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“Rad Dad Feature: Jarod DeAnda”

Passionate about the automotive industry, you might know Jarod DeAnda as the voice behind Formula Drift and Red Bull Global Rallycross. Additionally, Jarod is a rad dad extraordinaire. Dedicated husband and father to two boys, his outlook on life is nothing short of inspiring. His passion might lie in cars, but it’s obvious that his true love is being a father. It’s my pleasure to introduce Jarod DeAnda and an honor to share this feature.

1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?

Host, Presenter & MC of Primarily the Formula Drift Championship (Live & Livestreamed MC & TV Host) & the Live MC for Red Bull Global Rallycross but MC & Voiceover work for Scion, Ford, Toyota, Red Bull, Monster Energy, EA Games, Snap-on Tools & more…

That’s what I do for “work” but I enjoy doing what I do and all of the frequent flyer miles accumulated from across the globe to create a living for my SUPER RAD family, my awesomely supportive wife Stephanie of 13 years this September, my 2 boys Parker who’s 9 & Tyson who’s 1.5 years old. Balance is the key to a successful marriage and family life and I’d like to think that Stephanie and I have done a good job at it. The difference between what I do and a typical 9-5 job is when I am not traveling, I am home with my family all day. I am home to walk my kid to the bus stop, make breakfast, do homework after school, go to soccer, football or baseball practice, even assistant coach when time allows. I think balance also comes from good communication with my wife and kids and with my employers.

2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?

A Modern-Day Dad doesn’t have to choose between a successful career and being a present dad. There has always been this stigma that you couldn’t be both and I don’t agree. Being a Modern-Day Dad is being conscious of the past, respecting and admiring elements of a by gone era yet living in the now. I like to think that what I am teaching my kids awareness of surroundings including people, topics & experiences and creating an environment for my kids and family to live a happy,healthy life. I hope to teach them to enjoy travel, to experience the amazing world we live in. But at the end of the day I want to teach them to be good men, to be respectful, kind and thoughtful.

3.How did becoming a father change your life?

Being a father is the utmost responsibility! It’s an absolute blessing that can never be known until you have kids yourself ( NO people sorry dogs, cats or even nieces or nephews can’t rival, nothing!)

It’s an experience far too taken for granted of even by myself. But to answer the question, I would say I’m even more driven to succeed for them, I get more patient as the years go by, I used to get excited to go to work, now I’m excited to get home, and mostly I’m excited to wake up each day to my very happy morning kids.

What does a perfect “Dad” look like & who’s a perfect “dad” you admire?Fortunately it doesn’t exist. I personally don’t want to live up to others expectations of what a Dad is. I take being a Dad day-by-day. Sometimes I make great choices for them and sometimes I do or say things I wish I could take back. I admire Dad’s that are present for their kids and who allow their kids to fail with grace and win with sportsmanship and who teach their kids the importance of respect and manners. In my eyes being a Dad is far different from being a father. Dad’s fail everyday but its ok cause we’re not perfect and we’re learning as we go too.

4. Whats the greatest part about being a dad?

Knowing that these two kids are my boys for life and one day when they’re grown I hope we will be best friends. Obviously seeing them happy but I think seeing them interact with others and seeing their character come out makes me so proud (most of the time). Hey they’re boys, they are going to say and do stupid stuff.

5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?

Oh man, really?

I have a very humbling experience as I have a foul mouth…

My oldest was about 5 or so, just him and I are playing “Chutes & Ladders” the board game. His piece lands right beside mine on the game board and he says “look dad, yourfckingkiddingme” I respond with “what did you say?” This goes back and forth a few times before he seems a bit bothered I didn’t know what he was saying but I knew what he was saying so finally I say “Bubbas, what did you say?” He responded with “Dad, you know when you’re really close to a car in front of you and you’re F*#£ing kidding me?”. Needless to say I felt teeny tiny in a big room but it just goes to show they’re constantly absorbing information. We haven’t played Chutes & Ladders since.

6. What advice can you give any new father out there?

You are who you surround yourself with. Like jobs or mentors, you don’t just have one job or mentor you adapt and utilize lessons learned from different people that you admire and respect. Change diapers, wake up with them, spend time with themand enjoy the ride (that’s me talking to myself).

Find Jarod online at JarodDeAnda.com

and on Instagram & Twitter @JarodDeAnda

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