HL: Ryan, your official title is “road manager” but your job entails much more than that. Can you explain to us what you do on a day to day basis while traveling with Justin’s camp?
RG: I’m Justin’s stylist so I basically work with him to decide on what gear, etc. he wears. I’ve worn a lot of hats on the road with him over the past few years with none being more important than big brother.
HL: You were Usher’s assistant, how did that job differ from this?
RG: Haha. I was actually, and Usher will tell you the same, a terrible assistant. I made the transition to stylist when usher told me he admired my personal style and taste in clothing. He actually called me with the idea that I’d be a perfect fit in helping develop Justin as an artist.
HL: Where are you from, and how did you get in this game in the first place?
RG: I’m from Jupiter, Flor. I don’t know. I’m very blessed to be in the position I’m in. I’m just a beach boy from Florida who worked really hard and had some luck.
HL: Do you give Justin advice on girls? What kind of advice do you give him?
RG: I just tell him to be himself and never be afraid to laugh at yourself.
HL: How do you help Justin stay grounded and not get big headed?
RG: He’s got a few people around him that have his best interest always. The most important thing, way ahead of success, is that he continues to evolve into man of integrity.
HL: How can we expect Justin’s style/attitude to evolve?
RG: I think like any person, his tastes and personal style will evolve as he’s exposed to different things and as his music evolves.
HL: How did the swagger coach thing start?
RG: Haha. It was a joke between me and JB that I guess was something we could laugh at. Its funny how people took it as something real as ridiculous as it sounds. Haha. Clearly, I’m not cool enough to take on a position of that stature. Haha.