Jim Carrey recently spoke about how his late father spurred him on to become an actor in an inspirational commencement speech.
Jim Carrey spoke to a crowded hall at the Maharishi University of Management recently and had every member of the audience laughing till their belly hurt.
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However, he also spoke on a more somber note by saying that it was his late father who had bucked him up to follow his heart. Jim’s father has long since passed away but he shaped his son into an A-one comedian.
"My father could have been a great comedian, but he didn't believe that that was possible for him, and so he made a conservative choice. Instead, he got a safe job as an accountant."
Carrey continued, "I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which was that you could fail at what you don't love, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love."
Jim is 52 years old and his weird antics cause many a guffaw. His speech was recorded and later on posted on YouTube. Jim said that many people chose their career path out of a lot of insecurity.
He spoke of how his father would have made a great comedian but he instead chose the safe way and became a boring accountant. All that changed when his father lost his job and the family had to do odd jobs to make ends meet.
Jim Carrey was 12 years old way back then. His father taught him a lesson or two in self-actualization. Jim’s dad told him that even if you were bound to fail in what you loved to do, you still ought to do it just for the sake of doing it.
Jim realized that his real purpose in life was to help ease the worries of people by doing some of the most belly-laugh inducing comedic routines.
And he pursued his dreams with a vengeance. Jim Carrey later on appeared in Ace Ventura, The Truman Show and Cable Guy. These movies were hits and entertained millions.
"I've often said that I wish people could realize all their dreams and wealth and fame, so that they could see that it's not where they're going to find their sense of completion," he said. "Your job is not to figure out how it's going to happen for you, it's opening a door in your head, and when the door opens in real life, just walk through it."
Today, Jim is a star in his own right and although he has occasionally suffered from depression he says it comes with the territory. He will be appearing soon in the latest version of Dumb and Dumber. Get ready for a laugh riot.