Conor McKenzie is a dancer, model, teacher with a massive social media following. It was a pleasure to interview Conor and find out more about him.
Conor has a HUGE following on Instagram – and it’s pretty easy to see why. So many of his dance-related posts are just so visually striking and captivating, you can’t help but be in awe. Conor’s passion – and skill – for dance really shines through.
What also comes through is his incredible poise, strength and confidence. The snapshot he shares points to a person who loves life, the outdoors, and his partner Mac.
Social media is a great way to share our lives and and connect with others, but I’m a curious guy, and I like finding out about people on a slightly deeper level. So I reached out to Conor to see if he’d like to be interviewed. I told him I wanted to interview him to give his fans and followers a better insight into who he is.
So if you’re already a fan who follows Conor on Instagram – this interview is for you. And if you’re just coming across Conor for the first time, you’re going to discover a really cool, super talented and down to earth guy.
I’d like to say a MASSIVE thank you to Conor, for not only giving his time, but for being so open and willing to answer these questions. I hope you guys enjoy the interview with Conor below!
Little Gay Blog – You started dancing at (by dance standards) the relatively late age of 14. How did you discover dancing and what do you love about it?
Conor – This is actually one of my favourite stories to tell, because it’s just too good.
I started dancing after I didn’t make the football team when I tried out in eighth grade. I tried out to try and fit in with the other guys, but didn’t make it which ended up being the biggest blessing of my life because I ended up doing my first musical after that which led me to discover dancing. I enjoyed it so much that I enrolled myself in dance classes and never looked back.
Your work – dancing, modelling, teaching – must keep you super busy. How do you unwind and ground yourself?
Well, believe it or not, dance is one of the things that helps me unwind and break away from the craziness. There’s nothing better than an empty studio and my favourite jams to help me unwind and let loose.
However, if I’m exhausted and dance doesn’t cut it then Netflix serves as a pretty good runner up.
I believe you appeared in an episode of ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’. I love that show! Who did you play and what was that experience like?
It was actually just a little cameo I had in the first season. I was casted as a “broadway twink” in the episode where Titus goes to audition for Spider-Man the musical and it was a fun experience to say the least.
They dressed me in tiny shorts and a crop top and had me stretch on a telephone pole while the dialogue was happening. It was definitely fun experience that I was happy to be a part of!
You have a huge social media following on Instagram. What’s one thing your fans don’t know about you that might surprise them?
Oh goodness, there are several things that I’m sure my followers would be surprised at, haha.
Off the top of my head though it would have to be that I’m a vegetarian…well, pescatarian to be exact. I gave up eating meat little over a year ago and honestly I haven’t looked back. I’ll eat fish and other seafood every now and then, but I pretty much live a strict vegetarian diet.
One of the things I like about following you on Instagram is that you have a confidence that I certainly didn’t have in my 20s. Have you always been confident, or is it something that you had to work on? What advice would you give to other gay guys who might have confidence or self-esteem issues?
Well first off, thank you for saying that. Even in lieu of my posts that come off as strong and confident, I still have my moments so I appreciate it.
Overall, I’m happy to say that confidence is something that has come pretty easily throughout my life. I’ve always marched to the beat of my own drum and blocked out any people that disagree or try to diminish that.
Like I said, I still go through my moments where I question myself and feel down, but I think that’s pretty normal and I try to use it as a motivator to better myself.
If I had any advice to offer it would it would be a quote from the queen herself, Ru Paul, who says, “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you going to love anybody else?” That is something that has always spoken to me and as a gay man, it’s so important to love yourself unconditionally so you have the confidence and ability to love others the same way.
What was your coming out experience like?
I was actually very blessed in my experience with coming out. I always knew I was different than other boys because I found myself more interested in boys than girls, even at a young age.
I came out at the age of 13 and my mom’s exact words were “Oh baby, I know! I’m happy you just know now too.” After she said that, I was relieved that I had her support and am grateful for it because I know there are so many LGBTQIA people who do not have that same support from their parents.
Who is your best friend, and how do you think they would describe you in 3 words?
As cheesy as this sounds, my best friend is most definitely my boyfriend. We are constantly laughing at something or embarking on some sort of a journey together.
Of course I have other friends that I love to spend time with and do fun things with, but there is just something to be said about the time that he and I spend together that is always so memorable.
He and I were joking around one day and I referred to him as my “life pal” and we laughed so hard about it, but I think that’s exactly what he is to me. He’s the friend that I want to experience my life with and it’s a pretty special thing.
You seem to be in a really good place in your relationship (which is awesome to see!). What’s one thing you’ve learnt – or are learning – about yourself being in a strong, long-term and committed relationship?
My relationship is one of those things that I’m grateful for every single day because he is the person that I come home to every single night and instantly feel at peace.
We’ve been together for four years now and we’ve had our challenges like every other couple has, but the one thing that I’ve learned is that communication is so important. He and I have an open dialogue constantly which in my opinion, makes for a really strong relationship because it prevents so many problems.
Communication and compromise is what makes for a strong relationship and I’m lucky to have someone as great as he is.
What’s your all-time favourite movie and why?
This is an easy one for me! I absolutely love the film called “Across The Universe” that stars Jim Sturgess and Evan Rachel Wood. It’s a movie musical I watched as a middle schooler that really changed my life because it inspired me to be an artist.
All of the characters discover this newfound freedom throughout the movie and it’s really beautiful. Not to mention, they are doing their own renditions of classic hits from the Beatles, so what’s not to love?
And lastly, where would you like to be – and what would you like to be doing – in 5 years from now?
This is a tricky one because I always feel like I make plans for myself, but life always tends to take me on a different journey. But I think that’s the beautiful thing about life and what makes it so exciting.
However, if I had to choose, I would definitely like to be in a show possibly on Broadway or in a company. But I love doing freelance work as well so we will see where it all takes me! Either way, I plan to keep working my butt off and trying to make things happen for me.