On April 2, Jon Howes of The Chippendales (Las Vegas production) chatted with Powerjournalist Markos Papadatos. He is the “April” model in The Chippendales’ 2020 calendar, which could come in handy lately, especially for counting how many days people are in quarantine. “They can count down the days,” he said with a laugh.
On being quarantined due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he said, “It is quite interesting. It is almost surreal, but I am trying to keep things normal.”
Fortunately for Howes, his apartment has a “pretty decent” balcony, which affords him the opportunity to work out in fresh air.
Howes shared that he has been with The Chippendales for 8.5 years, and he will be celebrating his ninth anniversary in July. Throughout his tenure with the popular male revue, he did The Chippendales touring show for 3.5 years. From the current cast, Howes is the dancer that has been with them the longest. “That is surreal,” he said. “It has been a good experience. It has definitely evolved. The camaraderie between the guys has stayed the same, and that’s what makes the job so fun. It’s all about making memories.”
On his daily motivations, Howes said, “Workwise, I want to please people. It is very gratifying going into the show and seeing happy faces every night. A lot of other people are not that fortunate in their workplace. I don’t take this for granted.”
When asked about his career-defining moments with The Chippendales, he shared that he initially didn’t have any dancing experience when he started.”I never left the country and I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. It has been a gradual progression to where I am today. To see my face on a taxi is really neat. I am very thankful for that,” he said.
On being a performer in the digital age, Howes said, “It’s interesting. It’s one of your things that is always in your face. It is almost like a learning curve trying to stay engaged with everybody. It has been interesting to see digital content blowing up. These days, the only way to reach people is via digital content.”
For young and aspiring performers, he said, “The biggest thing is to have a good personality. Stand out and define yourself with your personality. Anybody can be in shape, anybody can have a good look but we focus on finding guys that are the total package: personality, charisma, and good looks.”
He praised fellow Chippendales performer Teddy Z. for being a good singer and a good dancer. “He is super nice and super talented,” he said.
On staying in top-notch physical shape, Howes noted that it’s a combination of diet, exercise, and consistency. “If you’re not eating right, you are not going to get anywhere,” he said. “I try to eat a plant-based/vegetarian/vegan diet a couple of days a week,” he added.
Regarding the title of the current chapter of his life, he responded, “Growth.”
Their show in Las Vegas is seven shows a week, and they do nine shows a week. “Personally, I usually work six of those shows,” he said.
Howes defined the word success as “doing what you want, doing what makes you happy and what fulfills your life. Success doesn’t have to be defined by money or by material things. Success is achieving what you personally want to achieve inside your heart.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, he encouraged his fans to wash their hands and to practice social distancing. “Don’t panic, stay safe and stay healthy,” he said.
For his Chippendales fans and supporters, Howes said, “We definitely have some very very loyal fans. I can’t thank them enough since they are what drives our show: the same people that come back over and over again. The fans are the core.”
To learn more about The Chippendales, check out their official website.