How have the Arts impacted your life?
Art has impacted my life by giving me an appreciation of a mental to physical vision: that can be created/ manifested through someone’s train of thought and application of that. It has also given me an appreciation for the differences we have as people that can be brought together through someone’s work.
What inspired you to become a body builder?
Bodybuilding to me is an art itself. I was inspired through many great physiques before me. I was also inspired by the facts that one can continue there development well of athleticism well after there teen/ collegiate years of sports. Bodybuilding allows those to continue and constantly grow . Unlike some sport which have a time line or age requirement. Ultimately it is inspired me by showing me that you can be the best version of yourself and constantly build on top of that.
What type of diet is required to body build?
As a bodybuilder diet can be quite rigorous. You could go many days with no carbs up to weeks. With long cardio sessions anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour and a half a day and work up a constant appetite. To get the best physique possible you have to have a strict diet . There’s many times where you’re hungry. And you just have to endure until it’s time to eat again and usually when you’re trying to reach the pinnacle fitness goal you’ll pretty much be hungry all day. It’s your discipline dedication and the goal in mind that will keep you fueled.
Things can be different though sometimes when you’re trying to grow and develop more muscle tissue. You could find yourself eating constantly and even force-feeding. This is when you’re in the phase that they refer to as bulking. Your meals typically consist of high carbs for example a cup of carbs or more per meal and 6-8 ounces of protein per meal. Eating that anywhere from 4 to 7 times a day. Sometimes even forcing the food down eating when you’re not hungry or still full.
Either way to achieve your goal . you’re typically doing one or the other of these two diets to achieve your best look.
Tell us about your workout routine.
Currently in my routine I’m training 2 to 3 times a day. Typically about 30 to 40 minutes of cardio in the morning fasted on an empty stomach. Then about 2-3 hours later I do a strength training exercise for about an hour. At night I do another cardio for about 30 to 40 minutes cardio. It could be as simple as walking on the treadmill max incline at 3 miles for about an hour. Or doing the stairmaster on level eight and alternating doing intervals/ hiit training to burn of fat faster.
What are your body building goals?
My bodybuilding goals are to earn an IFBB pro card. To become an international fitness model. Also to inspire many people to be their best and to enjoy their fitness process/journey.
What advice do you have for someone who seeks to be in this industry?
My advice is to make sure you have a strong “WHY”. I also advise that you get your own personal momentum going. As in start training and enjoying the process and fall in love with your own self development. Then seek out someone that is accomplished what you’re trying to do and receive mentorship from them. Also to create a plan of action and to set goals short and long-term and execute those. More than anything have fun and meet as much people as possible. along the way and create genuine relationships.
How has the arts impacted your life?
The arts saved my life. When I was growing up in Indianapolis, IN, after I graduated high school, I had many jobs that I did not like nor did I feel fulfilled. I was absolutely miserable. It wasn't until I went to college that I realized that I was an artist.
Tell us about your training and other preparation to maintain viability in this industry.
I graduated with my degree in theatre from The University of Akron. But when I moved to Atlanta, I knew practically nothing about tv/film because I had only done theatre. I took plenty of workshops/classes to learn about it. Also, you meet many creatives in those classes. They are your peers and you can make a lot of connections. But I learned the most from being on sets. It didn't matter if I was number 1 on the call sheet or an extra, those experiences were priceless.
How have the Arts impacted your life?
One of the greatest art forms for me is music. Music is everything to me as I'm sure it is for many people. I've been singing ever since I can remember. In high-school I was in show choir, I even auditioned for American Idol Season four back when I was in my early twenties. If you think about it, there is a song for every emotion that we could possibly go through. If you don't quite have the words to express how you feel about someone, there is probably a song that can help you convey the perfect message. How many times have you said, "Oh that's my jam?!" How many times have you used a song to help you get through something? That is the beauty and the art of music.
Tell us about The Love Dr?
I'm just a solid, down to earth good dude. I'm just trying to be the greatest husband, father and leader of my family that I can be. When I meet someone or someone has an interaction with me I try my best to make sure they walk away feeling good about my energy towards them and the value of the encounter. I'm just trying to be the best version of myself that I can be and the man I promised that I would be.
What role have the Arts played in your creativity?
The arts throughout the years have played a huge role in my creativity. Also, especially music and literature. I find much of my inspiration in music. I turn to music to help me unblock my creativity when experiencing writer’s block.
What inspired you to become an author?
I have always loved reading. I’ve actually been a writer since elementary school. In the 9th grade, I read Sista Souljah’s Coldest Winter Ever which became one of my biggest inspirations and influences. This book kept me completely entranced. From this entranced feeling, I knew the kind of impact I wanted to have on readers.
Tell us about your latest book.
My latest book is called Girl Secure Yourself, It was actually written just before the debut of my non-profit also named “Girl Secure Yourself.”
It is a coming of age tale of a young woman who thought she had found herself because she had luxuries and an amazing lifestyle, yet she was yearning for the things that money can’t buy. Girl Secure Yourself is a fictional story with an amazing message. The main character who is a woman secures herself in every area of life and always fumbles the bag.