I saw him walking through the airport.
He was a mountain of the man – tall, long hair, a beard and a menancing look in his eyes. You couldn’t noticing him
I take my seat on the plane. He boards the plane and takes his seat next to me. He doesn’t say a word. He just sits down, closes his eyes and goes to sleep.
I put on my Bose, noise cancelling headphones and do likewise.
When I awake, he is drinking a Jack and Coke. I order a Bailey’s and coffee.
I notice his watch, which is super cool and make a friendly comment about it. He shows it to me and explains time in two different time zones. I tell him that’s exactly what I need because I split my time between the coasts.
“Who is the guy?” I think to myself. “He looks so familiar.”
So I ask him what he does for a living.
He tells me he’s an actor and I inquire, “So you’re a real actor?” He laughs and tells me, that, yes, he actually makes his living as an actor. I ask him what movies he’s been in and lo and behold, he stars in my favorite genre of movies – horror. He played Michael Myers in Rob Zombies remake of Halloween, was one of the stars in the Devils Rejects and other movies I have seen. His name is Tyler Mane.
I ask him how he got into the movies and he explains that he was once a professional wrestler. (Ah, ha that’s also how I knew him.) I used to be a big wrestling fan and actually had the WWF as an account at the radio station where I used to work. We talked a bit about the wrestling biz which is not at all glamorous.
I then inquired how was made the transition from being a successful wrestler to a successful movie star – two businesses which are VERY difficult to be successful in.
Tyler humbly says. “I have been very lucky.”
“I don’t believe that for a second, ” I tell him. “You might have got some lucky breaks but you put yourself in position to get those breaks by working your ass off, ” I say. I then asked him again how he became successful.
He said that he always treated wrestling and the movies as business and worked hard to master his craft. He set goals and had a plan. He knew what he wanted and then set out to “find his path.” He took action, paid his dues and worked hard…and would not give up.
Ah, the ultimate success formula.
People are always looking for “the secret” to success. There is no secret. Success in ANY endeavor is clearly laid out for you right here. Follow the formula and you will be successful.
I talk to Tyler for the rest of the flight about a myriad of subjects and find him to be one of the nicest, most humble and intelligent people I have spoken to in a long time.
Who would have thought that flying with Michael Myers for four hours would have been such a pleasure.
(As always, your comments are very welcome and I do read each of them.)
Kick butt, make mucho dee-nero!