This book is a journey through life changing events. It all began on August 29, 2005, the day that changed my family’s life forever. Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and all the surrounding areas, but the damage was due to the levee breach 4 ½ miles away from my family’s home. The journey takes us from New Orleans to Mississippi and now presiding in Decatur, Georgia. The blessing was being employed by the military. With my 18 years of service, and as a Non-Commissioned Officer I have influenced my children to reach for their dream. A leader must Be Know and Do to survive and with that inspiration I have instilled in my children to become the best person they can by working hard and studying their interests for the future. Xavier is an example of what an actor must Be Know and Do. Since moving to Decatur, Georgia he has shown interest in being an actor and quickly took it to another level. We will take you through the audition process, booking the first gig and starring in his first Nickelodeon (GOGURT)commercial sponsored by the Kids Choice Awards and also booking the video of Our Future is Green, featuring Mayor Shirley Franklin. During the process Xavier has learned that before you can have a chance at fame and fortune, you must pursue all aspects of getting a job as an actor. And to get that you must have talent and be determined to perform your best for the people that can give you a job. My guide through, Weathering the Storm: A Young Actor’s Journey to Hollywood will give you, the young and talented out there the encouragement to go forth with your career.