Meet Joey from Whittier, California, one of our winners of American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life, currently featured in our Spring Break 2014 campaign. Joey loves music and when he isn’t jamming out with his friends, he’s a volunteer soccer coach. Read to learn more about Joey and follow him on Instagram for an inside view of his life.
You’re from California. What about your city/state do you heart?
I love the beaches and weather! They are both very nice and they compliment each other very well.
We hear you love music.What is it about music that you love most?
Picking up an instrument and manipulating it to make amazing sounds is what I love most about music.
What is your favorite instrument to play?
Guitar is my favorite instrument to play. I love carrying it around and singing along with friends.
Are there any instruments that you don’t know how to play but want to learn?
Saxophone is an instrument I’ve always wanted to explore. It has such a soothing sound.
Do you write your own music? What inspires your lyrics?
I haven’t written any music yet, but I aspire to definitely write something in the near future.
You also like sports. What kind of adventure sports are you into?
I like all sports, but my favorite would have to be soccer. I play almost every popular sport out there.
How did you start getting into adventure sports?
I started playing soccer when I was 10 and I have been fascinated ever since.
How do you feel when you’re active in these sports?
I feel like it’s an art where I can paint a picture and it’ll be engraved into people’s minds. For example, if I make a great save while I’m goalkeeper, people will remember me for that. I would have also contributed to my team’s success.
Are there any adventure sports athletes that inspire you?
My favorite goalkeeper is Iker Casillas. He plays for the Spanish national team. I like him because he is a well balanced human being: he is an accomplished, professional athlete as well as a philanthropist.
Are there any sports that you haven’t tried that you want to get into?
I would like to try out lacrosse. It seems like a very technical sport and I love challenges.
What characteristics make you unique? What makes you stand out from the crowd?
I’m very humorous and I love meeting new people. I like making people comfortable around me and sparking up conversations with complete strangers.
What inspires you to get to know and learn about others?
I’m a very curious person. I like learning about others because I get a fundamental understanding about people. I want to learn and meet as many people as humanely possible. I also see learning as a never ending process and I see it as an opportunity to growing as an individual.