Hunter Arnold

I recently had an opportunity to speak with one of Tennessee’s hunky entrepreneur Hunter Arnold.

By: Joshua Conner

Hunter Arnold, is an entrepreneur, WFG Financial Planner, and NPC Competitor based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Arnold inspires me personally and professionally. Personally, I am inspired by Arnold’s body of work and his dedication to fitness. Professionally, I am inspired by how Arnold’s work ethics and how he has successfully created a foundation in three different industries.

What would be the title of Arnold’s life story and who would play him in a movie?

“The title of my life story, let’s see, I would say unexpected. Who would play me, I look like Mark Wahlberg, so I’m going to say, Mark Wahlberg,” said Arnold.

What was Arnold’s most memorable year?

“I would say, my most memorable year was actually this past year 2018. I just had a lot going for me in 2018. 2017, was kind of, I don’t want to say it was a rough year, but it was kind of like a down year for me, then 2018, I just really like burst out. My bodybuilding and my modeling career kind of took off, and I went to Aruba. It was really just a great year,” said Arnold.

If Arnold’s mantra was a hashtag it would be #BeyondDriven.

“I’m not sure, maybe #BeyondDriven, just because, everyone says it’s motivated, but I feel like motivation is kind of overrated. If you don’t do anything with the motivation, then it’s not really anything, but if you have a driving force behind it, then it kind of creates both of them,” said Arnold.

What does Arnold enjoy about being an NPC Competitor?

“I enjoy honestly, the discipline that goes into the training, it’s my favorite thing about it,” said Arnold.

Arnold is also a financial planner, “We started a free financial planning center, here in Chattanooga.  The one thing that I would say is kind of unique about it, is that it’s open to everyone, unlike most other financial planning centers,” he said.

If Arnold could get drafted by any National Football League team, it would be the Miami Dolphins.

“I honestly, would love to play for the Miami Dolphins. Just, because I want to live in Miami, that’s a dream of mine. I played safety and linebacker, in high school, so I would probably choose one of them. I like safety better so I would play safety,” said Arnold.

If you could go fishing anywhere, where would you go?

“Probably, Jupiter, Florida, because it’s the saltwater capital of the world,” said Arnold.

Extra Content: Hunter Arnold and I talk brand representation and underwear preferences, you can find our conversation on my Instagram and Facebook page @MrJoshuaConner

You can follow Hunter Arnold on Instagram @hunter_arnold24

Anthony Ferkel

I recently had an opportunity to speak with one of Generation X’s handsome & motivational coaches Anthony Ferkel.

By: Joshua Conner

Anthony Ferkel is a NASM certified personal trainer and nutrition coach. Ferkel inspires me both personally and professionally. Personally, I am inspired by Ferkel’s physique, style, and his didactic Instagram posts. Professionally, I am inspired by how Ferkel has diversified his brand and how he uses his platform to spread positivity.

What would be the title of Ferkel’s life story and who would play him in a movie?

“The title of my life story, it would be either show love or something about love, yeah, one of those two. Who would play me, I have to think about that one, let’s see, the guy who played in the Matrix movies, Keanu Reeves,” said Ferkel.

If Ferkel’s mantra was a hashtag, it would be #goodattitude.

“Good attitude, because a good attitude is just so important in so many ways, you know. Having a good attitude is, important because you can’t have a good lifestyle without a good attitude. Then surrounding yourself with people who have good attitudes, because people who don’t have good attitudes can really be toxic to you. So #goodattitude,” said Ferkel.

What are Ferkel’s underwear preferences?

Boxer briefs for sure and Me Undies,” says Ferkel.

What does Ferkel enjoy most about being a personal trainer?

“Just that every day is different, and every client is different, so you never get bored. I think that’s the biggest thing, you know, I’m a people person and I like being around people.

Ferkel also operates a health and wellness website with his fiancé Kimberly Cohen, called K and A Fitnessen. What is one sentence would he like people to use to describe it?

“To inspire people to do better and be healthy,” said Ferkel.

How did Ferkel get involved in Jade Recovery?

“Life is about who you know, my fiancé is friends with the husband of the owner of Jade Recovery. I meet him a few years ago, and he knew I was more than a trainer. He knew that I wanted to do life coaching, nutrition, and mental health. He just told me about jade recovery and brought me in. He said that I could definitely use you. Then, he started having me write the curriculum, working in traumatic brain injuries and mental health. Everything is related, it’s not just about training, it’s not just about emotions, it’s just all connected,” said Ferkel.

