We had the good fortune of connecting with Hollis Morrissette and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hollis, why did you pursue a creative career?
I pursued an artistic career at an early age, a very early age to be exact. I want to say age five is when I chose my career in entertainment however, age eight is when I actually got started. Entertaining is a gift I was born with and have always naturally gravitated towards gaining the attention of others. Once I realized I was able to interrupt conversations of others to entertain them, I liked it and wanted to keep it going. However, Once I realized I was able to entertain myself and not get bored, I knew being a creative artist was for me. That may sound backwards to some but, if I can make myself fall to my knees in laughter, then I feel I’ve moved past the hard part. Once people see me having a good time, entertaining others is the easier part.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.
Wow! That’s a fully packed question but, honestly I’m happy you’ve asked and I thank you for your support. I’m a multitalented artist. I started out with acting and singing. However, I’ve always had other aspirations that I had to achieve and still need to achieve. I won’t have it any other way. I’ve always from a young age, wanted to become a male pageant titleholder, a model, author and so on. I like to have my hands touching a lot of great things I can succeed in. So, when I was 16, I modeled for Hollister & Co. short term. Funny story, I was turned down twice by Abercrombie & Fitch. After the second rejection, I remember storming out and into Hollister feeling a little down. After throwing a small (but funny tantrum), I auditioned and the rest is history. In college, I modeled for small boutique clothing stores but still maintained acting and singing. At age 26, I won my state pageant title as Mr. Michigan United States (Although I’m a California resident), I represented the state I lived in until I graduated high school. I then competed for 16 weeks and became a pageant titleholder with the Mr. United States Organization. That experience was honestly, a dream come true for me. My journey thus far, has in no way been easy. Just like with most things in life, we all have to overcome challenges. I did not and still don’t have a big support system and I’ve spent many days trying to get those negative voices out of my head. We’ve all been there. So far, the biggest lesson I’ve learned is, that I cannot do it all alone. Help is wanted, needed and good to have. I want the world to know that I’m not only a multitalented artist, but a growing one. My great grandmother (whom I call Oma in German) and also turned 99 years old this year, once said to me years ago, that everything I touch turns to gold. I plan to make that come true. I’m also most excited at the moment, to finally finish my EP album. I cannot wait to release my EP that I’ve been working on the past couple of years.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Yes, yes and more yes! I love this question. Okay, so picture this. I’d start out with filling their belly with In N Out burger. You cannot come to LA without eating there. Honestly, if you don’t eat at In N Out, did you even visit LA? Next, they’d check into their hotel or Airbnb. I’d take them to the Grammy museum in DTLA first, and show them around but most importantly, the empty section where my future iconic Grammy performance attire will be displayed one day. I’d pretty much show them cool places like Rodeo Drive, the Hollywood sign, West Hollywood, Sunset blvd, Beverly Hills etc. There are so many places to show them and lots of history in LA. We’d also get brunch at one of my favorite places called Fratelli Cafe off Melrose ave. Their salmon omelette is the best and I get it every time. It doesn’t stop there of course there are movie sets, hiking trails and the list goes on. LA has so much to offer within all its beauty.
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?
Thank you for asking! My journey has been to simply put, a little bit of a rough one. I think I’m misunderstood by most as we live in a world that focuses on our outcome and another’s outcome, rather than the the journey that gets us there. At this point, the one I can thank and happily thank, is God. He’s my best friend and has my back. He’s my door opener, opportunity presenter and savior. I’d also like to thank my small fan community. They’ve been riding and growing with me since day one. They’ve been around for years now, both domestic and International. I hope in the near future I can have close supporters that I can thank, as well as being able to support others in all the greatness they do. We all need encouragers, supporters and people in our corners to succeed. Not for validation per-say, but to keep going. Having genuineness on both ends is an amazing feeling.