Published on January 30th, 2014 | by djprophetic0
4 Things Everyone Must Respect about Tyler Perry
4 Things Everyone Must Respect about Tyler Perry
It’s true; some people absolutely hate Tyler Perry movies. But there are also people who go to see every movie and have the DVD’s at home to match. Whether you hate him or love him, he possesses some undeniable qualities that we should all respect and admire:
1. His Perseverance
You may or may not be aware of Tyler Perry’s struggles before reaching an audience of millions. Tyler Perry underwent a childhood filled with abuse and violence predominately from his father, Emmit Perry. Hence the reason Emmitt Perry Jr. changed his name to Tyler Perry at the age of 16. Perry dropped out of high school, earned a GED, and had 25-30 odd jobs before finding his true calling. While working an assortment of jobs such as collection agent, and used car agent, Perry managed to save $12,000 dollars. In 1992, he used the money to rent out Atlanta’s 14th Street Playhouse and host his own production of I Know I’ve Been Changed. It was a complete flop, with only 30 people showing up. But that didn’t stop Perry. He kept earning the money and quitting his odd jobs to run the plays. Unfortunately, they were still unsuccessful and in 1997, Perry became homeless and even attempted suicide. His mother told him to just quit, but he refused to give up. He gave it another shot and rented Atlanta’s House of Blues in early 1998. Sadly, the heat in the theater went out, and Perry had feelings of despair as he put on his costume in a freezing dressing room. He stated in an interview with Jet Magazine that he said, “This is it. I’m not doing this anymore.” “But then he happened to look out a window and saw a block-long line of people waiting to see the show. The House of Blues sold out eight times in a row, forcing Perry to move the production to the much larger Fox Theatre. Nine thousand people viewed Perry’s play.”
From then on, he went on to have audiences of 40,000- 50,000 a weekend, and from there it led to plenty of other plays, DVD’s and the blockbuster debut of the 2001 film, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, which debuted #1 at the weekend box office with a three day opening gross of $22.7 million and a total of over $50 million at the domestic box office. Whether you enjoy or are appalled by Tyler Perry’s plays, his perseverance, determination and focus are evident and are proof that you can have anything you want if you’re willing to do whatever it takes.
2. His Work-Ethic
Since day one of his first play, Tyler Perry vowed to have total control over his creative works. From the days of his first plays, Tyler Perry has managed multiple roles such as director, writer, producer, promoter, actor, and much more. Tyler Perry lives by this scripture, “As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work” John 9:4. He also explains in this video the reason he works so hard and why you should too: http://tylerperry.com/scrapbook/video/76/page/3/
3. His Appreciation for His Fan Base
With all of Tyler Perry’s responsibilities, it’s amazing how he still finds the time to write Facebook posts and interact with his fan base. Tyler Perry is very transparent with his ups and downs and even sends out letters to his fans. He also has a message page to let everyone know what’s going on in his life. http://www.tylerperry.com/messages/. If that’s not enough, he also creates inspirational videos that he posts on Facebook to inspire his millions of fans. If he can find the time to inspire someone else, why can’t we???
4. His Ability to Infuse God into Mainstream Media
In our politically correct, and hyper sensitive world, it’s rare to find someone so successful talk openly about God and point people to God. Some may not be a fan of Madea or other Tyler Perry movies, but one thing you can agree is that if you’ve seen any film, you always leave with an insight or positive message. God is the center of Tyler Perry’s life and he is unashamed to bring the Gospel into Hollywood. If Christians or non-Christians have any issues with the way he brings the message, that’s irrelevant because he is changing lives and inspiring millions. Whenever people try to give him the credit, he points it back to the Father.
“I am a Christian, I am a believer, and I know had I not been a person of faith, I couldn’t be here in this place, and I wouldn’t be walking the path that I’m on now.” – Tyler Perry
Hate it or love it, God will continue to bless Tyler Perry so let’s continue to pray for him as he pursues his God given purpose. These are just four lessons we can learn from him, but there are definitely plenty more!
“If you don’t want my God here, you don’t want me here either. God has been too good to me to go and try to sell out to get some money.”
– Tyler Perry