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How do you go about transforming a creative outlet into a successful career? For Sam Hohn, who is pursuing a career in the NYC theater scene, it’s all about working hard and being open to the opportunities that present themselves along the way.
Hohn graduated from Liberty Ranch High School in 2016, but he had discovered his love of theater long before that.
“I got into theater at McCaffery when they did their annual musical,” Hohn said. “The two women in charge of the program, Arianne Aguilera and Heidi Freedman, are really the ones responsible for getting me wrapped up in this crazy world.”
At Liberty Ranch, Hohn took theater all four years and performed in Bye Bye Birdie and Stage Door, as well as several one-act plays that were showcased before competitions. His freshman year of high school, Freedman and Aguilera gave Hohn another opportunity to discover a passion when they asked him to help with the choreography for McCaffery’s shows.
“Dance has always been my favorite part of musical theater because it’s essentially telling the story with your body. There’s something really beautiful about that to me,” Hohn said, adding that he now takes jazz, ballet, or tap dance classes every day, and still does choreography for shows when he has the chance.
At the same time, Hohn started training with Musical Mayhem Productions and other companies in Elk Grove and Sacramento. He was in a wide variety of plays at this time, including Shrek: The Musical, where he earned a Sacramento Elly Award for his performance.
After graduating high school, Hohn moved in 2017 to New York City to study at Marymount Manhattan College. He anticipates graduating in May 2020 with his Bachelor of Arts in performing arts with a minor in musical theater.
“I remember thinking that, as a 17-year-old, I had to have everything figured out,” he said. “I wanted to know what my future was going to be and I wanted to know how to prepare for it as much as possible. Once you leave high school, you learn that you really can’t control anything and it all works out the way it’s supposed to.”
Hohn has continued to be involved in theater both at school and in his free time. He recently performed in an Off-Off-Broadway show (meaning the theater where the show was performed had 99 seats or fewer) called “Scab” and is working as the dance captain for “Bring It On: The Musical” at Marymount Manhattan College.
“The hardest thing about (a career in performing arts) is that there really isn’t a correct way to do it. You can go to a great college, spend a ton of money to take classes and get that degree, and never get a professional job,” Hohn said. “But that’s everything, isn’t it? You never know. You just have to work as hard as you can, and soon enough it will pay off.”
As for future goals, Hohn is shooting for the stars. He joked that perhaps a Tony Award would be in his future but, ultimately, he would be satisfied to be able to continue performing and know his work made an impact on people.
“Art has always been there to inspire me, and I can’t wait for the day that my art inspires somebody else. At the end of the day, that’s really the goal,” he said.
In his limited free time, Hohn enjoys connecting with nature at Central Park and spending time with his boyfriend.