With boyish good looks, tons of personality, and an upbeat mentality, Kent Boyd charmed all of America on Season 7 of So You Think You Can Dance.
He went from his small hometown of Wapakoneta, Ohio (try to say that 5 times fast) to the fast-paced Hollywood life of a pro dancer. It was a crazy change of pace, but Kent loves every minute of his life and is ready to conquer the industry one pirouette at a time!
Wetpaint Entertainment: Being on SYTYCD took you from your small town to the hustle and bustle of Hollywood. Did you experience any culture shock? What was the transition like for you?
Kent Boyd: I was living in Ohio, getting ready to graduate from high school in a class with 30 kids. I walked with my class to get my diploma and was out the next day [in Hollywood] learning the first routine of SYTYCD. It was a shock and crazy, but I was so eager and excited. I knew I couldn’t be in Ohio forever ... the day to leave was coming but didn’t know it would be so soon.
During the show we were in our own little bubble ... but after touring, I settled out here. With a big city [like L.A.] there are so many opportunities. This can either be a really good thing or really bad. But, if you are motivated and ready it’s a great place to be.
What were some of the most challenging aspects of competing on the show? And what do you take away from your experience on the show?
One of the most challenging things was that there were so many opinions and so many people telling you what to be ... I was trying so hard to please everyone because I’m a people pleaser. All the pressure we got from these outside sources really got me down at first, but at the end of the day, you gotta be yourself and be satisfied with the work you are doing.
One of the things I gained from [SYTYCD] was inner confidence ... Once you get into the mindset of “I can do this, I can conquer this," you grow.
Because there were only 11 finalists on Season 7, it seemed like you all grew really close. Do you stay in contact with any of the other dancers?
I got a whole new family from SYTYCD ... We all stay in touch.
What are you working on at the moment? Any upcoming projects?
I just filmed an episode of Glee. [I was part of] a little group that competes at sectionals. I also just finished filming Shake It Up Chicago for the Disney Channel. I’ll be in a few episodes of Mobbed, and I am dancing a bit in Adam Sandler’s new movie Jack and Jill.
My main focus is on acting. But I have a few other projects coming up — I helped design a new clothing line for Sugar and Bruno [SYTYCD choreographer Stacey Tookey’s clothing company]
I’m also on Hollywood Vibe convention as a permanent teacher. I really enjoy teaching dancers [more than just technique], but how to be good people and how to look at the dance world.
Any chance we’ll get to see you on Season 9 of So You Think You Can Dance?
Rumor has it that they’re bringing back the All-Stars. The show is kind of like home and of course I would love to come back and help out.
Any final thoughts you would like to share with your fans?
Thank you for all of your support! As long as you are trying to better yourself you are on the right path. Look down a little deeper than the surface and stereotypes of dance for the connection or love of dance ... Know how to do everything. If you don’t know, take a class and learn. Be willing and prepared!
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