Singer and actress stresses the value of giving back
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Actor, vocalist and teacher Blossom Lam Hoffman knew she wanted to be a singing actor since she was very young.
“My father saw my interest and he made it possible for me to pursue piano and singing from age 8,” Hoffman explains. “My brother, Fred Lam, also was a musician. In our teen years we sang for weddings and parties and even on an occasional Sunday at the old Halekulani Hotel living room, which was in their lobby area.”
Hoffman went on to study and graduate from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, with a B.M. in Music Therapy. Utilizing her degree, she worked with patients at the Bedford Veterans’ Association Hospital in Massachusetts and with mentally challenged children in Hong Kong. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the National Music Honor Society and the Screen Actors’ Guild/AFTRA.
Hoffman believes that community service is a means of giving back and sharing one’s knowledge, talent and skills with others. “In my prayers, I always ask that God will allow me to use whatever gifts he has given me to the best and highest level with and for the good of all,” she says. “It is also a good habit that keeps us grounded and hopefully be role models for young and old.”
As a professional actor and vocalist, Blossom performed the title role in Shanghai Lil’s at The Pan Asian Repertory Theatre in New York; the Empress Dowager in The Forbidden City at The Singapore Repertory Theatre; and Lady Thiang in the King at I at the Hawaii Opera Theatre. She has performed in various local community theatres, including Diamond Head Theatre, Kumu Kahua Theatre, The Actors’ Group, Army Community Theatre, and the Paul & Vi Loo Theatre. Most recently, she performed with Aging Is Not For Sissies; she was Anna Simao and Georgie Kam in The Folks You Meet at Longs (KKT) and Ying Ying in Joy Luck Club (DHT). She was also featured in various television shows, commercials, radio dramas and movies.
From 1990-2002, Blossom, along with her group The Crystals, performed with the Artist in Schools Program. For six of those years, she taught music at Ali’iolani Elementary School. Outside of the performing arts, she worked in the fashion industry, buying women’s apparel for area boutiques.
Currently, she teaches English as a Second Language at the McKinley Adult Community School. Blossom continues to pass along her musical knowledge through private and group lessons.