Friday, April 12, 2013

International Model Mark Perini is more than just a Pretty Mind #prettymindsread

When it comes to packages, you can’t get any better than Ford Agency Model Mark Perini. When he’s not jet-setting across the globe or posing for the cover of YA series like TEMPEST, this pretty boy with the chiseled bod and chin dimple to-die-for builds his acting resumé and performs improve comedy.

Gorgeous and Funny? Check!

But if you’re able to tear your gaze away from the Brooks Brothers billboards and Calvin Klein underwear ads to look beyond—pausing to wipe the drool from the corner of your mouth—you’ll discover Mark is a very intelligent guy. He attended Seton Hall University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Spanish.

Gorgeous, Funny, and Smart? Sí! Sí! Sí!

If you explore his blog Mark and Julie gchat (shared with YA author Julie Cross, lucky girl!) you’ll learn he’s a travel blogger and a burgeoning author with a new adult fiction book in the works. He’s passionate about indie music, open about his feelings, and his co-written novel “just organically turned into a love story.” *swoon*
Not only does he read, but he’s up to the challenge of reading books outside his normal comfort zone; girl-centric YA like Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girl Series.

Gorgeous, Funny, Smart, and Sensitive? Yes, please!

The deeper I delved into Mark Perini’s package, the bigger it got. So I devised this interview scheme —I mean, totally legit blog interview—to see what else I could uncover about the most seemingly perfect guy on the planet.

Me: Welcome to Honestly YA. I’m so happy to love you—uh, have you—I mean HOST you. I’m so happy to host you for this Q&A session.

MP: …It’s a pleasure to be here. Wait…am I feeding into this game?

Me: Never mind all that—let’s jump right in. What were you like in high school?

MP: This is my senior picture. I kind of reinvented myself in high school (hated middle school), I got new friends, got my braces off, started working at Abercrombie, dressed super preppy, I had a red Mustang named Eleanor that I loved.  I was kind of a renaissance man I wanted to be good at everything and experience everything. I didn’t want to be pegged in a certain way; I wanted to be a part of everything. I was friends with everyone, but the whole time I was in High School I knew that I was just going through the motions I needed to do well to go to a good college and be free that was my motivation for doing well.

Me: What’s the best thing about being a model?

MP: For me the best thing about being a model is the freedom it allows you. I can travel wherever and whenever I want; I can do everything that I want to do while I’m working. This allows you the time to figure out what you really want to do and for me that’s writing. 

Me: What’s the best thing about being an author?

MP: It’s really amazing to be able to have a creative outlet. I tend to be a little introverted with my feelings, for me it’s a lot easier to transcribe my emotions on the page then it is to verbalize for some reason. But the best part about being an author is being able to spread your message so far and wide.  Halfway Perfect the book Julie Cross and I wrote really has a great message that I hope will help a lot of the readers.

Me: What’s the best thing about being a guy?

MP: I think guys have a lot less social constraints placed on them and I’m thankful for that. We have a lot more freedom. Also peeing standing up is pretty boss.

Me: *LOL!* What’s the best thing about doing improv?

MP: Improv is all about playing pretend with your friends and making people laugh in the process. It’s all about having fun and creating something from nothing and I’m in love with it. There is a lot of commonality with writing and I think that’s why so many comedy writers do improv. (There is a reoccurring theme of freedom in this interview and I guess that’s something that’s super important to me.)

Me: What’s the best advice you ever got?
MP: My Dad told me to do what you love and the rest will follow and I’ve been living my life in that way ever since and it’s been working out really well. 

Me: What’s the worst advice you ever got?

MP: PJ Rappa a kid in my first grade class told me to give a double crossed middle finger to my first grade teacher, he said it meant success in Chinese it didn’t end well for me...

Me: Freedom and travel seem to be predominate themes in your life…Of all the places you’ve traveled, which is your favorite (and why)?

MP: I would have to say Patagonia, Argentina. I went on a school trip when I was a senior in High School. We went to study whales and we camped in Patagonia for three weeks. Argentina is such a beautiful country with such beautiful culture and people. I was one of the few people on the trip that spoke Spanish (mind you at the time my Spanish was far from perfect) but it was a chance to be immersed in Spanish in a way that I never was before in school. Now I speak pretty much fluent Spanish and it's as a result of this trip. So that's why it's my favorite trip. Not to mention that I also swam with Southern right whales, saw Elephant Seals fighting, went sand boarding on dunes, rode a bucking bronco, and had a moonlight romance on a beach. (Cliché, I know.)

Me: Oh Mark, as if anything could look cliché on you!  
Me: Here’s the part of the interview I like to call "Carey Plays 20 Somewhat Inappropriate Questions with Model Mark Perini."

Now then, there’s nothing to be afraid of…just say the first short answer that pops into your head. Okay?

MP: That lead up has me a bit on edge…but I’m game! 

