After returning home from L.A. due to COVID-19, Billie Casey-Jabore used her time in isolation to critically reflect on her carer in the dance and entertainment career. As a result of this reflection, Casey-Jabore wanted to share some of her experiences abroad to offer insight into her journey in the hopes that it will resonate with other dancers and creatives to inspire them in their artistic endeavours, to persist and pursue their career even further than they dreamed.
Specialising in the hip hop and commercial space, Casey-Jabore was prepared to hit the ground running when moving her life to Los Angeles. Having worked on major events such as The X Factor, Stereosonic, Big Day Out, Let Them Eat Cake, Laneway Festival, Australian Open and with artists such as Justin Bieber, Avicii, Peking Duk, Tiësto, Illy, Paula Abdul, Jessica Mauboy, Miss Blanks and Briggs, Casey-Jabore believed she had what it takes to make her dreams a reality on the international scene.
With determination and optimism, she made the transition to leave Australia in July 2018. For Casey-Jabore, relocating to another country to essentially build her career again was so many things: “empowering, scary, exciting, forced growth and broader perspective, challenging, vulnerable and confronting, expanding, but most of all, it was a childhood dream come true.”
As she has always done, Casey-Jabore worked hard to network, take classes, continue training, support like-minded dancers and creatives, expand her craft, and keep moving. Because of this, she has been working for international artists including the likes of Ne-Yo, Plastique Tiara, Kid Ink, Elisa Savoca and Dyson, representing some of the biggest accomplishments in her career to date, enabling her to successfully gain contacts for future work and opening up new doors in regards to her upcoming return to the United states.
Although COVID-19 has changed the world and the international dance and entertainment industry with it, Casey-Jabore has taken this time to continue to work toward her goals. She has announced that she will soon be working with two new incredible artists in their field.
“I will be working directly with Felix Sebacious, the senior vice president of Live Nation, one of the biggest event companies established in concert tours, handling artists such as Kanye, Halsey, BTS and Drake,” Casey-Jabore reveals. “Felix is also the former VP of Universal Music Group and Roadrunner Records who will be collaborating with me for specialised Artists and Repertoire.”
Secondly, Casey-Jabore will be working with Forbes “30 Under 30” 2019 Mickey Shiloh, a songwriter and recording artist who has written for the likes of Janet Jackson, Pitbull, Britney Spears and Cristina Milian, and is now CEO and founder of HRDRV records.
“Mickey is leading a generation of up-and-coming underground artists and collaborating with me for dancing/choreographing/directing selected artists for performances and film clips,” Casey-Jabore says. “This project aligns and deeply resonates with my true passion to break the mould and stereotypical expectations within the entertainment industry, aiming to celebrate diversity and showcase talent in its truest and most unique forms.”
Casey-Jabore has worked tirelessly to establish herself on the international scene, and has managed to develop a strong support team of creatives in the music industry by collaborating with well-respected figures. Her ability to follow her heart and convictions on this journey is something to be admired, working to build others up and foster positive change within the industry to celebrate fellow artists based on their creative offering and talent rather than their appearance.
Now more than ever, Casey-Jabore believes there are voices that need to be heard and seen, by connecting people and nations through artistic expression such as dance. This is what drives her to keep going, to keep dreaming, to keep pursuing artists she respects and admires. With this only the beginning for the Australian artist, we cannot wait to see what comes next for her when she returns to L.A.
You can follow Billie Casey-Jabore on Instagram: @billie.caseyjabore.