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Episode Info: From entertainer at nine years old, to award winning male exotic dancer, to serialpreneur to RCMP Constable to motivational speaker and author – Marcus Anthony Ray prepares to soulfully bare all on Living Fearlessly with Lisa McDonald! A not-to-be-missed show guest on my C-Suite Radio / C-Suite Network!! At only age 9, Marcus Anthony Ray launched his career as an entertainer singing and playing his guitar, touring Canada with major groups even before his 12th. birthday. Sweet success came at 16 when he accidentally stumbled into the lucrative world of MALE MODELLING which quickly progressed to the wild world of Male Exotic Dancing, including many prestigious awards such as MR NUDE NORTH AMERICA while he danced his way across Canada and the United States. By the age of 28 Marcus realized he was truly an entrepreneur at heart and he left his dancing career to purchase 2 businesses, a Male Stripping Agency and the Katz Klub in 1988 (“Every dog has his day, but the nights belong to Katz.”) Being physically savvy, Marcus sold his businesses and opened his first Powerhouse Gym in Canada and soon afterwards was runner-up in the Okanagan Body Building Championship. Always on the lookout for ways to improve himself, Marcus’ fascination with law enforcement prompted him to join the Special Constables Force of the RCMP in 1992, but when he broke his back when hit by a car during a chase on his mountain bike, the lure of entrepreneurial flair found him creating a new line of rustic home furnishings. His 1998 “Pebblecreek” manufacturing company housed under 20,000 sq. ft. of factory saw spectacular growth to 10 retail stores by 2006, and one of British Columbia’s most successful companies, well-known all the way across Canada. “In 2008 I was hit by the humbling hammer,” says Ray, “It was a year of re-evaluation for me when my entire business empire was about to be crushed!” Keeping up his stage appearances became too costly and his vision of success began to fade. House flipping was the natural progression since he still owned a factory suitable to allow the customizing of homes for his customers for some time before years of struggling took its toll and he bravely decided to embrace the situation and let the curtain close on part of his life. That, for Marcus heralded a new beginning, not an end! After being asked to give a small presentation about his history as an entrepreneur at a university in Vancouver, BC, he was invited to speak at the City Hall of Surrey to a group of public speakers. A new avenue of entrepreneurial spirit opened up to him in 2016 when he was approached afterwards by a world-renowned stage speaker who encouraged him to pursue a new career as a motivational speaker. The results came quickly – Marcus was awarded with the British Columbia’s 2017 Toastmasters District Rookie of the Year and in April 2018 the champion of British Columbia District and went on to become an International Award W...
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