The #1 Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.
Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Comedian Rodney Perry who was born in Chicago and raised in Monroe Louisiana. Rodney served his country for eight years as a member of the United States Navy. Serving two tours of duty took Rodney to New Orleans and to the Bay Area, which prepared him for the entertainment industry and for life. He would perform his duties as Yeoman Second Class by day and perform his sidesplitting comedy shows by night. Perry came to a crossroad in 1998, when he had to choose between continuing his Navy career or making Stand-Up Comedy a career. He chose the latter.
A few weeks ago I did a DERRICK Interview with Comedian Lav Luv and he mentioned that Rodney Perry was the person that others should learn more about. After Lav Luv gave me the opportunity I reached out to RP and now you are about to read my DERRICK Interview with Comedian Rodney Perry.
D is for Dream. What is your dream and what have you achieved?
My dream was and is to be one of the world’s best comedians. My brand is building, I have a national audience and Rodney Perry time is close at hand.
E is for Encourage. What encourages you?
I am encouraged by my family. They give me my drive. They are my engine. Without my family I am not sure if I would be as focused.
R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?
The core of what I do is to make people laugh, but my greater purpose is to lighten the collective burden. When someone goes to see me I want them to walk away with a sense of fulfillment.
R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?
I had a teacher that would let me tell jokes at the end of class if I would shut up during the course of the day… That was in second grade. I was born ready to do what I am doing now, and I just got ready to do what’s coming up next. You must always prepare for your next big thing.
I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?
Dr. Farrah Gray is the first person who comes to mind. I often site him when talking to my children. He made is first Million Dollars as a teen. Shoot for the stars!!
C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?
Winners win even when they lose. I live in a perpetual state of WIN, so even when things aren’t going in my favor I am learning about that situation and myself.
K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?
Work Hard… There are no days off when you are the boss, Unless you say so.
Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?
I will leave you all with this… Find something you Love and do it to the best of your ability. You will be happy, you will make money, and you will never regret your decision.
Check out Rodney Perry’s new show “Off The Chain” premiering on Bounce TV October 22nd, 2012 at 9:oo PM EST.