YEDaily: Vince Truong

Vince Truong partnered with three others to launch Pulse Studios, voted last year as a Top 3 Best Dance Studio in the Fast Forward Weekly Best of Calgary survey. What was the inspiration for this career route? Find out in today’s YEDaily…

Elevator Pitch: Describe your job in a nutshell.
I conceptualize creative and fun projects, then put them into action. I get to work with talented and inspiring dancers/artist. For the most part, I develop marketing campaigns, branding strategies and event planningfor Pulse Studios. I am one of four co-founders who started the company. 

Why did you start working at your company? What was the inspiration for this career route?
My career path down the entrepreneurship road started after finishing my program in university. I decided to pursue another career route to grow as a dancer and get educated in urban dance styles such as breaking (bboying) and house dance.

My inspirations to start a dance studio emerged after sensing the lack of street dance classes offered in Calgary. Calgary is known to have a vibrant dance community, but there wasn’t a place to call home.

I partnered up with three others, Gill Co, Tara Wilson and Peter Strickland, and we laid the foundation for Pulse Studios, Calgary’s Exclusively Hip Hop Dance Studio. 

What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis? The most challenging part?
The best part of the day to day is to see the studio full of people having fun with dance and exchanging positive energy and vibes.

The most challenging part is cleaning the studio after all the classes are done and over. 


Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Continue building and growing Pulse Studios and possibly expanding into a bigger space. I see Calgary as a dance hub that’s recognized worldwide as the place to go if you travel to Western Canada.

I also see myself still growing and honing my craft in dance.

What does success look like to you?
Success for me is leaving a positive impact on my home city of Calgary that will last beyond my years. 

What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
Day 1 of opening up the studio has been a dream come true after many years of planning and work. Also getting recognized as Top 3 Best Dance Studio in Fast Forward Weekly 2012 Best of Calgary survey. It’s been a really memorable one since we’ve only been open for 19 months.  It’s an honour to be recognized in the city I grew up in.

Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Pursue your passions, the risk is worth it! But plan accordingly and more so. LOL. “Action cures fears!” is a quote I always try to remember.

Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you?
I annually send contributions to support Canadian Cancer Society and Weekend to End Women’s Cancer (Alberta Cancer Foundation). 

My mother died of cancer six years ago after the cancer relapsed.

What to you is notable?
Anyone who can love unconditionally.  That is my idea of notable!

Blackberry, iPhone, Android, or Other?
iPhone! Ease of use and synced up to everything I have.

Describe your ideal retirement: how old will you be and how do you plan on spending your retirement years? (Sponsored by the TD Redefine Retirement Contest)
It would great to retire at age 50, on the beaches of Maldive.  I would love to spend my retirement years travelling.  Possibly running a small business consulting company in Calgary. 

What are you looking forward to most about retiring? (Sponsored by the TD Redefine Retirement Contest) 
Travelling around the world visiting friends and family and also inspiring young minds to pursue their passions.