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Why Did I Put All My Money Into This?

Why did I put all my money into this? Is this going to work? God, do you hear me? Where are the people? I’m so scared. How will I pay these people? Why did I do this? I can’t pay my rent, they are going to repossess my car…

The year was 1992, July 8th-12th. All these questions were crowding my mind.  I was a 22-year old wannabe... but what I wanted to be I didn’t know. All I knew was that I had written this play about adult survivors of child abuse and I wanted the world to see it. I was so sure that it was going to work that I put my own money into the show.

I had worked as a used car salesman and a bill collector and saved my income tax check and my bonuses. I took that money and hired a cast and built a set and rented a very small theater in Atlanta called the 14th Street Playhouse. I had done all the math in my head: I was going to perform 6 shows, 200 people a show, for a total of 1,200 people. The tickets were $12 and I was going to make $14,000 and be rich… LOL. I was going to give my tithe to the church, give my mother some money, pay my rent (that was two months behind), get my car payment caught up and live happily ever after. I knew as sure as I am sitting here that it was all going to be all right. I had prayed that thang out, as they say in the Baptist church… LOL. Looking back on it now I can laugh, but back then it wasn’t so funny. What I quickly realized is that prayer alone will not always get the results you want. As much work as I did, I didn’t do enough to promote the show. More work was needed to go along with my faith.

I was expecting 1,200 people but only 30 showed up. I was devastated. I thought my dreams were dead. Based off this one thing I thought my life was over. Based on this one failure (what I thought was a failure but it clearly wasn’t), I thought that the rest of my life would be ruined. Needless to say, looking back on it, it was all a part of God’s plan and amazing design for my life. And God has a plan for all of our lives.

Today I celebrate my 20th anniversary in show business. It’s been an amazing journey, one that I will detail in my autobiography one day. You would be surprised, inspired, angry and blown away with what I’ve endured to be here, but until then I’d like to share a little inspiration with you. So many times we think that because one thing didn’t go as planned we should give up on it. So many people leave their dreams dying on the floor, gasping for air because it didn’t work out the first time. Be it marriage, business, children, faith, whatever your dream is, you can't give up because it didn’t go as planned. If I had walked away because it didn’t work you wouldn’t be reading this. I had to keep moving. Yes, there were setbacks. Yes, it was difficult, but I got to see my dreams come to pass because I never stopped moving forward, I never stopped praying and most of all I never stopped believing. DON’T STOP BELIEVING!!!! PLEASE DON’T STOP BELIEVING!!! Say this to yourself out loud right now: “DON’T STOP BELIEVING”, and repeat it to yourself whenever you doubt that you can make it.

What you must understand is that everything, all of it, the good the bad and the ugly, it all works together for your good. If you love the Lord you are called according to His purpose. What’s His purpose for you? If you’re not sure, seek it and all your dreams will come true.

To all my dreamers, to all the people who have invested in themselves, to all the people who have the same questions that I did, hear me when I say this: YOU CAN DO IT!!


God Bless you, in Jesus' name, AMEN!


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  • All 2 the Glory of God Perth Amboy, NJ

    My last name is Perry & when I get discouraged I always remember your struggle & success - but most of all I remember your faith & trust in God. Though I may be homeless as you were one time my faith & trust in God has not wavered. Thank you Tyler Perry for being true Christain whom God is smilling down on. May He forever bless you.

  • corina fafuli south africa

    Thrive black man!!

  • Angelia Farrow Minnesota

    Hello Tyler I first would like to congratulate you on 20 years of hard work and dreams that turned into reality for you. I know nothing in life comes easy and you have to go through a test to have a testimony and go through rain to see the sunshine. That is exactly what happened to you and that wasn't nothing but the power of God. I have always supported you from day one and still do because of that. I enjoy all of your work from plays, movies to your TV shows, all are very great to watch and enjoy with family and friends. I admire a person that works hard like yourself and I am also an inspiring actress/writer/singer that enjoys the art of theater because it is hard work and I haven't gotten my big break and yes there have been many times where I have given up but with the power of God he has kept me still striving and following my dreams no matter what. Thank you Tyler for all your hard work and dedication cause as you can see it has truly payed off. Who knows maybe just maybe one day I will get the chance to work with you. Thanks, Angelia Farrow

  • Tonya NY

    Congratulations on your 20th Anniversary Tyler! You are truly an inspiration to me. I will dust off my dreams and start believing again. Thank you so much for giving me the courage to try again. Tonya

  • Stephanie Lee-McKenzie Chicago, IL 60628

    Ty, I so needed to hear those words. This has been the most interesting month for me, centering around the topics of Vision, Faith and Dreams. Again, a long time supporter and investor beyond the fame. It is the God-Given talent that inspires me. Congrats on everything!!!! Steph

  • phumza mbula South Africa

    Ur word of encouragements came to me when I did them the most, thanks Tyler may the good LORD reachly blesses u

  • Irene Alaska

    I do not usually post here, but this last post from you, Mr. Perry, really spoke to me, in more ways than you can imagine. I always said that none of my dreams ever came true, only the nightmares. As you can imgine, there is a love/hate relationship with not only dreams, but hope, as well. However, I have been down that long, dark road of despair, and know that it leads to nowhere. I guess it would just be nice to see a bit of the bigger picture. Gleaning an answer for the "why am I here when I should be dead" question would be nice. But, I realize that, as usual, I am on a need-to-know-basis with God. Aaah, but at least that is consistent. Along with waiting, and gleaning patience I made sure to not ask for, of course:-) Borrowing a line from the Donkey in the movie "Shrek" (voiced by Eddie Murphy)..."keep on moving, and don't look down". Thank you for all that you do. Although it may not be easy amidst the stuff Hollywood can throw your way, keep on keeping God and Jesus first in your life, always, and He will use you and bless you in ways you never thought possible.

  • Esperanza Seattle Wa

    Oh you Psalms 112 man... Thank you again for opening yourself to give all of us hope... May Our Lord & Savior continue to let His light shine in your life...

  • Linda Stafford Houston, TX.

    Thank You for those words of encouragement! "Happy 20th yr. anniversary!" Thank You, for reminding us (believers/dreamers/visionaries) that God's promises are still to manifest & great things are instore for us! (Mark 9:23): Jesus said,..."If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth!" God bless YOU, Sir!

  • Sweet Peach

    Your words are so profound !!!!!!!,As we speak i'm about to go thru a little setback BUT I am determined to weather this storm...i've told myself this is something that i've worked hard for and I can not and will not allow my dreams be turned into a nightmare by someone else....so i THANK YOU for this message!!!!!

  • Helen Dalton Dolton, IL 60419

    I felt so inspired as I read about your road to success in the past twenty years. The deep valley experiences of hopelessness, fear, doubt and severe testing - yet you never stopped believing in your dream. I am so happy that you didn't give up, because your faith and success ministers to all of us. You are indeed a blessing and a 'gift' to each of us! We love you because of who you are and your mindfulness of us in everything you do. There's no other celebrity like you and thanks for taking us on this amazing journey with YOU! You feed our soul...

  • Clanaise Aka Charming Eagle Coney

    I love this...i'm struggling to make living as well..and i have dreams...Your story is an inspiration!!!

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