Today we’d like to introduce you to Friidom Darrel Dunn.
Friidom Darrel, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
As a young black man growing up in the south (the Crux of America), I’ve always wanted to tell stories. Whether they were; political, entertainment, or the voice of the people. I at my core grew up a storyteller; my family told stories. The way I played with toys was about storytelling, and the people (Martin Luther King Jr., Hans Zimmer, Steven Spielberg, etc.) influenced the way I told them.
With Dance, Sound Design, & Philosophy; I traveled to Los Angeles with a degree in Arts & Technology from UT Dallas bent on sharing the stories of “The Southern Experience,” Blackness, and Non-Fictional/Fictional Cinematic Worlds through artistic means.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Being black in America, of southern origin, & not a product of generational wealth (money or knowledge); I’ve had to build from the ground up. Let’s face it. We live in a country on rocky foundations and disenfranchisement of black/brown communities. I however, do not want that to be mine or others reality. Have it not been for my faith in God (Christ Jesus/Yeshua) and two loving parents, I do not believe, as many others, would I have mentally pulled myself out of Dallas to pursue dreams many give up. I do this not just for me, but a mission extending thousands of years.
The Epiic Movement – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I tell stories through; Art, Dance, Acting, Theatre, Film, Philosophy, and Sound Design.
The Epiic Movement; was a way to be all of these in one. Taking my skills as a professional choreographer/dancer/actor, booking jobs with entertainment like; Party of Five, Samsung, Geffen Playhouse, Calphil, and more. Coupling those skills with Sound Design, I started producing theatrical showcases in Los Angeles on little to no budget. One-hundred percent original shows to Orchestral Scores, Soundscapes, Epic Trailers, and all things Cinematic. Earnestly wanting to create showcases of cinematic quality in real-time, in order to push the artistry that is possible with “The Arts” in a combined fashion. Being influenced by artists such as; Johann Johannsson, Ai Wei Wei, Tyler Perry, etc. Nine shows and three years later, I’m still using my own money gained through odd jobs and professional entertainment gigs. The show is more revolutionary and organic than ever. Going from 14 to over 100 in attendance. All of which to gain more opportunities for myself and others who join my artistic experiments. More jobs, more opportunity, & creative freedom are my goals.
They say in order to be a success, you must do one good thing first. Problem is, nobody is a monolith (one kind of person).
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Booking my first television on screen choreography job with “The Party of Five” last year, I have to say has been a large plus. Thank you to God, the wonderful staff, and industry acquaintances for the opportunity. But, I would have to say when I danced for the California Philharmonic for the “Rite of Spring” is my favorite so far. I want more jobs dancing and choreographing for orchestras, composers, & art events.
- Website: www.thefriidom.com
- Phone: 9729228851
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @thefriidom
Photography/Videography: Darrel ‘Friidom’ Dunn, Jordan Sotero, Ante Artfakt, and Quinton ‘IceBreaker’ Winston.