We had the good fortune of connecting with Dani Van Buren and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dani, how do you think about risk?
I believe risk taking is the best thing any creative can do! I’m actually very introverted, so sometimes I need to rely on that “ten seconds of courage” to get myself motivated to move forward. I feel like taking risks have always led me to better things, whether it’s moving beyond a comfort zone, or learning a hard lesson. I wouldn’t be where I am today without taking many risks!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Originally coming from the Midwest to pursue professional makeup artistry, I had no clue I would be doing hair. After I finally went to hair school, I knew I had finally found my creative happy place. Little did I know it would take so many more years to feel comfortable in the field, and knowing the endless possibilities. I dabbled in all areas of hair, first wanting to be a wedding guru, then trying my hand at being the best cutter, and finally realizing my love of fashion colors and extensions exceeded anything else. The lesson I learned, and I hope everyone does, is to truly listen to you gut instinct. If you are sick of doing something, it’s not for you, and only you can get yourself unstuck. I’ve given up on things many times, but the beauty of being in my career is that there is a place for every type of creative!
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?
Pre-Covid, if I had anyone come here from out of town, I would always ask what they want to experience. Some prefer the “Hollywood” experience, going to see the stars on the wall of fame, heading to the beach, going on lot tours, etc. That’s all fun (however, bland, in my experience). I think the best part of LA is meeting the people and eating all of the varieties of food! Everyone needs to experience a bacon-wrapped hot dog from a cart vendor! Then maybe hit up one of the many pubs or bars in DTLA, especially the roof top bar at the InterContinental! A day at the beach is always fun as well or hiking in the Angeles are amazing ways to explore nature. And, of course, we’d have to have a Disney day! 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?
My husband, Chris, has always been my main line for support. He deserves all the accolades for supporting me through creative ventures, business ebbs and flows, and also parenting.