Meet Luvabull Faran
22 / November 19th
Oak Brook, IL
Full time Student and Model
Purdue University and North Central College majoring in Broadcast Communications with a minor in Political Science
I don’t have that many nicknames, but some of the main ones are Fareball, Farebear, and Fare
Polish, Italian, and Irish
My mother originally wanted me to be an ice skater, but unfortunately that didn’t work out – at my first lesson at age 3, I sat on the floor and licked the ice the whole time. On that note, she enrolled me in toddler dance lessons, eventually moving up to studio dancing at age 5. I danced competitively from 3rd grade to 8th grade in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, and hip hop.
In high school, I danced on the Montini Catholic High School Broncettes Dance Team where I was a Captain my senior year. We competed at the Illinois Dance Team Association (IDTA) State Finals at the University of Illinois each year in the areas of Pom and Pom Dance. In my four years, we won seven 1st place championships and one 3rd place finish.
I then danced for The Purdue Dance Team where I was a captain my junior year. We competed at the National Dance Alliance (NDA) Championships in Daytona Beach, Florida, each year where in my freshmen year we finished 4th in the nation!
After transferring to North Central College for my journalism major, I auditioned for the Chicago Adrenaline Rush Dance Team for the Arena Football League (AFL) and made it! … But two weeks later our season was suspended. The dancers were then given the opportunity to dance for the Continental Indoor Football League (CIFL). This past year I danced for Chicago Slaughter Hip Salon Dancers, and this year the team won the championship with an undefeated season! I then tried out for the Chicago Luvabulls and made it! To be continued…
To be successful in my future career, to have a wonderful family, and to be a wonderful mother.
Three words that describe me are
Tenacious, Competitive, Passionate
Quote to live by
I’ve always had this quote on my wall since I was in high school: “I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over, and over, and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” - Michael Jordan
I hate disorganization or messes. I’m the type of person that has to have everything where it should be. I can’t start a project or homework with disorganization around me.
My claim to fame is...
Performing at the Chicago Theater for 7 months in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Donny Osmond at the age of 9. I was 1st Runner Up to Miss Illinois Teen USA in 2005. And of course, being a Chicago Luvabull!
Most people don’t know this about me...
I can imitate almost every foreign accent… I’m very good at impersonations! Also, everyone always asks me about my name. My mom named me after a character on the soap opera “The Young and the Restless”. My mom and her other nursing school friends watched the soap opera during their lunch break in the early 70’s. The creator, Lee Phillip Bell, is a Chicago native, so my mom always said, “It was a Chicago soap opera!”
Years on squad
First year Rookie
Why I chose to be a Luvabull
When I was in high school, my dance team competed at the United Center against other area high schools to perform at a Bulls game during half time. Guess what… WE WON! While waiting to perform, the Luvabulls were having a practice. I sat in the stands watching them in awe. They were all so beautiful, talented, and most importantly, professional. Their dancing was so creative and fun to watch. I knew then that I was hooked. We performed at half time and for those 30 seconds, I experienced how fun it was to dance and the awesomeness of the Chicago fans. It was then and there that I said to myself, “I’ll be back!”
The Fourth of July
I always look for a way to find the positive in things and laugh... even in the worst situation imaginable. I try not to take myself too seriously. Every situation in life, I try to learn from both the positives and negatives. Laughter is the best medicine!
Book I’m reading now
Any and every book about how to master the LSAT, Journalism books for my classes, but for enjoyment, I’m currently reading Common Sense by Glenn Beck.
Favorite type of music
It really depends on what mood I’m in… but I’ve been exposed to all types of music throughout my life. My father is a classic rock guru, my mother loves and sings Broadway songs, and my grandfather loves the classics like Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Mitch Miller.
How do friends see you (three words)
I really did ask… and they were animated, artistic, and comical.
My proudest accomplishment to date is...
Teaching inner city children math and English in Spanish...one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but one of the most fulfilling experiences I’ve ever had in my life. No one can describe the look of, “I get it!” on a child’s face when they’ve learned something and they’re proud of themselves.
What is the best gift you have ever received?
The gift of education from my parents...knowledge is power!
Political Correspondent or Political Reporter for a National Television Network
Advice to young dancers
Always challenge yourself to achieve the impossible, even if you fail the first, second, or even the third time. “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.” – Michelangelo