Every budding creative’s great fear is introducing themselves to the world and getting shot down. Still, regardless of their anxiety, those who venture out often find themselves rewarded for their bravery. Dylan Hoffman is a young musician who shared the fear of getting overlooked as an artist, but she managed to overcome it. Today, she is on course for greater things as she prepares to enter a new chapter in her life.
Born and raised in Eastvale, California, Dylan Hoffman is a seventeen-year-old singer and songwriter. Her journey into music started over ten years ago when she started playing the guitar, singing, and songwriting. Since then, she has been passionate about music, dedicating her time to polishing her craft. By the time Dylan was fourteen, she had started booking gigs around town for fun while generating some income.
As an artist, Dylan believes that authenticity is essential in achieving success. “People will follow you and listen to your music because they like it and it’s different from other artists,” she explained. “Separating yourself from others is very hard for a lot of people and something I struggled with as an artist until I realized individualism is the key to success.” While she found it easy to follow the crowd, the young artist realized that to thrive, she would have to take a different route.
For a long time, Dylan Hoffman wanted to form a band, but she never knew anyone who played her instruments. However, earlier this year, she met three seniors (Cooper Luce, Blaine Stratton, and Charles Avila) and connected with them over their love for music. It wasn’t long before they started meeting up to practice, forming the Dylan Hoffman Band. Within a month, Dylan and her friends had their first show.
Their friendship started when a teacher called Dylan out for being on her laptop at an unfortunate time. Her seatmate saw that she was updating her website and asked if she was a musician. They delved into a conversation, and the artist realized that he played the drums with a mutual friend who played bass. When they met as a group, Dylan brought along a friend who played the electric guitar.
“We always talk about how different our life would be if we didn’t all connect with each other,” Dylan shared. “At the beginning of our senior year, we all sat in the same science class together with only a couple of conversations shared between us. They were people I considered classmates rather than my friends, and it kills me to think that if we just really got to know each other a couple months sooner, we could’ve started our band earlier. Now we hang out almost every day, whether practicing or just hanging out.”
With their high school days nearly over and college looming over their heads, Dylan will be focused on graduating from Trinity University with a major in Business Marketing and a minor in Acting. She hopes that she will have built a name for herself as a musician by then.
“I would love to move to New York for a time to enjoy the city life and follow my passion for music and acting,” she shared. “I hope to discover who I am as a person and not just as an artist.”