Name: Dante Carver
Age: Depends on work ;)
Occupation: Actor, owner and designer for AtAt Designs
Likes: Good food, movies, comics, games, life
Dislikes: Missed opportunities
1. What first brought you to Japan? Visiting friends from school and being scouted by several entertainment agencies.
2. What’s keeping you here? Work, people.
3. When you think of Japan, you think of … Beautiful landscapes, matsuri (festivals) and the Tokyo Game Show.
4. Name the person in Japan you admire the most? Ken Watanabe — he’s crossed so many borders. He’s also naturally gifted and respectful, both on and off the camera.
5. Where do you go to escape Tokyo? More than four days? San Diego Comic-Con. It’s perfect for artistically and mentally refreshing oneself. Less than four days? A movie theater. It’s the perfect escape, no matter where you live.
6. What’s the most exciting/outrageous thing you have ever done? Skydiving and moving to Japan — getting new life experiences is always exciting!
7. What’s the strangest request you’ve ever been asked in your line of work? I’ve had two of them: strip-dance at the requester’s birthday as “Oni-chan”; and sign some underwear the person was wearing two minutes before the request. (They were handed to me.)
8. If you could share a bottle of wine with anyone from history, who would it be? Martin Luther King, Jr., Bruce Lee, King Arthur, my parents — all of them have been inspirations and I’d love to hear their thoughts on life.
9. What song best describes your work ethic? The theme song to “Superman” — it’s positive, inspired and focused.
10. Please describe who Yoso Guy is in a sentence or two for someone who is unfamiliar with the SoftBank commercial. Someone who does something or handles a situation in an unexpected or an intelligent and unique way.
11. Do you share any characteristics with Yoso Guy? I guess I do. Of course, I work hard, but sometimes working smarter is more efficient. I tend to find new ways to surprise people in good ways: designing, acting, writing, etc.
12. Is there anything “unexpected” about you in real life? I’m a people person. People inspire me. I tend to be a bit of a “fanboy” with things I like but who isn’t, right?
13. Did you feel as though you had to compete with the more famous members of the White family — actress Aya Ueto and the snow-white dog named Kai — for attention when the SoftBank series of commercials started? Not at all. We get along very well, just like a real family. Also, when I started, it was just me. Having the “family” introduced made it more exciting for all of us. I love my family!
14. What is the best piece advice Otosan (dad) has ever given you? Did you listen to him? Be kind to others. Yes, I try to be.
15. You’ve also acted in a few films over the past six years (“Feel the Wind,” “My Darling is a Foreigner” “Island Pandemic”). Any memorable moments? All the cast members of the ekiden (a long-distance relay running race) movie had stand-ins, except me. One day, we had to run about 52 km because of problems with “B camera.” (They were) good times.
16. More recently, you appear to be interested in fashion/design (as CEO of AtAt Designs). How would you describe your own personal style? I’ve always been interested in art, design and fashion. Like movies, there are many forms of art. Running my own design/brand company is both exciting and challenging. Challenges keep us learning. My style is a mix of casual, street, semi-formal and otaku (geeky).
17. Can a pair of lightsaber chopsticks help you see at night? Can they help with kung-fu? The force is always strong with me. Yes, they can help you see in the dark — they glow.
18. How would you get an elephant into a refrigerator? Put peanuts in the back of it?
19. What do you want to be when you grow up? Good question. I hope I never stop growing.
20. Do you have any words of advice for young people? Believe in yourself. Dream big, love bigger and do what you love.
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