Manpower ready to get pulses racing in Gladstone
CHRIS Asimos's life ambition wasn't to join male entertaining group Manpower, but he's glad he decided off the cuff to join the Thunder from Downunder.
Chris is a part of the team of six who travel the world, making women's hearts beat faster with their saucy dance routines.
The fireman character has been in the team for a year, making the most of his whirlwind experience.
"Last year I would hop on Trip Advisor and see must-see attractions and I made the most of it," he said.
He said he burned the candle at both ends, doing a four-hour show every night.
"We don't get a lot of time to sightsee, but we use time management skills to fit in as much as we can."
The 28-year old is in fact a trained actor, and stumbled upon a Manpower billboard while he was looking for acting work in Las Vegas.
"I did the whole TV and theatre life and went to drama school for four years," he said, speaking to Pulse ahead of the Gladstone Manpower show on March 15.
"I lived the struggling actor's life in Melbourne, living off toast and vegemite. I saw a billboard with the Manpower ad on it and I thought I would suss it out."
Chris said he'd never thought Manpower would be an avenue to practise his acting.
"I contacted the manager that day and thought how many emails would they get? I got an email back within the hour asking if I would like an interview," he said.
"I had to quickly sober up and I had to give my chest hair a trim and do a few push-ups."
He got the job and since then has been very busy being a Manpower man.
"We do 13 shows a week in Las Vegas; it is full-on," he said.
"It is a full-time job. We work out (during the day). We have to take care of our bodies and that's what the girls come to see.
"It beats working behind a desk."
So what's it really like being in Manpower?
"Some shows are the size of a big bedroom and the audience is so close," he said.
"If you are doing something and you have cheering women applauding you the whole time, it's pretty hard to feel bored," Chris said.
"I have had a time when I was on stage and in the middle of my solo routine some girls stormed the stage and grabbed me and tried to have their way with me," he said.
"At the time I was really shocked. I have come from a background where it is professional theatre and an audience is in silence.
"You feel like a Justin Beiber."
Chris said all the Manpower men were available.
"We are all single and ready to mingle pretty much," he said.
He said it was hard to maintain a stable relationship.
Although being in Manpower had been a great ride so far, Chris said he wouldn't lose sight of his goal.
"Acting is the number one priority. I have stars in my eyes and being in America is one step closer," he said.
"I want to get back into Shakespeare or something more serious."
Chris encouraged the women of Gladstone to head along to the show.
"It's pure escapism and pure entertainment. I make it hot."
- Where: Harvey Rd Tavern
- When: Sunday, March 15, from 7.30pm
- Tickets: $30. Head to the Harvey Road Tavern website to purchase tickets