Name|Eric Wayne Bell
1. Could you tell us a bit about your hometown and your life back home?
Cookeville is tiny, tiny. There's no mall and we recently got a Walmart. Very boring place. But on the bright side, the scenery is beautiful. There are many parks and waterfalls that are breathtaking.
2. At what age did you realize a career in modeling was in your deck of cards?
When I was about 13 or 14, I think. I watched a DSquared fashion show and fell in love.
3. Since modeling is quite new for you, what intrigues you about getting into the business? Is there a male model whose path to success you would like to follow?
Just the fact that there are so many new things to learn about fashion and the industry in general intrigues me. I don't like following anyone's path. I plan on creating my own path to success.
4. It was brought to our attention that you are a dancer and your future goal is to become a successful choreographer. Could you share with us what you have done so far?
I've choreographed a couple of talent shows here and there, and a showcase for my dance studio, Prelude16. It had great success, but in a small town in Tennessee, there's not much dancing there.
5. What style of dance do you perform? Which one do you feel is most passionate? Is there a choreographer you aspire to become in the future?
I mostly perform hip-hop and that's the genre I feel most passionate about. I really love Dave Scott. His choreography in the movie Step Up 2 was so amazing, it nearly made me cry.
6. If you were given an opportunity to be in any film/stage musical (past or present), which one would you choose?
Honey, I loved the final dance scene of that movie. It was very inspirational and to be a part of that would have been amazing.
7. Some dancers have said that the act of dance is like electricity, the music takes over your soul and merge with music as one. Could you describe the feeling of dance for you?
Dance is like an emotion for me. When I dance, the feeling I get is indescribable. I just leave my heart out when I dance, and it makes me feel invincible. And the adrenaline rush I get is amazing.
8. Which song would be your signature tune to dance to? Which style of dance would best suit this choreography?
“Krazy” by Pitbull. The song is very energetic and kind of in-your-face, just like my choreography. That or “Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drums” by A Perfect Circle. That song is perfect for conveying an emotion and telling a story through dance, which is something I love to do, and the beats and rhythm are perfect for hip-hop.
9. It was also brought to our attention that you have a very distinctive dress style and you are often singled out for your sense of style. Could you tell us about this? Coming from a hometown that is probably not as fashion-aware as New York, did you have to overcome adversity in terms of expressing your own dress code freely?
I like my style to be kind of dark with random punches of color. People often didn't understand the mix. I like having lots of holes in some of my clothes and put a bright color underneath it, like holes in my jeans and royal purple tights underneath. People in a farming town like Cookeville would ridicule me for things like that. Apparently they think guys aren't supposed to wear anything but camo. I say whatever.
10. What is the most reckless thing you have ever done?
Back in the day I used to do everything it would take to be the center of attention. Well one time, I and one of my long-time friends were in our school cafeteria and we were bored. We chucked food at every teacher in sight, the students just got in the crossfire. When the attention was directed to someone other than myself, I decided to get all eyes back on me by randomly hitting some guy across the face. Then a fight broke out all around, and I was content with the fame I had gotten that day. I didn't even get in trouble.
Bonus Question: What is your motto in life?
When I was 15 my good friend Richard said, "Whatever happens, happens," before he let me drive his car and shortly after that I wrecked it. Nothing really bad happened, though. Almost no damage and no one was hurt. So, ever since then, if I'm in a situation, I just say, "Whatever happens, happens." Like, before I go to a casting I just think, "Whatever happens, happens." So, if I get the job, that's awesome! But if not, oh well. No harm done. It's gotten me pretty far.