STRANGE DEVO FACT:
I was bullied mercilessly as soon as I first stepped into a classroom. I was most notably teased in comparison to Urkel, M.C. Hammer and Lamar from “Revenge of the Nerds”. I fought through this adversity through comedy, inspired by “Saturday Night Live” (the reason I got into show business). Eventually I learned to combat aggression with humor - pretending to be characters and making light of the darkness that was thrown at me constantly. I was pushed against lockers, called “faggot” and “ballerina girl”, was sexually assaulted numerous times by closeted guys, punched in the face - the whole 9. By the time I graduated high school I was friends with almost every clique due mostly in part to the fact that I celebrated my diversity and I made people laugh. It also helped that I played sports and that I involved myself in as many school clubs as possible to avoid hiding from people. I was blatantly flaunting my sexuality and did not cower to any bully that confronted me. I had a lot of people on my side, from the football team to student government. It was not easy and I almost didn’t survive, and I am proud to say that I got through it thanks to my talent.