We had the good fortune of connecting with Daniel Diaz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daniel, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Being an artist/a creative has been instilled in me from an early age! My mother was always very supportive of me trying out different forms of expression-whether it was playing the piano and the trumpet at a young age, to doing colorguard and ballet folklorico.
I was always a creative child. As long as I can remember, I’ve always found ways to express my creativity. When I was young, I remember wanting to design clothes and style people SO BADLY. I would draw so many “dolls” with the sole purpose of dressing them and being creative.
Quite frankly, being an artist/creative is my favorite thing to do. It’s so easy for me,and my mind is always turning. Im always thinking of the next visual, the next dance, the next outfit. It’s not only my favorite thing, but the ONLY thing I know how to
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.
I am a Dancer, Choreographer, Dance Educator, Stylist, and Creative Director. I’m the type of person that loves to be in total control of my vision, from the most minute detail. Whether i’m Choreographing a Dance or Working on a Shoot, I like to be able to execute and properly display my vision. It has not been easy to get to where I am today. No one’s journey to express themselves and to be a full-fledged creative is ever easy.
A big thing Ive learned is to be persistent. To keep pushing yourself and moving forward is vital, so you don’t fall behind. Another thing i’ve recently learned is quality over quantity. We live in a day and age where we feel like the more content we have, the more relevant we are. and sometimes that’s not the case. Making sure what you put out is authentically you is the most important thing. Inauthenticity is not artistry.
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?
I’m a big lover of Nature. I love the Huntington Library and Gardens, and Lacy Park. Also a huge fan of driving down Malibu and finding a private beach to just relax and decompress. I did that quite a bit during quarantine when I felt a bit stuck.
Food is also something that excites me. I’m currently on a plant-based diet, so i’m always looking for amazing spots that cater to my lifestyle. I love Kreation Juicery, Cena Vegan, Colorado Donuts, and Palms Thai.
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 shoutout is dedicated to the people who shaped me along the way. First of all, my mother. For never shutting my creativity down. My educators, for inspiring me and giving me everything they’ve learned throughout their journey to mold me into a better person/artist. Special shoutouts to Maria Díaz, Colleen Shipkowski, Debra Toth-Ward, and Daniel Marshall.
Photography By Jeff Finnerman