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>>> NOW TO OUR ONGOING SERIES,

>>> NOW TO OUR ONGOING SERIES,

SETTLE FOR MORE.

SETTLE FOR MORE.

THATS BEEN THE MOTTO OF MY LIFE. BEEN THE MOTTO OF MY

LIFE.

WE HIGHLIGHT THE EXTRAORDINARY

WE HIGHLIGHT THE EXTRAORDINARY

THINGS WE SEE IN THIS WORLD.

THINGS WE SEE IN THIS WORLD.

WE FOCUS ON AN ACTOR, DANCER AND SINGER, WHO NEVER LET BEING AAND

SINGER, WHO NEVER LET BEING A DOUBLE AMPUTEE SLOW HIM DOWN.

DOUBLE AMPUTEE SLOW HIM DOWN. >> THIS IS YOUR GOLDEN TICKET.

>> THIS IS YOUR GOLDEN TICKET. MAKE SURE YOURE READY TO SEIZE

MAKE SURE YOURE READY TO SEIZE THAT MOMENT WHEN IT COMES.

THAT MOMENT WHEN IT COMES. >> ONE ACTOR SEIZING THE MOMENT

>> ONE ACTOR SEIZING THE MOMENT IS DOUBLE LEG AMPUTEE, MAKING

IS DOUBLE LEG AMPUTEE, MAKING

HIS DEBUT IN "STEP UP HIGH

HIS DEBUT IN "STEP UP HIGH

WATER."

WATER."

>> I GOT THE CALL FOR "STEP UP." IT WAS FOR A CHARACTER WHO WAS."

IT WAS FOR A CHARACTER WHO WAS THIS DISABLED CHARACTER WHO IS A

THIS DISABLED CHARACTER WHO IS A DJ, SINGER, RAPPER, ALL THESE

DJ, SINGER, RAPPER, ALL THESE DIFFERENT THINGS AND JUST -- IT

DIFFERENT THINGS AND JUST -- IT WAS TOTALLY REFLECTIVE OF MY

WAS TOTALLY REFLECTIVE OF MY LIFE, WHICH IS CRAZY.

LIFE, WHICH IS CRAZY. I THOUGHT I WOULD NEVER SEE

I THOUGHT I WOULD NEVER SEE ANYTHING THAT WAS WRITTEN FOR ME

ANYTHING THAT WAS WRITTEN FOR ME

WITH SUCH DETAIL. IT WAS REALLY A DREAM COME TRUE.

IT WAS REALLY A DREAM COME TRUE. >> ERICS DISABILITY HAS ALWAYS

>> ERICS DISABILITY HAS ALWAYS BEEN PART OF HIS LIFE.

BEEN PART OF HIS LIFE. HIS LEGS WERE AMPUTATED WHEN HE

HIS LEGS WERE AMPUTATED WHEN HE WAS JUST 1-YEAR-OLD DUE TO

WAS JUST 1-YEAR-OLD DUE TO

MISSING FIBULA BONES.

MISSING FIBULA BONES.

>> BEING A DOUBLE LEG AMPUTEE,

>> BEING A DOUBLE LEG AMPUTEE,

PEOPLE HAVE A LOT OF OPINIONS

PEOPLE HAVE A LOT OF OPINIONS

ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN AND CANT DO.

ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN AND CANT DO.

WHEN I WAS A LITTLE KID, I USED

WHEN I WAS A LITTLE KID, I USED

TO JUMP AROUND AND MOVE AROUND MY ROOM, ESPECIALLY TO MUSIC.D

MY ROOM, ESPECIALLY TO MUSIC. BUT I HAD IDEA I WAS DANCING.

BUT I HAD IDEA I WAS DANCING. >> NOW AN IMPORTANT SHIFT ON

>> NOW AN IMPORTANT SHIFT ON SCREEN AS ACTORS WITH

SCREEN AS ACTORS WITH DISABILITIES ARE AMONG THE MOST

DISABILITIES ARE AMONG THE MOST UNREPRESENTED MINORITY IN

UNREPRESENTED MINORITY IN HOLLYWOOD.

HOLLYWOOD.

>> I SPENT SO MUCH TIME TRYING

>> I SPENT SO MUCH TIME TRYING

TO IMITATE PEOPLE WHO WERENT DISABLED THAT I LEARNED THAT I

DISABLED THAT I LEARNED THAT I COULD LIVE IN IT AND LOVE MYSELF

COULD LIVE IN IT AND LOVE MYSELF AND SHOW THE WORLD LIKE WHO I AM

AND SHOW THE WORLD LIKE WHO I AM AND NOT BE AFRAID TO DO THAT.

