Billy Garcia || Survivor Cook Islands

Written by Big Daddy on May 16th, 2011. Posted in Who's Coming

The meaning of life is to live. If you are not living your life then your life has no meaning. So dream big and live the life!

I was born in New York City and raised in Miami. I joined the Marines straight out of North Miami High School and studied guitar, music, and Entertainment Business at the FAME Institute in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I also attended the University of Miami and BMCC in New York City as well as The Hollywood Film Institute! That was fun, I actually learned something for a change AND I’m a graduated/certified Movie Producer AND Cinema Director/Independent Filmmaker! That just sounds so sweet to my ears.

I started my music career as a teenager in 1989 with the South Florida Heavy Metal band XERPENTS. After our break up in early 1992 I sold all of my belongings, paid off all of my bills, bought a ticket and got on a bus with only $50 in my pocket and a dream bound for my old home town of New York City(Thanks to my Perez cousins for letting me crash at their crib).

In 1997 I won a silver medal at the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) wrestling grand national championships in the Greco-Roman wrestling 220 pounds division.

After playing in several music projects over a period of years, teaching private guitar lessons, and becoming a (WWE Hall Of Famer) Johnny Rodz trained Pro-Wrestler with WUW, in 2001 I returned to my Heavy Metal roots with the band SHADOWZONE and later I played in a short lived offshoot, BLACK RAINBOW. I founded FORSAKKEN in the summer of 2002 as both the Guitar player and the songwriter.

In 2006 I was a cast member on the CBS reality tv show SURVIVOR: COOK ISLANDS where the world got to meet me as a die hard heavy metal head banger and a dream chaser. In spite of the doctored edit I got, I became one of the most recognizable cast members of the series as well as one of the most popular amongst fans and alumni. I continue to be involved with reality tv, it’s subculture and charity events.

In 2008 I filmed my first full length feature film starring role, the movie REALITY HORROR NIGHT. I also got to be the official fight choreographer and the unofficial assistant director(thanks Doug and Vitaley).

Since then I’ve stayed busy doing Reality Events, Charity Events, A Doritos Commercial(thanks again Vitaley), several more reality tv shows, recording and performing with my band FORSAKKEN, practicing AMERICAN KENPO KARATE, SHORIN-RYU KARATE, JUDO, and BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU, mentoring at the New York Reality TV School, and Pro-Wrestling in both celebrity and hardcore matches. I was also made a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky for my charity work with Kentuckiana(Thanks Mark, Dana, & Crew), a Count by the Byzantine Church for my international charity work, a black belt in multiple martial arts, and a Free Mason by Mariners Lodge 67.

Plus I just shot my next movie as a lead actor AND a Director/Producer. It’s called The Infernal Room. I shot it at Glen Cove Mansion, LI(thanks Adam, Geraldine, & Mad Panda), Southington, CT(thanks Harriet & Leah) and New York City(Thanks Levent, Isaac, Cisco, John, and Fah). It’s in post production now.

Yep, I don’t just dream it. I live it! The meaning of life is to live. If you are not living your life then your life has no meaning. So dream big. Live the life!

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