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60 Casual Questions with Ryan Anthony Dube

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60 Casual Questions with Ryan Anthony Dube Official Transcript (Q &A )

Interviewed by his best friend Manny.

Q: Is it cool if I ask you a few questions?

A: How many?

Q: About 59 more.

A: Let’s do it.

Q: I heard you wrote a book, is it true?

A: Yes, I just published my debut novel The Bandana boy, available now. 

Q: What made you want to write a book?

A: To see if I could do it. It was on my bucket list, now it’s not.  

Q: How would you describe the process in one word?

A: I wouldn’t describe it in one word. I don’t know if there is one word that could describe it. “Consuming” is the only one that comes close to defining it. 

Q: What motivated you to finish writing after so many years?

A: I promised my mom I wouldn’t quit so I couldn’t. 

Q: Is this book about your life?

A: This book has become a part of my life but it isn’t about my life.

Q: How did you come up with the book’s concept?

A: I just wanted to be as creative and unique as possible, but when you try to force yourself to be creative you struggle to create anything. 

Q: What part of the book makes you the most proud?

A: The beauty of the language. I spent a lot of time crafting not just what I wanted to say, but how I needed to say it. 

Q: What is your ultimate goal with the book?

A: I just wanted to experience writing a book, so in that way I have already accomplished my ultimate goal, but I would love to see it turned into a movie one day. I write visually, I think it would be a smooth adaptation.  

Q: What is your favorite piece you have ever written?

A: I wrote a poem called “Love Letters” about how  modern technology has made us all less romantic. 

Q: What do you plan on writing next? 

A: A script for a television series about making money.


Q: What is the strangest thing you have done to make money?

A: When I lived in Argentina I used to write trip summaries for an adventure tourism company in Iceland. I've never even been to Iceland, they would send me photo and I would makes stuff up. 

Q: What were some of the coolest modeling jobs you have done?

A: I did a campaign with Coca Cola which was one of my biggest jobs. I did a shoot with Google Pixel and they put me on a billboard so that was unexpected. I had like a half-second cameo in SNL, Hanes flew me to NC to shoot, but my favorite was acting in a commercial for the Natural History Museum, I had to sniff a fake cast and have different subtle reactions to the smell. We were all cracking up the whole time, it didn’t even feel like I was working.  

Q: What was the hardest part about being a professional model in NYC?

A: The rejection. Constantly failing helped me adjust my definition of success though. 

Q: What was your favorite part of modeling?

A: Working with the creative teams and feeding off their energy. It was like live storytelling in a way that we captured a moment at a time. 

Q: What was your least favorite part of modeling?

A: The superficiality of the world. The vanity of it all was insufferable at times.

Q: What is your favorite book? 

A: My favorite book is Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes. It is the funniest book I have ever read and one of the most genius. I really love the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and a Tale of Two Cities by Dickens. 

Q: What are some of your creative outlets?

A: I like do dabble in photography, making videos, writing raps and poems; now marketing is becoming an interesting mix of business and pleasure. 

Q: What was one of the most inspiring creative performances that you have seen?

A: Heath Ledger as the Joker in the Dark Knight changed my perspective on what it means to be dedicated to a creative pursuit. 

Q: What is your approach to photography?

A: Create moments and capture them. I like my photos to be raw and authentic, I don’t want the story being told within the film to feel manipulated or false. 

Q: What is the next dream you are going to chase?

A: I want to run my own creative business, called Pen and Paper Stories. 

Q: How many countries have you traveled to?

A: I don’t know the exact number but I would say close to 60. 

Q: What is your favorite country?

A: I don’t have a favorite, but I have been to Spain like 8 times so I’m homies with the customs officers now. 

Q: What is the best city in the world?

A: New York City, lived there for half a year, never been anywhere like it. 

Q: East coast or West Coast?

A: East Coast Beast Coast Baby

Q: What is the most amount of time you have spent in one place?

A: I spent 89 days in Buenos Aires, Argentina when I moved down there to work for a creative agency and learn Spanish. You are allowed 90 days in the country so on the last day I crossed the border into Chile. 

Q: Did you learn Spanish? Are you bilingual?

A: Si. 

Q: What is your next dream destination?

A: Japan. I think the culture they have is unbelievably unique and they have serene geography all across the island.

Q: Briefly describe two of your craziest adventures?

A: Backpacking through India and camping across Africa. 

Q: What is one of the most potent travel memories that you have?

A: The night that I gambled in the Monte Carlo in Monaco. I lost a lot of money, but felt richer than ever. 

Q: What was the most emotional travel moment you have ever had?

A: I cried when I got to the top of the Eiffel Tower. I had been dealing with some crippling anxiety for awhile and thought it was the end of the world, but then I climbed that tower and found myself on top of the world. 

Q: What was the most fun trip you have ever been on?