AND NOT BE AFRAID TO DO THAT. THATS WHEN THE DOOR SORT OF

THATS WHEN THE DOOR SORT OF OPENED UP.

OPENED UP. THATS WHEN EVERYTHING STARTED

THATS WHEN EVERYTHING STARTED TO MAKE SENSE.

TO MAKE SENSE. >> PLEASE WELCOME ERIC GRAZE.

>> PLEASE WELCOME ERIC GRAZE. [ APPLAUSE ]

[ APPLAUSE ] >> HI.

>> HI. AWESOME.

AWESOME. FEEL THAT LOVE.

FEEL THAT LOVE. SO I KNOW YOU SAY THIS IS A

SO I KNOW YOU SAY THIS IS A DREAM COME TRUE FOR YOU.

DREAM COME TRUE FOR YOU. >> YES.

>> YES.

>> THIS ROLE.

>> THIS ROLE.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> HOW DID IT COME ABOUT? >> OH, JUST LITERALLY OUT OF

>> OH, JUST LITERALLY OUT OF THIN AIR.

THIN AIR. I WAS HEADING -- I WAS IN A

I WAS HEADING -- I WAS IN A DANCE COMPANY IN ATLANTA,

DANCE COMPANY IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA, AND WE WERE HEADING TO

GEORGIA, AND WE WERE HEADING TO SPAIN.

SPAIN.

AND TWO DAYS BEFORE WE DID, I

AND TWO DAYS BEFORE WE DID, I

GOT THIS NOTIFICATION ABOUT THIS

GOT THIS NOTIFICATION ABOUT THIS

ROLE FOR KING, THIS DANCER AND

ROLE FOR KING, THIS DANCER AND

SINGER, DJ AND RAPPER.

SINGER, DJ AND RAPPER.

AND I WAS JUST LIKE, ARE YOU

AND I WAS JUST LIKE, ARE YOU

KIDDING ME?

KIDDING ME?

THIS IS ME.

THIS IS ME.

THIS IS MY LIFE.

THIS IS MY LIFE.

SO I GOT THE CALL FOR THE AUDITION.THE CALL FOR THE

AUDITION.

I SENT IN MY AUDITION TAPE, HURRIEDLY PUT TOGETHER AND THEY

HURRIEDLY PUT TOGETHER AND THEY TOOK A CHANCE ON ME AND HERE I

TOOK A CHANCE ON ME AND HERE I AM ON THE MEGYN KELLY SHOW.

AM ON THE MEGYN KELLY SHOW. >> I READ WHEN YOU WERE LITTLE,

>> I READ WHEN YOU WERE LITTLE, YOU USED TO WATCH "SO YOU THINK

YOU USED TO WATCH "SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE" AND JUST CRY?

YOU CAN DANCE" AND JUST CRY? >> YEAH, JUST A LITTLE BIT.

>> YEAH, JUST A LITTLE BIT. JUST A LITTLE BIT.

JUST A LITTLE BIT. ACTUALLY I WASNT THAT LITTLE

ACTUALLY I WASNT THAT LITTLE EITHER.

EITHER.

I WAS IN COLLEGE.

I WAS IN COLLEGE.

BUT, YOU KNOW, IT WAS JUST

BUT, YOU KNOW, IT WAS JUST

DIFFICULT.

DIFFICULT.

WHEN YOU LOOK OUT IN THE WORLD

WHEN YOU LOOK OUT IN THE WORLD

AND YOU DONT SEE PEOPLE WHO

AND YOU DONT SEE PEOPLE WHO

REFLECT YOUR LIFE AND YOUR ABILITIES, YOU KNOW, ITS TOUGH,

ABILITIES, YOU KNOW, ITS TOUGH, YOU KNOW.

YOU KNOW.

AND I DIDNT HAVE YOUTUBE

AND I DIDNT HAVE YOUTUBE

GROWING UP.

GROWING UP.

SO IF YOU GO ON YOUTUBE NOW AND

SO IF YOU GO ON YOUTUBE NOW AND

LOOK UP DISABILITY DANCE,

LOOK UP DISABILITY DANCE,

DISABILITY ACTING, ARTS, ITS

DISABILITY ACTING, ARTS, ITS

EVERYWHERE.

EVERYWHERE.

THE COMMUNITY IS NOT SILENT.

THE COMMUNITY IS NOT SILENT.

BUT YOU DONT SEE US REFLECTED

BUT YOU DONT SEE US REFLECTED

IN HOLLYWOOD.

IN HOLLYWOOD.

AND THATS WHERE WE GET MOST OF

AND THATS WHERE WE GET MOST OF

OUR IMAGES OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.AGES OF PEOPLE IN THE

WORLD.

>> YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO BE AN OPERA SINGER, IS THATNG TO

BE AN OPERA SINGER, IS THAT TRUE?

TRUE?

>> THAT WAS MY GOAL.

>> THAT WAS MY GOAL.

>> YOU WERE THINKING OPERA, I

>> YOU WERE THINKING OPERA, I

DONT HAVE TO MOVE AROUND THAT

DONT HAVE TO MOVE AROUND THAT

MUCH, IVE GOT A GOOD VOICE. IM GOING TO MAKE OPERA WORK?

IM GOING TO MAKE OPERA WORK? >> STUDIED CLASSICALLY FOR 12

>> STUDIED CLASSICALLY FOR 12 YEARS.

YEARS.

WENT TO SCHOOL ORIGINALLY FOR

WENT TO SCHOOL ORIGINALLY FOR

IT.

IT.

BREAKING DOWN IN THE PARKING LOT

BREAKING DOWN IN THE PARKING LOT

WITH MY MOTHER, I REALIZED IT

WITH MY MOTHER, I REALIZED IT

WAS NOT FOR ME.

WAS NOT FOR ME.

I JUST WANTED SOMETHING THAT ENCOMPASSED EVERYTHING THAT I

ENCOMPASSED EVERYTHING THAT I LIKE TO DO, AND THAT INCLUDES

LIKE TO DO, AND THAT INCLUDES NOW DANCING.

NOW DANCING. >> SO YOURE A THEATER MAJOR IN

>> SO YOURE A THEATER MAJOR IN COLLEGE.

COLLEGE.

>> YES.

>> YES.

>> YOUR PROFESSORS ONE DAY SIT

>> YOUR PROFESSORS ONE DAY SIT

YOU DOWN AND SHOW YOU A VIDE

YOU DOWN AND SHOW YOU A VIDE

>> YEAH.

>> YEAH.

>> IS THAT WHAT IT WAS?

>> IS THAT WHAT IT WAS?

>> YEAH.

>> YEAH.

>> WHATS ON THE VIDEO?

>> WHATS ON THE VIDEO?

>> A PHYSICAL THEATER COMPANY

>> A PHYSICAL THEATER COMPANY

CALLED DV8. THEY HAD THIS VIDEO CALLED "COST

THEY HAD THIS VIDEO CALLED "COST OF LIVING" IT FEATURED AN

OF LIVING" IT FEATURED AN AMPUTEE DANCER.

AMPUTEE DANCER. THERE WERE OTHER DANCERS IN THE

THERE WERE OTHER DANCERS IN THE STORY.

STORY.

BUT INSTEAD OF TRYING TO MAKE

BUT INSTEAD OF TRYING TO MAKE

THIS AMPUTEE FIT THEIR DANCING

THIS AMPUTEE FIT THEIR DANCING

STYLE, THEY FIT THEIR DANCING TO HIS BODY.EY FIT THEIR DANCING TO

HIS BODY.

AND THEY CREATED THIS BEAUTIFUL

AND THEY CREATED THIS BEAUTIFUL

ART PIECE.

ART PIECE.

AND I JUST -- I WAS ENTHRALLED

AND I JUST -- I WAS ENTHRALLED

AND KNEW WHAT I WANTED TO DO WITH MY LIFE THE MOMENT I SAW

WITH MY LIFE THE MOMENT I SAW IT.

IT.

>> I BELIEVE IN THAT VISUALIZATION AND MANIFESTING,

VISUALIZATION AND MANIFESTING, JUST PUT OUT THERE IN THE

JUST PUT OUT THERE IN THE UNIVERSE WHAT YOU WANT AND DONT

UNIVERSE WHAT YOU WANT AND DONT BE DEFINED BY WHATS ALREADY OUT

BE DEFINED BY WHATS ALREADY OUT THERE.

THERE.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> PRIOR TO THIS ROLE WAS ZOMBIE IN THE WALKING DEAD, IS THATMBIE

IN THE WALKING DEAD, IS THAT RIGHT?

RIGHT?

>> YES.

>> YES.

I HAVE BEEN KILLED THREE TIMES. >> THERE YOU ARE.D THREE TIMES.

>> THERE YOU ARE. THERE YOU ARE.

THERE YOU ARE. >> YES.

>> YES. >> SO THIS IS HUGE BECAUSE NOT

>> SO THIS IS HUGE BECAUSE NOT ONLY NOW ARE YOU THE STAR -- ONE

ONLY NOW ARE YOU THE STAR -- ONE OF THE STARS OF THIS SHOW, BUT

OF THE STARS OF THIS SHOW, BUT YOUVE BEEN TO THE WHITE HOUSE?

