Parris Goebel: it’s time to be fearless
Choreographer, dancer, director and businesswoman Parris Goebel, accepting the inaugural PBT Legacy Award on June 22, urges upcoming Pacific entrepreneurs to be fearless.
Choreographer, dancer, director and Pacific businesswoman Parris Goebel, who accepted the inaugural Pacific Business Trust Legacy Award at the 2018 National Pacific Business Trust Awards on June 22 at Eden Park, urges upcoming Pacific entrepreneurs to be fearless.
In a post-awards video interview, Parris reflects on becoming the inaugural recipient of the Pacific Legacy Award, which acknowledges Pacific business leaders and businesses that have been consistently successful over a number of years.
Having contributed vastly to the arts, business, youth and the Pacific community, Parris was recognised for creating a legacy for Pacific people, young women in particular.
It’s an honour which continues to awe her.
“To be recognised and celebrated by my people is special. It’s actually one of the most meaningful awards I’ve ever won,” she says.
“For someone like myself, who has worked really hard to make my dreams come true and also inspire other Pacific people, to be rewarded for that is encouraging and empowering. It lets me know I’m doing something good.”
It’s important for Parris to continue “to keep providing opportunities and platforms”, not just to everyone that comes through her company, but also to the wider community of Pacific women who may feel inspired and empowered by her story.
Parris attributes her ability to achieve and create such a legacy to encouragements by her father Brett, as well as to her Pacific heritage and the Pacific qualities she holds dear.
“Us Pacific people, we work hard, we make do with what we’ve got, even if we don’t have much.
“My Pacific heritage has played a huge part in who I am, what I’m about, what I stand for and what means the most to me; family, love, giving back, service.”
The Legacy Award was presented to Parris by the Hon. Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Social Development and Disability Issues, Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage and Pacific Peoples.
“This recipient has already made her mark on the global stage of her chosen profession. We could not think of a better Pacific person to honour as the inaugural recipient,” said Minister Sepuloni.
Parris Goebel and awards won by her dance crews who operate from her Palace studio in the Auckland suburb of Penrose, have been recognised globally over the past decade.
She has been celebrated nationally with a Special Recognition from Pacific Arts by Creative New Zealand, NZ Herald Entertainer of the Year, NZ Arts Foundation New Generation Award and a KEA World Class NZ Award for her contribution to dance. As a dancer, sought-after choreographer and music-video director, Parris has a huge following and is recognised globally.
The National Pacific Business Trust Legacy Award will not necessarily be presented at every awards evening. But a key focus of the 2018 awards was to ensure its success by aligning it to PBT’s strategic direction of transforming innovation into commercial success, with a focus on the future.
Parris offered invaluable advice for upcoming Pacific entrepreneurs.
“It’s our time to shine, we have this raw energy within us that people recognise and celebrate when we show it,” she says.
“My advice is to be fearless, show what you’ve got within you, shine and you’ll be surprised by the world’s reaction … the world will celebrate you.”