Growing up in an artistic family, Ian Eastwood — a dancer and choreographer from Chicago, IL — quickly gained an appreciation for the arts, especially dance.
Through social media, he was able to grow a large following and he now has his own company, YOUNG LIONS, and choreographs for some of music's biggest names.
He’s at the top of his game as a professional dancer, but his humble roots are fueled by everything from cartoons to Italian poets. Life and Money by Citi caught up with him to discuss where he’s at, what’s next and what it’s like to wear 40 pounds of cell phones.
Describe the coolest thing you did this year so far.
Ian: I’d say, easily the coolest thing I got to do so far this year was to work on a cell phone commercial. This experience was a huge honor, a major learning experience and a living science experiment with dance. With about five weeks of prep time from when I was brought in, we shot a one-shot video of me dancing wearing 89 cell phones (40 pounds) in front of an interactive video wall of 1,500 phones. The whole experience is something I never could have dreamed of doing when I started dancing and was more than I could ever ask for out of an experience to pursue perfection in a piece of art.
What’s a typical day like for you?
Ian: Most days I wake up and walk our little corgi, I either make breakfast or go to a great coffee shop in the neighborhood — coffee is very important. I watch some news, then usually go to a meeting, rehearsal or the set for a shoot day. My schedule is always pretty laid back as far as what is required of me on a job; it can sometimes just be long hours dependent on what's being worked on. I come home, grab some really good food and usually pass out watching a movie or something. This is when I’m in LA at least, when you start adding in traveling, then all structure goes out the window!