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Meet Yash Naran

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yash Naran.

Yash, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve always been drawn to dancing and acting but it really started when I began dancing for Studio One, a hip hop dance company based out of Orlando, Florida. We trained in all styles and went on to perform all over the United States. From there, we won 1st place at Hip Hop International and competed on America’s Got Talent. Throughout that time, I was also able to travel the world with Fighting Gravity and appear on Game On! a children’s show that aired on Disney Italy.

After graduating from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s in Communication I made the move to LA and have continued my acting and dance career and even dabbled in other artistic ventures in Fashion and Videos.

Has it been a smooth road?
Nothing is ever easy, but when I made the right decision for me everything fell into place. When we were booted from America’s Got Talent, we had worked so hard to get there and was a tough not continuing. But if it wasn’t for it ending my timeline for graduating and moving to LA would’ve been pushed back. And I’m grateful for it all happening the way it did because as soon as I decided to move everything worked out. It felt like the stars aligned and I knew I was on the right path. I did blow through all my savings in the first year here and had my fair of struggles but as I near my 4th year in LA, I’ve been able to build a strong community of friends and family that have my back no matter what.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
My company is truly myself. I want to pursue acting in film and TV, but I’m not shying away from other passions like dancing, fashion, and creative directing. Being an Indian American in the entertainment industry isn’t an easy one but it’s one worth pursuing for me because I want to represent my heritage in any way I can. As an artist, I want to find creative ways of showcasing my uniqueness through any medium I can find. And if I can be an influence to anyone in following their artistic dreams, I will find myself a success.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Obviously, LA is the hotpot for anything entertainment. I think it’s about finding your niche and really asking yourself the question about what true passions are and creating an avenue for yourself. I’m still learning everyday about the industry and hustling for my dreams still. If you’re starting out, I would advise you to go easy on yourself. Don’t try and rush yourself or put high expectations on yourself. Everyone has a journey and you can’t compare them.

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Tara Marier, Mikayla Reighley, Mona Lee

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