but that was about it. Since I had nobody to practice with my progress was very slow. It got to a point where I didn't practice dance at all for a couple of months.
Two years later I got hired at Dreamworks in the Bay Area. On my first day at work I'm met a bunch of people I knew from art forums like cgtalk and sijun. Erwin Madrid was one of them. We quickly became friends and started going to conventions and art events such as sketchcrawl. I believe it was the 25th world wide sketchcrawl when the artists were gathering at the Ferry Building in San Francisco and Erwin recognized a school friend Joe Hayama. The funny part is that he recognized him because he did a crazy dance move while talking to other people and he remembered that Joe was passionate about dancing back in college when they first met.
So that's how I got introduced to Joe Hayama.