Sponsored Artist Vivid Wyzard
Vivid Wyzard (Nathan Robb) has been obsessed with flow arts since 2011 and shares that obsession with the community through performing and instructing. Their dedication to learning new tech and perfecting the craft is unparalleled and extremely admirable. There is never a dull moment when they're around, Nathan’s always uplifting the world around him with their humor, sass and goofy personality. Using that personality and charm, they have found a home within this community. No one will captivate you like Nathan during a performance; blending the perfect amount of choreography and improv in their flow, they are sure to leave you wanting to see more!
Find Vivid Wyzard:
Tell us how you fell in love with the flow arts?
I discovered flow arts at a young age. I was about 8 or 9 years old at a reggae festival when I saw a vendor selling poi and decided to play with them. Within a few minutes, I was doing some weaves and picking up on the basics. I did everything I could as a little kid, but I wasn’t able to persuade my mom to buy them for me. From then on, I was hooked and needed to do whatever I could in order to flow; you could always find me saving money to buy glowsticks and put them on shoelaces, but it wasn’t until I was a freshman in high school, back in 2011, that I got my first set of LED poi. Soon after that I found a local burn community and started spinning fire which got me into contact staff and double staves. Late 2014, I started spinning hoops and once I connected with my first circle, it was game over for my other props. As time went on, I began to realize how much these toys were able to bring me peace and happiness, as well as introduce me to some of my greatest friends ever. My love story continues to write itself with Flow Arts, and I don’t really see it ending anytime.
What inspires your style of flow the most and how do you find your flow state?
My style of flow is inspired by the community. If I see something that I like, I will find a way to learn it and incorporate into my flow. My favorite thing is to watch people spin different props and find inspiration through those movements. This usually ends up leading to new discoveries that build into some of my favorite things to teach. I find the flow state by putting on my favorite music, and losing myself in the moment. I also access the flow state when I’m on the spot performing in front of others, something about the feeling of being watched drives me to want to show off all my fancy show stopping moves.
Tell us what makes you passionate about the flow arts?
As mentioned in my flow arts love story and bio, Flow Arts has brought me some of the most joyful moments in my life as well as introducing me to some of the closest friends I have today. Flow Arts drives me to want to be a better person and amazing role model. People have told me some of the most beautiful and moving stories about seeing me perform or learning something from my classes and those moments will forever give me the fuel to keep on creating and building up the community.
Tell us other ways you contribute to the flow arts and festival community?
My biggest drive is to constantly show the flow community that you can always grow, learn and become better than you were yesterday. I love to go online and do live workshops either through social media or Zoom. Teaching is a huge passion and a huge way that I give back to those who support me. When it comes to festivals, I love to promote substance use and consent education; I feel these are two things that our community needs to learn and understand more than anything nowadays. I like to promote an open space, and the ability to always come to me with questions judgement free.