     1.      You’re a zombie. You can choose one person in history to have dinner with. Who do you eat?

MP: This is a loaded question because not only do I dine with someone interesting but then I have to eat them. So I would have to say King Solomon. I’m really interested in the Masons and I think he has some secret knowledge that I would get him to divulge before dining. 

     2.      It’s a post-apocalyptic world. The only people left alive to repopulate the earth are you and the Scooby Gang. Who do you date?

MP: Daphne for sure.

     3.      Same post-apocalyptic world. The only music that survived is one-hit-wonders. You can pick only one to listen to for the rest of your life. What song do you choose?

MP:  A-Ha “Take On Me”

 I love that song! You kind of look like the A-ha guy this magazine ad. Next question…

     4.      That world has run out of toilet paper. What’s the first book you actually own that you would grab to wipe your tushie?

MP: 50 Shades of Grey. (I was dared to read it OKAY!!! See I DARE YOU TO READ...)

     5.      Same scenario. What’s the last book you actually own that you would grab to wipe your tushie?

MP: The Count of Monte Cristo.

     6.      How much money would I have to pay you to eat a cockroach?

MP: $10,000.

     7.      If you had guaranteed immunity, which celebrity would you stalk?

MP: Zoe Saldana. 

     8.      If you could switch places with one person in the Bible (other than Jesus, God, or the Holy Spirit), who would it be?

MP: Moses. He had some amazing powers that I wouldn’t mind unleashing from time to time.

     9.      Which creeps you out more, young children or old people?

MP: Old People.

     10.  What’s the most controversial thing you would do for $20 bucks?

MP: Do the cinnamon challenge again…
     11.  Would you rather be a brooding, sparkly vampire or a hunky, shirtless werewolf?

MP: I think shirtless werewolf…Although while watching the movie I couldn’t help but think how many shirts you would go through being a werewolf. 

Oh Mark, you say werewolf ...
but your covers say vampire.

     12.  First Kisses – open mouthed or closed?

MP: Closed mouthed.

     13.  Monty Python or actual pythons?

MP: Monty Python.

     14.  Downton Abbey or Walking Dead?

MP: Walking Dead hands down.

Trick question my little hottie, the correct answer is both. But I’ll let it slide.

     15.  Do you believe in God?

MP: Yes.

     16.  Everyone has some kind of bad habit, unsightly physical feature, or undesirable quirk that defines them. Fill in the blank: Love me, love my _____________.

MP: Flat Feet.

     17.  A curse destines you to spend eternity as a movie villain, which villain would you be?

MP:  Jafar from Aladdin. 

     18.  Me: Which is better, Wookies or Ewoks?

MP: Wookies.


     19.  You make a time machine out of a Delorian, but you only have enough fuel for one trip. Do you go back in time or travel to the future? (And no going back to the future for a new fuel source.)

MP: I would go back in time to medieval times that period of history amazes me.

     20.  If world passed a law that everyone had to wear a moustache, what kind would you wear?

MP: Clark Gable had an awesome sleek sculpted mustache that I think is pretty dapper.

MP: I’ve been keeping track; we are pretty much to the end right? 

Me: Shhhh. We’re nearly done my versatile Versace Adonis. What do you typically wear when you’re reading?

MP: Usually I just wear whatever I wore for the day because I read when I have a spare moment.

Me: Hmmm...I'm having trouble picturing that. I’m going to need a picture of you to prove it.

MP: I will send you one so you have your proof.

Me: Excellent! Can I smell your hair?

MP: Of course.

Me: Are you in to very youthful slightly older women?

MP: Depends on the lady.

Me: What’s your favorite first date spot?

MP: I like going to dinner. 

Me: Mexican, Italian, or Thai food?

MP: Italian.

Me: What a coincidence, I love Italian, too! Where are you going to be *mumbles* tomorrow night around dinner time and if I magically show up can we call it a date?

MP: Excuse me…Could you repeat that last question?

Me: I’ll take that as a yes—TURDAY by the Beatles or TONIGHT TONIGHT by Hot Chelle Rae?

MP: Yesterday by the Beatles. 

Me: Since you've been on YA book covers and I have a co-written young adult series called DOON—think OUTLANDER meets GLEE, inspired by Lerner & Loewe’s Brigadoon, co-written with Lorie Langdon, and debuting 8.20.13 from the new Zondervan/HarperCollins BLINK imprint (not that I’m shamelessly plugging my own work or anything but you can learn more at—I must ask…What’s your favorite musical?

MP: I haven’t seen much because it’s not really my scene but I loved The Lion King—thought it was epic.

Me: Can you sing?

MP: Like an angel.

Me: I'll just bet you can! *mumbles* We could make beautiful music together—that is, uh—what’s your most random talent?

MP: I can spin a top hat on a cane and pass it in the air to another equally elegantly dressed gentleman.

Me: Wow … I’m not even going to touch that one. LOL! Ever had your heart broken? (Or ever been in love?)

MP: I’ve been in love and I’ve had my heart broken. I think you would have to feel true love to write about it authentically. 

