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Why Did I Put All My Money Into This?

Why did I put all my money into this? Is this going to work? God, do you hear me? Where are the people? I’m so scared. How will I pay these people? Why did I do this? I can’t pay my rent, they are going to repossess my car…

The year was 1992, July 8th-12th. All these questions were crowding my mind.  I was a 22-year old wannabe... but what I wanted to be I didn’t know. All I knew was that I had written this play about adult survivors of child abuse and I wanted the world to see it. I was so sure that it was going to work that I put my own money into the show.

I had worked as a used car salesman and a bill collector and saved my income tax check and my bonuses. I took that money and hired a cast and built a set and rented a very small theater in Atlanta called the 14th Street Playhouse. I had done all the math in my head: I was going to perform 6 shows, 200 people a show, for a total of 1,200 people. The tickets were $12 and I was going to make $14,000 and be rich… LOL. I was going to give my tithe to the church, give my mother some money, pay my rent (that was two months behind), get my car payment caught up and live happily ever after. I knew as sure as I am sitting here that it was all going to be all right. I had prayed that thang out, as they say in the Baptist church… LOL. Looking back on it now I can laugh, but back then it wasn’t so funny. What I quickly realized is that prayer alone will not always get the results you want. As much work as I did, I didn’t do enough to promote the show. More work was needed to go along with my faith.

I was expecting 1,200 people but only 30 showed up. I was devastated. I thought my dreams were dead. Based off this one thing I thought my life was over. Based on this one failure (what I thought was a failure but it clearly wasn’t), I thought that the rest of my life would be ruined. Needless to say, looking back on it, it was all a part of God’s plan and amazing design for my life. And God has a plan for all of our lives.

Today I celebrate my 20th anniversary in show business. It’s been an amazing journey, one that I will detail in my autobiography one day. You would be surprised, inspired, angry and blown away with what I’ve endured to be here, but until then I’d like to share a little inspiration with you. So many times we think that because one thing didn’t go as planned we should give up on it. So many people leave their dreams dying on the floor, gasping for air because it didn’t work out the first time. Be it marriage, business, children, faith, whatever your dream is, you can't give up because it didn’t go as planned. If I had walked away because it didn’t work you wouldn’t be reading this. I had to keep moving. Yes, there were setbacks. Yes, it was difficult, but I got to see my dreams come to pass because I never stopped moving forward, I never stopped praying and most of all I never stopped believing. DON’T STOP BELIEVING!!!! PLEASE DON’T STOP BELIEVING!!! Say this to yourself out loud right now: “DON’T STOP BELIEVING”, and repeat it to yourself whenever you doubt that you can make it.

What you must understand is that everything, all of it, the good the bad and the ugly, it all works together for your good. If you love the Lord you are called according to His purpose. What’s His purpose for you? If you’re not sure, seek it and all your dreams will come true.

To all my dreamers, to all the people who have invested in themselves, to all the people who have the same questions that I did, hear me when I say this: YOU CAN DO IT!!


God Bless you, in Jesus' name, AMEN!



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  • Sheneith Hawkins Dallas,Tx.

    April 16, 2013 Monday

  • MsClassyDiva St. Louis, Mo

    Congradulation on all your success I love all your movies. Good Deeds made cry, it was one of my favorite!

  • Tyler Montique Salters Kingstree South Carolina

    I am a huge fan of you truely and your creativity towards your craft inspires deeply. You are an ex. of how God can use someone's gift into fine majig of beauty. I am a senior this year at my school and to be honest my future is in front of me whereever Gog and my heart allows to take me , it's pretty scarey going off to college ( COKER, or CHARLSTON SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY)God's help I should don fine. I just want you to know that your work has been an inspiration to me and it keeps hoping for something bigger that what my mind can imagine or what others expect of me. My dream which is my motto( DREAM BIG) to be a perfessional movie,play and song writter. I also want to be a dance teacher. I plan to major in theatrical arts and minor in journalism brodcasting/ or maybe even music( piano) or dance( still havent decided) I am working on an upcoming project( play) called breaking point.... anyway i love youalways anmd keep soaring in the clouds with your craft and creativity.

