out perform // outlast // out work
“I have someone I would like to nominate for Out of the Woodwork,” the message began. I was supposed to be shopping with my wife, but of course I just had sneak a look at my phone when she walked around to the next aisle. Curious, I continued to read one of the most unique nominations I have yet received. Let me start by giving you a glimpse into the submission/review process for this website. Every week I receive several emails from music/film managers “nominating” their own talent. The entertainment world operates largely on gaining attention for yourself or the talent you represent. What made this nomination interesting was that it was not from a company or “manager”, but a mother. Not even the nominated artist’s mother! She went on to tell me a story about her 10-year-old son, and how his bike had been stolen one day. The mother was heartbroken because they did not have the money to replace his bike. It just so happens that a young dancer/actor by the name of Austin Spacy came into town soon after. Through a mutual friend, Spacy heard of the family’s plight and immediately took action. According to the boy’s mother, the dancer used his own money to not only replace the boy’s bike, but to buy him other treats including a piggy bank with money inside and a new bike-lock to ensure that it did not happen again. “I have tears just writing this,” she confided. And I confess, I was moved as well. Spacy had no idea this story would reach me, nor did he realize during our interview that I knew his story. That’s what made it so special.
Unfortunately, kindness is only one component of being featured on Out of the Woodwork. You’ll notice I have never featured the kind old couple I met at church last week or the guy who bought me coffee at Starbucks the other day. To be featured here, you must exemplify both quality of character and quality of work. In the days following that grateful mother’s message, I managed to get in contact with Austin Spacy and research a bit about what he does. As it turned out, I had seen him several times before. Remember that Kia Soul commercial with the dancing hamsters? One just happens to be him (you knew that was coming)! As it turns out, he’s also worked as a dancer/actor on numerous Disney Channel TV shows and with names like Pentatonix and Willdabeast. Spacy’s fluid, practiced movement joined his kind heart to assure me that he was exactly the kind of man that I wanted this site to be associated with. As you will see in the following interview, Spacy’s positive outlook is one to be remembered.
[Austin] Hello, my name is Austin Spacy and I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona.
[Austin] Alright so I want to say I was about thirteen years old. I had been playing baseball since a young age and it had been my mainstream dream. One day on the way home from school my brother asked my mother if he could get into some dance classes. My initial instinct was to laugh and think of what a girl he was but that was soon to change. Next thing I know in waiting in a dance studio for my brother to go take a free all boys hiphop class. As soon as the teacher walked in to gather the boys I sunk down into my seat. He then says “How many boys do we have?” and beings to point one, two and points at me on three . Being my shy self I spoke no word and took the class. The rest is history and four years later I find myself professionally dancing on a Disney TV show.
[Austin] If I had never found dance… I think I would be scared to see what my life would be. I know one thing for sure…all the troubles I have faced would have been a whole lot harder to get through. Dance is one of my main outlets of understanding and it has lead me to many more outlets of understanding. Dance is a pretty cool thing haha.
[Austin] It was by far my favorite job. I had plenty moments on this job where I just honestly didn’t believe life was real. The process was crazy! We were in these suits neck high and when I say suits I mean huge furry hamster suits. Dancing in those things was the funniest thing I’d ever seen but it also was the hottest thing I’d ever worn. The suits were a personal hot sauna. But we were treated so well and had people with fans and water on hold at every moment. It was an amazing experience for sure!
[Austin] I mean, they are one of few shows that showcase choreographers and dancers as the star. I have had a lot of close friends choreograph and dance on the show. It’s pretty cool what they do for us dancers and choreographers.
[Austin] I LOVE LISA! I haven’t worked with a lot of photographers so this might not say much but the shoot I did with her was the best shoot of my life. She is such a professional and still is the sweetest. (which is rare in LA) She makes you feel so good about yourself and look good too! I can’t wait to shoot with her again!
[Austin] Honestly training. I am a sponge and really am obsessed with the idea of learning and getting better in any way possible. Whether it’s dance, singing, guitar, tricking, or acting I’m just trying not to limit myself. I really have came to enjoy acting so I have been smashing my schedule with acting classes.
[Austin] I crave feeling inspired and motivated so I’ll pass some words on that have done that for me… “Being a winner actually makes you a loser, therefore you learn nothing. Losers are actually the winners because they learn everything.”
If I am to take Spacy’s final quote to heart, I’d say he’s lost his fair share of times in order to learn how to have his head on so straight! His acts of kindness and sweet dance moves have established him as a winner in my mind, quote or no quote. I continue to be amazed and thankful for the opportunity to communicate with such fantastic people as Austin Spacy.
Until next time, I’m Chancy Johnson. Here to bring them~
Out of the Woodwork.