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“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.



1. Let’s start with who you are and where you’re from.

[Austin]  Hello, my name is Austin Spacy and I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona.

2. When and how did you step into the dance and film world?

[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.


3. How do you think your life would be if you hadn’t found dance?

[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.

4. I just found out that you are the Rasta Hamster on one of the new Kia Soul Commercials! What was that experience like? Did you where a costume or was it animated afterward?

[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!

5. Are you a fan of SYTYCD?

[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.

6. I noticed you had the chance to work with one of our favorite photographers, Lisa Tucker. How was that?

[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!

7. What’s new Austin?

[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.

8. Can you give us a few trivia facts about yourself?


1. I am colorblind
2. I’m ambidextrous
3. I have entirely too many Blu Rays and DVDs.
4. I’m allergic to the gluten (whatever that means)
5. I’m obsessed with my truck, fish a lot and have ADD.

9. Any final thoughts?

[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.


5 comments on “Forward

  1. Wendy Lee
    September 25, 2014

    I honestly could not stop the tears as I read this interview with Austin Spacy! His kindness has touched my heart. I wish him all the best and all the sucess in his career. The world needs more of Austin Spacy’s in it!! Thank you Out of the Woodwork for all that you do to support these special artist!

  2. Kimberly Cabral
    September 26, 2014

    I seriously can’t stop the tears from rolling down my face. Austin has been such a blessing in my life, our family, and a light in this world. I am his mother (MA) as he calls me. As his mother there have been so many things to be proud of him for, but this, HIS character is what matters most. He is one of the humblest people I know, and this just proves it even more. This is the first time I have heard of this beautiful story. Thank you for bringing this story to life, for other’s to learn, and to inspire. Thank you Out of the Woodwork! You made my day.

  3. Donna Ives
    September 26, 2014

    One of my greatest treasures is the thank you card that this young man wrote to me when I was his sixth grade teacher.

  4. lisa tucker
    September 27, 2014

    Read this a few times now, and think that Austin is an amazing person! He is driven to help others. And he has incredible talent!!

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