  • narges o Germany, Hamburg

    I love how you motivate people with dreams, like me. If you read it or not, i just wanted to say that there schould be more people out there acting like you. I mean you really made it you have reached your goals, but still care about others, thats so lovely.. I come from Germany, so my english is not that good but hopefully you will get it :) Your story really had motivated me not to give up but to move on, so thank you for that. And by the way i love your Movie For Coloured Girls and Why did i get Married 1 and 2 , and of course i love JANET JACKSON :)

  • treika smith midland texas

    Omg divine intervention!! Not even sure how i got to this post. Was playn on twitter tweeting celebs links to my music and low and behold.....someone told me just a few hours ago let that music mess go and grow the h*** up then proceeded to call me an overgrown teenager with kids smh. I am a songwriter and a darn good one. Im a pretty decent singer and dancer as well. Im a single mother and a survivor of a very abusive relationship and all bf the age of 25. I was almost a baptist minister but realized i was only accepting the calling to please others. I have recently began recording some of my original music in a local studio. One of my songs is actually on our local radio. I was feeling really low today bc i hv been exhausting myself trying to get my misic heard.......thi was confirmation for me that im right there and iys about to happen for me and my babies...wow. thanks! Www.genesisprojectnet.com treika . soundcloud:treikasmith Youtube:mytreika Facebook: Treika Michelle Smith p.s. i just watched madea goes to jail play and why did i get married too today( my cable is off lol)

  • Niecy Rex, Ga

    Hi, When I first saw i printed this, and continue to read it often to inspire me. I am trying, no I am starting a Biscuit business, and this past weekend I was at a Fall Festival with my biscuits. I too had a projected price to sell and make money..I sold none! But I made good contacts, and came with more ideas to market. I read your story again and just smile, because I will suceed..I teach, but it is not enough. If you want a variety of Biscuits for an event, contact me,"Unsweetable Sweet Biscuits"

  • Will Oakland, CA

    First time reading your blog. I am glad that you kept on pushing. As an entrepreneur, I can relate to how difficult it gets when the odds are stacked against you. I hadn't prayed in a long time - thank you for the motivation.

  • Briana Clearwater,Florida

    I needed to read this. I literally broke down & cried when I read this! I'm an inspiring actress that dream of one day working with you. I have faith & I know that one day that IS GOING to happen. You are a GREAT man & you inspire me A LOT! Thank you so much. May God continue to Bless you & one day we will meet. Your number fan -Briana Kimbrough-

  • Stephen Washington

    I have been working on my business for about 8 years, but dream was there long before. I have also sunk most my available funds in the business. Doors that seemed to be open were slammed in my face. Wonder what I was thinking when I began this dream, actually while I was undergoing chemotherapy believed God gave me this dream. Have spent at least 7,000 hours total and my hopes and dreams. Many other roadblocks, doors shut that were open. Have also given to God's kingdom beyond my tithes. Have sacrificed, lived very frugally, and am going under financially. I also had cancer a few years ago. On top of that I lost my son last February to a tragic accident. This is beyond what I think I am able to bear. This is the worst thing that I believe can happen to a parent, to bury their child before the parent. Then because of the coping with the grief of his death (biggest cause), my wife has filed for divorce. I feel very much like Job, "I am worn out from groaning, all night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears." Psalm 6:6 I am in a very very difficult time in life, want to stop working on business, still grieving for my son. Not sure what is going on, so much confusion and still in shcck , my faith and strength is very weak. Trying to hang on to hope as much as I can, but it is extremely difficult under these conditions. Many times wonder where God is, why but Job also asked why?

    • Benita Nashville, TN #1737273

      Don't give up! You can do this thing called life. I've never lost a child, but after two divorces, death of three of my immediate family members, and children in trouble, I have survived. And you can to! But giving up can not be an option! I was living well, working in the music industry with my then husband, now millionaire producer, recording artist, pastor, when left me for a groupie. I survive the depression, and even major depression episodes. And if I can do it you can to. I've picked up a new business, and have aspiration to be a mover and shaker in the financial service industry, and a blessing to my children, grand child and those in needs. I just take each day as it comes, and do my best to remain focus. It is a challenge. But with God on my side, I will definitely make it!

    • Will Oakland, CA #1739924

      Keep at it. "A man's worth is no greater than the worth of his ambitions." ~Marcus Aurelius

  • tone connecticut

    nice story tyler!this group soul tempo never gave up!!!they will become huge!trust in god!

  • Stephanie Grey Greenville NC

    Enjoy your time off and rest up! Thanks for your inspiring and hilarious shows! Humor is therapy!

  • Mary Topaz South Florida

    Hi Tyler Perry, unsure what happened to my previous post: Greetings and Congratulations Tyler Perry on your 20th anniversary. You are a BLESSING to all who pray, hope and dream big. I wish my mother and all the ladies in the 'Village of Life', who helped raise me, were alive to see your wonderful accomplishments. Your character Madea reminds me so much of my mom and aunties that I burst in laughter just thinking about it. It takes a STRONG, PRAYING and BLESSED man to turn a negative into a positive, and you Tyler have definitely done that and so much more. I sincerely wish you continued success in all that you dream to achieve. I too, am a dreamer of all things that are great and I have learned to 'pay it forward' in Blessing others. When time permits google me and may my words of poetry be an inspiration to you as you have been an inspiration to me. Wow. GOD is AWESOME and still doing miraculous things (~_~)

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