Adam Rippon on ‘Beautiful on the Outside’ & Achieving Success Through Authenticity | NowThis

(upbeat music) – Adam Rippon, I have a question for you. Which was more nerve
wracking, writing a memoir or preparing for the Olympics? – [Adam Rippon] Getting
ready for the Olympics was, like, a 20-year process, and the book was not 20 years. But I think sharing so much of myself, I thought writing the book You know, I’ve written a
strongly worded text message, that’s long, right? A long form email. And I thought it would
be like the same thing. – (laughs) What difference
is a memoir, really? – It’s, like, just a bunch of emails. It was definitely, just
to kind of revisit a lot of different points in my life, and Because I felt like I could
reflect and see how far I’ve come, and all the
situations that I’ve been in and how I’ve learned from them. You know, I think the
Olympics was scarier, but writing the book was
definitely a challenge. But I had a really great
experience putting it together. – I’m the least athletic
person in the world, but I love the Olympics. (laughs) Training for that is your whole life. – Yeah. Was it scary leaving
that behind and embarking on this new venture? – [Adam Rippon] I think
the biggest thing is that when you’ve done
something for so long, and it’s been such a
huge part of your life, there is like The life of an athlete is so regimented, that you know exactly what you’re going to be doing months from now, in a year. You set a calendar of goals
of all these competitions you want to be at. You know, if I was still competing, I would be thinking ahead
to three years from now, to the next Olympics. Leaving it all behind, but I think whenever you leave anything, whether it’s like you’re
graduating from college, and you’re like entering the real world. We all sort of go through that process. So it’s challenging to
leave it behind, but – What’s your advice for anyone who’s in a situation like that right now? Like we were just talking
about the kids graduating from college, like
switching careers midlife. – Well switching careers is scary as sh*t. It’s really scary, because
you do what you know. And especially, like, if you’ve done it and you feel like you’re proficient at it. And you feel like you’re
respected in your field. And then to kind of switch
gears, and be like I’m going to do something different, I think ‘Cause if it’s something
you really want to do, there’s gonna obviously be
moments where you’re like, “I made a mistake, I messed up.” If you realized that you’re
really doing what you love to do and you’re doing what you want to do, you’ll see yourself out of those moments. And they’ll become fewer and fewer. I think that what I’ve learned
in the moments of my life, where I didn’t know what I
was doing, was that you know, bleach your teeth, get a
spray tan, you’ll be okay. – How would you describe
where you were five years ago, as opposed to where you are now? – It was like one of the
lowest points for me, but I would also say I was the most hungry and the most willing to take risks. I’ll never forget the way
that I felt in those days, because in those days I
really pushed myself to be And it’s in that mindset
that I feel like I really gained a lot of strength, and
I really became the person that I really like today. – [Interviewer] When I
think about your career, and this persona you’ve built, I think about you wearing
your heart on your sleeve. Who you are and how
you represent yourself, and how it’s so important
for the queer community. How did you get the
courage to be so authentic? – I came out in my
personal life in my 20s. And then I came out professionally, in, like, my athletic
career, when I was like 25, so a few years before the Olympics. And I realized that, like,
I could just enjoy myself a little bit more if I just And I think by the time
I got to the Olympics, and I was able to do that, it didn’t feel like I was being courageous. I just felt like I was doing
my best to, like, engage. And I was doing my best to
be present in those moments. And I know from my own experiences that sometimes that can be scary. But I wasn’t trying to be
anything else other than who I was and just to really enjoy that
moment as it was happening. – What’s the motivation for that? Is it the idea that maybe – You know, I think back to
me as, like, a 10 year old, so uncomfortable in my own
skin, so feeling out of place. And I think that sometimes And it kind of feels like almost that – We’ve talked a lot about
your past, given that this is a memoir, but where do
you see yourself going next? – I think what I’ve always loved doing, is I’ve loved entertaining people. And I love making people laugh. And I think for a really long time, to entertain people and to get people to feel something. And I think when I had that
experience at the Olympics, that whole month of February,
I felt like I kind of had the chance to And I hope that in the
next few years I’m able to continue doing what I love
doing, continue doing that. And then you know, as an athlete,
I do love, like, an award. So I’m, like hoping to
get Emmys and stuff. – I think we’re going
to get an Emmy for this. – Are you kidding? I feel like we are already nominated. – [Intercom Announcer] May I
have your attention please, may I have your attention please. – Get the (bleep) out. – [Intercom Announcer] We’re having a test on the building’s fire alarm system. Disregard any audio or visual
changes you may see or hear. – This is going in the
end credits. (laughs) – [Intercom Announcer] Once again, may I have your attention.

Antonio Breitenberg

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