The Uninvited: How I Crashed My Way into Finding Myself

The Uninvited: How I Crashed My Way into Finding Myself


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As featured in the New York Post and People magazine!

The true story of a young imposter with a talent for crashing celebrity events who discovers what's really important in life.

Singing on stage at the Grammys, getting high inside the Kremlin, driving in a U.S. president's motorcade—Craig Schmell has a world-class talent for talking his way into places he does not belong. But when his self-absorbed life crashes down around him, he finally learns how to be a better man. An inspiring coming-of-age story with cameos by some of the biggest stars of Hollywood and rock 'n' roll. The Uninvited is funny, insightful, and stunningly true.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682614112
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication date: 11/14/2017
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Craig Schmell is a 25-year veteran of Wall Street and a successful business owner in the fitness and food-service fields. He is a popular public speaker and advocate on addiction issues and a dedicated peer counselor. A graduate of Syracuse University and Touro Law Center, he lives in New Jersey and New York City with his two teenage daughters. His website is These days, he almost never sneaks into anywhere he doesn't belong.

Ellis Henican is a newspaper columnist, TV pundit and multi-New York Times bestselling author. His website is

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Radio City Recon xi

Chapter 1 Center Stage 1

Chapter 2 Showing Up 9

Chapter 3 School Daze 20

Chapter 4 College Boy 30

Chapter 5 Comrade Craig 40

Chapter 6 Law and Disorder 52

Chapter 7 Gold Medal Summer 67

Chapter 8 Cool Aid 80

Chapter 9 High Bar 95

Chapter 10 Rinse and Repeat 108

Chapter 11 Going Down 121

Chapter 12 Door Knockers 138

Chapter 13 A Month's Vacation 149

Chapter 14 See the Man 160

Chapter 15 Getting to Work 175

Chapter 16 Black Hat Blessing 189

Chapter 17 Treadmill Girl 201

Chapter 18 One More Time 212

Chapter 19 Reaping the Benefits 223

Chapter 20 Ready or Not 234

Chapter 21 Finally Getting It Right 244

Afterword: Passing It On 254

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