Biography’s profile of Tyler Perry. The title pretty much says it all. In my opinion this is one of the best videos Biography has done simply because Perry’s perseverance is so astounding. He had to deal with a physically abusive father and later became broke, living in his car (Just like Robert Kiyosaki).
All this misery happened before Perry even started producing plays (which is what ultimately amassed his wealth). Even when Perry began producing plays he never made a profit for seven years.
He took odd jobs like being a car salesman or a bill collector in efforts to finance his productions, which would all fail. Perry eventually became so depressed he considered suicide. Taking refuge in his religious believes, Perry decided he would produce one last play, and if it failed he would give up his passion completely.
Most interesting is that on Perry’s final play he used different marketing efforts. Perry included influential community members and local pastors in the play’s production, generating substantial buzz. Having done this, Perry’s natural talent was shown to a larger audience, and the reception snowballed.
Perry later held the play at various venues all over the country, selling out all of them. Eventually Hollywood came calling, however most still underestimated him. After Perry’s film DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN beat out the Will Smith’s HITCH everyone took notice and the rest is pretty much history.