If Ferkel could leave one quality to his son, it would be joy.

“Honestly, I think if I could leave him one quality, it would be joy. Personally, I believe you need to get joy, from a higher power, and if you have joy, you can encourage, inspire, motivate, and lead people without having to say anything. They just look at your life-like wow, I want to be like that. So joy, it’s more than happy, joy is just that inner peace. I think joy would be that one quality,” said Ferkel.

If Ferkel could have a conversation with any three people died or alive, they would be Denzel Washington, King David, and Margaret Thatcher.

“If I could have a conversation with anyone, one would be Denzel Washington, because just the fact, he’s successful, he’s an actor, but you can see he has a good head on his shoulders. I think we would just talk about life. I’ve always looked up to King David in the Bible. Just because, King David has been through all walks of life, he went down the wrong path and he turned his life around. I just think it would be unbelievable to meet him. I would love to meet Margaret Thatcher and have a conversation on leadership,” said Ferkel.

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You can follow Anthony Ferkel on Instagram @AnthonyFerkel, @anthonyferkelfitness & @kandafitnessen

Joshua Hickman

I recently had an opportunity to speak with handsome and hard-working athlete Joshua Hickman.

By: Joshua Conner

Joshua Hickman is a B Physique athlete & NQ NPC Physique/Classic Physique fitness competitor. Hickman inspires me professionally and personally. Professionally, I am inspired by Hickman’s work ethic,  and how one of his professions is in the food service industry. Personally, I am inspired by Hickman’s service as a first responder, amazing physique, dedication to creating a strong body of work & his didactic social media posts.

What is a day in the life of Hickman like?

“They do vary, and they are always busy. So, typically it depends on where I am at in the year. So, as you know, I compete. So, as I get closer and closer to shows, my days might start at 4 or 5 in the morning, and it might go until midnight. That kind of schedule would stay that way for weeks on end. I usually don’t operate on very much sleep, I get anywhere from 3 to 5 hours. I am always active.
I have a few different professions that I actually do so. Then, I have to squeeze in gym time. The physical aspect of my life, I don’t want to say are precedent, but it does have a high priority, and so I am in the gym 5 or 6 times a week. My diet is such that I eat 8 or 10 times a day, so I meal prep enough food for 2-3 days before I have to cook more. So, I spend quite a bit of time in the kitchen. Then, I have an 8 hour work day, sometimes up to 12-hour workday. I might do 2-3 jobs within a day or so. So many of my days can start at 5:00 in the morning and go to 12:00 at night. I’m always on the go, I have a meal bag, that literally gets packed with 4 or 5 meals in it, because I may be eating on the road, going to one thing to the next. So, my days, I don’t want to say are hectic, but their busy and there on the go. So early mornings and late nights,” said Hickman.

What would be the title of Hickman’s life story and who would play him in a movie?

“The title, I think with most people’s lives, would be something in the realm of a survivor, as far as the title of my life story would go. Who would play me, let’s go with Ben Affleck,” said Hickman.

How did Hickman get the nickname Mr. Homecomin?

“Hahaha, so one of my jobs is I am a bartender & server at one of Chef Art Smith’s restaurants. Chef Art Smith is a friend of mine, and the name of his restaurant is Homecomin, so that’s how he dubbed me the name Mr. Homecomin,” said Hickman.

What are Hickman’s underwear preferences?

“Boxer briefs, and any of the athletic ones. I like synthetic fibers. I have some Adidas, Reebok and Under Armour, as long as it’s synthetic,” said Hickman.

If Hickman’s mantra was a hashtag, what would it be and why?

“#NoPainNoGain, in my experience, anything in life takes at
least some sort of sacrifice. Especially your time, which is probably the most important thing you have. You can always make more money, you can do more things, but the time you have is important. So we all sacrifice something to gain something. A lot of times, it’s going to be that time, so obviously, no pain, no gain,” said Hickman.

What was Hickman’s most memorable year?