A: In terms of pure fun and wildness it would have to be when I went to Croatia to shoot a commercial for The Yacht Week. I got sailed around a yacht full of Swedish models and we shot a mini-movie. Every day and every night was insane. Parties in castles, diving off the yachts, partying in the water, driving scooters through the hills, everything was paid for and they paid me to fly there. I feel like I dreamt that entire trip. 

Q: Why don’t you travel blog?

A: I have always considered my travels to be sacred, something that I didn’t want to taint with the superficiality of blogging to make money, but I am thinking about starting a podcast just to share my stories. 

Q: What is the most important lesson that traveling has taught you?

A: That life is meant to be lived, not witnessed from afar.  It makes you question the possibilities of how one can live their life. It is inspiring to see such unique approaches to the human experience. 

Q: What trip changed your life the most?

A: My road trip across the country when I went to Antelope Canyon. That’s where I met my girlfriend. 


Q: What is your nickname and how did you get it?

A: Dubekid. I think it started because I am younger than my sister, so my mom always called me the dubekid, it became solidified when a friend brought a sign to my freshman basketball game with dubekid on it. The rest is history.  


Q: What is your favorite card game?

A: UNO. I bring this deck everywhere I travel. UNO can destroy relationships though, you have to be smart with who you hit with a Draw 4. 

Q: What is your favorite sport?

A: I was always best at baseball, but there is nothing I love more than hooping.

Q: If you could relieve one high school moment what would it be? 

A: The entire senior year soccer season, but if one specific moment the goal against Glastonbury because I don’t even remember scoring it, I remember having the ball and then people jumping all over me celebrating. I don’t even remember shooting it. 

Q: What is one hobby you wish you could afford?

A: Fashion. 

Q: What are your fashion principles?

A: Wear anything that makes you feel either confident or comfortable, but most importantly, wear whatever you want whenever you want.  

Q: What are your fitness principles?

A: Consistency and creativity.

Q: What is your favorite food?

A: Chicken fingers, with all the sauces. 

Q: If you could be any celebrity  who would you want to be?

A: I wouldn’t want to be anyone but me truthfully, but hypothetically I would say Zendaya, she has it all going on. She is dope.  I look at her like a mini-Rihanna. 

Q: What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

A: Video Games and Facebook Poker 

Q: Favorite T.V. show that no one else is watching?

A: When I was trying to learn Spanish I would watch a show called, “Los Simuladores” on Netflix. It was an Argentinian show without subtitles, I don’t know what they were saying but from what I could figure it out it seemed like the best show ever. 

Q: If you could have your own T.V. show, what would you make it about?

A: A show about helping people make their dreams come true. I wouldn’t even care if anyone watched it, as long as I got to live out dreams with people.

Q: Do you have any secret talents?

A: I don’t know if it is a secret or even really a talent but I like to dance. I get loose every now and again, I even danced in a talent show in high school. I didn’t win though. 

Q: Do you wish you had a different talent?

A: I would love to be able to play the piano. I used to mess around on the keys back in the day but nothing too serious. I did a rendition of Kanye West’s  Heartless in my city college class, I rapped the words and played the chords, people clapped, so you know, there is potential.  I will learn one day, I promise you that. 

Q: What is one of your strangest quirks?

A: I throw books after I finish reading them. It was a tradition born out of frustration but maintained out of respect.

Q: What is your most prized possession?

A: My Passport. This is my second one. I don’t go anywhere without it, because well, I can’t go anywhere without it. 

Q: In a perfect life, you Ryan Dube, do what?

A: Experience everything and remember it vividly. I have a note on my computer where I write down every experience that I have with meticulous detail so that my memories are as clear as possible. Life is a lot like the show “Whose Line is it anyways”, where the rules are made up and the points don’t matter. 

Q: What is your biggest personal flaw?

A: I am extremely self-critical. I don’t give myself credit that perhaps I deserve.

Q: If you were going to give everyone in the world the same gift what would you give them?

A: The ability to profoundly enjoy their life. 

Q: If you could fix one of the world’s problems what would you fix?

A: The educational system. I think that a lot of us feel cheated by our experience. We should be taught how to live life and how to embrace it, not just study for it.  

Q: What do your tattoos mean?

A: I get a tattoo for every dream that I accomplish in my life. One day my arm will tell my life story. 


Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

A: I don’t know, I am not too worried about that right now. I just want to figure out how to enjoy today and tomorrow I will focus on tomorrow. 

Q: Finish this sentence, “There is nothing more important in the world than ________”?

A: Perspective. Having a the proper perspective can change an entire experience. Losing hold of your perspective can be scary, but when you have it locked down you feel invincible.

 

Q: Your motto is “Storyliving. Storytelling. What does that mean?

A: I believe that in order to tell a great story you should live a great story. I want to balance life living with storytelling. 

End of Interview.

