“I hope to highlight the importance of mental health and rid the stereotype that talking about problems is not okay”
I had the pleasure of interviewing: Two-time Emmy Award winner, New York Times best-selling author, and World of Dance judge Derek Hough. A multi-talented entertainer, two-time Emmy Award winner and 9 time nominee for Best Choreography, Hough has also appeared in film, television and stage projects as an actor. His stage performances include Radio City Music Hall’s Spring Spectacular costarring alongside the Tony Award winning Laura Benanti and the critically acclaimed production of Footloose which he starred as the male lead in London’s West End. In 2016, he starred with Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Martin Short and Harvey Fierstein in NBC’s Hairspray Live! Hough is the winningest professional dancer in the history of Dancing with the Stars and now appears alongside Jennifer Lopez as a judge on NBC’s World of Dance.
What is your “backstory”? What motivated you to pursue music in the midst of your dancing and choreography success?
I’ve always sang and made music but never really released any it. I feel passionate about music and want to share another facet of who I am. Dance is one way to communicate. Another is through song and lyrics. I’m here to serve as a performer. I’m all about sharing and serving.
What inspired you to write “Hold On”?
A friend was going through a difficult time about 5 years ago. I wanted to write a song to encourage them to hold on. I have witnessed the effects of suicide first hand and have seen a lot of people struggle. Recently, with everything that’s going on in the world, it brought the song back up again. It is a very important song to me. Throughout the years, the song started to help me personally in different ways as well.
What is some of the work you are doing in advocacy? Can you tell us more about the work you are doing with the Movember…