“My most memorable year, was probably my busiest. I was working full-time as a firefighter EMT, I was going to the law enforcement academy as well, and my daughter was born. I had a newborn, I was working full time and I was going to school full time. Yeah, a lot of times, I look back on that, and I have friends who were with me during that time, and there like man, I don’t know how you do it. Honestly, I look back at it, and I’m not quite sure how I did it.
So, as a firefighter EMT, you had to work 24-hour shifts. So, I would, during the week,  I had school from 8-5, my shift ran from 7:00 in the morning to 7:00 the next morning. So, I would have to take the first part of my shift off, with my vacation time. I needed school, so as soon as we were left out at 5:00, the school was an hour away from my station. So at 5, I was out the door, because I didn’t know what kind of traffic I was going to get. Then, I would get to the station, for the back half of my 24-hour shift, and I was on the third busiest truck in the department so, I didn’t get much sleep. Then, at 7:00 in the morning, because class starts at 8, I was hoping my relief was on time, and I didn’t have any late calls,  and I was out the door going back to school.  Then, I got off school,  and I got home and I took care of my baby girl, who was a newborn. So, I was burning the candle at both ends, I guess that goes back to no pain no gain, to get ahead, you have to sacrifice something, though, it was a lot of time,” said Hickman.

Hickman says that his daughter already has the one quality he would leave her, stubborn determination.

“If I could leave my daughter, one quality, fortunately, and unfortunately, she already has it. It’s that stubborn determination, she very much so takes after me. I think that if you have that ability to kind of put your head down and push because the world isn’t going to give you anything free, you’re going to have to work for it. Which goes back to no pain no gain. If you have that stubborn determination to push through those tough times, you will get whatever it is you aim for. So, I am blessed that, she does tend to take after me in both a good and bad aspect,” said Hickman.

What does Hickman enjoy most about being a B Physique athlete?

“The comradery, by far. I am blessed to have the networking of this team. We have several different mediums that we communicate through and several group chats. I think when you compete, it’s a big test of your own personal will. I think if you experience that with other people and they experience that as well, you need to learn from each other, without that dreaded experience sometimes. So, the comradery that you get from these guys and the life experience that tends to get shared, it becomes a family.
I mean my coach alone, I meet her through this process, and she is a very good friend of mine. I’ve been to her wedding. You become a sense of family. A lot of different people from a lot of different walks of life. Our male team is also connected to a female team, with bombshell athletes. So it was a very good thing for my daughter. She loves going to the shows, but she is also able to see strong-willed women and how they handle themselves. It was a great learning experience for her as well. The family and learning dynamic there, is irreplaceable,” said Hickman on B Physique.

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You can follow Joshua Hickman on Instagram @Joshua.Hickman

Michael Villani

I recently had an opportunity to speak with one of Chicago’s handsome personal trainers from the land down under, Michael Villani.

By: Joshua Conner

Michael Villani is a personal trainer at HiFi Fitness, based in Chicago, Illinois and from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Villani inspires me professionally and personally. Villani inspires me professionally, because of how he was able to reinvent himself and how he trains and manages at one Chicago’s top-notch gyms. Villani inspires me personally because of his authenticity, humor, physique, and passion.

What is a day in the life of Villani like?

“Well, life has changed dramatically for me, because of the birth of my son, almost 5 months ago. I get up at 5 am every day, walking the dog, being as quiet as I can, not waking the baby, then getting my butt to hifi, then starting work. Being a personal trainer, it’s always early morning and late evenings. So, I try to live what I preach. I start the day bright and early, eating healthy, and working out. Even if I’m not feeling good, I at least try to get a 30-minute workout in a day. Days when I am feeling good,  I’ll go for an hour and a half. I make sure that I use the energy that I have got, to the best of my ability. Even the days, I am not feeling as good, I always have those low days, I am always trying to do something.
Even, if it’s just a rubbish workout, I would have to do something. Just to get the body moving, because a healthy body leads to a healthy mind.
Most of my day is spent personally training clients, managing the gym at HiFi Fitness and trying to help as many people as I can. I try my best, every day not just to live for myself, but for others. Every day, I am looking for an opportunity, where I can help someone in the simplest way possible,” said Villani.

What would be the title of Villani’s life story and who would play him in a movie?

“I would like to say Hugh Jackman could do a good job of playing me in a movie, just being another boy from down under. Mainly, just because, I always wanted to see myself as a good-looking Australian, and he is probably one of the best looking Australians around, ha-ha.
The title of my movie would be shit happens, that’s probably been the theme of my life. Of all the bad things that have happened to me, I wouldn’t have changed a thing. So, everything that has gone on in my life, you know back in Australia. I was married, got divorced, I worked hard, had a nice car, and everything. I gave it all up, I had to get rid of it after the divorce. Obviously, that lead me to where I am in Chicago, of all the bad things that happened to me in life, I probably wouldn’t change a thing. So shit happens, and shit got good again,” said Villani.

