Today we’d like to introduce you to Hope Somadlangati.
Hope, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
The initial starting point is difficult to describe but it started with me not thinking dancing and making music is difficult. The first time I witnessed a good dancer live was in high school and as much as I was impressed, I felt like I could do it. I gave it a try in front of an audience, they did not know I was winging it and gave me all sorts of compliments. That’s when I discovered that it either isn’t really that hard or I was perhaps meant to be good at it. I could say the same with music as well, hearing the kind of music people gravitate to nowadays gave me the confidence to try simply because “I do not think it’s difficult at all”
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Consistency has been a struggle for me simply because of the current stage of life I am currently at. Being a college student, an employee, an athlete, and maintaining my well-being isn’t easy to balance with my art/Hobbie. Either than that, I’ve received good feedback from the internet and strangers I perform for. Past relationships also present a challenge because at times people have a hard time accepting change. To see me grow from nothing to being a dancer and artist confused people that have always known me but are slowly beginning to accept the new reality
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I dance and make music as well. I specialize in dancing more so because I have been doing it for a fairly long time and am most comfortable doing it whereas I recently started making music. I am known for being a creative, jack of all trades around my neighborhood. They’ve watched me transition from being an athlete (soccer player) to becoming the artist I am today. I also do have a decent social media presence which is where most people discover me. I am proud of pushing past boundaries and insecurities by continuing to do what I love no matter who says what. As much as I receive good feedback, sometimes there are negative comments and backlash. It is easy to focus on those and quit but I am glad that I’ve never allowed anyone to take my joy. What sets me apart from others is my unique style. I am a South African-born artist that has also adapted how things are done here in the US and thus I am as original as it comes because I cater to a larger audience than your typical and I have a greater understanding of culture, which comes in handy as a creative. I also do all of this alone, which can be demoralizing at times but that has never stopped me
Is there any advice you’d like to share with our readers who might just be starting out?
I think my start out was good because I started. That is the advice, start. Do not make the excuse of saying you are waiting for the right time or waiting to be good enough. I discovered that people connect with you more when they have seen the journey than just the final product. Start and work from there, there’s no way but up from there.
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