Wayne Caparas

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Wayne Caparas
Wayne Caparas by Amber Caparas.jpg
Cover photo from the CD "Gospel Project"
Background information
Birth name Wayne Keith Caparas
Born (1963-02-08) February 8, 1963 (age 51)
Boston, Massachusetts, US
Origin Charleston, South Carolina, US
Occupations Writer, entrepreneur, actor, songwriter, creative director

Wayne Caparas (born February 8, 1963) is an American writer, award-winning entrepreneur,[1] and performing artist. Caparas is also a journalist and photojournalist, and has been involved in the creation and launch of several non-profit organizations[2] and Christian ministries. He has been a member of the Screen Actors Guild since 1995.

Early years[edit]

Wayne Keith Caparas was born to Rolando Sorné Caparas and Patricia Doucett in Boston, Massachusetts. His father is a Filipino-born career sailor in the United States Navy who became a naturalized citizen, and his mother a second-generation Bostonian of French-Canadian and Irish descent who worked primarily as a civilian employee for the US Navy.[3]

Business career[edit]

Caparas established himself as a fitness industry pioneer during the 1990s, and at the turn of the century entered the field of digital media production, internet concept innovation, and journalism[4] at the head of Caparas Media. His business career began in the wake of Hurricane Hugo in 1989, when Caparas led two different partnership teams to develop seven Charleston, SC area health clubs under two different brands,[5][6] the latter of which was LifeQuest Fitness, a brand that would gain international acclaim as the most innovative health clubs in America.[7] In addition to the health clubs Caparas led a team of young entrepreneurs to expand and license the brand while developing a newsstand magazine (Vie magazine)[8] and a women's fitness competition (LifeQuest Triple Crown) that aired worldwide on ESPN.[9][10] Wayne received global recognition in numerous business publications including featured/cover stories in Entrepreneur Magazine,[8] Japan's Pocket Company magazine, Nation's Business magazine, Club Industry magazine,[11] and Fitness Management magazine.[7] Caparas also served on several national faculties including the American Council on Exercise and IHRSA as he lectured across the US for these organizations.[12] Caparas also licensed the LifeQuest brand to media giant Guthy-Renker and Olympic Gold Medal winner Bruce Jenner for use in a series of infomercials that aired nationwide.[13] In the late '90s Caparas sold his interests in LifeQuest[1][14] to allow more time for family, writing, and spiritual pursuits[15] while also recovering from a thyroid condition.[3] Within ten years of his departure, LifeQuest collapsed under mismanagement,[16] and today the brand exists as a single small health club in Myrtle Beach, SC.


Caparas has gained wide publication as a health & nutrition journalist and also as a business journalist with several dozen published works to his credit. For most of these articles he also produced all original photography.[17][18][19] By the late 90s he was a Co-Publisher and Contributing editor to the newsstand magazine Vie (a women's fitness magazine), which led to an instrumental role in the development of Oxygen Magazine as a Contributing editor, featured writer, and photojournalist during its first three years on the newsstand. Among Caparas's works in the genre of fitness journalism were research pieces on Human Growth Hormone (hGH)[17] and the Soybean[18] and fitness pioneering articles on Sprint Training and the future of professional fitness sports. From 1998 to 2000 Caparas was also a major contributor to the Charleston Regional Business Journal, where he landed the lead cover story on numerous issues.[19] During this time Caparas also founded the non-profit Carolina Film Alliance[20] and served as its first Executive Director while exposing mismanagement in South Carolina government film agencies; sparking a media firestorm[21][22] that eventually led to changes in state film policies and tax incentive laws pertaining to the film industry.[23] During the 2000s Caparas shifted to web-based photo/video journalism, digital media production,[24] and broadcast journalism. In the wake of 9/11 Wayne leveraged his experience in journalism to manage and negotiate his brother Rally Caparas's transition from Federal Air Traffic Controller to full-time CNN Correspondent and co-anchor as their Air Traffic Expert. Author Stephen King applauded Rally's work in his "My Morning People" article published in Entertainment Weekly Magazine.[25]


Caparas entered the film industry as a secondary interest in 1988 by working on the motion picture "Quiet Victory, The Charlie Wedemeyer Story" as the technical advisor and extras wrangler in the football related film, and eventually gained minor directorial and script change responsibilities.[26] Caparas then began stage performing under the guide of Metropolitan Opera star June Bonner as Caparas began working in professional shows as a soulful baritone soloist and stage actor. Caparas later landed roles in several films including "Other Voices Other Rooms," which earned him membership into the Screen Actors Guild in 1994. Over the next six years Caparas worked as an actor in nearly a dozen motion pictures and in various other crew roles in many other film productions (see Caparas's detailed filmography and other Film/TV credits at the Internet Movie Database). Also during the mid-'90s, Caparas began writing, directing, and performing in regional Passion Plays, Musicals, and other stage shorts for large church audiences in Charleston, SC.[27]


As a singer/songwriter, Caparas released "Gospel Project," his first indie CD of all original material in 2008 to favorable reviews.[28][29][30] Caparas has also served as a scout, talent development coach and personal manager, and has most recently managed the solo career of Johnny Keyser, and engaged Grammy winning producer Bryan Lenox to produce Keyser's debut acoustic album "From Where I Stand" that peaked at #4 on the iTunes R&B Charts and #44 on the Billboard Magazine "Heatseekers" chart.[31][32] The album received very positive reviews. Caparas also served as a co-writer on the project, that was predominantly written by Keyser and Amber Caparas, his daughter. In 2010 Caparas worked with Hootie & the Blowfish co-founder and double Grammy winner Mark Bryan as the Manager for Amber Caparas to launch her debut EP "Better This Way.",[33] which was also met with very positive reviews. Throughout the 90's and 2000's he also contributed original songs and vocals to several indie recordings by other artists.[27]


