WALK THE MOON’s “Shut Up and Dance” is contagious. The first time I heard the song on the radio, I knew I had to find it and add it to my playlist immediately. It would become the soundtrack to my summer and once I find a song I love, it goes on repeat for a couple days. Slowly, the idea for this video started to form. The concept is nothing new, but I wanted to take my own spin on it.
This isn’t a song review, but I have to share why this one resonated with me so much, and I hope you can find it relatable. It evokes the happiest of emotions for me and captures the kind of joy and freedom that comes with summer. It reminds me that no matter what situation I’m in (happy, shitty, or otherwise), I need to take a moment to just enjoy life for what it is. So whatever down you may be going through, just stop, take a moment, and come dance with me! And if you’re at an all-time high, even better.
I will admit I had a lot of insecurities while filming and editing this video. Throughout most of the process, I was doubting the idea I was once so excited about. To be honest, I was afraid of the responses I’d get. I kept asking myself the same questions: “Will I look stupid? What if my dancing looks awkward or tacky? Are my outfits good enough? What if it doesn’t resonate with people?” It wasn’t until midway through editing that I told myself, “shut up and dance! Just go with it!” The irony, right? I was forgetting the very message I wanted to send.
I don’t want to downplay the fashion aspect of the video, but right now, I want to highlight a different story. This video evolved into more than a summer lookbook for me. It led me down a path where I could learn to feel more comfortable in my own skin. It’s something I’ve struggled with a lot. I’m sure it’s something we’ve all struggled with. Growing up, I’ve always felt the pressure to be a certain way and measure up to someone else’s standards. I’m finally at a point in my life where I want to measure up to my own standards.
We’re all different. Let’s accept it! This video is my way of saying, “who cares? Don’t over think it. Just shut up and come dance with me!” This video will always be special to me for these reasons, so I hope you guys like it!