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Conversations with Nakoa DeCoite

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nakoa DeCoite.

Hi Nakoa, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Long story short, I’m from Maui, Hawaii. Surfing was my first love and I was a professional big wave surfer for a few years. Once my surf career started to slow down, I ended up booking a commercial in Hawaii. That commercial opened my mind to the possibility of having a career in the entertainment industry.

The hard part was having to leave my home. Being a native Hawaiian made it really difficult to leave. There is pride in being Hawaiian and staying on the islands we’re from. I didn’t know if I could leave my friends, family, and my way of life. My dad told me that the islands weren’t sinking anytime soon and that I could always come back so I decided to move to LA to pursue a stunt career.

I pursued stunts for about a year and a lot of the new friends I made kept telling me that I should give acting a shot. I acted in a few small projects and little by little fell in love with it. My life has always revolved around storytelling and when I’m helping bring stories to life, it brings me a lot of joy. I know a lot of people move to LA to pursue acting but in my case, it seems like it found me.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I specialize in action and adventure projects. Acting combined with my stunt and fitness background has helped me book jobs and set me apart from others. I’m most proud of seeing people I’ve worked with or helped suceed. I wouldn’t be where I am without the help of others so I try my best to do the same.

How do you think about happiness?
Adventures, personal growth, a good meal, COD dubs.

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