Let’s hear how Yuki shares her journey to become a dancer!
Adele: Hi Yuki.
Yuki: Hello, I’m Yuki. I’m a content creator, dancer, choreographer and currently I’m also doing a full time job as a digital video producer.
Adele: That’s like so many things at once. I’ve had the honour to get to know you and work with you for so many years, and I’ve seen how you have grown as a woman, you know? Not just as a content creator. I’m just so proud of you. I think a lot of people want to know how you started this journey.
Yuki: You know, it started because I joined this dancing TV reality show in 2016. I get a lot of connections and meet a lot of new people. Yeah I think content creating is my thing, I like to design, create funny videos and transition. When TikTok came, it gave a lot of creative space and then you met a lot of creative people. Everyone is genuinely nice, it slowly comes really naturally. It’s not like it’s false, I see this person do content creating. I wanna be like her, I wanna be an influence and I wanna be a content creator. It’s not like that. It’s just like a really interesting passion, I just go for it.
Adele: For people that have met Yuki in real life, you would know that she’s just this wow of energy and I can imagine. How you started your journey, you were just being you, doing what you like and here you are. What is the one biggest change that you have to make after becoming like a full time content creator?
Yuki: Before I’m like a content creator, whatever I like to post, I just post. I don’t care about what my face looks like, my caption, my video quality and photo quality. Because it’s starting to be like a job, then I had to care about everything like my image so I had to carefully pick everything I post. This is because what I post, people are seeing and especially when I’m going out, sometimes people might see me, I need to keep up that image. Recently when I post a TikTok, people will say ” Oh I saw you at this place, and I would like to think back on what I did that day or did I do anything. Sometimes it can be a little stressful because maybe I want to look casual, but now I have to keep up the clean image, nice and presentable.
Adele: That comes with the fame and the recognition, I totally agree with that. I think one of the things that really people like about you is dancing. I mean that’s how I first got to know you oh my god this girl Yuki_ dance, she dances really well. So tell us a little bit how you started, you know dancing?
Yuki: If you dance in high school, your parents will say ” don’t lah, don’t go dancing, you have to focus on studying. But actually it’s my parents that brought me to dance classes in my primary school. That has this like extracurricular, then my mom was like you want to sign up dancing? Then I’m like okay, sure. Then I remember, I started dancing during standard one, I started taking one year, two year class. Then I keep asking my mom to please let me go to a dance competition, I want to perform. I’m that type of person that really likes to perform, that’s where. I actually found out that I like dancing.
Adele: Until today you probably would have said thank you mommy because you signed me up and then like I found my passion.
Yuki: That’s not dancing, that’s not me. There’s no Yuki Dance, it’s just Yuki.
Adele: Yuki Tan.
Yuki: Yeah Yuki Tan, no Yuki dance.
Adele: I’ve met your mom before, I think she’s very supportive of you and obviously in TikTok and on Instagram we see your dad and mom super supportive and I know you’re the only daughter right? What do your parents think about your journey of being a content creator and how did you get them to join on screen? Because not everyone got that okay.
Yuki: I’m actually really blessed that my parents are so supportive, proud of me in whatever I do like in dancing, dance competition or content creating in this journey. Even in my studies, my dad will always tell people my daughter what she does, and my mom likes to go to events with men and she likes to be in my videos. How do I actually get them to join me is what I actually did with my mom first during mother’s Day. After that, my dad got jealous, he said why you never do with me, then they both like hey so when we do TikTok together, that’s how.
Adele: I think that’s so sweet you share it in such ease but that just goes to show how close your relationship with your parents are and I think that’s very nice to hear and see in this chaotic world right now, you won’t even realize it Yuki. In this little TikTok dance you probably inspire people to spend time with their family and not forget that you know it’s not just all of your friends sometimes, family always comes first. Yeah thank you for doing that. Give us some tips, how did you meet your boyfriend?
Yuki: He’s also a dancer. That’s how I met him so we are in the same dance industry. After MCO I keep finding work related stuff and that’s how we talk back. Then our friends matched together and then that’s how we got together. Actually my boyfriend meet me before I know him which is doing high school, I went to his high school to perform doing IU there, that time he told me he did friend me already.
