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Meet DeVaughn Hooper of Yard Sale Productions in Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to DeVaughn Hooper.

DeVaughn, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’m from the great capital of the United States. A Washington D.C. native. But not the luxurious part where all the tourist visits to take pictures. I come from Ward 8, where the poverty, crime, gun violence, and broken families inflate most of the area. Raised by a single mother with two, most of my younger years consisted moving around a lot while watching my mother labor to barely make enough money for ends meat. However, my family is extremely supportive. At our lowest times, a roof was provided. All through, I can go into many depths of my challenging childhood, I never felt sorry for myself or the cards I was dealt. Being a product of my environment had no leverage over my dreams, imagination, and long jeopardy of my potential future. So, I’ll skip through all the depressing times, and jump into my love for cinema. I struggled all my years of schooling. I found it difficult to pay attention in class. Teachers proposed the reasoned for my behavior to be a cause of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, better known as (ADHD). But their hypothesis was far from accurate. Fixated on the world around me, my mind constantly drifted from thought to thought as I tried to make sense of it all. I called it “Boy Meets Universe”. I had little to no room for anything that failed to stimulate my obscure passion. “Oh right, there is a lady up there teaching something, I should make eye contact.”

Movies were the only thing that grasped my attention for long periods of time. I could barely recite my ABC’s, but I knew every single dialogue verbatim from the movies Lion King verbatim, for I had watched it 100 times, and Forrest Gump over 101 times. l I joined the drama club my senior year of high school. Those lingering thoughts started to make sense now. I found myself creating stories in my head. Not sure on what direction to go. Until a representative from Full Sail University came to visit my English class. “Oh right, there is a lady up there saying something”. I told her that I wanted to tell stories. She said, “Awesome. We offer a degree in Creative Writing, where you will master the art of storytelling through multiply platforms. Ding, Ding, Ding. I finally had a direction for my life. I called it “Boy Meets Vision”. That boy also meet reality, after seeing the price for tuition. Your imagination is priceless, but the journey to your dreams comes with a toll. I found myself paying that cost serving in the United States Navy. I did a term of four years and was eligible to receive my Post 9 11 GI BILL. College was officially paid for. I attended Full Sail University. I received a B.F.A (Bachelor’s in Fine Arts) in Creative Writing in only 20 months. After graduation, I received a call from The Los Angeles Film School. They recommended I further my education and study film production. After a 30-hour drive from Orlando to Hollywood, my love for making movies had become my only commitment. Writing came naturally, and soon I found directing to be something that I could do with little effort. I wrote and directed a few short films within my first few months. One of those films got selected for the Los Angeles Live Score Festival. So here I am, miles away from home, pursuing my dreams, and bringing those thoughts to life.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Moving to Los Angeles has been one of the most challenging obstacles of my life. The cost of living is beyond what I had prepared for. It required a huge adjustment of my living expenses. I had to cut back and re-examine my sending habits. Also, making new friends took longer than what I anticipated. The world is so big and diverse here, so finding the right company and group of friends to make it feel like home required patience. I’ve learned being able to live with less has helped reduce the stress. Most people here are pursuing their dreams, and anything that doesn’t service that cause is no longer relevant for the time being.

Yard Sale Productions – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I’m an aspiring writer and director. People that know me best would say I’m a natural born leader. These attributes truly emerge when I’m on set. I have a keen eye for spotting talent and aiming actors in a direction that certainly guides them to deliver their best performance. My writing is innovative and fresh. I have a distinct voice, and my stories are usually followed by a philosophical theme that can be debated for hours. I specialize in writing comedy. You can’t coach nor teach it. Making people laugh is a gift given to me by God to share with humanity. What sets me apart from others isn’t my work ethic, but my perspective and purpose for what I do. Pursing in what some call a competitive industry, I am merely unchanged by the environment. I believe I’m only here to fulfill my calling to life for a higher purpose, so pressure to me is nothing more than a tedious direction. I was born to do what I do, anything else would be me going against the grain.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
The meaning of success is very subjective. Your perspective on success can be heavily influence by the nurturing of your environment. I believe success to be define by reaching the results or goals of one’s true desires. We are all essential with unlimited potential, but only you can illustrate what inspires you to become the best version of yourself. This is not obtained by adopting the methods that someone else used to become the best version of themselves.

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