Freaky Day is a raw b-boy from the Bronx, New York, who’s made a living break dancing on the streets of New York City. Growing up, he had to hustle to survive and make his own money. There were even days when he would hustle 14 hours straight.
Here’s how he did it.
How did you hustle growing up?
Growing up in New York, if you didn’t have a real hustle you wasn’t making real money. I got tired of asking my parents for money. I was not the type of kid to say. “Ma, I need $100 for these sneakers.” So, I [decided] no, I’m not doing that. I’m going to take myself to the city. I have talent. I’m going to dance and make money. There were days where I would go out there from 10 o’clock in the morning to 12 o’clock at night. That was the grind and how I made money. And when I got home, my mother used to get on me, but she understood I was really out there grinding. I was really trying to make money myself. I didn’t want to have to ask nobody for money.
What is your dance style?
I love b-boying, and it’s a dope sport. They’re even about to make the b-boy Olympics. I am like the trap b-boy. I love trap music, and I know everyone in Atlanta loves trap music. I am the only break dancer that dances to trap music, and that’s my style. That’s what got me so big today.
How has street performing helped you to break into the social media world?
As a kid, I always danced in front of a big crowd of people. So, being that I could just take my phone, put it down, record a video and dance real quick and it goes worldwide, that’s huge. Before, we would have to go to 42nd Street and yell, “Here we go. What time is it? It’s showtime!” and have to wait for 100 people to come just to watch us perform. Now, I put my phone down and record, and I have 133K people watching me every day.
Who were some of the people that you had the opportunity to perform with?
Who would you like to perform with?
On my bucket list to perform with is Beyoncé and Jay-Z. That’s No. 1, that’s the Roc. That’s New York. I want to go on “Ellen” [“The Ellen Degeneres Show”] and “Ridiculousness.” I need to get next to somebody like Kanye. No lie, even now, after he’s crazy. For real. His connects haven’t changed.
What’s next for Freaky DayDay?
I [have] been in the studio working on music, I’ve been in acting classes, and I have more dog breeding coming through. I have tour dates coming, and I am definitely trying to get overseas to Indonesia, Paris, to Dubai.