Link for full interview below.

https://youtu.be/YDoRaAFwOlw

The Imperfect Words: The Bandana boy

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The Imperfect Words

I wanted to wait until I had the perfect words to write before I put my pen to paper but I knew that I had nothing perfect to say. What I have to write now is raw and flawed, because there is no impeccable approach to the narration of an imperfect experience. For far too many years I have been trapped within my escape. I have been chasing a nightmare disguised as a dream. I speak cryptically because the process of writing a book is a cynical riddle whether you understand the joke at the end or not. The truth is that I don’t know how to write this, nor why I feel so compelled to, but I need you all to know what it was like becoming frighteningly lost within a world that I created within my mind.

My dream was to write a book but I had no story to tell. It was an innocent allure, a naive yearning for validation as a writer, a daunting yet taunting self-conception of my potential. I wanted to be an author but did not want to tell my own story. I wished to distance myself from the life lived within the pages the way an artist removes their ego from their artwork and creates a masterpiece that casts a shadow in which they humbly hide from the spotlight. When I first spoke my idea into existence I wanted to separate who I was from what I was creating in perhaps a vain attempt to demonstrate my lack of vanity. So, with an amorphous concept and an ambiguous opening line, three and a half years ago I set down the harrowing path of authorship, blissfully ignorant to the true nature of the pursuit.

“The Bandana boy” shape-shifted for the first year as my life began to mirror the story. I struggled to fabricate an existence out of pure imagination and was ultimately forced to taint the story with reality. I was the author, yet every word that I wrote felt plagiarized. My characters were strangers to me; I did not know what they should say or what they should do because I did not know who they were. I was writing words that I wanted to read and shoving them down the throats of stereotyped characters in clichéd situations. Eventually I came to embrace many of the classic archetypal literary traps and compensated for the “unoriginality” with a unique level of symbolic cognizance, allowing the characters to be self-aware of their roles in conveying the themes and thesis. I became obsessed with the concept of disfiguring the recognizable story elements of a young adult novel and my focus narrowed on the dialogue. Every word was spoken from my lips before it was written in marker on a new page; I applied a pseudo method-acting approach where I would attempt to replicate the emotional ambience of the scene within my own world in order to ensure the authenticity of the words being thought or spoken. I would intentionally sadden myself, or distress myself to fit the mood of the moment so that nothing but true emotions could be elicited from the pages. It was a miserable and debatably maniacal practice but I believed that the more vulnerable that I was the more strength the story would hold.

The spine that was shaping “The Bandana boy” was one built from bones of failed heroics, the pressure of prophecy, and the urgency of escapism. It quickly became a terrible irony - being unable to escape from a story based on that very idea. The more I feared the mental confinement the more I bled the concept into the story. What I mean to say is that I used to write to free my mind, but this book had ensnared me to the point where I could not think of anything but writing it. I needed to be free from my dream of writing the novel but I had nowhere to escape to. It consumed me daily, nightly, no matter where I went or what I did the looming pressure of the unfinished work buried me alive. I don’t even remember the last time that I enjoyed something purely. Many memories are tainted by being mentally absent from my physical presence. I felt as if I were drowning, to such a degree that I was forced to channel the tangible angst and convert it into a motif throughout the novel. I lost all balance between living in the world I was creating and in that which I already existed. I became unhealthy and developed poor habits. I sacrificed moments, money, and an innumerable amount of hours of my life that I will forever feel were misplaced and unaccounted for. I doubted everything about who I was and who I could be. I feared proving myself to be inadequate in what I assumed to be my strongest sphere. I became paranoid, self-deprecating, and forced myself to believe in a dream that did not seem to believe in me.

Not every story has a happy ending, nor should they. I won’t spoil whether or not “The Bandana boy” is one of those stories that ends how one would want it to end, but I can promise you that my personal story will. I believe that I needed to go through all that I went through to prove to myself that I could. I do not feel weaker from the pain and suffering that I endured; I feel nearly invincible. I dedicated myself with a furious passion to a vision that could have escaped me time and time again but I refused to live with a dream deferred. I do not feel alone after the years of self-imposed isolation; I feel more connected with the spectrum of human emotions and the roots of the human existence than ever before. I have seen the darkest side of dreaming and it does not scare me anymore. I have accepted and embraced my own definitions of success in this life that allow me to experience gratitude in the most heartfelt of fashions. I will not value my art based on the appraisal of others. I crafted, with meticulous, painstaking detail, a novel of nearly 70,000 words, each of them imperfect in their own way, and told a story that is as flawed and vulnerable as the readers who will hold the book in their hands.

“A beautiful gift it is to be able to escape, isn’t it? When you don’t wish to be somewhere, you can be anywhere.” - The Bandana boy

The debut novel “The Bandana boy” by Ryan Anthony Dube will be available for sale on Friday, September 20th on penandpaperstories.com and will be available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats.