Meet the Cast: Amber

Meet the Cast: Amber

 

Meet Amber, a dancer and winner of American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life from Baltimore, Maryland, currently featured in our Spring Break 2014 campaign. You may remember Amber from Project Live Your Life: San Francisco. We wanted to ask Amber a little bit more about her art of choice, dance, and what she “hearts” about her city. Read on to learn more about her and be sure to follow Amber on Twitter and Instagram.

Who inspires you to dance?

There isn’t really a specific person that inspires me to dance, but there are people that inspire me to become more skilled. Those people would have to be Misty Copeland and Michaela DePrince for ballet and Cyrus, Twitch, Ian Eastwood and Kaelynn Harris for hip-hop. I dance because I love it and couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else. When I’m not in dance class for a long period of time I feel like something is missing. One time I didn’t dance for four months and I started crying and begging my mom to put me back in dance class. That moment of my life made me realize how much I can’t live without it.

What is your favorite type of dance?

I like all types of dance but I would have to say that my favorite would have to be ballet and contemporary.

Dance is an art form. Do you agree?

Dance is definitely an art form. Through dance you can express how you feel and really interpret what’s in your mind and heart. It’s the same with people in visual art, instrumental, vocal, acting, etc.- art is just simply a way of communication and expression without just simply talking to someone.

How do you feel when you’re dancing?

When I’m dancing feel like I can be who ever I want to be, I can feel however I want feel and I can say what ever I want to say. I feel like my whole self and nothing less than me.

What are some of your biggest challenges that you’ve faced while dancing?

Some of my biggest challenges I have faced while dancing is that I get nervous when I realize that people are actually watching me. When i don’t pay attention to the people, I do so much better.

What has been your greatest dance achievement?

My greatest dance achievement would have to be making it into two of the best art high schools in Baltimore. I have attended both for about two years and they made a huge impact on my life. I couldn’t be more thankful and blessed.

You’re from Baltimore, MD. What do you heart about your city?

What I heart about my city is the strength that everyone has here- everyone has their own story.

Tell us about your part of the mural. What inspired you to draw what you did?

I’m very bubbly and girly. I thought that the colors, flowers and patterns I used reflected my personality.

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Meet the Cast: Brian

Meet the Cast: Brian

 

Meet Brian, a sports enthusiast from Bowie, MD. Learn more about Brian’s experience as part of Project Live Your Life: Miami and follow him on Instagram.

You enjoy being healthy and playing sports. What are your favorite ways to stay active?

I have a weekly workout routine. Besides that, I play pickup games with all my friends, whether it’s basketball, soccer, football, tennis or volleyball.

Who in the athlete world do you admire?

Roger Federer inspired me to pick up tennis. His poise on the court was so natural and pushed me to be the best I could be. One day I hope I can find myself across the net exchanging serves with him before he retires!

What is your inspiration for staying motivated and focused?

Positivity. I always am focused on the next step ahead and never let the negatives in life get me down for an instant. Staying focused on the blessings in my life drives me in my pursuit to achieve success.

You also enjoy cooking. What are your favorite recipes to make?

I’m not one to follow recipes- I see something I like and tweak it to make it my own.

Do you have any cooking traditions?

Being Filipino. all my traditions are from the islands. Getting together with my family and cooking our food reminds me of being home again.

Is this your first time to Miami? What about this city inspires you?

Yes- Miami is alive with culture and excitement. I’m inspired to go out and learn how people from Miami live it up!

You’ve seen Wynwood Walls transform from a blank slate into a work of art. How did you feel during the transformation of the lot?

It feels good contributing to a place in order to make it better. I’m thankful for the opportunity to give back to the city of Miami.

What inspired you to create your part of the mural?

It’s a combination of my life experiences as a whole: where I’m from, where I am now, and where I’m going.

You’re from Bowie, MD. What do you heart about your city?

My city is right on the outskirts of DC. It attracts artistic, outgoing, fun people that create and inspire me. Coming to Bowie, I’ve connected with so many people who just want to have fun and are care free like me. That’s what I love about my city.

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Meet the Cast: Sara

Meet the Cast: Sara

Meet Sara, a former pageant participant and accomplished pianist. Sara was one of the winners of American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life and is currently featured in our Spring Break 2014 campaign. Lean more about Sara and be sure to follow her on Instagram for more insight into who she is!

You were born and raised in Maryland. What do you heart about your state?

I heart that Maryland is “America in miniature”. I can see the beautiful landscapes from the beach to the mountains all within a few hours!

You’ve been playing the piano since you were five years old. Tell us about how you got your start.

I have always loved music. When my sister started taking piano lessons I was inspired to as well and have been playing ever since.

What motivates you to play the piano?

I listen to other great pianists which motivates me to practice and get better and whenever I get a really strong emotion that I can’t express, I play it out on the piano.

What are some of the biggest challenges that you’ve had to face while playing the piano?

Playing in front of large audiences is always a nerve racking experience, but I’ve learned through countless performances that even when I make a mistake, I just keep playing.

Where do you volunteer?

I play the piano at nursing homes, hospitals, and fundraising events. It gives me the opportunity to share my time and talents with my community through the gift of music.

I also volunteer at local soup kitchens and homeless shelters in Maryland. It’s something I care strongly about because every human being deserves the necessities of food, shelter and clothing in order to pursue a happy life.

Who inspires you to volunteer?

All the people that have made a positive impact on my life inspire me because that has shown me that I can make a difference in others’ lives as well.

How do you feel when you volunteer?

I feel humble and happy knowing I am putting a smile on someone’s face and helping them overcome their struggles.

What makes you stand out from the crowd? What characteristics help tell your story?

