We had the good fortune of connecting with Anthony Mastracci and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anthony, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Initially, when I started The Next Gentleman, I wanted to create a men’s lifestyle magazine to help 20-something’s reconnect with the meaning of modern masculinity. That whole identity was beginning to reform from some of the old, arguably misogynistic stereotypes. Now, despite having reporting experience, I didn’t know how to START a magazine, so I began with a simple WordPress website and social media channels. The Next Gentleman has been running since November 2015 and I love that I never stop learning something new about what it means to create meaningful content online.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
On the surface, I’m a guy with a huge scraggly beard who likes to dress up. Now, when I was growing up, people who looked like me, in one way or another, weren’t always looked at in the highest regard. But I believe that developing your image and personal style are the best opportunities to represent who you are on the inside. When it comes to content, that’s my goal – to capture small moments of being yourself. Creating content like this can be challenging. Sometimes you need help with photography or videography when you can’t shoot it yourself. That kind of help isn’t always readily available. Sometimes, and I’m sure this is true for many people, you just aren’t feeling or looking your best and it can be discouraging. But what I find makes the process a lot easier is just having fun with it and letting loose in front of the camera. If Derek Zoolander can do it, why can’t I?
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Ohhhhhhhh yes. Great question. I’m a Boston guy at heart but I do love showing people around Los Angeles. The main targets I hit when my friends come into town (pre COVID) are hiking trails, like Runyon or Eaton Canyon, shopping either at The Grove, Melrose Ave, or Abbot Kinney, and then grabbing some good at the Leo’s Tacos truck, Bludso’s BBQ, or Body Energy Club for a nice smoothie.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d be remiss if I didn’t dedicate my efforts to my mom, my dad, and the rest of my family in addition to prominent professors, colleagues, and even some fictional characters I’ve encountered along the way who have helped shape me as an individual. My goal is to emphasize love and respect for the self and everything around the self and I wouldn’t be able to do that without the ideas I’ve learned from these people.