YOUVE BEEN TO THE WHITE HOUSE? >> I HAVE, YES.

>> I HAVE, YES. >> RECOGNIZED BY PRESIDENT

>> RECOGNIZED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA?

OBAMA?

>> ABSOLUTELY, YEAH. THEY WERE DOING -- THE 25th

THEY WERE DOING -- THE 25th ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIGNING OF

ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIGNING OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY

THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY ACT WHICH WAS SIGNED IN 1990,

ACT WHICH WAS SIGNED IN 1990, WHEN I WAS BORN.

WHEN I WAS BORN. I WAS 25 WHEN I WAS THERE.

I WAS 25 WHEN I WAS THERE. I GOT TO SEE THE CAST OF "SPRING

I GOT TO SEE THE CAST OF "SPRING AWAKENING" PUT ON BY DEAF WEST,

AWAKENING" PUT ON BY DEAF WEST, PREDOMINANTLY DEAF CAST.

PREDOMINANTLY DEAF CAST. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL.

IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. MARLIE MATLIN WAS IN IT.

MARLIE MATLIN WAS IN IT. IT WAS AMAZING.

IT WAS AMAZING. >> WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE THAT

>> WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE THAT GUY THAT YOU DIDNT HAVE, TO BE

GUY THAT YOU DIDNT HAVE, TO BE THAT GUY ON TELEVISION THAT

THAT GUY ON TELEVISION THAT MAYBE OTHER KIDS WITH

MAYBE OTHER KIDS WITH

DISABILITIES WHO DIDNT HAVE

DISABILITIES WHO DIDNT HAVE

THAT ROLE MODEL TO LOOK TO TO

THAT ROLE MODEL TO LOOK TO TO

SAY, YES, YES.

SAY, YES, YES.

>> I HATE IT. NO.I HATE IT.

NO. ITS TOUGH.

ITS TOUGH. TO BE -- IM DEFINITELY NOT THE

TO BE -- IM DEFINITELY NOT THE FIRST GUY, BUT IM CERTAINLY

FIRST GUY, BUT IM CERTAINLY SOMEBODY WHO, I THINK WITH THIS

SOMEBODY WHO, I THINK WITH THIS CHARACTER, KING, IS BRINGING

CHARACTER, KING, IS BRINGING SOMETHING THAT YOU HAVENT SEEN

SOMETHING THAT YOU HAVENT SEEN BEFORE.

BEFORE.

A LOT OF TIMES WITH DISABILITY,

A LOT OF TIMES WITH DISABILITY,

THE IDEA IS WE WANT TO FOCUS ON

THE IDEA IS WE WANT TO FOCUS ON

IF THE PERSON WITH THE DISABILITY HAS A PROBLEM WITH

DISABILITY HAS A PROBLEM WITH THEMSELVES AS IF THE ISSUE IS

THEMSELVES AS IF THE ISSUE IS WITHIN ME.

WITHIN ME. FOR MOST OF MY LIFE IVE LOVED

FOR MOST OF MY LIFE IVE LOVED BEING DIFFERENT.

BEING DIFFERENT. IVE LOVED HAVING SOMETHING

IVE LOVED HAVING SOMETHING DIFFERENT TO BRING TO THE TABLE.

DIFFERENT TO BRING TO THE TABLE. MOST OF THE TIME MY CHALLENGES

MOST OF THE TIME MY CHALLENGES COME FROM THE PEOPLE AROUND ME,

COME FROM THE PEOPLE AROUND ME, WHO TRY TO PUT THESE STEREOTYPES

WHO TRY TO PUT THESE STEREOTYPES ON ME OR THEY TRY TO OVERLY

ON ME OR THEY TRY TO OVERLY HELP.

HELP.

I DONT NEED TO BE CODDLED. I JUST WANT TO BE REPRESENTED.

I JUST WANT TO BE REPRESENTED. >> HE SAYS HIS MOM IS HIS BEST

>> HE SAYS HIS MOM IS HIS BEST FRIEND.

FRIEND.

SHES DOING A GOOD JOB. YES, TESTAMENT TO MOTHERHOOD AS

YES, TESTAMENT TO MOTHERHOOD AS WELL.

WELL.

SO NICE TO MEET YOU.

SO NICE TO MEET YOU.

>> THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU.

>> GOOD LUCK WITH IT.

>> GOOD LUCK WITH IT.

>> THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU.

>> CHECK OUT "STEP UP HIGH

>> CHECK OUT "STEP UP HIGH

WATER" ON YOUTUBE RED.

WATER" ON YOUTUBE RED.

IT STARTS JANUARY 31st WEVE GOT

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