Interview with World Class New Zealander Parris Goebel

World Class New Zealanders are high achieving New Zealanders who are making their mark on the world and defining NZ’s image internationally. These Kiwis are all outstanding and have worked hard for their international success. Kea sat down with World Class New Zealander Parris Goebel for a Q&A about her journey, being a New Zealander and what advice she has for New Zealanders going forward.

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How has your New Zealand background contributed to your journey/success?

Being a kiwi always has an attitude of punching above your weight. Being on the other side of the world from the industry I work in has made me ensure everyone knows I am from NZ and an attitude of we can accomplish anything we set our mind too.

What are some stand out failures/problems you faced on your journey and how did you overcome/learn from them?

Biggest thing was really the age I was as my career began to take off. When you’re working with people who have been in the industry for years and a lot of time artists who are many years older than you.

I had to really believe in what I could offer and what I brought to the table. I had to grow up fast and be very professional from the first break I got.

What in your professional career or personal life are you most proud of?

The thing I am always proud of is my family who give me unconditional love and support. I am blessed with nephews & a niece and I can never get enough time with them.

What’s an important issue which needs attention in your industry?

The standard of choreography being taught around the world. With jobs for dancers not being as many as say 10 years ago you see a lot people now saying they are choreographers.

This in turn sees a drop in the standard of what is being taught around the world if they haven’t worked for years at their craft.

What is one key lesson you want to share with New Zealand entrepreneurs/businesses/SMEs

Never just think the shores of New Zealand – the world is our stage and with modern technology you can have a presence anywhere in the world.

In your experience what do Kiwis excel at in the eyes of the world?

Being fearless and unique. Kiwis have a really good name around the world and people like to employ kiwis cause they get the job done.

What are the biggest growth challenges and potential opportunities for New Zealand companies/businesses/SMEs?

Just taking whatever we have to more parts of the world as we can is always an ongoing opportunity.

What will be New Zealand’s biggest strength in 10 years?

Our next generation that is coming through from teenagers today.


Parris Goebel, dancer and choreographer, has worked with some of the biggest artists in the music industry, including Beyoncé, Justin Bieber and Rihanna. Her dance crew, The Royal Family has appeared on American Idol and Dancing with the Stars US, among others, and has won Gold or Silver at the World Hip Hop Championships from 2011-2015.

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