I was born in South Florida and had a relatively normal life, playing soccer, riding my bike over unstable makeshift ramps made out of plywood and bricks, until the age of 12 when I started my career as a Model/Actor.
I was personally inspired to take on this path of life because it was one way that I could not be in school and secondly because I was inspired by the personal challenge and introspection it inspired..
I was always curious, of why I had fear of people’s judgments, and to this day it is something that I love to learn more about.
As my career as an actor started to get some momentum, I actually didn’t have time to be in school much at all. That’s true success to a 12 year old.
At the age of 14 I moved to California to take my career as an actor to another level. I found some work at first doing a lot of commercials. Then eventually many guest starring roles on hit television shows. Then finally landing a role on “My wife and kids” an ABC sitcom starring Damon Wayans.
This was a dream come true in many ways. From the very start of my career I had dreamt of being on this type of show. It was fun, I got to work with people that I loved telling jokes all day. Making more money that I could have imagined at that time, and getting noticed on the street.
Another perfectly painted picture of pure joy. Or was it, the high was short lived and many layers of reality began to set in around how truly un-fulfilling this path of life started to become.
That experience lasted a number of years. As the show was ending I really began to dive more deeply into myself. Partly inspired by the natural evolution of life, but on another level I felt very disillusioned by Hollywood.
I am grateful for all the success I had, but as time passed I began to realize that not everyone in the industry saw acting the same way many actors saw “acting.”
What I mean is, that really believing that if you put your heart and soul into something, it actually mattered to the people who might hire you. Now don’t get me wrong, this is not a blanket statement, yes their are people who will. But as an “Industry” I really started to see behind the veil and get that it was truly just another business, and most people just want to make money. So when it comes to getting work, that is the number one consideration, which will surely inspire a lot of politics.
Also on another level, really understanding the unconscious stereotypes of African American men that I was reinforcing no longer inspired me.
Cut To, My transition away from Hollywood. 6 years prior to my exit I actually had a shift in my lifestyle. I stopped eating meat. I began practicing Yoga, reading books on eastern mysticism and Meditating regularly.
I didn’t know that this would become a primary focus in my lifes path, but many times the universe knows things that we don’t.
As I gave up my career, I was considering what I would do and where I would go with my life. I spent time visiting Ashrams and strongly considering living as a monk. Eventually to decide to open a business…
As I write this, it makes me smile. Those two choices seem like they are opposite ends of the spectrum. In some ways they are, but in reality for me, I started a juice business because I really love to support people's physical healing. Also because I love to create. Developing a business is very creative early on.
Now I have 2 locations in the Los Angeles Area, I am still practicing yoga regularly. Consulting for other business owners and now expanding into speaking more, as well as creating more conscious online content.
I am grateful for all that has transpired and look forward to all the gifts to come.