Back in 2015, Dorion Renaud got his first television job as one of the eight cast members in BET’s hit reality show, College Hill. Renaud hails from a small town just outside of Houston, Texas called Beaumont. He’s been pursuing the entertainment field since age 12, studying acting, modeling and even had a short stint in a music group. Currently he acts in the Bounce TV show, ‘In The Cut,’ hosts a talk show on TVOne and has a few exciting projects on the horizon.
So what’s been going on with you?
Right now, we just wrapped the season finale of ‘In The Cut’. It’s a sitcom starring myself, Dorien Wilson and Kellita Smith of the Bernie Mac show. Outside of that I also have my own talk show on TVOne called “The In Crowd” where I interview various celebrities (most of them are my friends), we talk politics, love, social issues and their upcoming projects.
Tell me about your upcoming projects?
What a lot of people don’t know is that I’m a recording artist as well and I’m in the studio right now with Andre Harris who is most known for his huge hit Butterflies by Michael Jackson and Love by Musiq Soulchild, working on my first EP. We’re looking to release something in the next month and the vibe is heavy. It’s super funkadelic mixed with hard-core soul and I’m very excited about this project.
What is the most recent thing you’ve learned that you can apply to your career goals?
The most recent thing that I’ve learned in my day-to-day life as well as my career is staying consistent, even if you have to create things yourself. I ran into a lot of roadblocks where the phone was simply not ringing and I was not booking anything but I began to create my own projects which is how the TVOne show came about as well as my EP. I decided to stop giving Hollywood the upper hand and give myself the shot to produce and create all of my own content.
How do you think failure or setbacks have prepared you for this phase of your life?
I personally think failure is the key to success. If you don’t lose you don’t know what a win feels like, I’ve had many failures but I’ve also had many triumphs and with each failure I have learned a different lesson. Not that I look forward to failing but I always look forward to learning and I think that there is growth in each fall.