Daniel Hayes earned his nickname “The Honey Badger” (an animal known for its fearlessness) in the ring during a pro sparring session. His talent expands beyond the sports realm from Motivational Speaking to Entrepreneurship to being an On-Camera Talent.
Hayes started competing in sports from the young age of 8. He competed in Soccer, Basketball, Football, Baseball, to Swimming and Track & Field. By age 16 he was a certified lifeguard and it became obvious that Hayes was born to compete in the sports world with the rising demand for the young athlete.
Hayes high school athletic career as a basketball player landed him several scholarship offers from NCAA division I and II schools. Hayes however decided to attend TRU where he and his childhood best friend were offered athletic scholarships. His chosen college major was Kinesiology until he was introduced to his first acting class where he instantly fell in love with acting and changed his major to Theatre.
Acting was a natural evolution of talent into a different form of artistic expression for Hayes who has never been camera shy since age 17 he had been a published print model in magazines. His new passion led him to study the art of acting at The Second City and Groundlings, schools that boast alumni like Jim Carrey, Will Ferrell, Seth Rogan and Steve Carell. Hayes continued training at The Ivana Chubbuck Studio a recognized acting academy which has coached Hollywood’s elite such as Halle Berry, Brad Pitt, Terence Howard and many famous actors.
In 2016 Hayes joined forces with a lifetime friend and professional basketball player turned filmmaker to produce The Honey Badger, a boxing documentary directed by KB Kutz. The Sport Documentary covers the life of Hayes as an athlete preparing for his professional fight in Mexico. Their project The Honey Badger has won numerous film festival awards in Hollywood, Toronto, New York, San Diego and Los Angeles.
On December 3, 2016 Hayes came out of a winning fight with a fractured left hand that required surgery, during his recovery he gained tremendous life wisdom from his successes and losses which he now shares in his work as a Motivational Speaker and Entrepreneur. His message is “I’m using this as an opportunity to be more accountable, I look in the mirror and say, you will be back and you will be better. Remember the times that you had the ability to do something and didn’t. I want to achieve more and I will. I’ll be better in a different way.” He continues his World Championship journey fighting out of the world famous Wild Card Boxing Club, home to superstar world champions Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto.
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