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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!!

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS IN SHOW BUSINESS TODAY!!!!

God Bless you, in Jesus' name, AMEN!

Tyler

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  • Carolyn IN

    Wow Tyler! 20 years in the making. You should feel proud of what you accomplished in 20 years. I still Believing in my dreams too. When I got this e-mail at work I almost started to cry because I was having a bad day but when I read your message....all I could do is smile. That scripture romans 8:28 is on my desk and I read it everyday because it gives me HOPE. Thank you for your uplifting message it made my day. God is going to continue to use you and bless you so.....Get Ready.

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  • Terry W. Thompson Augusta

    Tyler, You are an amazing inspiration and talent. I am thankful and grateful for the opportunity to have learned so much from the amazing messages you have in all your films. I just hope that I can inspire as many as you have.

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  • Terry W. Thompson Augusta, GA

    Tyler, You are an amazing inspiration and talent. I am thankful and grateful for the opportunity to have learned so much from the amazing messages you have in all your films. I just hope that I can inspire as many as you have.

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  • Beatrice H. Simpson Oklahoma City, OK

    Tyler, what a great testimony!!!! God is Good... Congrats on your all your accomplishments. May God continue to Bless you richly...

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  • Jean sacramento

    Congratulations on your success I know your Mother is looking down on you and smiling 20 years of ups and downs but thank God you didn't STOP BELIEVING and you made it all the way to the top. My daughter always said by the time she is 25 she is going to have over 1 million dollars in the bank from her fashion career and I always encourage her that you can do whatever you put your mind to do with the Grace of God all things are possible.

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  • Ty VA

    Sorry for second post. I meant to congratulate you in the first post.

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  • Ty VA

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! :-)

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  • Portia Cape Town, South Affrica

    Hello Tyler Congratulations, Tyler! I always knew there would be a formula to my sense of 'Madness'. I couldn't send you a demo cause I never acted before and really, I dont know if I can act, so I didn't. However this 'madness' in my head needed to jump out, how it was to be demonstrated or exhibited was a serious question that needed probing up until now...I will write! I will rather write you a script and u will love it! Thanks man for this inspiration. I love you, man. Still waiting for your visit in SA is, Portia

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  • Ty VA

    Hi Congratulations! I'm not discouraged just tired. I am dealing with things you probably didn't have to when you began pursuing your dream. There are people in high places coming against me every day. I do not know why. My phone has been wiretapped. People I don't know still follow me on the road. Some of my friends are being harassed. Their accounts have been hacked into. God sees all what I'm going through. I look to Him. No one else cares like the Lord. Of course I have goals I'm working on. I may or may not accomplish my dreams. One thing is for sure...I will not stop praying. I will not stop living for Jesus. I will not stop believing that there are honest and good people in this world no matter what happens in my life. Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

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  • Ty VA

    Hi I'm not discouraged just tired. I am dealing with things you probably didn't have to when you began pursuing your dream. There are people in high places coming against me every day. I do not know why. My phone has been wiretapped. People I don't know still follow me on the road. Some of my friends are being harassed. Their accounts have been hacked into. God sees all what I'm going through. I look to Him. No one else cares like the Lord. Of course I have goals I'm working on. I may or may not accomplish my dreams. One thing is for sure...I will not stop praying. I will not stop living for Jesus. I will not stop believing that there are honest and good people in this world no matter what happens in my life. Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

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  • Winnie C olumbus, MS

    Hi Tyler, I am literally in tears right now! This is confirmation to me and I have NO DOUBT that it was God who told you to post this! I am sitting here and I just spoke those exact words a few hours ago! I followed my dream, at risk of losing everything, and it doesn't even look like I can buy a promise right now, but I am believing God. I just spoke these words to the Lord and then I saw your post. I promised to Thank HIM for what He has ALREADY done for me, even though it may seem like it is insignificant right now. The enemy told me to give up! LOL! I've invested everything I have into this and haven't even made enough to pay a utility bill (I can laugh now)! You gave me that push I needed, so you be VERY encouraged that you are on the right track and sometimes our suffering is not for us, it's for the people we have to minister to later. I know it wasn't easy for you, but Tyler if you hadn't gone through what you went through, you couldn't have ministered to me today. For that, I am thankful! Be blessed!

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  • Valencia Chicago

    Tyler, Thanks for sharing a piece of your story, I feel like the Lord used you to reach me in your message. Thanks so much for sharing your story but more importantly, for not giving up on your dream, but not just for you but for the millions of people you inspire with your work, not to mention all the actors(tresses) you put to work who might not otherwise find work in Hollywood. I also applaud you on not allowing the "critics" to view your movies and allowing your fan base to be your best judge/critic ~ I think that is simply brilliant! Well, again, thank you for inspiring me not to give up on my dream and to keep moving forward, no matter how hard things get! Congrats to you for 20 years in show biz! I wish you much more success! May God continue to bless you my friend. Valencia

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