Meet Michael Daly—Singer, Actor, Canine Massage Therapist

Tell our readers a little about yourself:

I was born in Long Island, New York, and moved to Charleston when I was 8. After high school, I moved to New York for college. When I graduated, I moved to Los Angeles and lived there for 10 years. I moved back to Charleston seven years ago.  


All my life, I have had a connection with animals. When I first moved to Charleston, I had a hard time making friends, so the dogs in my neighborhood became friends. When I moved to Los Angeles, I did not want to be a typical waiter/actor, so I decided to become a veterinary technician. During the 13 years I was a vet tech, many veterinarians told me I had a way with animals and that they seemed to calm down when I touched them. After moving back to Charleston, I decided to research and see if canine massage was a practice that was available, and it was. I immediately started the process to get certified. After my certification, I started working as a technician at Sun Dog Cat Moon Vet Clinic, where I learned about holistic medicine and saw a new way of treating animals, including acupuncture, laser therapy and food therapy. After five years there, I am now doing canine massage full time. It is the most amazing job ever, and there is so much gratification in meeting a dog who has so much discomfort, then seeing them light up with happiness and energy after I work on them. 

I have been an actor/singer/dancer since I was 6, and I have always known it was my calling. After graduating high school, I studied musical theater in New York City. From there, I moved to Los Angeles, where I did a lot of theater and commercials. I had the opportunity to work with many people who are now on Broadway; I workshopped two original musicals; and was part of a song and dance trio for three years.

I decided to move back to Charleston after 10 years and give acting a break for a year. During that year, I felt so out of place. I knew it was because I was not living the life I was supposed to be, so I went back to acting. I am now with Coastal Talent and have had the opportunity to do a lot of local commercials. I am extremely proud to be a part of the local indie film community, where I have had the opportunity to play multiple characters in feature films, shorts and web series that have been in film festivals throughout the country. 

Are you working on any projects now?

The latest project I am working on is an original musical version of a 1960s B movie called The Brain That Wouldn’t Die. This is a fantastically outrageous musical that is a mix of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Young Frankenstein. I play Dr. Morty Cortner, an ingenious scientist who has invented a formula to reanimate human body parts. After a car crash kills his fiancée, he brings her head back to life, resulting in often hilarious lessons about morality, life and love. It has a full cast of Charlestonians along with some of New York City’s best talent. It should not be missed. 

What do you like most about Natural Awakenings?

I am a reader of Natural Awakenings because it speaks to me in terms of a life that I want to live. Having worked five years in a holistic animal practice, I have seen the amazing things that things like herbs, acupuncture and better eating can do for animals. I am in recovery from addictions and had to find a more spiritual way of living that has helped me to become the person I am meant to be. I feel this magazine educates people on what is out there and helps the local community that shares these interests connect. 

The Brain That Wouldn’t Die will be at the Charleston Music Hall from June 22 to June 25. Michael Daly can be reached for canine massage at 843-324-2870 or RexsRelief@gmail.com.