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Rising Stars: Meet Marion Maclou

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marion Maclou.

Hi Marion, 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 am a French 25 years old young adult in Los Angeles. I am a dancer, actor, and model. I start being on the stage with dance when I was five years old and I couldn’t imagine a better place for me. Since this period I have never stopped dancing. It is a part of me, almost my only way to express my emotions. I discovered theater in elementary school, but I decided that being on stage will be my career in high school. The high school period was a difficult moment in my life. Doubt, anxiety, questions about the future, and depression were my daily life. I persuaded my parents studying those arts to be a professional actor and dancer will be the only way for me to live my life fully and merrily. Paris was a wonderful city to express my art during my four years of study, but in 2019 I wanted to discover my passion around the world. What better place than Hollywood for an actor and dancer? Right before the pandemic, I moved to Los Angeles, and I immediately fall in love with the city, the people, the ambiance, and the opportunity for me to be fulfilled. I work a lot to improve my skills every day in all my domains. At the beginning of 2022, I stepped out of the shadow and opened my youtube channel where I post my dance video. It was a big step for me and definitively worth the shot.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
My first real obstacle was high school for me. In France, society put a lot of pressure on students’ shoulders. At 16 years old you are supposed to choose the field of study that will teach you your forever job. However, who knows at this age, what they want to do in their life? This pressure was too hard to handle for me. I didn’t even know who I was, soI lose myself and I have been through a considerable depression. I rebuilt my own self when I allowed myself to be honest about what I wanted to do in my life: to be on stage. What I considered being another challenge in my life is my decision to move to Los Angeles. I decided in 2019, with the knowledge that I didn’t speak English, and I didn’t know anybody in the United States, to leave France with my whole life in one suitcase direction Los Angeles to reach my dream. Surprisingly, the challenge was not to not be able to speak but to leave my family. I am very close to my parents, sister, and brother, and leaving them was heartbreaking.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am an actor and dancer. I am auditioning for a part in short movies, features, clip videos, and commercials, but I also and mostly provide my own content on Youtube. I create and/or interpret dances that I post on my youtube channel, which I opened at the beginning of this year. One of my videos is becoming viral and I couldn’t be more grateful for this experience. Being able to express my feelings, and emotions throughout those performances make them more authentic.

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
Something that I don’t reveal to a lot of people might be my painting. I love painting, watercolor, or acrylic depending on the season. It is for me the expression of feeling that nobody can judge. Nowadays, society judge artist for their presentation. A dancer must be a good dancer, and if one day his leg has not been stretched enough, he will be judged for it. And the same for the actor. Society expects those types of art to be perfect for the human eyes. This is why I like painting. Sometimes realistic and sometimes more contemporary. My style depends on my mood, and nobody can judge, but everybody can interpret. This is what I love about painting.

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Nicolas Hospitael Elegance Photo

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