Amazing Asians in the Arts: Satomi Hofmann
Satomi is a NYC based actress and musician. She has been in various TV shows as is currently performing in "Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway! Keep reading to find out more about what makes Satomi an Amazing Asian in the Arts!
Name: Satomi Hofmann
Heritage: Japanese and German
Hometown: San Francisco Bay Area
Current City: New York
Current Project: The Phantom of the Opera, Broadway Hearts, Various TV shows
Favorite credits/projects: I actually love my current job. And I've loved almost every show I've ever done. I also loved being a part of the female Celtic rock band Killian's Angels, playing kick ass music with kick ass women!
What are some interesting facts about yourself? It depends on what you consider interesting. When I was growing up, Satomi was an unusual name, even in Japan. My family would go to Japantown and we would scour the racks of keychains with all of the Japanese names… Akiko, Yuko, Yasuko, Michiko… but never Satomi. I’ve met two other Satomi‘s in my life and one was a man. And now it’s apparently become a lot more popular. There’s even a Japanese celebrity named Satomi! It seems I may finally get my very own mass-produced name keychain!
Any advice for young people people getting into the arts? Train yourself to follow your instincts. There’s a lot of advice out there and a lot of it’s good, but different advice is good for different people and personalities. For example, when I was first getting into the business, I kept hearing “audition for everything, even if you’re not right for it.“ so I did. And I found it exhausting. And as a result, I was not showing up as my best self at every audition. So I got really quiet with myself and asked- underneath all the expectations of what I’m “supposed“ to do, what I’m afraid to do, and what I’m actually PREPARED to do, what feels right? I realized that only go to auditions that called to me, felt right for ME... and suddenly I started booking because I was bringing my best self to those auditions. I’m not saying this will work for you- get suggestions (ie advice) but find what works for YOU. You might thrive on going to every audition! Learn to listen to your inner voice – and when I say learn, I also mean learn to be completely honest with yourself so that you can tell when you’re just afraid to do something (loud inner voice) but it’s still calling to you (true inner voice). It requires some work and some quiet time (you’ll find your own way to hearing it as well) but that inner voice is gold.
How did you get your start? I started out studying to be a classical pianist but discovered musical theater in high school. Although I continued playing, I became obsessed and musical theater was all I wanted to do, so I set out to do it! I also discovered a love for straight acting so I joined an acting studio and pursued that as well. But I still had a passion for making music as an instrumentalist so I’ve done my best to integrate all of my loves into my life and my work.
Who do you admire? People who are truly kind. People who can be themselves no matter who’s watching. People who are caring, compassionate, and non-judgmental. People who are respectful of the earth and respectful of others. People who are not ruled by their fear but are inspired by their humanity.
Where did you study? I studied classical piano at San Domenico. I got my theater degree at UCLA. And I studied acting at MTB Studio. The rest I’ve learned from the school of life.
Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself? I believe that to be a true artist, you must have interests that go beyond the art you’ve chosen. It makes you and your art a hell of a lot more interesting.
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