5 Questions: Carlisle native Evan Mack hosts new WWE show
Tammie Gitt The Sentinel 16 hrs ago
Back in the heyday of Carlisle Street Hoops, when basketball games closed High Street for a summer afternoon, people would say basketball standout Evan Mack put on a show during the slam dunk competition.
Now, he literally puts on a show every week as one of the hosts of WWEs The Bump.
The Bump premiered Oct. 2 on the WWE Network while being broadcast simultaneously on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. The show airs live at 10 a.m. every Wednesday.
The move is the latest leg in a journey that took Mack from Carlisle to Los Angeles, and now to Stamford, Connecticut, as he pursues a passion greater than any hoop dreams: acting and entertainment.
Macks been willing to hustle to make it happen, working as a production assistant at WWE, producing shows for AfterBuzzTV and working the red carpet for various events.
Q. Tell us a little about your journey from Carlisle to L.A.
A. A lot of mistakes, missteps and random situations led me to this point. Going through life not knowing who you are after basketball was a scary thing. I had to focus on what my true passion was and that is acting and entertainment. Being broke for years, relying on financial support from your father, going to college, working terrible jobs and then finally getting a foothold in Los Angeles was a struggle to say the least. Then, after you establish yourself in LA, you get a job that moves you to Stamford, Connecticut. Thats life and its crazy sometimes.
Q. How did the connection to WWE come about?
A. A mixture of God, my familys support and the platform offered by Afterbuzz TV. I put in the time and effort at the network and relied on the freedom of expression they provided me with. With each passing week, I developed and found my voice and was given creative liberties that caught the eye of my dream company. I cant thank Keven Undergaro and Maria Menounos enough for the chance to let me be me.
Q. What can people expect from your new gig at The Bump?
A. They can expect an original, unscripted, honest approach to sports entertainment. WWE has given me the platform to be creative while hanging out and interviewing the industries top WWE superstars from the past, present and future.
Q. What advice would you give someone who has similar dreams to yours?
A. Make sure you have a way to pay your bills. You can pursue your dreams, but dont be hungry or homeless. My wife worked doubles, added hours, worked seven days straight at times just to afford me the opportunity to pursue this dream. No one does this by themselves. My advice is to cherish the people that believe in you, help you, pray for you to succeed. Im still grinding, even with a little bit of daylight in front of me. Dont give up, ever.
Q. Since many locals remember you from your basketball days, how often do you get a chance to play?
A. Im old now, ha. I havent played basketball in years. Sometimes I miss the feeling, the cheers, the boos and even the hate that came with my game. Then, I think back at the times when I thought I was good enough to play at a high level. I came to a realization I was never good enough to play in the NBA or professionally. Listening to people tell me I wasted my talent didnt really understand the game wasnt a way out for me. It was just a fun thing I loved to do. It took an injury to help push me to another chapter in my life. I loved the game and the opportunities it gave me, but I feel entertaining people is my true calling.