Photo courtesy Ali Kaukas
As a snowboarder Jack Mitrani rarely keeps his feet on the ground. However, each morning, this energetic sport and music enthusiast begins his day by planting one foot on the floor saying “thank” followed by the other foot, whispering “you.” Jack has much to be grateful for: he is not only a talented snowboarder, but also the force behind The Frendly Gathering, a 3-day festival hosted this year in Timber Ridge Vermont in June. The festival is a celebrated gathering of alternative and electronic artists doing what they do best: spreading joy through art. The Frendly Gathering taps into one of Jack’s other passions: music. An avid guitarist, Jack has his sights set on collaborating with other musician friends in the not-so-distant future.
If you could describe yourself in one hashtag, what would it be?
Tell us about a girl in your life who rocks.
She's one of those girls that when you meet her, you know. A one-of-a-kind human and she is my rock. She continues to inspire me on a day-to-day basis and brings out the best in WE. She fills my heart with love and keeps my head more clear than a mint set of prescription glasses. She reminds me that beauty comes from the inside out. She could be the first female president if she wanted to. She's my soul mate, my wing-woman, my girlfrend, and my best frend. She rocks harder than the Rolling Stones at Madison Square Garden. Ladies and gentlemen, Audrey Buchanan... BOOM there goes my heart!
What are your dreams/goals/ambitions?
To be an intellectual global citizen. To be able to share my story and dreams articulately and with confidence. To start a movement based around the importance of frendship. To end wars, insecurity, loneliness, and bullying with the Frendly movement. To stand up for what is right and for what is real no matter how big or small the issue is. To marry my soulmate. To always live with integrity. To always live an honest life. To be a great father and husband. To be a great Frend. To live in Vermont. To be apart of a community I am proud of and raise children in. To clear all negative channels so that positivity will flow freely. To have a feature on I AM THAT GIRL.
What are you most proud of?
Architecting my own reality and living with no regrets.
Understanding that the societal norm of "go to school, get a job, get married, have kids, retire, die" is not the only road map that you can use.
Every day I think about where the road less traveled has taken me. Best of all I know that it's just the beginning. I always want to be the student. Always learning.
What do you find most sexy about a girl?
REALNESS! A girl that is proud to say what she thinks, believes in herself, wear what she wants, glows with confidence and loves herself inside and out.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I live in the moment and try not to fantasize about ten years from now. I prefer to think, "where do I see myself today?" By living to the fullest everyday, in 10 years I should be exactly where I am meant to be.
What is the number one item on your bucket list?
To spark a movement that will catalyze frendship, inspire the growth of strong communities, and encourage the world to simply be Frendly to one another. With the emerging world of ubiquitous technology people tend to forget the importance of real frendships. I want to remind everyone to be kind to one another, kind to themselves, and kind to the world we all live in. I see this movement as a way to eliminate major global issues such as bullying, depression, loneliness, and even war.
"A dream you dream alone is just a dream, a dream you dream together is reality." - John Lennon
Who has been the biggest male influence in your life and why?
The first is John Lennon mainly because of his beliefs, creativity, vision, music and his confidence to stand up for what he believed in. I have always agreed with world PEACE and John being a true advocate of it, i've always looked up to him.
The second is Jake Burton, founder of Burton Snowboards. Jake's a true inspiration when it comes to the way he lives his life, runs his business, and treats the people that surround him. Given that he is the creator of one of the world's most iconic brands and the pioneer as snowboarding as a sport, it's motivating to know what he has gone through and how cool and down to earth he has remained through all of it.
What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and what did you learn from it?
My first reaction to this question is to respond with the biggest adrenaline risk I have ever taken... Five years ago I attempted a world record snowboard air, my dream since I was a lil kid, and it ended up putting me in the hospital and rearranging my back and hip. What did I learn from that? A LOT. That experience showed me that we as humans are destined to fail in our lifetimes, and so it's all about how we learn from our World Record Ass kickings and stay motivated to take on the next "impossible" dream.
After thinking about this a little more, I realized that at this juncture in my career I am actively taking the biggest risk yet -- which is experiencing and accepting vulnerability. I am transitioning out of competitive snowboarding, the world I grew up in and the world I know best. This transition takes crucial conversations, honest moments with myself and my frends, figuring out a balance of self-fulfillment and work, and never being worried about what the outside thinks of any of it.
What is one stereotype about men that isn’t really true?
We always leave the toilet seat up.