Entertainment industry icon Steve Allen once said, "Pain plus time equals humor".
Actor, comedian, playwright, and executive Rick Najera in his new book "Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood", has breathed life and spirit into this time tested tinsel town adage.
This book contains insightful, sophisticated, candid observations, about Rick's sojourn in Hollywood, and Broadway, it is clear by this recent work that Najera is on his way to becoming an iconic industry statesman himself.
The book is a must read for mainstream Oprah-styled readers, affording them a unique peek behind the curtain, as to what it takes for a multi-talented hip young Latino to feed a family while surviving in the entertainment business who habitually misunderstands you.
Rick Najera is also the author of "Latinologues" on Broadway, "Pain of the Macho" and "Latins Anonymous" and is an award-winning writer/performer (Diary of a Dad Man/Showtime, Latinologues, MadTV, In Living Color...)
Najera jumpstarts the tale by painfully revisiting his recent near death experience and now sees the world through the prism of a stage three coma, a trip that very few live to talk about. He then takes the reader-compatriot by the hand on a linear trip through the do or die journey which is his life, and his love, all the while filling the air with relentless optimism, sarcasm and laughter.
Najera takes a laser look at the depiction of Latino cinematic culture and how it feels to be an authentic Latino within the post modern Hollywood community. Najera has been honored twice as "100 Most Influential Latinos in America."
No doubt after reading this book, you will place him in the Top 10.