A Story of Success, Failure, and Hope in Hollywood!
The United States as the land of opportunity attract many dreamers from around the world with great hope to see their dreams come true. Darko, a native of Bosnia and raised in Belgium is one of those dreamers. Born in Bosnia in 1969 and raised in Belgium from the age of 18 months till adulthood. During this time Darko decided that he wanted to become a Chippendale. At the age of 23 Darko left Belgium for Los Angles, California with two suitcases and $1,600 in cash. He landed at LAX .
Arriving in Los Angeles without knowing anyone!
At the Los Angeles International Airport where he landed, Darko remembered being so scared and in such a distress that he retreated in the restrooms in order to collect himself. Afterwards he got out the restrooms and asked his way to the closest hotel. He checked into a hotel room at the Sheraton Hotel later on that day for $39 per night. Then he went from his hotel room down to the lobby of the hotel for a meal. To his delight there was an open buffet from which, he helped himself with a good dinner. After his dinner he spotted a piano in the middle of the lobby and started -yes, he was a self-taught pianist- to play it. As he played the piano he noticed a group of Japanese tourists in the lobby. So, he decided to play some Japanese tunes. Before long, he started getting some tips from the Japanese tourists. His tips quickly added up to $39, which paid for his hotel room that night.
Darko indeed taught himself several instruments besides the piano. Other self-taught instruments include guitar, accordion, and flute. He also speaks several languages including German, English, Flemish, Croatia, and French. Darko also played soccer until the age of 19 and almost became a pro-athlete. However, an injury prevented him from pursuing a professional soccer career. He was obsessed to become an action star and a Chippendale anyway.
Interestingly, being a Chippendale was his gateway to Hollywood. Sure enough, Darko became the first European to join an all-American Chippendale group of 15 members!
Darko became the first European to join an all-American Chippendale group!
How did it happen? Darko explains in the video...
There is no doubt that Zumba has been the most popular group fitness of the decade with mostly female followers. In effort to change that ratio and appeal to its base counter parts, the Zumba organization came up with STRONG by Zumba. This latest version of Zumba consists of athletic moves and muscle endurance exercises performed in sync with music. There is virtually no dance move detected by our reporter. However, those athletic moves and endurance exercise are really cool. Check them out in those short videos below:
One of the many new moves of String by Zumba at 2018 Mr. Olympia Weekend in Las Vegas
Sandra Dee Robinson has spent nearly all of her life in front of a camera: as an actor (including Another World, Sunset Beach, Bold and the Beautiful, General Hospital, Days of Our Lives, Two and a Half Men, Criminal Minds, Secret Life of an American Teenager and TV movies) and as a TV host and product spokesperson.
Sandra Dee Robinson is also the Founder of Charisma On Camera. The event took place in Agoura Hills, California on November 13, 2016.
Robinson gets to interview on Camera the award nominees and guests of the StarPhysique Award event.
Sandra Dee Robinson interviews Billy Blank's wife and daughter on the Red carpet of the StarPhysique Award.
StarPhysique "Most Inspiring Male Martial Artist" Award
The 2016 StarPhysique Awards were also a tribute to one the most celebrated martial artists of our generation. Effectively, besides the late Bruce Lee - and before Jean-Claude Van Dame - Ernie Reyes, Sr. personifies the most “muscle & fitness” in the world of martial arts.
Master Reyes has received a Life Time Achievement Award for doing phenomenal demonstrations for more than 25 years and developing generations of world-class demo team members year after year.
"Of all the awards I received, the StarPhysique Awards is the most significant one" - Ernie Reyes, Sr.
His amazing list of achievements and recognitions include: