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...