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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!!

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS IN SHOW BUSINESS TODAY!!!!

God Bless you, in Jesus' name, AMEN!

Tyler

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  • Rosetta Rawlins albany, new york

    Congratulations, thank you for not giving up.

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  • Sheneith Hawkins Dallas,Tx.

    ...MADE a major difference.

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  • Sheneith Hawkins Dallas,Tx.

    Just know that you have had a major difference in major ways. Greatness

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  • CYNTHIA M. OSORIO BUFFALO,NY

    >>♥ CONGRATULATIONS LOVE ♥<< you are truly an inspiration to all of as , thank you so much for all that you do and continue to do for everybody who follows. i came across your message on twitter and i'm tell you i was having a day that you just wouldn't believe! after reading your message i feel wonderful and you know what <i won't give up> you didn't and look at you now!! it's amazing to see all that you have accomplished in this 20 years and God has been there with you every step of the way blessing you, and comforting you every time you fall. so once again GRACIAS. God Bless You Tyler and keep up the good work....... Love Cynthia Osorio

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  • Sheneith Hawkins Dallas,Tx.

    COMPENSATION!

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  • Sheneith Hawkins Dallas,Tx.

    You are a survivor, you are unique, you are special! That's what you ARE & you made it to the other side. :-) Thrive

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  • Lynette

    Congratulations Tyler! Thank you for Sharing your Testimony! You Inspire us to Keep Believing and Dreaming. What an example. I know some of us with a similar dream have to keep working on the Productions to have unique voices heard. I am going to keep on working with faith of a mustard seed!

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  • Beverly Pearson Riverside,R.I.

    CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR TWENTY YEARS! Hey Tyler,you mean to tell me it's been 20 years already? Time does fly, when your having fun. You deserve everything you have worked so hard for. "God" doesn't sleep, he knew all about your trials and tribulations you went through and he said "Look at my child,he's not a quitter,he can be an inspiration to the people". Look at you today? I'm so poud of you,all you have been through,"God" is your strength! Remember,"Footprints"? "God' was carring you, when you thought you was alone. That's a wonderful thing to know "God" was there all the time. I don't know you personally,but I know you throught the "Holy Spirit" your my brother in "Christ"! Your gentle as a lamb,heart is large then the universe. You know what? You're like "Michael Jackson" in many ways,beautiful "Souls"! I'll be watching you another 20,30 maybe even 40 more years,you bring "Joy" to my heart and many other people. Laughter is good for the "Soul" and you bring the medicine. :)) Can't wait for the next movie. "God" bless you and I look forward to meeting you one day! Keep up the good work my brother in "Christ"! "Much Love"!

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  • Karen Glendale

    Wow!!!! It's good to hear that you have lived a normal life. thanks for the inspiration.. Congratulations... God is good!!!

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  • Sheneith Hawkins Dallas,Tx.

    How to "abase & abound." *****is the correction****

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  • Sheneith Hawkins Dallas,Tx.

    It's the marvelous way God has made --->you! The Passion for the Purpose. How to shade & abound. :-) It was good that you were afflicted, you have the right passion. Stumbled into destiny/purpose. It's complicated BUT GOD underSTANDS. :-) And that's the True Beauty of it ALL. :) THE POWER WITHIN YOU!!! True SIGNIFICANCE LOL... :-)

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  • Shaquandra Chambersburg, PA

    Congratulations Mr. Perry!!!! 20 years is a very long time!! Even when you felt like giving up, you kept on P.U.S.Hing!! Thank you for that!! God is going to continue to bless you TREMENDOUSLY, because you have been a blessing to so many people!! I wish you all the best in the years to come, and I pray that I can be apart of the next 20 years!! God Bless!!

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