When I first reached out to Mike about being featured on the site, I was a little nervous. I mean, the guy’s worked with Tyra, doesn’t have to wear pants for a living, and worked at an ice cream truck. The dream right there, right? Anyway, the more we talked over email, the more I realized he just seems like someone who’s had some pretty rad stories over the years and is looking to leave a mark just big enough on the entertainment industry. From Zoolander to Jack Kerouac and everything in between, Scocozza is genuine enough about what’s already happened and optimistic about what’s coming up. And it seems like there’s nowhere to go from here but skyward.
- First of all, I have to ask. That ice cream truck you work (worked?) with is absolutely phenomenal. It came to my last job in LA and I’ve never had a radder ice cream sandwich, at least from a food truck. How’d you get involved with it?
Coolhaus is the name of the ice cream truck that I worked for. The company started about 6 years ago with just one truck. Today they have 8 trucks, 2 brick and mortar stores, and have products in grocery stores all throughout the country. I got involved with them about 4 years ago. I was looking for another job to make some extra cash. While talking to my friend, she mentions that she used to work on an ice cream truck and could get me a job there, so I said why not. It all just stemmed from that.
- Favourite ice cream concoction?
I don’t eat dairy, so I never have ice cream. But my favorite ice cream flavor growing up was always mint chip and the mint chip that Coolhaus makes may be the best I’ve ever tasted.
- What prompted the move to LA? More importantly, why’d you want to get involved and stay in the entertainment industry?
I grew in Pennsylvania and knew from a very young age that I didn’t want to stay there. So after a stint traveling and playing in bands I decided to pick up and move to California. At the time I was dating a girl from high school, so she was a big part of it. I moved to Orange County in the fall of 2005, so over 10 years ago now. I moved up to LA about a year later when I wanted to do more in music. Music was always my passion and that’s what I came to LA to focus on. I never planned to get involved with the modeling and acting world, that was something I just fell in to. That’s the way life works out sometimes.
- What prompted your love of rock & roll? What’s the best show you’ve seen live so far?
Some of my earliest memories involve music. I can remember listening to Paul Simon, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen and countless others with my parents. They grew up in the 60’s and passed on their love of music to me. I certainly developed my own tastes over the years, but the staples of what I listen to, is what my parents used to listen to. Rock and roll was young and fresh and alive back in their day and meant so much to them. There’s some great bands out there today like the Foo Fighters and The Black Keys, but I would love to go back to their time and experience what that was like.
- Favourite/funnest moment in your work history thus far?
I mean the Tyra story is pretty epic. I’ve served countless celebrities over the years. A few years ago I was with Coolhaus working at Coachella, which is always a shit show. We would party all weekend while we worked. One night I was so high, that I thought the giant freezer we stored everything in was talking to me. It was such a fun night. I always think of that for some reason.
- Do Zoolander quotes ever get annoying or old?
All male models love orange mocha frappuccino. It’s a fact.
- Best part of what you do for a living?
The fact that I’m able to be creative on a daily basis is huge for me. I couldn’t imagine having a job where that wasn’t the case. I also very much enjoy being around gorgeous, half naked women.
- Favourite book?
On The Road – Jack Kerouac
- Any projects coming up that you want to brag about?
Nothing I can talk about just yet. You have to stay tuned.
- And finally, coffee or tea? & How do you take it?
I love them both; each has their own time and place. But my coffee is always black and tea with just a little lemon.