For those who don't know me at all -- check Google for “that Mexican guy in every movie” and you might find me. Looking back on a 25-year career in the entertainment business, I’ve worked alongside some of the best in: Fast and Furious, Training Day, Bruce Almighty, Purge Anarchy, The Dark Knight Rises, Fresh Off the Boat, CSI Miami, Bones, The Walking Dead and literally hundreds more. My Personal Experience: My teen years were important in my life. My acting life started in my teens. Raised in a classic middle-class Los Angeles home, my life took three sharp turns early on. First, when I was about 13, my dad took a job offer to travel and to take my mum and they left me behind. Then, young and homeless, I gravitated to people who offered a sense of belonging; they were gang members. Next, I met a girl who took me to an acting class that led to a role in a commercial. Money soon followed along with more roles and opportunities that would ultimately see me enjoy a 25-year career and the life I have today. In the shortest span of time I went from a normal life, to abandonment and homelessness, to a criminal life, and then to an actor’s life. “I went from a normal life, to abandonment and homelessness, to a criminal life, and then to an actor’s life” Now I can draw on all of that to help other teens with their challenges. Here's how: I extend my work day in other ways. I connect with audiences locally in Los Angeles and nationally to try and make a positive difference. I draw on my own experiences – from fatherhood to prison to celebrity life – to help people face issues. My hope is they benefit from hearing about my struggles and triumphs in relatable ways. Google me in the future and I hope some of this outreach comes up there, too.