We had the good fortune of connecting with Delaney Hogan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Delaney, why did you pursue a creative career?
I knew I wanted to be a dancer from the time I was 8 or 9. I never had a back up plan or even really considered doing anything else because I loved it so much. Even when teachers and kids at school told me I was “too smart to just do that” or questioned how I would ever make any money, I never wavered in my choice. The way other people doubted me while growing up only motivated me more to be successful. I knew I could make a career out of doing what I loved most and I did just that. Being an artist is not easy, and I truly believe it is a calling. I could not possibly imagine myself doing anything else with my life. Dance was my first love and will always be the thing makes me feel the most like myself.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I was born in New York City and started my dance training at 3 years old. I moved to Charleston, SC at age 13 and attended the Charleston County School of the Arts as a dance major where I studied classical modern and ballet. I also trained at a competition studio 5 nights a week and received national recognition through many scholarship awards. Dance competitions and conventions definitely gave me a lot of validation and confidence that I could pursue dance as a career. When I was 17 I was faced with the decision to go straight to LA to pursue my career or to attend college on a full academic scholarship. I decided to not pass up the opportunity go to school for free but committed to a 3 year plan to graduate early. I put myself under a lot of stress by taking extra classes every semester, but I was able to complete my double major degree in Dance and Arts Management by the age of 20 so I could move to LA. While in Charleston for college, I was still able to work some professional dance jobs and gain experience before moving to LA. I performed in stage shows like Sinatra: A Man and His Music and The Charleston Christmas Show and danced with professional modern companies Annex Dance and Movement Union. I also worked a lot as a model, doing various print jobs and walking in Charleston Fashion Week and Charleston Bridal Week. I think this professional experience definitely helped prepare me for LA. The first few weeks of being in LA I attended an open call for The Movement Talent Agency. There were hundreds of dancers there, and I ended up getting selected to get signed. My excitement was on another level because I had dreamed of this moment since i was 14. Since then I have danced in many live performances, commercials for major brands, and music videos for artists like JBalvin and Njomza, I have been able to travel to places like Toronto, NYC, and Vegas to perform and do what I love. I fell into acting after getting the “bug” while working as an extra on an independent movie in Charleston. I began taking my acting training super seriously and have since booked a few short films and commercials. I have always been an expressive storyteller because of dance and have loved learning to translate my emotions in a new way. My ultimate dream would be to be cast in a movie or tv show that would combine my love of dance and acting. Think Footloose, Dirty Dancing, or La La Land. Putting it into the universe!!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them shopping at all my favorite vintage stores- Squaresville, American Vintage, Chance Vintage, and I would take them thrift shopping at St. Vincent Depaul downtown! We would have to go dinner at one of my favorite spots called Pura Vita which is all vegan italian food. If we weren’t in a pandemic I would definitely want to take them out drinking somewhere where people actually dance like Tenants of the Trees or Davey Wayne’s. Ugh i miss doing that! I also have a ritual I always do with my best friend where we get Thai Vegan in Santa Monica at like 5 pm and watch the sunset on the beach in sweatshirts while we eat our vegan pad thai. Its the best. If we wanted to be super adventurous and fun I would rent a boat and driver in Newport and go out on the boat for the day! My friends and I did that a few times in the summer and had so much fun. All my friends should come visit me- I’ll show ya a good time! 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 parents for sure. My dad had two life threatening open heart surgeries when I was very young. This near death experience was the motivating factor for them dropping everything in New York to pursue their dream of moving to the south, starting their own business, and creating a life they truly loved. Because of this, they have always encouraged me and my sisters, who are both also artists, to pursue our passions no matter what because “life is short even when its long.” My parents really encouraged me to go to college but were fully supportive of my move to LA following graduation. They really believe in me and it means the world. My mom and dad have shown me how important it is to work hard and persevere with your passions so that you can create a life you love.
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