SORRY MOM & DAD: Whatever it takes

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First Posted: 6/24/2013

You can’t make something come true if you aren’t willing to say it out loud. Trust me! As a dude with very few inhibitions, I’ll say almost anything out loud. That’s why almost anything I want to happen becomes a reality.

From what I’ve witnessed by people in my generation with goals, it’s that most of them are afraid to say what they want.

When I wanted to compete in a local version of “Dancing with the Stars,” but wasn’t a member of a media outlet sponsoring the event like the other contestants, I realized I needed to do whatever it took to make it happen. So I tracked down Mark Ballas, one of the professional dancers from the real television dance competition on ABC, and got him to sign a petition requesting me to compete. A few months later, I won the first round of competition!

I realized doing whatever it takes is more than an action: it’s a mindset that needs to be adopted in order for today’s lost generation to find themselves.

Granted, doing whatever it takes doesn’t always get you what you want, as I learned when I brought an entire high school marching band to apply for a job at a radio station in Boston. However, it does get you noticed, as I learned when “The Ricki Lake Show” commended my determination on Facebook.

I then realized that maybe I wasn’t meant to get the job in Boston. Maybe the job I’m meant to have is to help my generation realize they need to do whatever it takes to get what they want!

That’s why I did whatever it took to pitch my philosophy as a television show that could inspire a movement for my generation.

I saved money for months, flew to Los Angeles, and recently found myself standing before a production company’s development team to pitch my idea for a show called “Whatever It Takes.”

I shared personal experiences of doing whatever it takes, presented ideas that will have viewers rooting for Millenials with goals while being entertained by the outlandish spectacles I help them come up with to get what they want, and ended with saying, “I want my generation to get inspired and realize they have what it takes, so they need to do what it takes, and help them realize inside all of them is a super hero – inside all of them is a firework.”

I then started lip-syncing Katy Perry’s “Firework” in the conference room of development executives. Their jaws dropped, laughing in shock and entertainment. Next, to really stand out, I opened the door, and the Superman and Captain America impersonators from Hollywood Blvd., who I paid to come along, came in and started lip-syncing and dancing with me! Maybe I’ll get the show, maybe I won’t. Nonetheless, I did what it takes, and made my pitch stand out from any pitch they’ve ever seen, because if you really want something, you have to do whatever it takes!