Why I left my dream job as a ballet dancer to pursue a career change

Our ballet company had just returned from an international tour to Havana, Cuba. A country where the arts are held in the highest social and political regard, seeing how something as codified as ballet could…


This was written as a response to the Atlanta massage parlor shootings in March 2021.

Photos of South Korean flags
Photo by Emanuel Ekström on Unsplash

As other first generation immigrants can relate, our parents immigrated to America with nothing. My mom used to tell me that when she first worked at a baby clothes store she couldn’t even afford McDonalds for lunch, and so resorted to eating kimchi in the bathroom stall. With no resources…


Some unexpected parallels between two very different professions

Ballerinas in tutus waiting off stage for their entrance
dPhoto by Kazuo ota on Unsplash

To briefly introduce myself, I am a professional ballet dancer in the midst of a career transition into UX design. I started my dance career about three years ago, but in light of how the economic repercussions of Covid-19 decimated the performing arts industries I decided it was time for…

Daniel Cho

Product Designer | Professional Ballet Dancer

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