While I was looking for a new path to set myself upon, I needed money to get by, this led me to working a bunch of different odd jobs. From bouncing, to security, and basically anything that used my size as an advantage. I remembered reading about when Arnold had first come to the US, and himself being in that same spot, and working odd jobs before starting a construction company with fellow bodybuilders. It seemed like a good way to emulate the footsteps of my hero, and so I decided to apply to a bunch of them. I eventually wound up being hired by www.expediteconstruction.com and form that point actually figured out that I had a knack for the work.
It was hard, it was tiring, but I was up to the task, I was good at working with my hands, and there was a satisfaction that came with seeing the job though. Much like when I was weightlifting, there was an image of a goal to be achieved, and only through working hard and being tenacious could one actually attain it. It mimicked the path I had led myself on previously, and so wasn’t that difficult a transition, in terms of the physical labor aspect. When it came to learning all the intricacies, the ins and outs of construction, that was where I struggled. My brain wasn’t built for numbers that weren’t counting carbs. It took me a while to really get good at what I was doing, but as with anything else, I aimed for no less than perfection.
I had been working with the company for three years when the second opportunity came in the most strange of ways. I was at a bar one evening, a few coworkers had just left, and I was sitting in a back booth on my own finishing up my last drink, when a gentleman came over and began talking to me. He introduced me to the ideal of exotic dancing. I immediately went defensive, assuming that he wanted something I wasn’t prepared to give, but he gave me his card and asked me to meet with him anyway. I don’t know exactly why I did, but I found myself in his office a few days later. He showed me videos, pictures, and most importantly, talked about the potential earning capabilities.
I decided to try it once, see how I felt about it, and then I’d make a decision. I needed a gimmick though, which brought me back to the days of being enraptured by Conan on screen, I would become Conan in person. I bought an outfit, and put it to use that night. I wasn’t terribly rhythmic, but I could move, and move I did. I found myself really getting into it, which got all the ladies in attendance into it. I have to say, I was hooked that first night, over the last seven years now, I have lived the life of roofer by day and Conan by night.