Hey guys! I’m so excited for today’s feature with Dan Deluca.. aka THE Jack Kelly of the 1st National Newsies Tour! One of the most common questions I get from y’all is how to stay FFB while traveling or on tour. Dan bounced over to the blog to share Life on Tour 101 and how Training for Broadway on the road isn’t just manageable, it’s days filled to the brim with mind-body-spirit magic.
Don’t forget you can always post questions in the comment section at the end of the post and I can answer or pass them along to Dan if they’re specifically for him! 🙂 Also, I’d love to hear your tips and tricks for traveling healthy!
NOTE FROM DAN: Hey Everybody, I’m Dan and I love making people smile. I’m sharing a bit of my strange gypsy tour life with you guys and how one stays healthy on the road.
Q: Dan!! 🙂 Pretty sure the chocolate straws and parading through soho with you and Lovely Ginna Claire was one of my favorite photoshoot happenings to date. I know you’re all about balance, fitness, and finding the magic in every day (which we will get to) but first, let’s start at the beginning. What were the early years? Where did performing star for you?
A: First off, yes Cookie Straws from Starbucks should be a part of everyone’s balanced diet.
The early years were a lot of me playing pretend. I’m the only boy in between two sisters so I was raised watching Disney movies and Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen mystery movies in the 90’s. Grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh playing sports like all the other guys but I felt the most comfortable in front of a crowd and making people laugh. My parents realized I had no other skills than that, so they supported that 🙂
I started writing, directing, and performing my own shows at church for Bible School and a few opportunities opened up at school for doing plays there and I quickly caught the stage bug. I even had my own video camera, and I would make my own movies with my friends and family religiously. It was quite clear from earlier on that I was going to end up in this business one day.
Q: “Finding the Magic in everyday”… let’s dive in to how that helps keep you mind, body, and spirit healthy on tour? 🙂
A: It’s the single most important thing in my life. What you put out there comes back to you. That involves being kind and respectful ALWAYS, making the most out of all situations, surrounding yourself with people & things that make you feel like a boss, etc. I believe the energy that sends a shooting star flying across our universe is the same magical energy inside of us and everything is connected. The more love we spread…the more magic appears.
When you are constantly moving, almost every week or so, its so hard to stick to a health regime and make sure your head is in the right place. You really have to listen to your body. The show was a huge workout itself, I was burning 900 calories every performance of Newsies and I got really really skinny. I had to be strict on myself to continue lifting weights so that my physique stayed and I didn’t perish into nothing.
I also really educated myself on the importance of self love and how having harmony with your thoughts can make you the healthiest you have ever been. Books like “Mastery of Love & Voice of Knowledge” by Don Miguel Ruiz, Audio Meditations by Deepak Chopra and ALL of Dr. Wayne Dyer’s lectures (that are all found online) became my playground for my spiritual world and made me a healthier and stronger person all around. I don’t think a lot of people know how spiritual I am but if anyone has any other suggestions for my education, hit me up! I love learning.
Q: What’s a week in the life of fitness on tour look like?
A: Now this varies, BUT its supposed to look like this…
- Monday Travel Day
- Tuesday Chest
- Wednesday Legs
- Thursday Back
- Friday Arms
- Saturday Shoulders
- Sunday Take a moment.
Q: What’s your advice for keeping a healthy diet on tour with so many transitions and probably fewer options in some cities?
A: This body is the only thing I have to carry my ambitious self around so I gotta take care of it to make dreams come true. Diet also affects how we physically feel. The cleaner we eat, the better we feel. I can be a sugar fiend at times and I can absolutely tell the difference in my energy levels when I’m having too many Schmakerys.
I had to eat paleo for a month and my dessert was a few grapes. It sounds odd but after awhile I honestly couldn’t tell the difference between the gratification of what ice cream would have tasted like and the grapes I was eating. It’s just what we choose to put into our bodies and how our taste buds and systems adjust.
On tour, it makes your diet a GAZILLION times harder to maintain. You will possibly find yourself at a Wendy’s drive in one too many times but you have to make the effort to find those healthier options because they do exist. I traveled with a hot plate and bought ground beef and veggies in a lot of cities and sat on my hotel room floor and made myself a healthy stir fry. As performers we owe it to our bodies to drink that extra protein shake or to eat that tray of veggies at intermission, or else we burn out.
Q: If you could sum up 3 Health Rules for touring, what would they be?
- Having mental clarity. Make sure your priorities are straight or you subconsciously won’t let yourself get very far.
- Exercise! You’ll always feel better and sexier. And I always prefer to feel sexier.
- Self discipline.
Q: What’s the one piece of advice you would give yourself 10 years ago?
A: Take dance class.
Q: Who or what inspires you?
A: People filled to the max with light and aren’t afraid to hold it back.
Q: What’s your advice for aspiring performers?
A: Don’t stop learning. Take in as much information as you can and trust yourself along the way. If you believe with all of your heart and you want this that bad, it will be.
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