August 28, 2023
Giving back to one’s community is a foundational pillar at BIKE Athletic. That’s why we love to partner with like-minded brands and people that help us make a difference and raise awareness for causes that we’re passionate about. We first noticed Mark Mackillop on Instagram where he was promoting a contest where any proceeds raised would be donated to Broadway Cares.
Mark is a lifelong performer with a background in ballet, training at the Boston Ballet and American Ballet Theater in New York City and then being hired by the nation's oldest continually running company, the Atlanta Ballet. After three seasons in Atlanta, Mark moved to New York to pursue musical theater. He’s played Riff on the international tour of West Side Story, performed in the national tour of Dirty Dancing, and is currently playing Prince Siegfried on the first national tour of Anastasia.
We recently chatted with Mark to learn more about why he’s driven to uplift the rights of others and how he keeps himself feeling grounded.
“Well growing up I was bullied a lot and made to feel different. I was terrified anyone would find out I was gay and that kind of emotional warfare can do a number on anyone, especially a kid. So I made a vow to myself to live my life as authentically as possible and I want everyone to have that freedom and those rights and to be whoever they want to be as long as that’s not harming anyone or anything.”
“I find I’m in my best mental and physical shape when I’m taking steps to be the best me I can be. That includes making time to go to the gym and also taking time to decompress and be alone. The biggest breakthrough and moments of personal growth happen when I’m quiet, by myself, and have time to think and reflect. Just time for me when I don’t have to be ‘on’ or perform in social interactions.”
“I love a [BIKE] jockstrap, it’s my summer savior especially in New York City when it’s hot.”
“The fit is great and the fabric is so soft, it feels like you’re barely wearing anything [at all].”
“I’m very passionate about raising money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA). When I first moved to NYC I didn’t have health insurance and I got very sick. Lost my singing voice. The Entertainment Fund, (formerly the Actors Fund) which was given grants by BCEFA, helped me get seen by a doctor and [become] healthy again. It’s my belief that if you take from the pot then you need to make sure there’s enough after you’re done for the next person. That’s why I’m so passionate about BCEFA.”
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