5 Minute Interview: Andrew Snavely
Alvin: Who are you, what do you do, and what do you enjoy most about it?
Andrew: My name is Andrew Snavely and I’m the founder and editor of Primer Magazine. Primer is an online men’s lifestyle magazine for guys in their 20’s who are interested in self-development, affordable style, how-to’s and becoming better men.
All through college we have our hands held through everything, from picking classes, to structured tests and homework, to finding living accommodations. But once we graduate it’s all us; once that diploma is in hand it’s, “Good luck you’re an adult now.”
Many of us came out of the college gates feeling grossly unprepared. “How do I buy a new car?” “How do I buy a suit other than the Sears special?” “How do I negotiate a raise?” “When am I supposed to change my brakes?” All of these things are important aspects of young adults’ lives, but no one ever teaches them.
That’s where Primer comes in and it’s been hugely rewarding to research and learn these things and be able to share the information with other guys just like me.
Alvin: Pick any man in the world as your role model who would it be and why?
Andrew: My role models are the millions of unsung men who are able to achieve personal success and growing into productive men they can be proud of. It may sound corny but think about it — buying a house is one of the cornerstones of the American dream, but no one ever prepares us for how to save, how to navigate the sales process, etc. Any guy who can be proactive enough to figure out what needs to be done, set goals, and achieve them is somebody I whole-heartedly look up to.
Alvin: What do you wish to accomplish 1 year from today?
Andrew: I hope my efforts to build a larger community within Primer payoff. I’m not an expert on anything — I’m just a guy who is trying to be the best man I can, and sharing any tidbits I find a long the way. That’s all of our contributors in a nutshell — normal people that have knowledge through experience that other normal guys can benefit from. The larger the community, the more experience there is to share with each other.
Alvin: What has been your greatest experience so far with “Primer Magazine”?
Andrew: Some of the most rewarding moments are when readers send me a note to tell me they’ve tried a technique or bought a product that we discussed on the site and how happy they are or where it’s taken them. Traffic numbers and comments can only tell you so much, knowing all the hard work we put into every article has actually helped someone’s life is what it’s all about.
Alvin: What has been your largest step to manhood?
Andrew: One of the things I’m most proud of in my life is my relationship with my girlfriend. Together for over five years now, I’ve really matured along the way. It’s been a lot of fun but hasn’t been without snags.
A little over a year ago she was diagnosed with breast cancer at 25, and my body’s “it’s time to step up” instinct kicked in. It’s been an amazing and life changing experience to watch someone you see every day transform into the strongest person you’ve ever known. People worry about terrible things happening and wonder how they would react. Our generation is so used to the “me, me, me” mentality but you naturally put yourself in the back seat when something like that happens, and knowing you’re able to work through something terrible with your partner is incredibly rewarding.
I’ve definitely grown up a lot. I’m happy to report after surgery, 6 rounds of chemo, and radiation she’s currently NED, No Evidence of Disease, and doing great.
Be sure to tell the women in your life to check themselves once a month, it’s not an old lady disease like many people think.
Alvin: What has been the best advice you received about being a man?
Andrew: I’m not ashamed to say my favorite movie is Back to the Future, and Doc’s encouraging words to Marty have always stuck with me. “You can accomplish anything you put your mind to.” Whether that’s building a time-traveling DeLorean or starting a men’s magazine for college grads from the ground up, a man’s only limited by himself. As Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can, or can’t, you’re right.” Sometimes the only ones who need convinced of our own abilities are ourselves.0