I am compassionate. It has always been in my nature to be kind and caring which motivates me to help people as a volunteer, a friend and one day, a music teacher.

We also hear that you’ve done pageants. What have you learned from them?

Competing in pageants has given me the opportunity to express my opinions, showcase my talent, and has taught me leadership, the importance of service and most of all, confidence in myself.

What are some of your aspirations?

I aspire to be a music teacher, to master the piano and to be Miss America.

Tell us about your part of the mural. What inspired you to create what you did?

On one side I drew about a dozen stars. Watching the stars in the night sky is something I enjoy and find absolutely beautiful. Stars are the light in the darkness and whenever my life seems bleak I always try to find that positive light that can overcome it.

On the other side I wrote my Chinese name in Mandarin. My grandparents gave me that name and it reminds me how important the Chinese culture is to me and how it is a part of me and I hope to become fluent in the language and travel to China once again to experience its beauty.

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Meet the Cast: Dannay

Meet the Cast: Dannay

Meet Dannay, an actress from Santa Clarita, California and winner of American Eagle Outfitters Project Live Your Life. We chatted with Dannay about how she stays motivated to keep active, who she looks up to as an actress and about her personal style. Keep reading to learn more about Dannay and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

You describe yourself as pretty active-what activities do you enjoy?

I really love to play basketball. I’ve been playing for about 12 years. I played on an all boys travel team and was a starter. I also played for my high school team and I still play here and there with my older brothers and some friends for fun. It’s always my workout during the week.

What motivates you to stay active?

My brothers motivate me. They are so active and they get me up and motivate me to stay active and healthy. Like I said, I love to play basketball. I also like to run, but I’d rather play basketball. Its the best feeling once your done with a pick-up game or just shooting around.

You’re an actress as well. When did you first get into acting?

I started to get into acting when I was 16. I did commercials for Nickelodeon, promos and campaigns. I did a lot of short films. I booked a feature film, Insidious 2…its a horror movie. It was my first big screen appearance. I am towards the end of the movie-I played Allison. Allison got in a bad car accident and is catatonic. It was so awesome to play that role.

Who is your biggest inspiration when it comes to the acting world?

I have three: Jennifer Aniston, Rachel McAdams and Sandra Bullock. I would die if I had an opportunity to work with them. They’re all so different, but I take some advice and inspiration from all of them. They are natural and seem to be fearless when they have a role. I love that and I always copy that in my work-I give it my all.

What are some of the biggest challenges that you’ve had to face while acting?

Some of the biggest challenges I face sometimes is just going for it. I hold back a lot because I actually think about how I would look like if I did a line in my head and so I hold back. You cant do that in acting because it means you’re not in your work, you’re over-thinking the script and you’re not in the moment. I always tell myself, if I’m doing a scene playing a person and that person was on set watching me play their life, I have to go for it and be fearless. In acting, you’re bringing someones life to LIFE and you have to portray that in those moments. I just think its an awesome feeling playing someone other than yourself.

You also love to style. How would you describe your own style?

I love old-school stuff. I always rock high-wasted shorts with my long socks or sometimes tights-they’re my favorites. I really love the Favorite Boyfriend Jean, they’re super comfortable and you can rock either boots or some cute sneakers with them. That’s my everyday style. Or tight high-rise jeans with boots and jewelry. Jewelry definitely puts your outfit together, like a cherry on top.

Do you feel that style is art?

It is because art is different, style is different. Everyone has their own uniqueness to how they dress or how they write, how they draw and how they take photos. Everyone is different and I love that. I’d rather be different with my own style rather than mimic someone.

What are some of your favorite trends for 2014?

I’m really digging the flannels. I was never really into flannel, I never liked them or the colors. Now, I’ve been wearing them around my waist with a cute crop and cute jeans. The flannel just throws a cool vintage look to it and dresses up your outfit.

Who are your style icons?

I don’t really have style icons, I really just like anyone who has cool look to them and I see how they look on me. I love the old school icon looks. I wish I lived back then, there clothes were so dam cool!

You’re from Santa Clarita, CA. What do you heart about your city?

I heart my city because it’s awesome.

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Meet the Cast: Joey

Meet the Cast: Joey

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.

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Meet the Cast: Alec

Meet the Cast: Alec

Meet Alec, an American Eagle Outfitters store associate from Tampa, Florida and winner of Project Live Your Life. Learn more about Alec’s experience in Miami and his new passion, photography. Be sure to follow him on Twitter and Instagram, too!

You’re an AEO Store Associate- how did your store react when they heard you won Project Live Your Life?

My store was very happy and very supportive of the campaign. It was the best feeling having everyone rooting for me!

How did you react when you found out that you were going to be part of Project Live Your Life: Miami?

I was in shock. I’m still in shock.

You’re an in-store stylist. Where do you draw your inspiration from?

I really enjoy styles from Europe. I like sleek and modern styles. I like clothes that can be worn throughout transitions (day-night) (school-dinner) and clothes that can reflect personality- like AEO.

What style icons do you look up to?

I look up to Karl Lagerfeld and his vision through photography and style. I love his black and white images. I am also into things that are whimsical yet somewhat dark.

Why is style a form of art?

ABSOLUTELY. It is envisioned, created, and enjoyed.

What makes you unique? What characteristics tell your story?

I am a very unique person. I love things different. I enjoy politics, adult conversation and problem solving, which is different for a teen to say.

You mentioned that you’re big into cinematography. Tell us about this passion.

I cannot explain how excited I get to see beautiful scenery, haunting music, and a meaningful storyline in a movie. I would love to branch into the study. It is a fantastic way of expression.

What are your favorite movies of all time?

Alice in Wonderland 2010

Harry Potter Series

The Devil Wears Prada

Mean Girls

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