I am beginning a video documentary of my life, where at 26 now, I have went from being in prison at age 18-21, (this month August 24th Celebrates my 5 years being free) to a single father living the self-employed life as a Realtor, traveling around Michigan, meeting new, incredible people everyday, seeing breathtaking property & natural beauty everywhere I turn.
In an nutshell, I've been through it all, faced adversity countless times that most never even imagine going through, often at times on a daily basis. When I went to prison at age 18, the entire 3 years I spent researching everything about Real Estate, the housing market, how to sell, etc. The entire time, swearing up and down to everyone I talked to or met I would one day get my license to sell real estate, & join the National Association of Realtors. If the person listening knew why I was in prison, I typically got a similar reaction: "never" "good luck" "might want to have a back up". Reason being, I broke into 5 homes, in a row, on the same day, & arrested in the 5th. This was an unfortunate decision I consciously made while in my teenage years, which I admitted to being extremely wrong, & know my sentence handed down to me from the judge was well deserved, and to be completely honest-prison was the best thing that could have happened to me with the path I was going down.
Fast forward to 2014, I am 3 years out of prison, a father-newly single then from the mother-to a little girl, & felt like the weight of the world was uncomfortably on my shoulders. Having just moved back to Michigan from Georgia, as an agreement with my daughters mother and I went sour post-move, I was faced with the feeling of hitting another one of the all too familiar road blocks in life. Within days of moving back, I somehow snapped myself out of it, getting on the computer, I went to the real estate hiring section on Craigslist. There it was-"Broker with 30+ years experience opening new office Hiring new agents with a dream" Being an instant no-brainer to me, I was setting up an interview before I read through the entire ad.(I don't think I ever finished it) Having the felony record I do, I KNEW it was a huge gamble the State of Michigan would even issue me a License to sell property, THEN there was the National Association of Realtors. Nonetheless, I went to my interview and spilled my life to this man hoping he believed in my story as much as he hoped I did his. That day, Bob Wiltse gave me the motivation I needed. Within a week I was signed up online for my courses & on my journey. After completing the class, I needed to write a letter to the State, stating the nature of my felonies and why I should be considered for licensing. 2 anxious weeks later I got my okay to move on to my state test. Somehow, in April 2015 I passed my first time, & the next day I was in office, starting my dream career. 2 weeks after this, I was at the local Board of Realtors Office with my brokers wife(co-owner) representing me. This was just a recorded & documented meeting, of me giving my story, similar as my letter to the state. Within 5 minutes I was crying beyond comprehension. I was able to choke out my story, ending with an acceptance & many congratulations from some of the most amazing people I've met. For the first time in a long time, I felt accepted, and as I was just where I belonged.
Fast forward to present day, I am with a larger company out of the Metro Detroit area, with the sense this was where I need to be-in the heart of Michigan. My life consists of sharing 50/50 custody with my daughters mother, spending my time with her playing, teaching her new things, finding her interests & embracing her strengths, at 3 1/2 years old, she is extremely intellegent, with a passion for music & the arts that I feel needs to be embraced. I was always taught to grow up, get a job, punch a clock have a family save money to get old and die. I have always despised the thought of this, being a large reason I chose real estate. Always feeling different-custom made, as I call it-I spent a lot of time alone, thinking of life, & the bigger picture. I've never since a child felt the sense I'm going to be known for something bigger than I could then fathom.
At 26, I am beginning to find the answer to this, but I need some help. I want to help people with my story, and through my actions. Life is what we make it. The places I've been and people who have touched my life/live's I've had the opportunity to touch have reminded me throughout my journey why I keep going. A voice can have the power to change the world, love & positive actions spread like a virus, and that's what I am here to do. It's time the world knows who I am and my story. I Would send you hours of footage to be cut into episodes. Also, need someone who's can give ideas, feedback, & hard criticism. inquire for more detail, I am looking to hire good work for long term, There will be various other jobs also needed.