Upfront with D’angelo Thompson: In Conversation with John Paul Pfeiffer
Being a New York-based international model, John Paul Pfeiffer has been in the fashion industry for over 23 years. In 1997, he graduated from St. Lawrence University with a football scholarship. After moving to NY, John Paul took over the modeling world and soon traveled to various internal locations for work, such as Munich, Milan, Athens, and Barcelona. After working in over 15 countries for over two decades, John Paul has appeared in over 40 renowned magazines and media platforms such as Maxim, GQ, Details, British Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Men’s Health, and Marie Claire.
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DT: JP, you and I have known each other for quite some time. I met you when you were modeling, but I remember you are always studying. So, I’m not surprised by your business success. Talk about what you are currently working on?
JP: Recently, I started a company called Interact Digitally; it is a culmination of everything I’ve learned with marketing my own companies: Commence Quest, Modeling Apts, Grant Island, and Playa Pochomil. So, all the studying, taking thousands of dollars in classes has led me to build Interact Digitally. I will be launching to Interact Digitally soon. This business will open up opportunities for many businesses, from doing it yourself or a full spectrum concierge service.
DT: How do you juggle all the time zones?
JP: Pochomil is in a time zone one hour away. CQ, in the beginning, had a lot of business in Asia, representing over 40+ models. As well as clients in NYC, models need travel and living arrangements. After a while of crazy sleep schedules for 3-4 years, I realized I had to shift my energy to the talent who were generating the most money. All the experiences came in very handy, and I learned a lot.
DT: What motivates you? What’s your passion(s)?
JP: My passion was BMX for 15 years, traveling the world training, and racing BMX bikes. A few years ago, I decided to focus on my other businesses and close the book on my BMX career.
Also, traveling to Grant Island, which is an integral part of my life. I am very passionate about being successful and helping others achieve their goals. I learned motivation through my father; he taught me my drive. As a teenager, my dad would take me to dinner and nail into my head about being the best in whatever I do. I’m so grateful that he instilled that kind of motivation.
DT: What are your intentions for this decade, now coined the new normal?
JP: I will focus more on my work, accomplishing goals that I have planned. As the business is shifting, it’s time to pivot to what I specialize in, which more niche brands and global markets that I know well.
DT: What advice would you give to your 10-year-old self?
JP: I would tell him to focus on specializing and being the best at that one thing he loves. The people that I look up to did many things as far as being athletes but focused on one thing. Like Jordan in basketball, so I probably would have focused solely on baseball.
DT: What inspires you?
JP: Successful people inspire me like Tony Robbin, who inspires others to do more, be better. I’m inspired by successful people.
DT: Where do you find balance?
JP: I find balance in moving around, checking out my properties, traveling while modeling, and scouting for models. I think I find balance in learning, moving, and you can never be bored.
D’angelo Thompson is a three-time Daytime Emmy Nominated Hair and Makeup Artist, “Guest Hair” Daytime Emmy Award winner for the Wendy Williams Show, an accomplished Author, and Podcast Host.
His most recent credits include Law & Order SVU, Season 21, MTV/VH-1/LOGO (Viacom), Amy Trask (CBS Sports), Food Network, Joy Mangano, Amber Stevens West/Andrea DeBordeaux for Run The World (Starz), and Author, James Patterson. His expertise extends to bridal, editorial, commercial, film, and television. Additionally, for over 20 years, D’angelo has been a consultant and educator in partnerships with Il Makiage, Glamour Dolls Makeup, Chic Studios, Makeup For Ever, Calvin Klein Cosmetics, LORAC, and others.
As an Author, D’angelo penned and published “Enhanced Beauty”, “Enhanced Beauty for Teens “, “Enhanced Beauty: Men’s Grooming”, and “A 100 Days of Gratitude”. All are available on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and other online retailers.
He is also the host of “Gratitude Is A Journey” available on Anchor.fm/dangelo- thompson and “Beauty & Gratitude” a series on Soulivity Magazine’s ‘SoulivityTV’, available on Youtube.
D’angelo was educated at Pratt Institute for two years in Fashion Merchandising and Fine Art and through mentorships with Alfred Fornay, Byron Barnes, and Sherry Lee. He further attended The Makeup Institute of California, MAC Pro, Makeup Forever Pro/Academy Workshops, Lash Extension Certification through NYIB, and Basic FX lessons from Daytime Emmy Award-Winning artist, Ingrid Okola. He also holds practitioner licenses and accreditations in Emotional Intelligence, Reiki, Crystal Healing, and Hypnotherapy. Currently attending National University, studying Psychology.
As a community activist, he organizes yearly fundraisers to support AIDS research, education, and advocacy with The Latino Commission on AIDS (2009-2017), youth initiatives, domestic violence, and sex traﬃcking awareness (2000-Present), social justice, and LGBTQ rights & safety (1990-Present).
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