How did you get started on your journey?
What inspired me to get into entertainment was when I was eight years old, and I watched this horror film because I loved to scared people and pull pranks. I never had the resources to get where I wanted, so I just didn't do anything or ask my parents at the time. When I was 16, I did some theater, and the adrenaline rush of being on stage was so euphoric - I needed to know how I can do this for a living. At 18 years old, I stepped in front of a camera, which was a massive transformation from a stage to a camera inches away from your face. I then secured representation from an agent that skyrocketed my career.
What would you say has been your biggest accomplishment thus far?
My biggest accomplishment so far was booking the position as a host for this new network. After working for six straight years, non-stop with early morning and late nights, I'm so proud that I didn't throw in the towel. This business is harder than what people think, and if you think "It's just acting," think twice. It's crazy, because like I said, I wanted to be in a horror film when I was 8, but then when I turned 23, I starred in my first horror film. I lived in the moment of a dream legitimately turning into a reality, and I've never experienced a better feeling.
What would you say has been the biggest struggle you have faced
The hardest thing I've had to overcome was losing a lot of friends. You are the product of the people that you hang around, and to get where you need to be, you need to make the decision what's best for you - which is what I did, since the people I used to hang out with weren't right for my health overall. To be visible, you've got to do the invisible work first, so I'm glad I chose the path of success and achievement than a follower. Overcoming struggles in my life has taught me nothing but lessons.
Who has been your biggest inspiration?
To be honest, I have yet to find that one person who is inspiring to me, without them sounding like everyone else. I see a lot of my inspiration from independent writers who have blogs. I read A LOT of blogs, which is where I tend to see most of the knowledge and wisdom that I have today. There are people out there that have inspired me, but they're not "inspiring" over a duration of time if that makes sense.
If you were starting over again, what would you do differently?
I was hungry for financial freedom. I was always trying to find ways to make money while I was doing entertainment; that way, I didn't have to stay in the "rat race." I got into Network Marketing, and I tried launching a course. I tried even flipping books that I got from the thrift store.
What I would have done differently is not focus on the things I wasn't passionate about, and focus on objectives that I needed to put more of my time towards—networking, Building Relationships, and just prioritizing my time better than I did. I'm a firm believer that things happen for a reason, and people come into your life for a reason. I don't regret any of those things, because eventually I'm going to want more sources of income and I've got a tremendous amount of information under my belt.
What is your most impactful piece of advice for someone who is looking to follow in your path?
Ask yourself this one question: What is something you've been curious to do in life? You could be curious about a lot of things, of course, but being curious about something could lead you to find your passion in life. You'll never just be able to "find" your love. Live life, don't chase passion, and always be curious.
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