Today we’d like to introduce you to Dorsa Vaziri.
Hi Dorsa, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
My roller skating journey started like most kids, at the rink, with friends, attending birthday parties and summer camps. Over the years, I fell back into skating because I wanted a way to move my body and stay active and kept finding out I wasn’t made for the gym or team sports, thanks to my schedule at the time. When I got back on my skates and first started posting that I was skating again, a lot of friends hit me up to skate with their friends who had started skating recently too. Our first mini-impromptu-skate meet up happened and after that, I wanted to continue sharing my love for skating with anyone and everyone. Over the last three years, I’ve been skating consistently, hosting meet-ups and lessons for fellow skaters and trying to share as much information I can about this amazing sport. I’ve recently started hosting skate shop pop ups, building skates and skate rails, and I try to inform others on skate history and share inspiration around local skaters in Orlando.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
A smooth road is vital for skating, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be big pebbles, random sticks, and falls along the way. From rained out events to some serious imposter-syndrome, the challenges are always changing as we move forward. I’ve had kids and other people at skate parks talk rudely to me and my friends, we’ve had injuries in our group and scheduling conflicts where you can’t skate for over two weeks, we’ve dealt with countless failed attempts and bad vibe days at the skate park, but we all overcome it together. That’s why our sense of community is so important, because on the bad days we need to help uplift each other. For me personally, starting my skating business was a huge challenge because of all the different documents, fees, supplies needed and general new business woes. We’re rolling now, but the goal is to open a skate shop here in Orlando for roller skaters!!
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’ve always been a creative, artistic person and have struggled in ways I can share that. With skating, dancing and moving your body is art. Holding yourself up and spinning on wheels is art. So just getting out there and doing what I love is something that makes me feel creative and uplifted. Recently, with building skates and skate rails, I’ve had the pleasure of painting again and bringing some designs to my skate rails for others to enjoy. I learned recently that I am a huge fan of power tools, and while creating with my hands was always something I enjoyed, I was given some helpful tips from friends and loved ones about tools and now I’m confidently building functional skates for people to ride and enjoy. It’s been so fulfilling and fun to share art and creativity with people outside of a canvas.
Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
My biggest advice that I tell myself is that you don’t know everything; there’s so much knowledge out there to learn and experience. I randomly started following a gal on Instagram because I had seen we had a lot of mutual friends in the skate scene. I saw her at the rink one night and realized she was in our skate group chat. Over time I learned from some mutual friends that Leann (@allskatefoundation) was a pro and giving lessons, so I immediately hopped on that and our first lesson was AMAZING. She broke all the moves down and did them alongside with me, my dance skating improved tremendously after just one lesson and she brought some confidence out of the depths for me. Finding that person who gets you and is willing to help you with no judgment is so important. My advice for finding your crew or your people is to just start. Start by being the person you would want to hang out and skate with. Start showing up to the events, the skate parks, the skating rinks. Start asking people about their journey, start asking for advice, give credit and recognition! Don’t be afraid to fall and make mistakes. Everyone is learning and changing and growing!
- Custom Skates start at $250
- Skate Rails go from $35-60
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- Website: wowrolling.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/wowrolling/
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