Michayla was in uptown to have lunch with her friend. She’s been in Charlotte for two years and is originally from New Jersey where her family still lives.
Michayla is a dance teacher who teaches children’s ballet.
What do you do when you’re not working? “I’m super into interior design. I just bought a house so I’ve been kind of doing that.”
What advice would you give to your younger self? “Don’t take shit from anyone. Am I allowed to curse? Back in the day I feel like I just wanted to please everyone.”
Have you overcome that or is it a work in progress? “It’s sort of a work in progress. You know I tend to say yes even though I don’t want to.”
What is your biggest challenge? “Just trying to figure out what I want to do and how to do it. I love my career… it’s just kind of a hard career to do. I love my kids. That’s amazing. One of things that is hard about it is, watching them, I wish I could still be dancing.”
What would you do if you had a million dollars? “I would go on vacation with my boyfriend and buy a house in Jersey.”
Thank you Michayla for being one of my 100 Strangers.
Technical Notes: We had nice even, indirect light that day and the light-colored pavers softened the shadows on her face. I didn’t nail the focus on this one. Perhaps I accidentally focused on the brim of her hat.
There’s something about posing for a camera that causes spontaneous laughing fits.