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Daily Inspiration: Meet Lennon Hobson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lennon Hobson.

Hi Lennon, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I’m a California girl through and through! Born and raised in LA, I’m a former-professional-dancer-turned-actor/comedian who loves fairy tales, ghost stories and has at least four bathing suits for every season. After graduating from Loyola Marymount University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Minor in Theatre Arts, I was with a commercial dance agency, auditioning full time and teaching dance classes– and probably in the best shape of my life. While this was an incredibly fun/hard time of my life, I felt like something was missing. In 2017, I was doing a ton of dance and musical theater, as well as working background on some major sets on my downtime between gigs. My shoulder injury was keeping me from sleeping, I was nursing yet another sprained ankle, and had a horrible cold while working (something that would never fly in this post-lock down world). As I was sniffling on set, shoulder throbbing, I realized that that was where I wanted to be: acting with like-minded artists on a film set. I remembered an interview with Steven Spielberg where he said, “listen to the whispers,” and I started realizing acting was where my heart was. All those years of telling my junior high, high school, and even college drama coaches, “Oh no, I’m a dancer,” there I was, standing in the middle of an HBO set, realizing it was exactly where I wanted to be.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
My sister, Emily, passed away from an incredibly long, hard battle with cancer when I was in my senior year of college; she was only 28 when she died, and I was just 22. She wanted to be a filmmaker, and I owe a lot of my film education to her. Her sense of humor and her laughter were wild, strange and contagious! There are days when I want to scream because the world never got to see just how stupidly talented and brilliant she was. I could talk about how coping with constant grief and the death of a close loved one made me strong or empathetic or resilient. While that may be partly true, the most important thing Emily did for me was make me live life for the moment because we are never promised tomorrow. She inspired me to be fierce, make tough choices, live authentically, seek adventure, and LAUGH (which really is the best medicine). I owe a lot of my current bold artistic statements to her philosophies.
Have I struggled? Absolutely! I’m a millennial artist with massive anxiety who’s closest sibling died before I finished college. It’s all fuel for the creative comedy and drama I’m currently making. On the tough days, I remember Emily laughing and I can hear her voice so clearly, shouting at me from the shower, “Who cares what they think? Work it Girl!” which pretty much sums up her philosophy and my chosen path. My parting piece of wisdom from Emily, to me, to fellow artists everywhere, take a shower! The whispers come to you when you’re naked and wet. Take that as you will, but my best ideas come to me in the shower.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Being a multi-hyphen artist, I’m always working on something. I’m a performer by trade and an artist at heart. I primarily act, dance, choreograph, and run a theater company here in LA called BoomStick Theater.

Currently, I’m taking part in a Cool Beans Comedy Special alongside Corey Martin Craig and other LA comedians. It’s very close to my heart as it deals with comedians who’ve overcome life’s obstacles, so naturally I’m crafting a set about my sister’s death and how I cope through the lens of humor, (something Emily would be a huge fan of as she’s the one who taught me to laugh).

During the height of the 2020 pandemic stillness and depression, I teamed up with my friends Rachel Rios and Curtis Waugh, who are two of the funniest individuals I have the pleasure of knowing, to make “Parker & Olive and the Pressing F*cking Issues”, a raunchy, feminist comedy; I like to think that our second season is “Wayne’s World” meets “Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion”! (Two movies that very much influenced me as an actress and artist apparently…) All episodes can be viewed on our Youtube Channel: Parker & Olive and the Pressing F*cking Issues. While it started as a fun project to put out during the pandemic on YouTube, it has changed the way I operate as an actor and producer. This year, we filmed a whole new season, made our comedy even zanier, and I’ve tackled clowning in a whole new way! Our 2nd season launched with my character, Olive, wolfing hot dogs as if she’s an award-winning food eating champion. For someone who talks as much as I do, I have a small mouth and fast gag reflex (insert inappropriate joke of your choosing here) and I was terrified to do this bit of clowning! I buckled down and learned how to make it look believable for the camera and I am way too damn proud of how the silliest hot dog scarfing moment turned out! Throughout filming Parker & Olive, I’ve discovered I actually aspire to have the kind of self-assured confidence my clowny character, Olive, has. She may be a hot mess, but she is absolutely the kind of woman who would accidentally fart in the audition room and not even be phased by it. When Olive falls down, the ground should be honored. She’s never afraid to say what she’s feeling or thinking. Stepping into this role has made me a more confident actor and branded me as a physical comedian. I’m looking forward to the fall when we launch Parker & Olive LIVE on stage for a Halloween event! It will be the melding of all my loves- comedy, Halloween, dance numbers, and theater- and I feel grateful I have friends who want to make this show with me.

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
Let’s skip how I love the beach, feminism, Daniel Radcliffe, and pink champagne and jump straight to the core: I love art! I love making art, performing, workshopping, producing, watching as an audience member- It makes me happy. Being on stage at the microphone or with my fellow performers, making audiences laugh, feel, fall in love, is where I thrive. I love living my dreams onstage in real-time and making other people feel even an ounce more than they did when they entered the show. That’s my entire goal summed up. So here I am, performing in musical comedies, making a raunchy, raw, feminist web show, and workshopping stand up routines around town (and even in the shower). I’m putting my art out there for the world to see, critique, judge, or cancel. But I’m so happy I get to share in those feelings with the world, and working with my stupidly talented friends is a literal dream come true. That’s how I want to rock it.

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Head Shot: Dante Swain Personality shots: Gabriel Mendoza Weiss Frieda the 13th Cast Production Still: Kurt Koehler

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