We had the good fortune of connecting with David Hoffmann and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I actually find that to be somewhat of a difficult question. I was born in South Africa but raised in several countries in Africa and Europe. As a result I have never felt attached to places in the same way that others perhaps are. I’m a bit of a nomad.
Growing up internationally was very difficult and at the same time utterly fantastic. It gave me a love and appreciation for a variety of cultures and an embrace of globalization. I see a lot of beauty in multicultural cooperation. I love to meet people from all over the world, no matter where we happen to cross paths. I suppose this is what led me to want to tell stories for a living, whether as an actor, director, writer, or whatever else I may get myself involved in!
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.
Growing up in a variety of countries and especially in international communities obviously helped me to embrace cultural diversity, but it also immersed me in an assortment of contrasting and varied accents and dialects. From a young age I have loved to practice and learn to do various accents and dialects. This has been a very useful tool as an actor since even before I began doing it professionally, and it has really helped me diversify my repertoire and set myself apart.
Beyond that I think that being an international artist in the United States is never easy. There are seemingly endless roadblocks that don’t exist in other industries. That has been the greatest challenge I believe, and made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. I have found inspiration in writing, which I hadn’t done much of before the pandemic began but has been a lot of fun. It also means that I have so much in my back pocket for when I can go full throttle again.
The challenging nature of the past year has taught me that sometimes I need to allow myself the space to take a step back. It’s okay to take a break from doing what you love if that’s what’s best. Going forward, I have a lot of stories that I want to tell and I hope people from all over the world can connect with my work.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
It’s hard not to do some of the touristy things when people visit Los Angeles! I usually try to take people to the Venice boardwalk straight from the airport for lunch/dinner. I love seafood! Everyone wants to do the Hollywood sign at some point and I think the observatory is a must. My favorite spot to show people is the Hollywood Reservoir; it’s like a hidden gem tucked away from the hectic Hollywood streets, and a great place to run. And this next one is very important: my go-to pizza place is 800 Degrees in Hollywood or Santa Monica! Other than that, when it comes to food I like taking visitors to food trucks and there are some great places on Sawtelle.
On a week trip I would also ALWAYS insist on a drive down to San Diego. I love how clean, quiet, and relaxed San Diego feels, and they have some amazing taco places and a great nightlife down there. It also differs from LA in that the downtown is right on the water! I also think it’s worthwhile to stick to the Pacific Coast Highway all the way down the coast. It’s longer, but it is completely worth it just for the gorgeous views. I love the beach and the sea, so California really is the perfect place for me.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would have to say that a huge amount of the credit has to go to my parents. Becoming a professional artist takes a lot of courage and not to mention some financial support! My parents have been supportive of this journey of mine from the beginning and have given me the confidence that I have needed to succeed. I definitely want to dedicate this to them.
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