Kraig Feldman: I am 19 years old. I started weightlifting when I was 15 and I started to seriously bodybuilding when I was 18.
SG: Who influenced you to start bodybuilding? Was it your older brother Brett?
KF: Brett is definitely the basis of my bodybuilding career. If it wasn't for him, I know that none of this would be possible. Going to the gym would just be lifting weights instead of going to the gym to bodybuild. As far as any pro's who have influenced me, I would have to say Franco considering his muscularity and dominating physique at his height. He is definitely a bodybuilding specimen.
KF: I was very heavy into wrestling throughout high school and I wrestled for the first semester in college. That was always my first priority, so I never really had the chance to compete. After the first semester, I decided that I didn't love wrestling anymore and I decided to quit, leaving time for me to focus on bodybuilding. Brett has always encouraged me to compete. He has always said that I had a very good physique and that I should seriously consider competing. Since I finally had the time, I made it my first priority to get onstage.
SG: What was your first bodybuilding show that you did? How did you place?
KF: Philadelphia Classic... overall winner in teens
SG: What was it like standing on stage for the very first time? What emotions were running through your body?
KF: I was so out of it onstage that I just wanted to eat. I was pretty unsure of myself considering my posing and my shape, so my confidence level was somewhat low. My fist show was basically a trial run, so I took it as that and didn't have my whole heart into the competition.
SG: When did you make the decision to compete in the Teen Nationals?
KF: November of 2002, although it's been something that I've wanted to do since I was 17.
SG: Tell me about your experience at the 2003 NPC Teen Nationals.
KF: Oh wow. It was just unreal. There were just so many emotions and it all happened so fast. The days before the show were the worst considering my excitement and anticipation, and not to mention what condition my body was in. I definitely felt overloaded. As for the show, being on stage was unreal. I didn't want to stop posing. I wanted the judges to see more of me so they couldn't put me anywhere but first. For the night show I've never felt so alive as when I was doing my routine. I knew that I couldn't have looked any tighter than how I was at night. I wanted to show everyone my routine because I knew it would blow up the place. I actually had a lot of fun.
SG: What was your reaction when you found out that you had won?
KF: I had to think about it at first. When they said my name I had to make sure that it was me who won. Then I just had a rush of joy. I just wanted to get off stage so see Brett. It was just an unreal feeling…almost hard to explain.
SG: How much of a support was your older brother Brett? What was it like preparing for the contest with him?
KF: Let's just say that Brett was the engineer behind the whole thing and I was the machine. He basically told me what to do and I just followed orders. I had total trust in him as a trainer and it seemed it work out. As for my emotional support, he was the total basis. I completely confided in him if I had any doubts or questions and I know that he would answer me truthfully and honestly. He couldn't have done any better at being a trainer, a friend, and a brother.
SG: Has your life changed at all since your win at the Teen Nationals?
KF: Totally. I have new priorities and responsibilities. New things come with the territory of winning the Teen Nationals. The list can go on, but it is nothing that I can complain about. It has all been very positive and also a lot of fun. Although life with my friends and family has remained the same, which is most important to me, they haven't changed the way they act towards me which keeps me grounded and thankful for the little things. They, in turn, make sure that I don't change also.
SG: You and Brett are making a training video. How is that coming along?
KF: All of the filming is complete. We have video from training in Chicago all the way to the photo shoot in Venice. All we have to do is edit the tapes. Now as far as that goes, we are currently looking for an editor. We have a few ideas and are confident that it will be finished soon and will look great.
SG: I saw on you and your brother's website (brettfeldman.com) that you signed a modeling contract with strengthnet.com. You also had some photos taken by Kevin Calen for kevincalen.com. How did you make the decision to start modeling?
KF: I kind of just fell into it. I was backstage when Adam Silver, the president of strengthnet asked me if they could have a shoot with me. I talked to Brett about it and we agreed that it would be a good idea. It's a nice way to spread my name around the industry and to make some nice money on the side.
SG: Have you decided to compete in any future bodybuilding contests?
KF: I have not made an exact decision upon competing in the future. I have a few considerations but nothing is for certain quite yet.
SG: Are there any tips you would like to give to the teen bodybuilding fans across the world who are reading this right now?
KF: Eat eat eat. Most teens that I know never eat enough. It is the key to growing and may also be the toughest part of bodybuilding. Just remember that if you don't eat, then you wont grow.
SG: Thanks again for taking the time to do this interview. I wish you luck with your career and hope to see your name in the future of bodybuilding.
KF: Thank you very much.