We had the good fortune of connecting with Danielle Arce and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Danielle, why did you pursue a creative career?
I am pursuing this artistic and creative career because that is exactly what I am – artistic AND creative. With stand-up comedy, it is truly an art with a creative process when it comes to having an imaginative mind like mine. I believe that most art comes from deep thoughts, dark places, tough life experiences, and more. My job as a comedian is to find the light in all of it/to find the humor in all of it. I have dabbled in other jobs and careers in the past, but nothing is as fulfilling to me as stand-up comedy. I feel the most comfortable when I am on stage and making folks laugh with my own thoughts and stories. I find myself writing jokes nearly every single day, and it’s something I just can’t help! Making people laugh live and in person from the stage is my calling. I feel it with every fiber of my being. Growing up, I was raised in a family of athletes. My father was a track and field coach and martial arts instructor, and my mom had been involved in track, softball, and soccer for her whole life. I was naturally gifted in sports, but I am a natural entertainer. From as early as I can remember, making my family and friends laugh has always made me feel my absolute best. I had tried to do what my family wanted me to do, and tried running my own martial arts school for a while. I studied different subjects in college, but I eventually realized that although I saw value in many of the subjects I studied and the business I ran, I still felt empty. I felt like I just needed to be a performer and tell my stories. June 1st, 2011, I decided to do my first stand-up comedy open mic, and I have been doing my best to elevate myself in my craft ever since.
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.
When it comes to stand-up comedy. I think what sets me apart is my point of view. No one has my personal experiences nor my brain – so how could I compare to anyone else? I’m a half breed in a few ways – I am half Latina, I am pan/bisexual, and I’ve had countless crazy life experiences with really high highs and really low lows. To get to where I am today has not been easy. Since starting my career in stand-up comedy in 2011, I have moved multiple times, have performed in 3 different countries, have performed for the US troops overseas, have performed in several states across the country, and this year, 2021, I finally got my first TV credit on ABC & CBS. Some of my challenges have been proving myself as a funny, talented, and capable woman in comedy. I work hard to be the best that I can be with my craft, and I’m always trying to think of ways to make my jokes funnier and to be my best self on and off the stage. Also throughout that time, I have gone through family deaths, a messy divorce, crazy romantic relationships, and at one point in my life, I was nearly homeless. I have risen from the ashes, though, and I am now really feeling like I’ve developed my voice. I’m now engaged to the love of my life who also pushes me to be the best comedian I can be and to remember that I am not my past experiences, but my past experiences should be shared with humor on stage. I’ve learned that nothing of true great value in life comes easy, and some of us really have to scrape and push to get to the next step. I would love the world to know who I am, to know that I am here to help people through comedy with my jokes and stories, and to show that no matter what we go through in life, we can still come out stronger and better if we choose to.
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?
If my best friend was visiting me and I wanted to show them the best time ever, I would take them on a week trip up and down the California coast. I’d start in LA, having coffee at my favorite cafe in Beverly Hills, Aharon Coffee & Roasting Co. I’d take them to the beach in Playa Del Rey for a day, to a couple of my very favorite vegan restaurants, and then have them come see me perform on a show or two. We’d continue traveling up to Sacramento, and enjoy downtown Sac a little. I’d probably take them to one of the great comedy clubs there as well. Then, end the week in San Francisco with a walk around the heart of the city, snacking at so many of the awesome little restaurants around, and doing some shopping. We might end up at Moth & Dagger Tattoo in San Fran to get a tattoo from Mario, who is truly one of the best tattoo artists in the country. Then, end the trip with some more comedy shows in the Bay. As you can see, I’m just all about enjoying good coffee, good food, being outside, and doing comedy with my best friends. That’s the best life right there.
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?
I would love to give a special shoutout to my partner – Nick Larson. Although there have been MANY people who I’d love to give shoutouts to for helping me with my career, Nick has really motivated me and helped push me the most in so many ways. He is also a 10-year veteran in stand-up comedy, and together we really push ourselves to be funnier, more creative, and to book more shows. He helps me with writing, as I help him as well, and he really brings out the best in me. I was doing good with stand-up for 8 years for sure, but with him by my side, I’ve been able to expand my comedy network, book more shows outside of where I am used to, and become even more creative with my writing. His support is everything to me and I am truly so grateful.
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