We had the good fortune of connecting with Erin De Phunk and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Erin, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
You get what you put in. The risks you take and how big of a leap can decide how far You can propel forward. I’m not saying just quit your job and do what you want. I’m saying create a plan and follow that calculated risk. It’s partially calculated and planned. It’s not just out of a whim expecting nothing will go wrong. Don’t half way do things, do things all the way.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Outside of being a professional creative, I’m also an OSHA safety crane inspector. Coming from Filipino roots where education is the most valuable thing during your upbringing. There’s always the mental fight of going the typical route of medical field, etc. Of course you want to make your family proud but, I also had to face my own personal happiness and goals. I learned about sacrifice. I was dancing professionally full time for about 2 years. Now I prefer just doing it on the side, due to it being my “getaway”. As cliche as that sounds, it’s mixing business with pleasure. I prefer it to be more pleasure with some business.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
No specific order: Kirin For Sushi, Star Snow Ice in Bellaire for tea and chicken nuggets, Two Hands for Korean Corn dogs, The List for Coffee, Tipping Point for Coffee, Blacksmith for Coffee, The Flat for Music, Frozen Mojitos & Pizza(on Friday), Boondocks On Wednesday for Waves for music and vendors, Empire Cafe for cake, YardHouse for Old43, Tuesday Steak Night at Community Bar with sweet heat cocktail, Belle Station for 90s night Wednesday, MFAH museum, Social Status(sneakers, clothes), galleria mall, Rudy’s BBQ, Taste of Texas for steak, Sneaker summit, Ice cream at Prauper X Milk, Sticky’s chicken(wings), Buffalo Bayou & Discovery Green for bikes, leeland house for brunch., Catalina’s Sunday morning for cars and some coffee……. haha I’m a foodie so I can go on

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shout out: -to my OGs that has helped me grow as an individual and looked out for me
-My Brothers in Item Number Funk
-My fam in Culturas Unidas/X-Rated/Texas Originals
-US and TX Street Dance Community
-Filipinx Artists
-Texas Street Dance Community
-Dancefight App
-My Family as Well
-The Philippines

Htown Hol It Down Lol If you know you know

Instagram: Instagram.com/edv_phunk

Facebook: Facebook.com/Erin.deveyra

Other: D3phunk@gmail.com Check out dancefight app to watch dance battles available on Google Play And Apple App store

Image Credits
Ian Stills: @ianstills Kian Quan: @kianquancreates Artistic Integrity Productions: @Aiproductions713 Gabriel Dang: @gabe.dang 10k Movement: @10k.movement

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