September 25th, 2013 was another casual day being a Supervisor at the local Starbucks in Littleton, Colorado. I had just recently moved to the Denver Metro area with my girlfriend, at the time, to start a new life! I couldn't find a Drama teaching job, so I did the next best thing...work for a corporation.
It was a huge change from touring nationally and performing in Three Sisters at the ATA in New York City . I even had the promising role of Horatio in Hamlet Off-Broadway coming up but I gave this all up to chase "the expected life" (The wife, kids, dog, white picket fence, American Dream). I so desperately wanted that life I gave up on my real dream of being an actor. Then it hit me...
I was coming out of work, stopped at a red light and an Acura MDX slammed into the rear of my car. It crushed my car like an accordion, breaking my seat, leaving me unconscious.
I had suffered a brain hemorrhage, herniated disks, memory loss and a pain that would last for years.
I was diagnosed with a TBI, PTSD, depression, ADD, short-term memory loss, a stutter and a loss of vision. I was treated by a Physical Therapist, Neurologist, Neuropsychologist, Neuropthamologist, Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapist and multiple other Psychologists to treat my symptoms from the accident for nearly 3 years.
Seeking treatment had become my new full-time job. I lost all my money, the job and the girl. I had to start over again. I had to re-learn skills to read, talk and remember. I gave up alcohol, caffeine, prescription meds and went natural. I started to meditate, go on long hikes, take travel excursions and use cannabis medicinally for pain; and stress. Then, once the stutter went away, got glasses for the first time and started doing improvisation again...my life changed for the better.
The black clouds started to clear and I started to see my true path again...acting!
I then got a job as a Theatre Teacher at an inner-city Denver public middle school. I focused on my health and honing my craft through practice with my students. With my school communities support, I decided to make the leap to LA. I know it's not "the expected" life anymore but I am a changed man. A man that takes risks, tries his hardest, fully commits and always says yes!
Now, I am on one mission: inspire the world!
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