Tribute Essay

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A wise man once said “It doesn't matter if a million people tell you what you can't do, or if ten million tell you no. If you get one yes from God that's all you need.” And that was said by you Tyler Perry. I am here today to give you your recognition for being an excellent Writer, actor, producer and director. Growing up in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 13, 1969 was when an intelligent man was born. Through your difficult childhood, suffering years of abuse you still maintain to be very successful with your dreams. At one point, you even attempted suicide in an effort to escape your difficult situation but you remained strong. At 16, you changed your first name to Tyler to separate yourself from his father. Perry dropped out of high school, but he eventually earned a general diploma/ GED, later. Trying to find your way professionally, he held a series of unfulfilling jobs before discovering his true passion. Tyler Perry you have forged your own way in the entertainment industry, building an empire that consists of successful films, plays, and even a best-selling book. Discovering your passion by watching an episode of Oprah Winfrey's talk show, you were inspired by a comment on the program about how writing about difficult experiences could lead to personal breakthroughs. Which made you started a series of letters to yourself, which became the basis for the musical I Know I've Been Changed. While the show tackled such tough subjects as child abuse, it also touched on forgiveness; a theme has remained central in many of his works and reflects his deep connection to his Christian faith. After saving up $12,000, Perry directed, produced, and starred in at an Atlanta theater in 1992. The musical's run lasted only one weekend and drew a measly 30 people to see the show. Disappointed yet determined, Perry continued to work odd jobs while reworking the show.

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