Meet the Cast: Caleb

Meet the Cast: Caleb

Meet Caleb, a fitness enthusiast from Cadwell, Georgia and winner of American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life. Follow Caleb on Instagramand Pinterest to learn more about what inspires him.

What was it like moving around as a kid?

Moving around as a child was very exciting, the best part was exploring new houses. My favorite place I ever lived was Utah.

You play soccer, what position and how old were you when you started?

I started playing soccer when I was four years old. I play forward which is an offensive position.

How do you stay in shape for soccer?

I run, lift weights and do lots of ab exercises.

What is currently rocking on your workout playlist?

Juicy J and Lil Jon.

Soccer is a team sport. How do you keep your cool when things get heated on the field?

It takes practice and lots of patience.

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Meet the Cast: Sarah

Meet the Cast: Sarah

Meet Sarah, a Longboarder from New Boston, MI and winner of American Eagle Outfitters’ Project Live Your Life. Follow Sarah on Instagram and Pinterest to learn more about what makes her one of a kind.


You were raised in Hawaii. How is that different than your current hometown in Michigan?

It’s polar opposite. The entire culture and way of life is completely different. I am used to waking up in sunny warm weather and going surfing or hanging out at the beach. Now I am experiencing living in snow for the first time and somewhere without any beaches. My style also had to change. In Hawaii I wore a lot of shorts, skirts and summer dresses. Now 80% percent of my closet is jackets, jeans, scarves and beanies.

How long have you been long boarding for? What inspired you to start?

I’ve been long boarding since I was 10. When there weren’t any good waves to surf, people would long board, so I picked it up.

You play the ukulele. How did you get into that?

My dad played for our church band and I wanted to learn, so he taught me. Once I started getting good he got me my own.

How long have you been surfing?

I’ve been surfing since I was 6 years old.

Are there any similarities between both surfing and long boarding or are they completely different?

There are a lot of similarities! I like to think of long boarding as surfing on concrete. A big difference is it hurts a lot more falling off of a long board then off of a surf board.

Many people say, surfing is not just a sport, it’s a way of life. What are your thoughts on this?

In my opinion it’s very much a way of life. I didn’t surf to compete as a a sport. Surfing was just a part of my life and something that was done almost on a daily basis.

Funniest surfing story?

My funniest surf story is when I was surfing at a spot called Pillars with my brother. A shark was swimming with us and I accidentally touched it without knowing it was there. I screamed and jumped in the air, pushing my brother off of his surf board.

You’re also really into volunteering. Tell us more about that.

I love to volunteer and do mission work. I went to Mexico this year to build homes for the homeless and a school building and I’m going again this spring. I also like helping to tutor special needs students in local high schools.

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Meet the Cast: Eric

Meet the Cast: Eric

Meet Eric, an Outdoor Enthusiast from Philadelphia, Pa and winner of American Eagle Outfitters’ Project Live Your Life. Follow Eric on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest to learn more about his adventures.

You’re from Philly! We have to settle this… Pat’s or Geno’s?

*laughing* OK well to be honest I have to admit I have not had either! I much prefer my cheese steak from a local sandwich shop called Jake’s. I will say I am itching to try Geno’s since it’s so close to me.

You like to make playlists! Which playlist are you currently listening to?

Currently my playlists I have been listening to are my American Eagle – San Francisco Trip, Chasing Summer Time, Upbeat+Summer Sun, and of course the American Eagle store playlist because come on, you guys have great taste in music. All of mine can be found on my Spotify profile.

Do you prefer any specific genre of music?

I prefer anything with a catchy beat and lyrics. Something I can put my dancing shoes on for! But I also feel that music dictates my mood. Sometimes I want to think so I put on mellow indie music or sometimes I want to party and I put on the freshest dance tracks out there. Music is a powerful tool that can change peoples perspectives.

What are some of your favorite bands?

As my music taste is always evolving I have different favorites all the time. But currently here are the bands I am digging: St. Lucia, Bastille, The National, RAC, Fleetwod Mac, Bon Iver, Benny Benassi, Avicii, Deadmau5, U.S. Royalty.

If you could make a playlist for us what would you put on the list?

1. NONONO – Pumpin Blood

2. Say Lou Lou – Julian ( Monsieur Adi Remix)

3. Edward Sharpe – Home (RAC mix)

4. St.Lucia – The Way You Remember Me

5. The Lonely Forest – Coyote

6. Wild Cub – Thunder Clatter

7. Mausi – Sol.

8. Keljet – Love of a Life

9. Young Galaxy – Pretty Boy

10. The Sound of Arrows – Into the Clouds (Mille Remix)


How many playlists have you made to date?

