We had the good fortune of connecting with JD Dumas and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi JD, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I have always loved the arts and music. I grew up in a musical family where my mom plays piano, my dad plays the radio, and my maternal grandfather has a beautiful voice. I was raised with music all around me. I love to sing and was introduced to musical theatre as a young kid and absolutely loved the storytelling that came with singing. I, like many young musical kids, set my eyes for being on Broadway, and as I got older I realized there were so many more roles to play other than performer. I’ve had my share of non-artistic jobs, but the arts really makes me happy and gives me an opportunity to do so many creative and meaningful things.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
It is definitely a hustle to be run your own vocal studio, perform and music director, but at the same time it is fun to be able to do so many projects and meet so many people. I’d say a challenge to overcome while hustling like this, is finding the time for your our down time and overloading yourself. Because I really love what I do, it’s hard for me to say no to a project. I want to do it all. Unfortunately, with that comes constantly working. I would say one lesson I’ve learned, as of late, is you don’t have to do everything. Take some time for yourself and find a good personal life with work life.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My typical go to places to go in Southern California are: 1) Disneyland 2) Universal Studios 3) A beach day 4) Amazing food down in Little Italy 5) Walk around and visit Coronado Island and the Hotel 6) Walk around downtown, the beach, eat and shop in my home city of Carlsbad.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many people who have influenced my pursuit in the arts, the list would be a mile long.

Instagram: @jddumas

Image Credits
Photo taken by: David Rumley

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