So he’s actually a very nice guy. In this relationship, we both taught each other a lot of stuff. For example, if you’re not satisfied with anything, it’s okay to voice out. Okay like during my birthday this year, I wasn’t satisfied with something. It’s inside my chest a lot, I keep thinking about it. I told him that I appreciate what you do but that’s something that bothers me and that’s some part of it like this is what I actually wanted so I let him know and he understands. I feel like that’s how you communicate, it’s supposed to be a two-way thing. It’s not like you communicate, I tell you, you tell me but then we don’t understand, that doesn’t work. It’s not like I’m not happy or I don’t like what you prepared for me or what, you don’t like to go straight away, because it hurts people, so yeah.
Adele: That is so much maturity in that and a lot of times communication is the biggest breakdown. You love freely, lovingly or you argue madly, and a lot of time it’s about communication. I think you are such a confident person so what is self confidence to you?
Yuki: It’s being able to accept who you are, how you look and what you think. Like being comfortably presenting yourself to like the people around you. To be honest you always see me like I’m very confident, I always do like dancing in public but actually sometimes I am also a very scary one but I think confidence can be pushed. It’s something you really need to just step out, like every time I do dance in public. When I’m ready to go there, it pulls you back and I’ll be like okay and I’m just gonna do that the music is starting already you just go it, not you gotta take like forever so I just need to push.
Somedays that definitely I don’t feel good by myself. I just feel really low and I struggle with confidence a lot like body image especially during MCO. I gained weight and at that time a lot of people liked telling me in my comments. I gained weight and obviously my confidence will drop, obviously it will affect. Of course people say don’t care about the haters and I’ll tell myself don’t care about that you know it’s hard like it’s not something like Oh, okay thing I can just forget about, it doesn’t matter. It still matters, it’s not other people pushing me, it’s myself. I need to believe that I’m good, I’m okay and I need to accept myself.
Adele: People really just see you as the girl that is very brave to dance in public. We always say punishment, truth or dare to dance in public but Yuki is like I do that all the time. But to hear that perspective from you is very powerful. So tell us what are you most excited about in 2023?
Yuki: Literally everything like it’s New Year again like super quick. New Year is always exciting, who knows maybe you get a new job opportunity or you get new people. It’s like I never knew like last year or I’ll be sitting here talking to you in this podcast. That’s so many opportunities.
Yuki: Yes, each day is something new so that’s what excites me.
Adele: That is actually so nice to hear Yuki, like so many people wake up probably hitting their life, you’re just so refreshing you know. It’s like I wake up, I’m just excited. I look forward, every single day that is just so inspiring because every morning it is the same day. But whether or not, you want to put on that lens and like oh my god, another day horrible, I can’t wait for the day to end. Versus what Yuki just said, it’s a new day, new possibilities. I pray and hope that you never lose that in you when life gets tough.
Yuki: Yeah that’s like this but it’s okay though like you’re having a bad day. Don’t force positivity out, you know. Sometimes just like let it be, it’s okay.
Adele: Yeah I completely agree with you and I think I just want to end the podcast by asking you Yuki, are there any best advice that you heard from someone else that you would like to share with us?
Yuki: I actually watched this TikTok video. What doesn’t matter to you doesn’t mean that it doesn’t matter to that person. So when a person is feeling down don’t like to tell them you know, it’s a small thing and you shouldn’t be sad. There are more people that are even worse than you, like they have worse problems or like that doesn’t really help. Because you’re not validating they are feelings, maybe to them dancing is their everything already and studies doesn’t mean anything. But to you dancing doesn’t mean anything so if you have dancing, you don’t have dancing doesn’t mean anything to you. You can’t compare like small problems or big problems, it’s not the same. So if you don’t know how to talk, just be there for them and just sit beside them. That’s really very nice of them.
Adele: Yeah, never impure your own belief on someone else. Thank you so much Yuki. You know, I felt so energised by just talking to you. If you like this podcast, share it and be sure to follow Yuki. If you have any questions leave them in the comment below.
Yuki: Thank you for having me, bye.
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