We had the good fortune of connecting with Ernest Tsosie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ernest, how does your business help the community?
In the past few years and all the up to the out break of the pandemic, I’ve used my business platform as an actor, comedian and public presenter to share a message of being drug free, alcohol free, commercial tobacco and vaping free. My message is for all but I’ve been privileged to focus on and go into schools, K-12 and focus on speaking and performing to our awesome and precious youth. In last three years I’ve presented motivational speaking in many, many elementary schools, middle schools and high schools and I’ve been able to reached over 14, 000 youth with a positive message of being drug, alcohol and commercial tobacco free.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My journey as a performer in theatre, TV, film and stand up comedy has had its ups and downs, from winning awards to bombing auditions and the thing that keeps me going is the journey it’s self! To not know what could be next and the only way to find out is to keep on keeping on. To keep going to auditions, even though they can be so nerve wracking, to keep getting up in front of a comedy audience, even though I have to battle stage fright, to keep creating and writing new material and not knowing if it’ll be any good! But who cares, as long as I’m still moving forward, still motivating myself to motivate others. The one thing I’ve learned is, “you don’t know what you can do until you try”. I learned that in rehab and it’s absolutely true! You’ll never know if you can do this or do that, until you give it a try. And I’ve learned that once I feel no more fear, nervousness or stage fright, then it’s time to move on my passion for whatever I was doing is gone. Those feelings seem negative but they also serve a purpose, they let me know I’m human, I’m normal, and most important I’m still ALIVE!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The first place I’d take them is to a local cafe to eat and get a feel for the real food scene of a city and or region. Maybe even a food truck. Then I’d take them for a cappuccino at an unknown coffee bar, because that’s where to get a traditional cappuccino like the kind they serve in Italy. I like to hang out in bookstores, so if I was in Tucson or Phoenix I’d take them to Bookmans for sure. I like visiting the downtown of a city, even if it’s just cruising through it. You’ll see the whole gamut of humanity at a downtown city center. I would also take them to an overlook area of a city, especially at night. That’s one of my favorite views when I’m visiting a city somewhere.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a shout out to all those who are in a mentoring position, wether it be a teacher, coach, friend, pastor. The people who have helped me through out my performer’s journey, wether they knew it or not, include the late Vincent Craig, the late Charlie Hill, the late Bruce King, Gary Farmer, Lucinda Serrano and many more. When it comes to my commercial tobacco youth outreach, I give a big thank you to Margaret Merrill, and her non-profit organization “Oso Vista Ranch Project”, which as been dedicated to addressing social issues in Native communities of the Southwest.