Dan Dubelman wrote his first song when he was four years old. Nobody’s counted how many songs he has written in the five decades since. Dubelman got hold of an electric guitar when he was 13 and has never let go.
Known as Doctor Dan, he has performed all over the country – including at Farm Aid with Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews.
Pre-pandemic, he frequently performed and recorded in New York City and Los Angeles. Last year Dan’s band made the Americana charts and hit number 16 on the Jambands Chart. He also became a luthier. Studying under Richie Baxt, the secret Zen Master according to the NYTimes (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/nyregion/richies-guitar-repair-the-strokes.html?login=email&auth=login-email). After becoming Richie’s protege, he launched Hot Rod Guitars, which utilizes vintage and hand-wound pickups combined with reproductions to make affordable works of art that sound even better than they look!
He started young. At age 5, Dan won a Gold Lion at Cannes for a Cracker Jacks with the great Jack Gilford. As a teen, Dan studied acting at HB Studios with Herbert Berghof himself, and during college at Oxford University through the British American Drama Academy with John Houseman, Derek Jacobi, Rosemary Harris, and many others. Dan is also a writer. In 1988 Dan earned a scholarship to the prestigious Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars Fiction program, where he taught and studied under the legendary John Barth and Edward Albee.
Dan has an extensive background in children’s entertainment. Dan was the first-ever head of Online Entertainment at Fox Kids, and he worked with all the major studios specializing in safe community building for children. He also won Los Angeles Music Awards for Most Creative Marketing. Child actor for CrackerJacks commercial (Gold Lion winner at Cannes). Later in life, Dan became a NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist, an AFFA Certified Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, a NASM Senior Specialist, and CPR/AED Certified. For four years at the JCC, Dan worked with older populations, youth, and clients with special needs, including the cardiac rehab program in association with Englewood Hospital. Dan is a certified melt method hand and foot instructor, conducting classes in New York City, as well as senior classes and aqua-fitness. The March of Dimes utilized Dan at Lincoln Center for the warm-up for the March for babies, which featured New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley. He also teaches tennis, paddle/pop tennis ad pickleball to kids 4-90.
About Pivots and Potholes
In December of 2019, I was planning my move to New York the following Spring. I had been accepted at NYU for my master’s and was excited about the new possibilities: Then—Covid. The Pivots and Potholes podcast was born from the process I went through to determine if I needed to scrap my plan entirely or make tweaks during this pause to facilitate my forward movement in the same direction. The first step of my process is to reach out to friends and colleagues who have expertise that can be helpful. Pivots and Potholes will host published writers, singers, musicians, film producers, data analysts, systems security administrators, artists, and other professionals. These individuals offer a unique perspective into making life decisions they encountered when evaluating relationships, career choices, addressing addictions, seeking help with emotional or psychological challenges, food choices, dealing effectively with other people, and myriad other life decisions. Example of a situational Pivot and Pothole Pivots and Potholes will help you better understand how to effectively evaluate your life challenges and put a new life plan together to navigate previously tricky situations and then execute it to achieve your goals. Join us as we discuss the unexpected benefits, funny stories, and difficulties faced, which all led to a new chapter of life.