If Villani’s mantra was a hashtag it would be #cutthebullshit.

“Well, going along with the same theme, I would say #cutthebullshit, ha-ha. I am a straight shooter, so you know I sort of think that cutting away the bullshit.  I don’t like to live in a false reality, I like to live and confront my reality. I don’t try to hide away from anything. If I have a flaw, I try to identify my flaws as best as I can. I have open and honest conversations with myself, you know, to try to cut the bullshit out of my own life. So, basically, a lot of people today, just have their heads in the clouds, I think you need to accept reality.
So, the first thing I do with myself is cut away the bullshit and face reality. If I have a problem, deal with it, don’t just hide it. Don’t think your insecurities are a bad thing. Look at your insecurities, identify them and work on them. Everyone is trying to put on a facade, especially with social media. You want to show realness, you want to show your weakness. I find you can have strength in your weaknesses, you can accomplish anything,” said Villani.

What are Villani’s underwear preferences?

“I am a boxer briefs kind of guy. I like the firm boxers, they hold everything a bit more comfortably. My favorite brand is called Bonds, it’s actually an Australian company. I’ve only been wearing bonds for as long as I can remember. So, I get my underwear imported, it’s an Australian brand, but it comes from China,” said Villani.

What is the story behind Villani’s first tattoo?

“Well,  I got my first tattoo, way back in 2011. It was a tribal pattern on my arm. Tribal, was a big thing, way back in the late 90s and early 2000s, especially because of a movie called Blade with Wesley Snipes. So in Blade 2, Wesley Snipes, came out covered in these tribal tattoos, on both arms, leading up to the chest and all up his back. I was like,  I want that. So, I got my left arm and left shoulder done in tribal tattoos. Then, I am thinking, I’m not Wesley Snipes, I’m not a 6’2, good-looking black dude. I just came out poor out of Australia, so that was the first tattoo I got.
Then, I got 2 more tattoos. I got one of St. Michael on my forearm. St. Michael is the archangel and defender of heaven. Even, though I am not religious, I thought it was a cool story. Then, I got the four horsemen of the apocalypse above that. So, I love the stories of the Bible, but I am not religious. The four horsemen represent conquest, war, famine, and death,” said Villani.

What does Villani enjoy most about training at HiFi Fitness?

“Well, the reason I am still in Chicago is because of HiFi Fitness. So, when I came to Chicago in 2014, I came here on a whim, I was chasing a girl and it didn’t really work out. I was planning to go travel the world, I brought my snowboard with me. I was going to Austria and Switzerland, work as a ski lift operator out there and then I would end up back in Australia. Meeting the guys at HiFi Fitness Gregg and Drew, those were the ones, that sort of enticed me and befriended me to stay. It’s the people who I love most HiFi Fitness. HiFi Fitness is probably like its own little soap opera, we can have a reality show about all the drama that happens, but I love it, I really do, that’s what keeps me here,” said Villani.

If Villani could have a conversation with anyone died or alive, it would be with Bruce Lee.

“Bruce Lee, Bruce Lee, is my mentor. Obviously, I’ve never met the guy, he died 50 years before I born. Bruce Lee has always been my idol and the archetype that I am always tried to model myself on. Obviously, I am light years away, being anywhere near what Bruce Lee would have been. He is probably one of the greatest and phenomenal minds of the 20th century. I always try to apply his teachings to my everyday life. I just try to work as hard as he did, he was one of the hardest working people of his time. From what he achieved, coming from an immigrant family and making it huge in a very latent time in America. He was able to rise above all of that and solidify who he was, Bruce Lee is my number one,” said Villani.

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You can follow Michael Villani on Instagram @therealaussiemike & HiFi Fitness @hififitness and www.hififitness.com

Lior Ofir

I recently had an opportunity to speak with security professional and BJJ brown belt Lior Ofir.

By: Joshua Conner

Lior Ofir is a defensive tactics specialist & vice president of Embassy Security Group, based in Chicago, Illinois. Ofir inspires me professionally and personally. Professionally, I am inspired because of how he successfully co-manages a security company. Personally, I am inspired by his physique, motivational speaking, and dedication to BJJ.

What is a day in the life of Ofir like?

