This week's In Frame features a good friend of mine that's been very inspiring to me. His name is Ryan Haskett. I officially met Ryan about 2 years ago at a photographer meet up, but I've heard of him long before that. Ryan first came on my radar from a conversation with some friends. Someone mentioned there was white guy that jooks. I didnt believe them initially. Naturally, that peaked my interest because I had never heard of anyone jooking other than people that looked like myself. If you're unfamiliar with jooking, it's a dance that originated in Memphis and takes quite a bit of talent to pull off. It's sort of hard to describe jooking without seeing it, so here's a video of Ryan dancing to better illustrate.
Ryan is not only a dancer, but he also is a really good photographer and a DJ. He's a pretty well rounded person that's really helping show the amazing creative talents that Memphis has to offer. I also loves how he has shown that regardless of race, we all should be able to showcase our talents. I got to interview Ryan to learn more about him other than being the white guy that jooks.
We're gonna jump straight into it. A white jooker? It must be a gimmick. It can't be real. I'm sure you've heard that a lot. How did you get into jooking and dancing in general?
I've seen you perform a few times and I've always been a fan. Who are some of the big names you've worked with?
Your trip to Canada looked really cool. What took you there and how was that experience?
For someone that's rhythm challenged, do you have any dance tips for me?
Seeing how I know you personally, I know you have a hidden talent for photography. What other hidden talents do you have?
I know you're an extremely busy person. What are some of your "not so secret" upcoming projects you have lined up?
Every time I see you, you always have a big smile on your face. It definitely rubs off on those around you. Why do you always seem so high on life?
Tell me something you love about Memphis and something you would change.
What are some of your favorite spots in the city to hang out or eat?
Big question time! Grizzlies, Tigers or Redbirds?
You can connect with Ryan via his Instagram @ryanthemind_
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