Daniel Bostic has the distinguished honor and privilege of being the first actor to ever take my 5 Questions Challenge.
From his political activities to his transition into acting and modeling, Daniel has become a rising star in not only the entertainment and political worlds but also in the social media arena.
In this exclusive 5 Questions, Daniel talks about his fascination with politics, how he chooses the projects he works on and why he is taking time away from his career focus on education.
Jacob Elyachar: When did you first get interested in politics?
Daniel Bostic: Even at a young age, I was always fascinated with the political process. There is a picture of me as a seven-year-old kid, where I was going to a political rally during my dad Curtis Bostic’s first political race for Charleston County Council and I was covered in political pins and stickers. I guess for me politics was always like my "sport" growing up but with lasting meaning because there is so much positive change that can be brought about through politics.
JE: What were the factors that made you want to transition from the political world to the entertainment industry?
DB: The entertainment arena has always been a passion of mine and I started picking up more and more work in it even while I was on the political side. When I left for school I resigned from the Congressman's staff, so that is officially when I stopped working for Congress. However, I would not say I have left the political arena, I am still very much involved in politics and I still play an active role in my dad's current Congressional bid in South Carolina.
JE: As an actor, how do you choose your projects that you want to work on?
DB: There are some projects that I turn down for obvious logistical reasons like pay, scheduling, union conflicts, etc. I also tend to turn down a lot of work due to my faith and personal moral standards. Turning down work is sometimes the hardest part of my job because, even in the audition process, I grow very attached to the characters I am considering playing.
JE: There are very few actors that take time away from their career to focus on education. You are one of the few exceptions. Why did you decide take a hiatus?
DS: I started working full time for Representative (now Senator) Tim Scott in Washington, D.C. when I was 17-years-old and at the same time I was working on graduating high school, then I also began doing more work in the film community. While I love both of those things, I also became aware that a lot of my friends were going off to college and experiencing college life and frankly, that was something I wanted. Eventually, I decided to take a step back from both the political arena as well as the entertainment industry and focus on making new friends and experiencing college. So far it has been worth it and has been a great "recharge" time, but I'm ready to get back to doing what I love.
JE: How has social media influenced your career?
DS: My career would not be anywhere near it is today if it weren't for social media, and I say that unashamedly. Sure acting requires talent and a lot of hard work, but without marketing yourself, you will not go anywhere. Social media has provided an outlet for that. I have connected with tremendous people through social media and actually, I was cast in the short film, Gone For the Day, entirely by knowing the director through Twitter!
To learn more about Daniel Bostic, visit his website: http://danielbostic.com/