“Actually every day is different, but it starts with me waking up really early in the morning, sometime around 6. I always start the day with my normal routine, which is drinking a glass of water, brushing my teeth, and going to the gym, normally at the start of my day. Then, I have meetings and I explore more opportunities with my security company and teaching self-defense concepts. Then, I come back home, and with my new baby and my wife, just sit, eat dinner and watch Netflix,” said Ofir.

Gladiator would be the title of Ofir’s life story and he would play himself in a movie.

If Ofir could leave his child one quality it would be grit.

“Grit would be one quality because life is full of ups and downs and there are always surprises, nothing is easy. So, we just need to prepare for and hope for the best case scenario instead of the worst case scenario, come with the right attitude, smile and understand that difficulties are apart of the experience. We are fortunate to be here, so we need to appreciate every day. If it’s not hard, or challenging, then it’s not really an accomplishment. You have to accept it and enjoy the ride, no matter how hard it is,” said Ofir.

What was Ofir’s most memorable year?

“Probably last year, because I had so many new things going on. I was involved in a competition on the jiu-jitsu field, and it went well, although I was injured. I opened up my new business, I was looking forward to that. I have a new baby, so I definitely think last year was amazing for me,” said Ofir.

How would Ofir describe his security company?

“I would say, first of all, our mission is to help different communities. The way we do it is not trying to push people to exceed their budget, but we are trying to find the most cost-effective way to increase the security level, by educating and teaching people how to do it. Most security companies are just pushing for security officers and technologies. We are doing that, but we are also trying to push people to really understand the protocols and procedures in everything we are doing. There was a quote by Benjamin Franklin, that I live my life by, ‘tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.’ I really like it, because at the end of the day, especially in security, but I think in everything in life,  every company, the more you involve the team, the members and the guests even, the better one organized unit it becomes,” said Ofir.

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You can follow Lior Ofir on Instagram @lolo.bjj & check out his websites www.LiorOfirUSA.com & www.embassysecurity.net

Flavio Gama

I recently had an opportunity to speak with a hunky fitness professional Flavio Gama.

By: Joshua Conner


Flavio Gama is an NSCA-CPT, NASM-Fitness Nutrition Specialist, USAW-Sports Performance Coach, and Crossfit/Kettlebell Concepts and TRX Certified based in Chicago, Illinois and from Brasilia, Brasil. I am inspired by Gama personally and professionally. Personally, I am inspired by Gama’s passion for the sea and his incredible physique. Professionally, I am inspired by his accreditations in the fitness industry.

What is a day in the life of Gama like?

“I usually wake up around 4:30 or 5 am, and then I go to the gym and personally train clients. Then, whenever I have a break in the morning, I would do my own workouts or swim. Then, my wife goes to work, and I watch our baby for the rest of the day. If it’s summer, I take her to go sailing and off to the beach. During winter, we just do stuff indoors. Then, I food prep for most of the day in the afternoon. Then, I put the baby to sleep around 6 or 7, then I go to sleep myself,” said Gama on a typical day.

What would be the title of Gama’s life story and who would play him in a movie?

“The title would be ocean lover and I would say Brad Pitt,” said Gama.

If Gama could leave his daughter with one quality what would it be?

“I would like her to have hard work ethics. You have to work hard to get what you want in life. If you have perseverance and work hard, you can eventually accomplish your goals. I think with that, she will be whatever, she wants to become,” said Gama.

What are Gama’s underwear preferences?

“Briefs, Diesel,” said Gama.

Which boat most matches Gama’s personality?

“I would say the captain lima 400,” said Gama.

What was Gama’s most memorable year?

“My most memorable year, I think it’s probably 1997. That’s when I did my first season at Club Med in Brazil, on a beautiful island. It changed my perspective of life and I meet a bunch of amazing people, whom I am still friends with to this day. It put my life in a whole new perspective. I had a bunch of memorable years, but I would say probably 1997,” said Gama.

What’s the story behind Gama’s first tattoo?

“My first tattoo, I was only 16 years old. Since I was a little boy, I always loved tattoos. I lived in a very conservative and traditional family. I kept telling my dad when I grow up, I am going to get a tattoo. When I was 16 years old, I went to the shop, a friend took me. I did a dragon on the inside of my arm, which represents a song from the 80s, from Brasil, about a guy that I really admired. So the guy talks about the dragon tattoo. I did a dragon on the inside of my arm, hoping my dad would never see, but he saw right away. He was mad, but years later, a lot of people have tattoos, so it’s no big deal. I did it to show to chase and follow your dreams,” said Gama.

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You can follow Flavio Gama on Instagram @FlavioGamafit.
 



