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Meet Eran Scoggins

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eran Scoggins.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Eran. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was born and raised in Inglewood, CA to a professional singer as my mother and a professional football player in the NFL as my father. I grew up listening to The Jackson 5 and always imagined myself as young Michael Jackson, so every chance I got, I’d open up my mouth and sing. Growing up, I constantly got questioned whether I would become a performer or an athlete; to no surprise, I chose to perform.

My family had a very strong presence in our church, therefore I started singing in the choir at a young age. I grew up watching my grandpa, mother, and older brother sing their hearts out every Sunday, so joining the kid’s choir seemed like the perfect thing for me to do.

I then started singing and performing in grade school where I was in a mass choir that competed in competitions around the state of California and performed on many stages and televised productions. We were quite known at the time and were blessed with opportunities like recording our own songs, which were eventually played on the radio, and record with many other artists as well. We even had the honor to perform with the Gospel Grammy Award Winning Duo, Mary Mary, and the incomparable Stevie Wonder. I actually got to sing one on one with him at a show. I was in awe of his talent and overjoyed that I was even able to doing what I love with such a legend.

I soon developed the love of acting while in grade school and joined the Drama Club. My interest in theatre was at an all-time high, so I started performing plays and musicals. When I graduated middle school, I continued performing and started to take it a lot more seriously. I would sing back up for various artists and took voice and acting lessons to enhance my craft. Midway through high school, I knew there was nothing else in the world that I wanted to do. I auditioned and applied for many colleges that specialize in the performing arts and shockingly got accepted into every program that I applied for. I ended up attending AMDA where I studied at both campuses, Los Angeles, CA and in New York City. Before graduating, I found myself auditioning for many productions in and out of school and started working immediately. Since graduating college, with my Bachelor’s in Fine Arts, I’ve toured nationally and internationally in such productions as Dreamgirls, Motown the Musical, and Tokyo Disney Sea’s Big Band Beat, been an opening act for Grammy-nominated artists like Halsey, worked in commercials and continued performing locally as a singer/actor for private events such as galas, weddings, and much more.

When I am not on the stage, I take the time to give back to the community and direct my old choir that ranges from 3rd through 8th grade. Teaching and inspiring the youth is one of the best ways I like to spend my time.

Has it been a smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road by any means. Growing up in a divorced household was quite a lot for me as a kid. My mother suffers from an autoimmune disease called Lupus and has been diagnosed with it majority of my life. It was definitely rough seeing my mom go in and out of the hospital multiple times a week, not knowing if that day might be her last… but all thanks to God she’s still here with us. I’m grateful that she has been able to see my growth as young man and witness me fight and go for my dreams. Big ups to my two older brothers who helped raise and guide me down the right path whenever she could not be present due to her illness.

At a young age, I was diagnosed with Unilateral Sensorieneural Hearing Loss. I am completely deaf in my left ear. It was hard not being able to hear out of both of my ears growing up. Some “friends”, family members, and even doctors said that I wouldn’t be able to succeed in my academics or in life, but no thanks to them, I was an honors student and I am currently living out my dreams. With the help of my mom and our faith in God, I was able to overcome many challenges and prove all of the people who have doubted me wrong. Seeing her fight for her life inspired me to fight for mine.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Well right now, I am back in Los Angeles after living and working in Japan for the past few months, and I am currently on lockdown due to the Corona Virus Pandemic. But, I am staying active and finding ways to be creative and keep the art alive. I have performed virtually with the Singers of Soul, led by Dedrick Bonner, for an Easter Special, I am also in the process of writing and producing music of my own, and I am taking on the role of a creative director for photographers and models for their potential shoots. I also have my hand in a few other projects at the moment , but unfortunately I cannot really discuss them just yet. Hopefully once this pandemic passes, I will be able to let the cat out of the bag. Make sure to keep an eye out on my Instagram for any updates. Just because we’re on lockdown, it doesn’t mean the work ever stops.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I think the industry will change quite a bit. Nothing ever stays the same, but I also believe nothing ever completely changes. How it will change? I don’t really have an answer for that, but it will be done. Things are always being recycled, revised, and revived. Many of the things we think are considered new, in today’s age, has pretty much been done before. It’s just a matter of how it’s done. This industry is always growing and flourishing, and I am excited to see where it heads within the next 10 years.

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