52 and counting…

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Meet the Cast: Irina

Meet the Cast: Irina

Meet Irina, a singer and musician from Honolulu, Hawaii and winner of American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life. Follow her on Instagram and Pinterest to learn more about what inspires her to be unique.

You’re from Ecuador and Hawaii. Tell us about both!

Ecuador And hawaii are so different but so amazing in their own ways. In both places I grew up on the beach because my dad is a surfer!

What are your favorite things about each place?

Almost all of my family lives in Ecuador. When I get to go home I love just being with my family , I love all the food the music and family parties! In Hawaii I love the ocean and all the hidden places on the island I get explore with my best friends.


You like to sing and play guitar. When did you start?

I started back in 7th grade. My dad has always played and then he started teaching me how to play.

Who inspires you to sing/write?

All the people who support me and believe in me, all my YouTube subscribers and all the comments I get when I perform.

If you could perform with any musician, who would it be and why?

SOJA, just because they are one of my favorite bands and are so amazing live. I will forever remember going to their concert.


What was the hardest part about leaning the guitar?

Picking and bar chords! Your hand get so sore and you get so frustrated, but once you get it down it’s worth it!

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Meet the Cast: Tommy

Meet the Cast: Tommy

Meet Tommy, a rollerblader from Brooklyn, NY and a winner of American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life. Tommy traveled to San Francisco with the cast to be part of the AEO story. Learn more about Tommy on Instagram and Pinterest.

You’re from Brooklyn. Tell us about your city.

Brooklyn is a very diverse part of NYC with all sorts of cultures coming together, giving you a bunch of choices when it comes to food or drinks. It’s very laidback.

Brooklyn is full of amazing culture. What inspires you?

The diversity itself inspires me to go out and see what else the world has to offer. I mean, if there are more than 10 completely different cultures represented where I hang out, I can only dream of the cultures around the country and the world.

You like to play handball. Handball seems like a pretty intense sport. What inspired you to take part?

I guess seeing most of my friends and schoolmates play the game got me into it. I was 11 when I started playing.

Do you have any suggestions or tips for those who want to take a stab at trying the sport?

You have to be quick, agile and learn to have excellent hand eye coordination. Play with friends, play mainly for fun and do use strategy, unless you’re not serious.


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Meet the Cast: Bailey

Meet the Cast: Bailey

Meet Bailey, a photographer from Port St. Lucie, Florida and a winner of American Eagle Outfitter’s Project Live Your Life. We had a chance to sit down with Bailey to talk about photography and what inspired him while on our Spring 2014 photo shoot. Keep reading to learn more about Bailey and be sure to follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

You live in a place that’s sunny most of the year. How nice is that?

It’s awesome in the winter, but I actually love cold weather too.

What are some of your favorite places in town?

There is one hill here on  a street called Skyline. That’s where I longboard.

Have you lived anywhere else in the United States?

I was born in St. Louis, Missouri. I miss it!

Have you ever experienced snow?

Yes! It’s actually one of my favorite things.

You love photography (and know how to take some awesome pictures). How did you find your passion for the lens?

My Great Grandfather gave me my first camera from Fisher Price when I was very little. I still have it.  I have just always loved capturing moments. I also inherited his Canon film camera.

What type of camera do you use? 

I have a million, but my main body is a 5dMarkII

Do you have any tips for first time camera users who want to get into this hobby?

Just keep shooting!

What is your favorite thing to photograph?

People. All kinds of PEOPLE in all kinds of situations.

Do you follow any photographers on Social Media?

Tons! Too many to mention. I have learned more from Photographers online than anywhere else. I travel all over to meet up and shoot with other photographers that I’ve met through Social Media. People also contact me about my photography.

You seem comfortable in front of the camera. Have you always been this way, or did you ever have an awkward moment?

I was a chubbier kid growing up and always shy in front of the camera, but as I grew up I became more confident in myself.

What Photographers inspire you the most?

Off the top of my head, Jordan Voth, Shannon Lee Miller, Noah Sahady, Nick Bentely, Mike Monaghan, Jack Strutz and many more.

Who would you love to do a collaboration with?

RJ Shaughnessy, wink wink!

What do you hope to gain from a Project Live Your Life Photoshoot?

Friends, connections, experiences, great memories…

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