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John DeLuca in the issuing Credit for Photo: Stephen Buskin
Twitter/Instagram handle: @johnny_deluca
1) What does 'Beauty' mean to you?
Beauty is about all about being YOU! It’s about embracing your individuality. Each and every one of us is perfectly imperfect and there is beauty in that. Being confident in who you are as a unique individual….There's nothing more beautiful than that.
2) What inspires you? And Why?
I’m inspired by lots of different things. Generosity and kindness…I’m inspired by people or things that promote taking care of one another. It’s such a basic thing, and so easily done, but something that I think is most often forgotten by people. I love to surround myself with people who bring that out in me; who make me want to be a better person and to help spread that positivity to everyone else. Hard work: I’m really inspired by people who work their tails off and overcome adversity to achieve their goals. I’ve chosen a very difficult/competitive career path and I know that success isn’t just handed to you. To see people working their butts off, in any walk of life, is just really inspirational because it makes me want to work that much harder in my own life to accomplish my own goals. I’m inspired by art: Films, TV shows, theatre, plays, etc. Seeing a great performance of any kind, or reading something that moves me…those things always get my creative juices flowing and inspire me to be better at what I do.
3) What things do you do for yourself to keep a positive inner beauty?
I think it’s important to surround yourself with people who appreciate you for who you are. Positive people who elevate you and support you, not people bring you down or make you feel uncomfortable being you. It’s also important to laugh and have a sense of humor. They say laughter is the best medicine, and I think it's important not take things too seriously. A friend you can have a good laugh with is invaluable. You can’t always compare yourself to others. I find myself doing it all the time and it’s just not a healthy/positive thing to get in the habit of. There’s ALWAYS somebody who’s going to be prettier, more handsome, taller, skinnier, stronger, more successful…ALWAYS! No matter what! So, I think it’s helpful to avoid comparing yourself to others and instead to focus on being the best version of yourself that you can possibly be.
5) What routines do you go through for Beauty?
Working out, eating etc…
I go to the gym 4-5 times a week. A mix of cardio and weight training. I try and eat as cleanly as I can, and I take care of my skin!
6) How can fans reach out to you socially?
7) Would you like to include any last words or provide your favorite quote?
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
8) What projects should we be looking for in the future?
Teen Beach 2 just aired on the Disney Channel. There is also Staten Island Summer, a comedy from Paramount and executive producer Lorne Michaels. It is available now on iTunes, Amazon, and Xbox will hit theaters for a limited run beginning July 24th, and then premiere on Netflix July 30th. I also have an indie coming up called Chalk It Up…it is set in the world of college gymnastics.