Perry, arguably the most successful producer and actor in Black America today, has in less than 10 years, built a billion-dollar entertainment empire.
But it hasn’t always been so; Tyler Perry wasn’t born with the proverbial ‘Silver Spoon’. He has been homeless, contemplated and even attempted suicide – twice! He admits that his faith in God and his imagination pulled him through those turbulent years.
Tyler is originally from New Orleans but moved to Atlanta where he found work as a bill collector but wasn’t able to keep his job because he could not get time off work to pursue his dream in theatre. Mr Perry was so poor that at one point he rounded up loose change, mostly pennies, so that he could buy a package of 60 cookies for $1 to have as a meal for the rest of the week.
Things changed dramatically for him in 1998 when he first forgave his abusive father and then his play I Can Do Bad All By Myself became a success two years later.
Mr Perry didn’t get lucky; he worked extremely hard with his Christian faith, discipline and focus as guiding principles.
Success has come at a price though, as Tyler Perry has had one too many female stalkers – one of whom had their wedding already planned 🙂 The support of his close friends and family have helped him pull through these nerve-racking experiences – which isn’t unexpected.
My take from his life and experiences is that success is inevitable if you’re willing to work and pray, and remain focussed on your goal. It’s important though to seek the support of friends and family as your nearest and dearest could mean the difference between staying alive and kicking the bucket especially if you’re the cynosure of all eyes, like Tyler Perry. You also have to seriously and honestly ask yourself if you’re willing to pay the price.
I know what I’d rather do if the other option was homelessness.
Hasta La Vista!