Tell me a little about your family and where you grew up.
A little…? (laugh) My Nonno and Nonna had 7 children. My Opa and Omi had 4 children. The most memorable event in my family’s life was getting together and enjoying each others company with many delicious homemade plates. You name it! My father and mother were very protective of their children even though we caused “some” trouble. (laugh) My mother is very strong woman in and out especially when her father and mother passed away. She is very sweet, caring and everyone would say, “Your mother could’ve been a model!” Springfield, MA is where I was born. The center where my family and I grew up was near an intersection called “The X.” We then moved to Springfield St. in Agawam. I had many memories throughout my childhood on Springfield Street.
When did you become interested in fitness and modeling?
I became interested in fitness when I was 15 years old. Funny thing is it started as a test between my father and his friend Dave. They said the day I can pick up a wooden chair by one leg without taking my forearm off the ground is the day I prove what most couldn’t do. That motivated me to be the best for myself. It was an accomplishment that took me a few weeks. Next test was to be able to bench press double my weight and three months down the road I did it. Not only did that make me happy but it released so much stress. I only did it for myself because it made me feel real good and it wasn’t about me getting huge. I realized I wanted to keep my speed and be real defined but I also wanted to help people with their health, which made me look into Exercise Science. Modeling…? I NEVER thought I would be modeling. Most of all I wasn’t confident with my image, I was more confident of who I was; a strong believer within. Now, when my girlfriend of almost 8yrs did modeling for Hawaiian Tropic it then caught my eye but I didn’t think I could do it... I’m being serious. The day I dropped off Ian Daviau at his photo shoot, Jorge Freire gave me a chance because he said he saw something in me. He showed me how to bring my confidence inside on the outside. Ever since then I learned about myself more and more with every photographer I worked with. God bless them all for the help they have given. Much love.
Can you tell us some of your favorite music/musical artist?
My girl said to me a few days ago, “You know so much about Hip-Hop/Rap.” I listen to the words of the wise as much as I can. Artists/Poets/lyricists that I like are Tupac Shakur, Common, Talib Kweli, Michael Jackson, Usher, Marques Houston, and many more. Music makes me move and feel good inside. Many emotions to show and that’s where dancing came into play. R&B relaxes me and it has romantic melodies but I do like different types of music too.
What is your idea of a romantic evening?
Simple and relaxing like a picnic on the beach. Making the ones you love feel special. This V-day I had rose peddles going to my girl’s room and some going to her mom’s room. Mom got a big heart full of chocolate and my baby got two acupunctures with roses and a baby teddy bear monkey that she wanted for a pet. (laugh) I ended the night with a romantic dinner at Flemings Restaurant.
What are your long term goals?
My long term goals are to stay healthy, make my mother and girlfriend proud, be the best father I can be when the time comes and help my children to become better than me, and most of all is being financially stable.
If you could have dinner with anyone (including people who are no longer with us), who would it be and where?
I would have dinner with my father and tell him that all I ever wanted was to be heard and I truly forgive him. It would be at dinner with close family.