We had the good fortune of connecting with DeJuan Christopher and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi DeJuan, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I’m from Marion, South Carolina. My hometown is part of the fabric of who I am. Growing up in my community, I learned at an early age that nothing will be given and everything will be earned. Integrity isn’t for sale, so respect must be given and commanded at all costs. I was taught to believe in my presence in the world, to take responsibility for it, and to never apologize for it. I am the manifestation of prayers, hard work, and broken dreams. With that understanding, I march forward with passion, love and determination.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As an artist I do my best to go through this life gathering as much as I can, which will allow me to give back as much I can. You can’t give what you don’t have. As an actor you are presented with many challenges, such as how do I make a living from my craft? or how do I keep a roof over my head while attempting to have a career in the industry? or how and why do I continue when the word NO comes my way in every direction with fervor! When confronted with challenges, I’ve learned to look within and to draw upon what made me begin my journey as an artist.
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?
There are a significant amount of people along my journey who have given me love,grace, and support. I’m grateful for each person. Today I want to give a special SHOUTOUT to my father Allen Conner Jr. When I was a boy, he told me I could accomplish anything I want with proper preparation and application. As a man, I still live by that edict. He constantly supports my aspirations and challenges me to give life everything I have. Shoutout to you Pop!!!! I’m proud to be your son!
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