But it was at no small cost. As most dreams do, my dream required an awful lot of sweat, blood and tears. To this day, people ask me how I did it. How did I become a successful performer in Hollywood? How did I build my own company by the age of 24? I was also often asked why. Why did I spiral down such a dark path? Why was a straying from my religious background and becoming something that my hometown considered disgraceful? I did my best to answer the first set of questions. However, it's difficult to explain in a single text something that took a quarter of a lifetime to achieve. As for the second set of questions, I completely ignored those. The complexity of what I went through in life could not be explained in a single text.
Today, I decided that it was finally time to answer all the questions.
But the beauty of life is that they are not. People are allowed to change and flourish as life pushes them along. So here's my story, packed with plenty of tips on how to become a full-time performer and overcoming challenging odds. I hope it helps you along your own journey.