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Article | Fri August 18, 2017, 10:40 AM EST

  • Dani Iwakoshi

    Dani Iwakoshi

August 18, 2017 -- I understand why “Happy Peppy” is the nickname that thirteen-year-old Dani Iwakoshi’s friends gave her - she has such a positive, upbeat vibe.  Even though she is already a multi-talented musician (ukulele) and drawing artist, she is expanding her skills to the film and television world. She first caught the acting bug in the third grade when her mother enrolled her in a community theater and she was promptly cast in the play, “Flat Stanley.” Since then, she has immersed herself in multiple acting academies and rigorous on-camera training. “Being on that big stage, in front of the crowd… it sparked something in me that I definitely want to be doing for a long time,” Dani said. It looks like all her hard work is paying off; she just signed with Paloma Models and Talent’s youth division and is making the trek into Los Angeles for auditions and castings. 



Where are you from originally?

I was born in Orange County, and actually live there right now too! It is about a two hour drive to LA, but it's so worth it.


When did you come to LA?

I come to LA whenever I have auditions or classes. I love LA so much and I want to move here, so the drive doesn't bother me at all. In fact, I love being in the city no matter what it's for.


What inspired you to be in the industry?

The only thing that really inspired me to be in the industry was myself. Acting is the one thing that I want in life, and it really makes me happy. I'd do it for free. I don't know what I would do without acting... it really is my passion!


What are some of the projects that you have worked on in the past?

In the past, I have studied at The Performer's Academy in Lake Forest, and the South Coast Repertory theatre company. I was Ursula in The Little Mermaid and The Sour Kangaroo in Suessical. They were both amazingly fun experiences. However, I am definitely more interested in film and television so that's what I'm focused on now.


What are you currently working on?

Aside from studying with Suzanne DeLaurentiis, I just signed with Paloma Model and Talent. It's really exciting!


Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In five years, I want to have roles that challenge me and play characters that are very versatile. The one thing that I love about acting is the fact that you can become a character that is completely different than you. It's so much fun making risks that you, yourself, wouldn't make, but your character does.


How do you feel the industry is changing and how do you feel it benefits you as an actor?

The industry is definitely becoming more racially diverse, which is something that is on my side. I am half Japanese and half Mexican, so I am ethnically ambiguous.  I think it benefits me in the sense that there are more roles now for diverse talent than there were twenty years ago.



Interview by: Giovannie Espiritu

Article | Fri August 18, 2017, 10:40 AM EST

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