Interview with An Author, Artist, Athlete and CEO Armand Peri
Armand Peri is an American executive, entrepreneur, real estate investor, artist and former bodybuilder. He is the CEO of New Age Productions, Inc., a New Jersey/New York-based production and entertainment company. He is also the founder of Hunk-O-Mania Entertainment, a live choreographed male revue show for women, which operates in one of the largest nightclubs in New York City. Hunk-O-Mania continues to receive acclaim as one of the largest and most successful male revue shows in the world from various news and media outlets.
We are sharing our recent interview with him.
Pro Media Mag : First of all tell us about the start of your professional career?
Armand Peri : Struggling to find a place in life as an immigrant kid, I was constantly bullied throughout high school. After enduring many years of negativity from my classmates, I decided to approach weightlifting with laser-like focus and became determined to transform my physique. However, my goals were met with many obstacles as my family struggled financially at the time and I was unable to purchase a gym membership nor was I able to buy the necessary foods to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. I overcame these obstacles by working at my school gym and was able to lift weights there three times a week. On Sundays I would commute almost an hour each way from my home in New Jersey to Manhattan to work out at a commercial gym. At the time, commercial gyms were sparse and not as popular as they are today. But, by staying focused and determined, I was able to gain the weight I needed and eventually competed in my first bodybuilding competition where I went on to win Mr. Teen New Jersey.
I applied the same level of determination to other aspects of my life, including business. While in college, I met another fellow bodybuilder named Joey V and noticed that Joey was driving around campus in a new Corvette and constantly wore new clothes. I became curious and approached Joey one day and asked what he did for a living. He too was an aspiring bodybuilder but he also worked at a male entertainment revue called ESCAPES in Long Island. We hit it off and Joey introduced me to the world of male revue shows.
I was working part-time as a bouncer at the time but this job put me in many dangerous situations and I knew it was a job I wanted to leave as soon as possible. Once I started working at ESCAPES, I began making more money in two hours of dancing than I did working eight hours as security at a nightclub. I quickly left the security job and danced Fridays and Saturday nights and did side-gigs for three to four other entertainment agencies during the week. After finishing my education, I became a freelance architect renderer while working at ESCAPES on the weekends. Eventually, I made more working part-time as a male entertainer than working full-time as an architect. I saved up my earnings and started my own company in 1998.
Pro Media Mag : Who or what inspired you to launch New Age Productions, Inc.?
Armand Peri : Because there was a void in the industry for a high quality, professional male revue show
Pro Media Mag : Tell us about your show, “Hunk-O-Mania””?
Armand Peri : Hunk-O-Mania nightclubs continue to receive acclaim as the largest and most successful male revue nightclubs in the world from various news and media outlets. I founded the first Hunk-O-Mania nightclub show in 1998 in New York City and the show has now expanded to over 18 cities including Chicago, Las Vegas, Houston, Miami, Los Angeles, Boston, Atlantic City, Orlando, Tampa, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Diego, Atlanta and New Orleans.
Pro Media Mag : What kind of response you have received?
Armand Peri : Women all over the country continue to provide positive feedback regarding their experiences at Hunk-O-Mania Nightclubs
Pro Media Mag : You have been a bodybuilder as well. At what level you have been competing?
Armand Peri : I’ve won shows on the National and International level…
Pro Media Mag : Our readers would like to have a glimpse of Armand as an author?
Armand Peri : I just finished writing my first book, entitled “Unparalleled Success”, where I reflect on the obstacles I went through as a business owner and provide a roadmap for aspiring entrepreneurs.
My goal is to help others achieve their dreams and by focusing on their passion, setting goals and overcoming obstacles.
Pro Media Mag : What’s the biggest achievement in your career so far?
Armand Peri : Being able to purchase my parents a house…
Pro Media Mag : Are you working on any new project?
Armand Peri : Yes, I just created a very popular drag show called “Diva Royale” and I’m going to expand that show into all the cities Hunk-O-Mania is in…
Pro Media Mag : Are you active on social media, what’s the best way to follow you online? Yes, very active
Armand Peri : Instagram: @lifeperiway