We Rise By Lifting Others…Robert Ingersoll
We all knew it wouldn’t take long. Geoffrey Owens should be on his way back to work as an actor, soon, thanks in part to Tyler Perry. After a full news day of reports and shares of his work as a cashier at Trader Joe’s, the response to the story was bigger than the story itself. Perry’s offering is on pace with his casting of other veteran actors and performers in his films and stage plays. In many of the productions that popularized Perry and his unforgettable alter-ego, “Madea”, fans could some of their favorite singers and actors on the road with plays.
As we reported yesterday, Owens is no different than other bi-vocational creatives who work at day and dream at night. Unlike other creatives, he has an astounding resume and is part of television and black history as a cast member of the ever popular “The Cosby Show”. He has worked on and off stage and film since, but his life’s journey led him to work at Trader Joe’s due to the flexibility the job offers.
This morning on Good Morning America, Owens looked resilient and thankful- undoubtedly ready for the next opportunity. In the now viral interview with Robin Roberts, Owens said he’s not looking for favors but is open to auditions. Considering the immense success of “The Haves and Have Nots“; whether the role is won by walk on or audition, it’s an undeniable favor for Owens’ career.
The series has featured other well known actors from television series and films, Owens will be the latest. If he accepts the role, fans are sure to wonder which role Owens will play. Will he be villainous or reprise his warm, fun-loving even oblivious character Elvin for which he is known best? His depth as an actor is often lauded and it just may be time to see a villain from the Shakespeare trained actor.
I’m more a celebrity now than when I actually was a celebrity!
The next season is sure to keep viewers tuned in to the stunning series which is never short on drama. As he returns to the work of acting, who knows what opportunities await Owens. What we can do for now is celebrate his work ethic that was strong enough ‘between gigs’ that he now feels more like a celebrity than when he was an actual celebrity.