Me: She didn’t deserve you, whereas I would love you forever and ever. I’d even get your face tattooed over my heart to prove it—I mean—what’s your favorite snack?

MP: Is it just me or did it just get really hot in here? Maybe I should find the thermostat or a window?

Me: Fine. I just have one final question Mr. Seemingly Perfect Guy. What’s your secret flaw? Do you leave toenail clippings on the coffee table? Drink milk straight from the jug? Pass silent but violent gas in public? Hate puppies and small children? Weep inconsolably when you watch the sun set? Have a man-crush on Charlie Sheen? What’s your flaw?

MP: I totally suffer from white boy syndrome, so I am a bit uncoordinated at times (i.e. tripping over my own feet, bumping into stuff). I’ve come to terms with it, nothing can be done. 

Me: That’s adorable! Feel free to bump into me anytime—like tomorrow night while I’m stalking not stalking you. (Want more of Mark Perini? Check out his Brooks Brothers youtube shoot!)

Your Turn: Do you have a random question for our Abercrombie Adonis? Something you're dying to ask Mark? This is your chance! Leave your questions in the comment section below*. We’ll post his answers and debut the Mark Perini #prettymindsread pic, next Friday 4/19. (I reserve the right to omit any grossly inappropriate or creepy questions except those asked by me.)

*QUESTIONS ARE NOW CLOSED* See Mark's answers here.

Mark Perini has been an international Model for the past 8 years the last 4 he’s been a Ford Model, He’s a Freelance Writer and Blogger, a UCB Improviser and an actor. He attended Seton Hall University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Spanish. (A smart model?)

Mark lives in New York City on the Upper East Side. He started freelancing after college and hasn’t stopped since.

On a typical day you can see him around the city shooting editorials and catalogs, attending auditions and castings, performing with his improv team Big Make Me, or sipping an iced coffee while writing in Starbucks. Mark’s even been known to jet set around the world from time to time. His most recent travels led him to Jordan, Egypt and Italy (part of the book, Halfway Perfect, was written at Parco Sempione in Milan). 3 Wonders of the World down, 4 more to go.
 See you next Friday! 

Carey Corp is the author of DOON, Brigadoon reimagined, co-written w/Lorie Langdon. Book 1 coming 8/20/13 from the new YA imprint BLINK (a division of Zondervan/HarperCollins)

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Melissa Landers said...

Awesome, thanks for visiting with us, Mark! Also, I'm still laughing at the worst advice you ever received. I hope the kid who misinformed you got to share in your punishment!

Lea Nolan said...

"Trick question my little hottie, the correct answer is both. But I’ll let it slide." - I actually snorted at this!

AWESOME interview!


Lorie Langdon said...

Carey and Mark - this interview is awesome! Seriously made my day! :D

Thanks for letting my writing partner virtually harass you, Mark. You rock!

Jessica Lemmon said...

Hi, Mark! I'm with you on the Walking Dead...LOVE that show! Super fun interview, all of you. :)

Leeann Barker said...

Fantastic interview! Carey, you're incorrigible!

Pintip said...

Lol! Both of you are hilarious! Great interview, Carey, and thanks for visiting Honestly YA, Mark!

Diane J. Reed said...

Great interview & a blast to read!! Really enjoyed this : )

Cecy said...

Great interview, but l'll ask what Carey was obviously too chicken to ask: Mark, what's you're favorite Ben & Jerry's ice cream?

CareyCorp said...

Oh my gosh Cecy - too funny! Mark will answer that next week!

Julie Cross said...

Raise your hand if agree to my ploy to make Mark the face of our book and send him to all the events and I can hide behind my computer?

I just love all these answers! I learned some new stuff about my writing bud and that Carey has no filter which I also love. I feel like we could all have a fun party together.

RT2014 in NOLA? What do you say?

Sonya said...

What a funny interview! The worst advice was priceless. The things kids will do...mine told my youngest that we were all in the circus but had to quit when she was born. She was heartbroken. Took days to convince her I was never a lion tamer. LOL.

CareyCorp said...

That's so funny Sonya!

When my son was 4, as an April Fool's joke, we told him he needed to pack because we'd been raising him for his real parents who were aliens and coming to get him. Turned out the joke was on us because I think he rather liked the idea of having different parents. LOL

Unknown said...

Awesome interview! Carey, you are hilarious, and, Mark, what a sport. What's the cinnamon challenge?

Unknown said...

What is Mark's biggest pet peeve?

CareyCorp said...

How do you look in a kilt and broadsword?

CareyCorp said...

Next question:

Which term of endearment do you prefer more?

My dolce, dolce gabbana boy


Abercrombie Adonis


haute couture hottie?

Shea Berkley said...

I giggled throughout this interview. Well done, you two.

I've got a question thats more out of curiousity than anything I could ever use in one of my stories. What is the oddest and/or most uncomfortable (physically or mentally) pose a photographer wanted you to use?

CareyCorp said...

You might look like superman, but can you fly?

roro said...

fun interview. i din't know white boy syndrome exited. really ^^