  • 1997 U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Chip Enterprise Award[1][7]
  • 1996 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist for South Carolina
  • 1996 South Carolina Governor's Medallion for notable service to the Governor and the State
  • 1995 Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Small Business Man of the Year[1]
  • 1995 Fitness Management Magazine Nova7 Award for the Most Innovative Health Clubs in America[7]
  • 1995 Inc. Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year finalist for South Carolina
  • 1994 Fitness Management Magazine Nova7 Award for the Most Innovative Health Clubs in America[7]
  • 1994 Trident Chamber of Commerce Trident Outstanding Performer Award
  • 1993 Fitness Management Magazine Nova7 Award for the Most Innovative Health Clubs in America[7]
  • 1986 College of Charleston Cum Laude Medal and Distinguished Dean's List honoree[3]
  • 1982 Furman Scholar Athlete; Furman University Football[3]
  • 1981 Furman Scholar; Furman University[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "The Post and Courier", May 29, 1995, Charles deV Williams, "Blue Chippers", Charleston, South Carolina
  2. ^ "Charleston City Paper", November 18, 1998, Susan Doherty Osteen, "Bring in the Stars!", Charleston, SC
  3. ^ a b c d e "JesusDNA.com", December 20, 2007, "My Testimony so far", Wayne Caparas
  4. ^ "The Post and Courier", October 11, 2000, Jonathan Maze, "HolyCityWeb.com launches new site", Charleston, SC
  5. ^ "The Evening Post", June 19, 1990, Dawn Brazeel, "Two teams of brothers make health club go", Charleston, SC
  6. ^ "The News and Courier" November 11, 1991, "Health Clubs give each other case of the fits", David Quick, Charleston, SC
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Fitness Management Magazine", January 1996, "Editorial: Getting your just re-awards", page 6, Edward H. Pitts
  8. ^ a b Entrepreneur Magazine, April 1996, "Entrepreneurs Across America", page 104, Janean Chuna, Debra Phillips, Cynthia E. Grifin, Heather Page, Lynn Beresford, Holly Celeste Fisk, Charlotte Mulhern,
  9. ^ ESPN, Director Lou Zwick, Lori Anne Lloyd, Kelly Ryan, Julie Ross, Shannon Meteraud, "ESPN American Muscle", "LifeQuest Triple Crown", American Sports Network, TV, November 1996
  10. ^ "Musclemag International", June 1997, "In the Face of a Hurricane", Robert Kennedy, pages 256–261
  11. ^ "Club Industry Magazine", March 1997, "What's in a Name? The club operator's guide to franchising and licensing", Editorial Staff
  12. ^ "Oxygen Magazine", July/August 1999, "Talk of the Town", Robert Kennedy, Pamela Cottrell, page 27
  13. ^ "TV Guide", May 27 – June 2, 1995, "Bruce Jenner's LifeQuest", Editorial, page 12
  14. ^ "The Post and Courier", August 21, 1997, Jim Parker "LifeQuest to reorganize", Charleston, South Carolina
  15. ^ "The Post and Courier", January 3, 2000, Dave Munday "Group forms church in Mount Pleasant", Charleston, South Carolina
  16. ^ "The Post and Courier", April 8, 2006, Caroline Fossi, "LifeQuest closes 2 workout facilities", Charleston, SC
  17. ^ a b "Oxygen Magazine", July/August 1999, "The Truth about hGH", Wayne Caparas
  18. ^ a b "Oxygen Magazine", May/June 1999, "Magic Beans", Wayne Caparas
  19. ^ a b "Charleston Regional Business Journal", September 13–26, 1999, "Institute for Organizational Excellence Breaks New Ground", Wayne Caparas
  20. ^ "The Post and Courier", October 25, 1998, "Film alliance started by local", Lisa Haufbauer, Charleston, SC
  21. ^ "The Post and Courier", November 23, 1990, Bill Thompson, "500 attend debut of new film alliance", Charleston, SC
  22. ^ "Charleston Regional Business Journal", March 1999, "S.C. film czars, legislators, ready for battle", Wayne Caparas
  23. ^ "The Post and Courier", June 3, 2004, Kyle Stock, "State Senate moves to attract Tinseltown", Charleston, SC
  24. ^ "The Post and Courier", April 5, 2004, David Quick, "Ex-Firm fitness instructor strikes out on her own", Charleston, South Carolina
  25. ^ "Entertainment Weekly", February 1, 2007, "My Morning People", Stephen King
  26. ^ "Wayne Caparas," IMDb.com, May 22, 2011
  27. ^ a b "The Post and Courier", January 18, 1996, David Quick, "Acting career beckons health club owner", Charleston, SC
  28. ^ "ChristianMusicDaily.com", August 11, 2008, "Wayne Caparas Gospel Project", Mark Weber
  29. ^ "JesusFreakHideout.com", August 8, 2008, "Review: Wayne Caparas Gospel Project", Rob Tyson
  30. ^ "AlphaOmegaNews.org", December 2008, "Wayne Caparas Gospel Project", Ken Wiegman
  31. ^ Billboard Magazine," 'American Idol' Tenth Anniversary: 345 Billboard No. 1s, From Kelly Clarkson to Phillip Phillips, "Fred Bronson", June 11, 2012
  32. ^ EIN Presswire, "'Johnny Keyser First IDOL Contestant Ever To Hit Billboard Charts With Indie Album Before Season Ends", Top Wire News, May 26, 2012
  33. ^ AmberTunes.com, "Amber Caparas",

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