ENTERTAIN, ENLIGHTEN, ENGAGE
For the past 25 years, I’ve been blessed to have the privilege of performing throughout the world on stage, television and the big screen and encouraging others to follow their passion in hopes of making this world a better place, but, it didn’t start that way.
The performing bug bit me early. Like a lot of kids I participated in school plays, and talent shows. In high school my desire was to become a world renown escape artist. ” While other boys were playing sports , I was getting out of handcuffs, chains and straight jackets. I was building a fan base in the community, until unexpectedly someone stole my straight jacket. One of the drawbacks growing up in the inner city.
While in college I took up stand up comedy where I performed at comedy clubs, colleges, restaurants, hotels, strip clubs, etc. “I performed anywhere and everywhere, in the hopes of learning and mastering the craft.”
Hard work was rewarded in the nineties by appearing on Ed McMahon’s, “Star Search”. I was the toast of the town. I was meeting people, shaking hands and invited to industry parties. Then my first dose of the fickleness of Hollywood, when I finally lost in the finals. The agents and producers who were wooing me no longer called. My phone calls went unanswered. The messages I left with the assistants were not returned. My wife, seeing my confusion,hurt and anger of my plight, simply said, “honey, they got your messages, did you get theirs?’
Shaken but determined, I pressed on hoping to further my career. Upon reaching Hollywood, two things would have a major impact on my life. I landed a spot on the coveted “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and my daughter was diagnosed with a terminal illness.
Nothing prepares you for losing a loved one unexpectedly. I learned a powerful lesson during that time of my life, tomorrow is not promised. Soon followed several more television appearances on the “Tonight Show,””as well as various appearances on sitcoms and variety shows, but someting was lacking.
Little did I know, GOD was molding me for a bigger role. I began sharing with others about the loss in my life and found that loss is universal, but, how we handle the loss can greatly efftect our future. I had found my new role. By sharing my pain coupled with my definition of joy, an appreciation of your life’s journey and the people you’ve met along the way, I’ve been able to comfort others.
Several years ago I was diagnosed with multiple sclerios. Never one to have the “I can’t,” mindset, but the,I will, eventually, just in a different way, has aided me in this new journey in my life. Now I combine speaking with entertaining as I share with groups and individuals around the country my personal story, “Life with Laughter,” in hopes of encouraging others to pursue their passions in hopes of making this world a better place.
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