Since my childhood summers playing baseball at Nottingham Little League, I’ve been taught that the best hitters always perform in the late innings. So finish strong everyone, and have a happy and safe holiday season!
I also hope this decade has been as good to you as it has me, as this marks my most amazing one yet beginning with my film, Boulevard Zen. Exactly 10 years ago this week we premiered at the Silent Movie Theater in Hollywood. Thanks to everyone who supported me, i.e., watched or read or listened to any of my creations since the film. And a special thanks for taking my Tola Yoga classes.
No doubt I’ve built an awesome foundation in developing and producing original content as well as successfully crossing the finish line – on time and on budget – more than 15 times. Not to mention teaching my modern-day fitness style of yoga to more than 20,000 students throughout the US.
I love LA! And here’s my Top 10 Reasons to Live in LA. Plus, celebrity shout-outs to Angelina Jolie for her latest surgery, and to Little League icon Mo-ne Davis for having a heart and offering a second chance to the college baseball player who got kicked off his team for a racial tweet. Thanks for tuning in – R. Watch weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks and all social: @richtola
Tola Talks about the comedic brilliance of Jon Stewart and his legacy at Comedy Central, the 2014 US Little League baseball champions getting stripped of their title, and it’s WTF Wednesday so check-out the 5 Tasty Ways to Eat Snow…plus some inspiring talk about yesterday’s weight loss show. Weekdays at youtube.com/tolatalks. Social: @richtola
Tola Talks about Eminem, Clayton Kershaw, Dwight Gooden (aka Dr. K), Mariano Rivera, Evander Holyfield, Paget Brewster, Gerald Butler, Whoopi Goldberg, Warren Buffet (buying Duracell Battery), Kim Kardashian (nude pictures), Walmart, Black Friday, and Takata (exploding airbags). On Throwback Thursdays, Rich takes us back to 2006 – the year he entered the Entertainment Business and became a Yoga teacher – and gives the Get Your S#!T Together Award to a Polish woman for having a threesome with her two lovers she hired to kill her husband. Watch weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks.
Tola Talks with the beautiful & talented singer/songwriter, Cooper Phillip. On Acoustic Fridays, Rich interviews 21 year-old Cooper who plays two songs from her EP, Walk a Mile, and discusses going for her dreams and her heartfelt journey from Russia four years ago. Rich also talks about earthquakes, the San Francisco Giants, building dream-homes on the wrong property, mild winter forecasts, President Obama & the Ebola Czar, Brad Pitt & his new film Fury, Ms. Science Babe & her homeopathic experiments, plus GYST Awards & Hunter Biden.
Tola Talks leadership and baseball with a tribute to the great Yankee shortstop, Derek Jeter. On Movie Mondays, Rich also reviews A Walk Among the Tombstones with guest co-host, Troy Titus-Adams. Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks.
Tola Talks with Celebrity Hair Stylist & Beauty expert John-Francis Maseda. On Movie Mondays, today Rich reviews the irresistible music movie of the summer with Keira Knightley & Mark Ruffalo, Begin Again. Watch the show weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks
When you look up the word complacency in the dictionary you’ll learn the following meaning: self-satisfaction or smug satisfaction with an existing situation or condition.
So whatever you do in life, AVOID it like the plague! Because in order to improve upon your existing situation – or physical well-being, for that matter – it’s always best to “stay hungry” for perfection so you can better yourself and your condition. And never be smug about it!
Regardless of your situation, always strive to better yourself and seek the higher ground.
As a kid growing up in a poor Sicilian family, my parents taught me to always strive for perfection and to believe in myself in whatever I did. Whether it was playing baseball on my unbeaten 12 year-old All-Star team, or attending auditions in the “nobody makes it here world of Hollywood”. I do my best and never get complacent with my abilities or achievements.
That’s why over the past six years since I arrived here in February 2007, I’ve been creating and innovating as much as I can. Like my more than 100 free Yoga & fitness videos posted to the Internet and new Audio-book for my memoir, Simply Between Millions: From Wall Street to Hollywood. I didn’t just settle with the paperback and digital versions. No. I wanted to make my life’s wild and inspiring journey about pursing my Hollywood calling and persevering against the odds – however great they may be against you – available on all platforms, including Audio.
So in two weeks I’ll be the proud father of another creation narrated and produced by me. Here’s a preview of what’s to come: