It really amazes me! I struggled for years in Los Angeles as a comedian and an actor and never thought once that this is something i should not be doing. I know what it is like to go on tour with an iconic comedian staying in the best hotels, limos, private jets and signing for almost anything i wanted because i was the opening act for Andrew Dice Clay, and what ever Dice wanted, he got! Then back to reality…the tour is over and it is back to my 1 room apt in West Hollywood. Of course this was very early on in my career, early 90’s and i was very fortunate to live the lifestyle i did even though i was broke financially speaking back then lol. Things got better for me and i started to make money once i was a headliner and working the big rooms and i was also getting some acting work in some notable films, (not extra work people).
I remember early on that i always said i would make it in the business of show! I have always believed in myself and my confidence and talent so i hear, is out the roof. Hollywood can take a toll on you and back in 2000 i was realizing that what i have accomplished in my career, i was at peace with and if i got out of the business…i was going to be OK. I opened a successful business and was making great money, got married and had a child and was living the dream. Stayed away from show business for the most part of 5 years, of course i would always stay involved mentally, just not physically perusing it. We moved to North Carolina opened a great bistro and we were enjoying the new lifestyle…and trust me it was great, i am not complaining, we live a very nice life.
We decided to move from NC and something pulled us to Las Vegas, so we made the plunge as we often do and came back west, with the intentions of opening a catering company in Las Vegas. I was home one night at our new place in Vegas and i got a call to fill in for a comedian. I was reluctant because i was kind of semi retired and i thought to myself, WHY?… but the entertainer in me took over and my ego started to swell and i caved in to…”Ok, i’ll do it” and i did. To make a long story short within weeks i had my own residency at the Rio Hotel and Casino and my face was plastered all over Vegas on billboards. I never looked back and i was back in the game, strong!
See, if your reading this, i came to grip to something that is very true, the old saying goes…
“If you love something let it go free. If it doesn’t come back, you never had it. If it comes back, love it forever.”
That is exactly what is going on now. I am going to Los Angeles to film a pilot for a network i am starring in. I never asked or perused this, it came to me. Just because i stopped pursuing fame doesn’t mean i don’t deserve it. I worked my ass off to get anything i got and have no reluctance to take what is mine, no matter what… if presented with an opportunity. What i am saying is.. i never gave up or disliked the business, I love the business… i just went in another direction. I have always loved show business, its in my blood, its calling my name, it asked me to come back, So i am…this time i can afford to do it different, this time i grab it by the balls!
Michael Wheels Parise