We had the good fortune of connecting with Cody Collier and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cody, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
That life in the entertainment industry is not a linear path. It ebbs and flows and there are many failures and hurdles to overcome even after you’ve achieved success. Everything can be perfect and stable for a period of time, then a wrench can get thrown in the cogs: your show can get canceled, your pay can get cut, a global pandemic can hit! You always have to be open to shifting gears in order to keep moving forward as an entertainer. A career in the arts is a roller coaster, to say the least.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I consider myself a multi-hyphenate, as many artists do. Most of my success has been performing on stage in live touring productions, but I also act in film/tv projects and commercials. I’m a writer as well, having served as a content author and entertainment editor for online publications, and I continue to hone my craft as a novelist and screenwriter.

I’m very proud of my career as a touring performer. It’s not a path I initially pictured for myself, but after eight years of performing with major productions and seeing corners of the world I never thought I would, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I was nineteen years old when I booked my first tour, Scooby-Doo LIVE!, and traveled three different continents with that show. In 2015, I became part of the original North American cast of Peppa Pig LIVE!, which has since then spanned three different scripted versions and been quoted by Billboard.com as “one of the most successful family theater tours in North American history!” The initial production company behind ‘Peppa’, Red Light Management, was a dream to work with and made every tour as comfortable as humanly possible. It got to the point where getting on the tour bus and traveling to the next destination felt like going home to me.

There were numerous obstacles and still are (*ahem* industry-halting pandemic) between all the highlights. I’ve lived in both NYC and LA, which are incredibly expensive, especially to a small-town Missouri boy like me, and ends can be hard to meet. Before I was able to establish a more stable income with my tours, I had to learn to hustle through numerous odd jobs and sporadic gigs just to survive. I’ve found myself in toxic relationships (business and personal) that not only kept me from reaching my goals but significantly set me back with debilitating emotional and financial tolls.

But I take every mistake as an opportunity to grow stronger. I’m still learning every day and building the career and life I want for myself. I have many more avenues I aim to explore in the future, but I’m still very proud of the road I’ve paved so far.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Each neighborhood in LA is like its own little world, that’s one thing I love about it so much. One of my favorites though is Los Feliz. I love the calm, artsy vibe of Vermont Ave, delicious restaurants like the bougie tree-house-looking spot, Home, and the tasty, yet health-conscious Green Leaves. Pre-pandemic, I loved to ride the Bird rental scooters across the Venice and Santa Monica beach fronts. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Oh my, there are so many I could list in this section, but I’ll try to be brief. First, my closest friends and day ones: Imari Stout, Tarniesha Stimage, and Patrick Hester. All fantastic artists, themselves, who are my biggest cheerleaders; helping me run lines, shoot self-tapes, and read all my writing projects’ messy first drafts. Another dear friend, Brenna Larsen, who’s an original cast member of ‘Peppa Pig LIVE!’ with me, and taught me how to become an effective dance captain for the show. My creative writing mentors: NYT Bestselling Author Tomi Adeyemi, and the fabulous poet and editor Chloe Jory, who run the mentorship program ‘The Writer’s Roadmap’. All the directors and educators at the Springfield Little Theatre organization, who gave me the foundational skills and the inspiration to pursue a career in entertainment.

Website: www.cody-collier.com

Instagram: @heycodycollier

Twitter: @HeyCodyCollier

Image Credits
Colby Kern Photography

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