Connor Finnerty Talks With TMI About His Growing Popularity In The Entertainment Industry
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Hey Connor!! So excited to be chatting with you!! You are definitely a triple threat, you sing, dance, and act. What inspired you to pursue all these amazing things?
Performing was a dream of mine since I was old enough to start watching the Disney Channel, so that’s where the acting bug began. When I started dancing at the age of 10, I became hooked and that is what ultimately led me to Los Angeles and while here I started singing.
How would you describe your musical style as an artist?
I would say my style is definitely pop in terms of what I like to perform, but I love all music.
What artists do you look up to right now?
I’ve always looked up to Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, some 90’s boy bands too, but I love hip hop because that is what I feel connected to when I dance.
Your debut single “A Million Degrees” is now out, along with a video!! Can you tell us about your new song & video?
My new song is about me trying to express, to this certain someone, how I feel when we’re together. When we put the music video together, I wanted to have my closest friends in my first video and I wanted to have my girlfriend, Siena Agudong, as my love interest in the video. I loved how it all turned out and it was a great experience.
How excited are you to be releasing your own original music?
I’m very excited! I have two more songs coming out this spring, including a possible duet, so once I have more to share I will.
You have also made a name for yourself in the dance world. You are undoubtedly one of the top hip-hop dancers in the country right now!! How did your passion for dance start?
It really started when I would dance in the living room to Michael Jackson songs while my parents cheered me on. Haha! It was a few years later that I actually took a dance class in my hometown of Roseville, joined their studio, transferred to a hip hop studio in Sacramento, and three years later I was signed by Bloc Talent Agency in L.A. and here I am now almost 4 years later. The dancers and choreographers in LA are the best in the world and some of my best friends are insane dancers so they all push me.
What’s your favorite dance style?
Easily it is hip hop. I can do all styles, but I’m at a point in my career that I just want to be the best hip hop dancer I can be.
Have you had a favorite dance performance?
No favorites. There’s too many to choose from and I don’t want to single out one dance or one choreographer.
Do you look up to anyone in the dance world?
Yes I do. For choreographers, I would have to say Marty Kudelka and Kenny Wormald. Their time in the industry and their excellence is inspiring. For dancers, I would say Gabe DeGuzman, Josh Beauchamp, and Big Will Simmons are just a few of the teen dancers that I look up to.
You recently started acting as well. What actor/actress are you influenced by?
Yes, I’ve been training and auditioning for a few years now and I would have to say that the two actors that have influenced me are Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio.
Are their any other projects in the works you can tell us about?
Aside from new music, I hope to land an acting gig sometime in 2019 as that is the goal.
What are your friends and parents thoughts on your career in singing and acting?
My friends and family are all supportive. They know it’s a grind and very rarely does anything happen overnight, so it’s nothing but support from all them.
Overall, how has this whole acting and singing career experience been for you?
It’s been challenging for sure. I can’t say that there haven’t been disappointing moments along the way. When you come so close to booking a role that you think you have a great chance of getting only to not get it, but that’s what drives me and so many others like me. Never give up!
Do you have any other talents other than singing and dancing?
Not sure if they’re talents, but I love sports, particularly basketball and football, and I’m really into the tech world – things like phone and computers and all the latest in the technology.
What 5 words would you use to describe yourself?
Driven, kind, easy-going, athletic, musical
You also have a gained a massive social media fanbase, why do you think social media is so important for teen artists today?
I’m appreciative of the fans that support me and for today’s artist it’s a great way to reach the fans often and direct.
What do you think makes your fan community/fandom different from others?
I think that the people that follow me on social media probably like to see dance videos, who I’m hanging out with, and that I steer away from negative posts or comments.
What are three words you would use to describe your fans?
Loyal, supportive, and protective.
What do you want your message to be towards your fans?
A message to those who support or follow me is to keep following because their support motivates me, but soon they’ll see some big things happening!
What’s something your fans don’t know about you?
They probably don’t know that I’m actually shy when I first meet someone.
What’s one word you would use to describe what your fans have allowed you to accomplish?
“Opportunity” would be the word. Because of their support, I have been fortunate enough to sign brand deals, attend events, and so many other things that are outside of the acting/dancing/singing world.
What do you want your fans to know if they ever see you in public?
That I welcome them to come up and say “Hi” and take a photo.
Do you have any last things you want to tell your fans?
That I appreciate them all and that I see their comments and likes on my posts, and although I can’t respond to them all, I do see them and I am thankful for their support.