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Do You Believe In Chris Rene?

Reality television is one of my guilty pleasures.  I have to admit, I’m somewhat addicted.  While there is a ton of garbage to be seen, there are also some great stories that come along.   A few weeks ago, I mentioned an audition on Britain’s Got Talent.  Now that X-Factor is in full swing, I had to bring up the story of Chris Rene.

The video of his X-Factor audition has already had almost 10 million views, but in case you are number 10,000,001 – go ahead and watch it real quick.

 

 

A couple of things make this story stand out in my mind.  There are plenty of tales of people ruining their lives and careers with drugs.  That is not new territory.  What was refreshing about Chris was the fact that he pretty much shouldered all the blame himself.  He talks about how he had a perfect family growing up and how HE slowly strayed from the path.  You might recognize the pattern from my last post, where changes happen so slowly, you don’t realize how bad things are getting.  If you missed it, here is a link.  Apparently, it took having a child to get him to refocus.

When he performed at his audition, he was fresh out of rehab.  He was employed as a trash collector and had the overall look of someone you wouldn’t want to run into in a dark alley.  When he said he would be singing a song he wrote, I remember cringing.  It had all the markings of another horribly bad reality show audition.  As it turned out, the song was actually pretty good.  Another “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover” lesson from reality television.

This week, Chris is in the final seven – one step closer to reaching his goal.  To me, this guy exemplifies the phrase “leapfrogging through life’s obstacles.”  You just can’t help but root for the guy.  There is just something charismatic about a guy who always has a smile on his face.  He also has a large tattoo on his forearm that simply says, “Believe.”  Isn’t that what its really all about?Chris Rene Xfactor

If you believe in your dreams, you can reach them.  The problem is, believing in yourself is a lot tougher than it sounds.  It is much safer to just dream about the goals and not risk failing. But hey, if a trash collector turned rapper can end up on stage in Los Angeles, just how difficult could YOUR dream be?

Believe in it.

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About Larry Lourcey

Plano portrait artist, Larry Lourcey, holds the designation of Master Photographer awarded by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2007.  Several of Larry’s images have been selected for the prestigious PPA Loan Collection, including an image displayed at Imaging Asia in 2005. While Lourcey is most recognized for his black and white photography, the breadth of his work includes vibrant photo paintings, Polaroid transfers, and photographic collages.  He derives his inspiration from master painters like John Singer Sargent and Edgar Degas, while embracing the bold styles of more modern greats; such as Pino Daeni. In his free time, Larry enjoys trying to find free time. Follow him on Twitter as @larryphoto

About Larry Lourcey

Plano portrait artist, Larry Lourcey, holds the designation of Master Photographer awarded by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2007.  Several of Larry’s images have been selected for the prestigious PPA Loan Collection, including an image displayed at Imaging Asia in 2005. While Lourcey is most recognized for his black and white photography, the breadth of his work includes vibrant photo paintings, Polaroid transfers, and photographic collages.  He derives his inspiration from master painters like John Singer Sargent and Edgar Degas, while embracing the bold styles of more modern greats; such as Pino Daeni.

In his free time, Larry enjoys trying to find free time. Follow him on Twitter as @larryphoto

Comments

  1. Scott anderson says:

    Defnite case of don’t judge a book by it’s cover – or what the author’s life has been Ike up until this point. We all have a masterpiece of some sort inside of us.

  2. Rap has never been a favorite but this was fabulous! I remember this performance. Thanks for reminding me why I liked him.

  3. Pam Butler says:

    Thank you for introducing me to this fabulous young man. What a great story!

  4. Gosh, I’ve not seen this, because I have almost NO time for TV, but it brought me to tears. Thanks for sharing this. Isn’t it great that he didn’t blame anyone but himself for his mistakes? What a great story. And it’s true!!!
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  5. Hi Larry!
    I saw the title of this post in the sidebar and just had to click it! I was just watching the show last night and thinking that although I didn’t feel it was his best performance – I don’t want to see him go yet and the reason is because of his story. I realize a performer has to have more than a story to succeed, but I can’t help but root for him. Glad to see you’re following along, too! :)

  6. I’ve seen this one, very impressed with the guy! Hope he wins it.
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  7. TAMARA LIGHTNER says:

    Chris is an amazing artist..whether he is singing an upbeat tune or a slow it down melody I find myself bobbing my head. His story makes him a personal favorite. I love to see people overcome their trials and tribulations and just make a Cinderella story out of it. I am pulling him 1st in life then for him to succeed in his dreams of being an artist.

  8. always believe in yourself and your dreams…it can be hard which is why so many start then stop then give up..hows the running!

    • Thanks for commenting Ntathu. The running is going well. I actually registered for the 5k on December 10th – so my Next Goal is looming….
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      • Hi Larry,

        I appreciate your article as Chris is My brother,and It’s powerful to see the many different people his story and spirit connects with. I wanted to let you know of one small typo in the sentence When he said he would be singing a song he wrote (it was accidentally written with the word “wrong”) I would’ve preferred to private message you yet wasn’t sure how. So for the integrity and honor of your article, thought I’d let you know.
        Thanks,
        GR

        • Hi Gina,
          Thanks so much for pointing that out-just fixed it!

          I’m honored that you stopped by and read the article. We were rooting for you too, by the way! Give Chris my best.
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        • Gina, I don’t watch these shows often, but I may have to start – even if I don’t, know that I’m rooting for your brother and hope that he succeeds in his personal goals. More than anything, I hope he stays clean and really cherishes being a Dad – because no matter what else ever happens in life, that little one will always see him as a hero if he does. If he wins, I hope you and all his family help keep him grounded and stress free so that he can enjoy it and not let that kind of success hurt him as it has so many young people. He really is talented. I generally hate rap, but I really enjoyed listening to your brother’s song – to write the lyrics, the music, AND perform like that? He won’t be in his current job for long, regardless of the contest outcome. I believe in him.

        • Gina, you must be so proud of your brother…”you are the truth”..powerful testimony. Your brother reminds me of my nephew, he came over to live with me (UK) from caribbean about two yrs ago. Life over there was tough and my nephew was in the WRONG crowd. He came to visit me last week and Gina..I am so proud of my nephew, he is working, settled down with his wife and their baby, passed his driving test, weekends are spent decorating and fixing up their new home, he is looking for a second job to supplement their income…to hear my nephew talk reminds me of your brother. You have to believe and give people a chance.

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