 

Ryan Chiaverini

I recently had an opportunity to speak with the handsome, talented & award-winning television personality Ryan Chiaverini.

By: Joshua Conner

Ryan Chiaverini is the Emmy Winning co-host of Windy Live on ABC 7 Chicago, musician, sports anchor, and philanthropist. I have been a fan of the show Windy City Live since the beginning and one of the reasons is because of Chiaverini. Whether it’s speaking with him for a post, watching him during one of the tapings of Windy City Live, being an extra in his Chicago music video or running into him during a Chicago/Midwest Emmy award ceremony, Chiaverini has been a class act and gentleman. Chiaverini inspires me professionally and personally. Professionally, I am inspired by the versatility of Chiaverini’s brand & his witty interviewing finesse. Personally, I am inspired by Chiaverini’s resiliency, style, fitness enthusiasm, humor, and he was named CS Modern Luxury Men’s Book Chicago Man of the year.

What is a day in the life of Chiaverini like?

“That just depends on what the day is. I mean, you know what I do for a living, so some days are amazing because I get to meet my childhood heroes, you know big-named movie stars. You know while it’s fun and fulfilling in some ways when I am not in front of the camera, I really like to relax. I mean, as soon as I get offset, I get out of my sportcoat, and like to be in casual clothes, in a casual environment and really just enjoying being with friends and family,” said Chiaverini.

What would be the title of Chiaverini’s life story and who would play him in a movie?

“A lot of people think that Ryan Reynolds and I resemble each other. In fact, people, have actually mistaken me for him. I guess him or Jason Bateman because I really like him. I think the title of my movie would be, I bet you didn’t know. I guess that’s because there are a lot of things in my life, that I have had to endure or persevere through, but people don’t really see that when you’re on television and you’re wearing a nice suit, people assume things about you. I think there are a lot of things in my life, having a mother who was addicted to alcohol, going through a really tough childhood, a lot of poverty, and struggles. I just think it helps my brother and I endure a lot of things,  that people just don’t realize when they see the surface,” said Chiaverini.

What song would play on the opening credits to Chiaverini’s life movie?

“Probably, don’t stop believin’ by Journey. I just think again, going back to my childhood, some of the things that we had to overcome, you just can’t stop believing. I mean there were times in my life when my brother and I were young, we were literally hungry and my mother was heavily addicted to drugs and alcohol and my father at the time was just living further away and he didn’t really know everything that was going on in our lives. So I think don’t stop believing is a good song for me,” said Chiaverini.

If Chiaverini’s mantra was a hashtag, it would be #youonlyliveoncesomakethemostofit.

“I just think that people have a lot of regret in life, you know I’ve got a couple. I think I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older, that you’ve really got to chase your dreams while you can because life will pass you by. You don’t want to be sitting in your rocking chair, when your older, going I wish I would have done that. A lot of people told me not to get into television because it was too hard of a career and you’re never going to make it. If I would have listened to those people, I wonder what I would be doing today,” said Chiaverini.

What was Chiaverini’s most memorable year?

“My 40th year, mainly because, I lost my mom, so it was a really trying year for me. She didn’t get to see my 40th birthday, which was really tough. It doesn’t matter, how old you are nothing prepares you for losing a parent. At the same time, after she passed away, a lot of great things happened. I won an Emmy and I got the cover of Men’s Book Chicago for Men of the year. I really felt like my mom was up there, looking at God, like that’s my son, let’s make some good things happen down there. I really felt like she was with me, in a spiritual sense,” said Chiaverini.

What are Chiaverini’s underwear preferences?

“Oh, boxer briefs, hands down, you got comfort and support. So you can wear a nice suit or go to the gym. Favorite brand, I guess right now, I’m really liking some Tommy Hilfiger, but whatever is comfortable and does the job, I’m in,” said Chiaverini.

If Chiaverini could collaborate on a song with any artist dead or alive it would be Elvis Presley.

“Hands down Elvis Presley! I watch every documentary or movie about the king. His Ora and stage presence was so captivating and how he changed rock and roll forever,” said Chiaverini.

What does Chiaverini enjoy most about singing and producing music?

“Music has always just moved my soul. My father is a professional musician, so it really runs deep in my blood. There’s a certain energy and feel you get when you’re on stage, playing, that is unmatched by anything else,” said Chiaverini.

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You can follow Ryan Chiaverini on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @RyanChiaverini also check out his website ryanchiaverini.com.