A MATTER OF HEART. Up-and-coming actor Dallas Hart talks about his passion for acting, music and life
Jenison, Michigan, is usually described as a commuter town: the residents may live and sleep there, but they normally work elsewhere. It goes without saying that towns like these might be a bit on the boring-and-sleepy side. Certainly it’s not a place for budding talents like Dallas Hart. So, about seven years ago, Hart moved to Los Angeles. Fast forward to 2017, and he has more than a dozen titles to his credits and his latest show “Greenhouse Academy,” is now streaming on Netflix. This certainly sounds like a young actor living the american dream.
DA MAN: How was your overall experience making “Greenhouse Academy”?
Dallas Hart: It was honestly an incredible time from the very start. The casting process was intense, but I knew this character was right for me. When it got down to the last few they sent us some scripts to read to get a better feel for the characters. In one script they had lyrics for one of the songs Leo sings and so I decided to compose a song on the guitar along with the lyrics provided. I honestly think it was what got me the part. Filming in Tel Aviv was magical. It was like a vacation and my dream job all mixed into one. This project allowed me to check off a lot of my career goals and I had to set even higher objectives.
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DA MAN: How much do you relate to your character Leo Cruz?
Dallas Hart: I feel like Leo Cruz and I have a lot of similarities and I would love to play him again. Fun fact: the character’s name wasn’t always Leo Cruz. I actually had a big part in naming him and that helped me connect even more. I felt a very close connection with him already and I’d love to dig deeper and really bring some beautiful moments on screen with a character that I can relate with immensely. “Greenhouse Academy” was a joy to work on and if we film again I’d be overjoyed.
DA MAN: You mentioned about your interest in music and even composing your own song. Can you tell us a little about that aspect of your life?
Dallas Hart: Music has always been a huge passion of mine. I started on guitar but as soon as I touched my first piano, that was it: I’ve been writing ever since. Music, in my opinion, is one of the purest forms of emotion you can express. I put a lot of my life into the stories I tell in each song. There are no limits to creating a song and it’s not about writing for other people. If you like what you’ve made, then that’s what makes a good song.
DA MAN: And you ended up singing the opening song of “Greenhouse Academy.” How did that come about?
Dallas Hart: My character on the show is also a musician so I have a couple songs in the show as well. I didn’t even know I was singing the title song until after I recorded it in the studio. They were shooting the clips for the title sequence and the song started playing and I looked to Giora [Chamizer], the creator of “Greenhouse Academy,” and he just nodded his head. I froze because I realized how big this show was going to be, and that I was singing the title song!
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DA MAN: Do you remember the time you first went into acting?
Dallas Hart: I’ve been acting as long as I can remember. I would always make films as a kid starting with a short called “The Frog Hunter” stemming from my obsession with “The Crocodile Hunter” [Steve Irwin]. He was my childhood hero. I did a lot of theater but never really saw myself becoming an actor professionally until I went to an acting camp in L.A. where I was signed to an agency on the spot. It’s been an extremely difficult path but unbelievably fulfilling and I can’t see myself doing anything else. This is what I was made for.
“How boring would life be if everything was easy?”
DA MAN: What are some of the things you struggle with being in this industry?
Dallas Hart: I fight with my own mind all the time. The thought of “am I good enough?” comes up a lot. But at the end of the day that doesn’t matter; if you’re happy and doing what you love then you’re good! I face new challenges every day but how boring would life be if everything was easy? And as far as music, I struggle because my genre seems to change every five minutes. One day I’ll be writing a piano ballad and the next I’ve got an EDM song blasting through the speakers. So, finding my sound right now is a little difficult. But I’m working with some very talented people on new stuff as we speak, so I’m very excited for you all to hear that.
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DA MAN: What are your plans for the near and far future?
Dallas Hart: Short term is to keep acting as much as I can. Each character adds a whole new outlook on life that helps me in my career and even in my personal life. I would be on set all the time if I could. In the long run I hope to be creating my own content. I have a lot of scripts that i’m hoping to produce and that takes a lot of work and time to even get started. I have always loved every part of the entertainment industry. Writing, filming, acting, editing, photography and pretty much anything artistic. It’s fun being a Jack of all trades, but I’d at least consider myself a master of some rather than none.
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DA MAN: Who are some people that have inspired you?
Dallas Hart: Jon Bellion is one of my all-time favorite people in the entire world, ever. His music and the way he creates it is incredible; and he writes from the heart. However, Owl City is my number one music inspiration. The music Adam Young creates is very underappreciated and it’s the music he doesn’t even release to the mainstream that caught my attention. It’s so unique and I can really feel what he’s feeling in every song. There’s too many to even name when it comes to acting, but of course my mom is the main reason I’m even here in L.A., so I have to thank her for being my biggest inspiration.
DA MAN: What is the meaning of life?
Dallas Hart: I would say that life is all about learning. You can constantly be growing, creating and sharing. Share your stories. If there’s something left to learn, then your work’s not done. The world is filled with the unknown, so get to work.