Act II Spotlight On: Hilary Rushford, From Dance Captain to Dean Street

by Monica McCarthy on May 28, 2014


This is part of a weekly dialogue with Performing Artists who have found more freedom, control, and  purpose in their lives.
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Confession: Today’s Act II Dialogue features a woman I’ve known since I was a freshman in college (Go Waves!). We performed together in the school musicals, were sorority sisters (I wanna be a DG, oh yes oh yes oh yes oh yes I do), studied in London together, and were roommates while we each pounded the pavement as young chorines in NYC.

All that is to say, I’ve known Miss Hilary Rushford, founder of Dean Street Society, for a long time. And I can personally attest that her fulfillment in her profession as a personal stylist and brand mentor is both 100% authentic and hard won. As she talks about in her interview (you don’t want to miss this one!), once she shifted her focus from the credits on her performing resume, to how she wanted to feel on a daily basis, everything changed.

Speaking of credits, I should pause to mention that Hilary performed in the National Tour of 42nd Street and in numerous regional theater productions across the country. She can tap circles around the best of ’em (literally). But the in-between times of catering and temping began outweighing the highs of performing.

That’s when she sent an email to her friends with a subject line “What The Hell Should I Do With My Life.”

Little did she know then, that just two years later she’d be paying the bills and getting her thrills from being her own boss and helping others show up as the best version of themselves…

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In this interview Hilary shares:

  • How one blog post clarified what she wanted to do for a living
  • The skills she’d honed a dance captain and choreographer that she uses every day in her new career
  • Why performers make great entrepreneurs (hint: we are not risk averse)
  • What are ‘core desired feelings’ and why they matter
  • Why some performers are more successful at pivoting careers than others

I was always the leader, teacher, creator and that’s what I’m doing now.

Speaking of teaching, Hilary has a free three-part video series for her upcoming Style & Styleability course that expires tonight! Head over to learn her insider secrets for for looking and feeling your best, on any budget.


Twitter: @HilaryRushford

Calling all NYC -based Actors:

If you’re a performer who is considering a career change, but you’re not sure what you want to do next or how to get there, you’ll definitely want to attend our panel:



Monday, June 2nd



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Michelle Ward, aka The When I Grow Up Coach (her 1-on-1 creative career coaching services are booked until October 2014!), author of Declaration of You,

Michael Parrish DuDell, Entrepreneur, international keynote speaker, and bestselling author of Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business–the official business book for ABC’s hit show Shark Tank.

Adam Neuhas, Entertainment executive, senior director at Radical Media, and founder of  the NYC-based media networking group Headsets & Highballs

Moderated by: Monica McCarthy (oh heyyyy!) 



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Previous ACT II Dialogues:

Mastering A Parallel Career, Spotlight On: Melissa Cassera

Taking Back Control, Spotlight On: Michael Parrish DuDell

Getting Out Of Your Head, Spotlight On: Matthew Corozine

Do Good While Making Art, Spotlight On: Nick Dalton

Taking Brave Steps, Spotlight On: Katie Rayle

Finding Your Uniquity, Spotlight On: Michelle Ward


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