Good Morning Lovelies!
In this week’s giveaway we’re going to do things a little differently – backwards, if you will. I already know who the winner is, in fact I’m going to tell you all about him. I had the privilege of talking to Josh Haddon who’s a hilarious guy, and at the age of only 29 he’s a serial entrepreneur, comedian, comedy club owner, public speaker, writer, and in his own words “fighting cancer like a boss”. In this week’s Giveaway Malu will be making a custom pair of shoes for Josh.
“Life looked at me and said, ‘you can’t possibly be this happy, and be living your dream, doing what you love’ and it gave me cancer.” Josh says. Being a comedian and possessing the gift-of-the-gab he makes light of any situation, and is able to lift spirits anywhere he goes. When it comes to having cancer, Josh says “I thought it would be hypocritical if I didn’t deal with this like I deal with everything else – with humour and with laughter, and help laugh in the face of one of the toughest times” This talent to connect with people made Josh number one on Reddit’s Ask Me anything, beating out celebrities to grab the first spot. Hundreds if not thousands of people approached Josh with personal questions, or curiosities, seeking help advice and answers. This made Josh realized that through his words he can be helping thousands of people – Cancer patients and their families. And so, his book The Funny Thing About Cancer was born. He hopes to be able to finish it and distribute it to 1,000 cancer centers across Canada, and I think we can help.
There was a crowdfunding campaign done already, but the goal is not yet reached, so today I wanted to tell you about Josh & his book. And if his cause so moves you, do consider pitching in!
During my interview with Josh we chatted about traveling, fashion, and dreams. Here’s a look into that conversation:
(ME) Did you always want to be a comedian?
(J) I always wanted to be on stage. I couldn’t sing, and I was a lousy guitar player, so comedy it was! I hated public speaking though… but I always liked a challenge. I mean what’s the worst that could happen? So in grade 8 I gave it a go.
Was your first attempt successful?
It was awful! Awful! But you have to create a habit. The more I did it the more comfortable I became with it. Now I am a public speaker, and I love it. I feel comfortable speaking with anyone.
What motivated you to push past your fears in grade 8?
I think I wanted to impress girls! Also the naysayers, or ‘haters’ as we call them in 2015. Whenever someone says I can’t do something it pushes me to prove them wrong.
Was your career a straight path into Comedy?
I used to run a timeshare company in my early twenties, and I was very financially successful at it. It became the biggest timeshare company in Canada, but it was so stressful. To the point that I ended up having a stroke at the age of 25. The stress wasn’t worth it, and it wasn’t my passion. So I sold the company and went back to comedy. I started writing for blogs here and there, and did some gigs. Eventually I decided to open my own comedy club in Windsor, Ontario .
What are 5 things you want to accomplish this year?
- Well not die would be number 1.
- I want to finish my book, and be able to distribute it to cancer centers across Canada for free.
- I want to be able to raise enough money to help my parents financially.
- Get back on the road and do speaking engagements.
- And I want to travel to Asia – to Vietnam, Thailand, Fiji, Philippines, and I want to backpack across it.
What was the number one question you were asked on Reddit’s Ask Me Anything?
People wanted to know how I have such a positive attitude. Many also asked me how to connect with their friend, uncle etc. who has cancer – how to approach it, and what to talk about. To which my answer is: Be candid. Just be genuine. Everyone is different but to me candidness is the most important.
This being a fashion blog, I have to ask, where do you stand when it comes to fashion:
I actually think that fashion is important! It’s your sense of identity. As much as I hate to place importance on materialistic things, it’s about the first impression people get of you, and the first thing they notice. New clothes or a new pair of kicks can make you feel really good!
Beards and Man-buns?
Oh you mean lumber-sexuals? Whatever works man! If it makes you feel good, and makes your life easier because you leave your house with your head held high – that’s great. Are we really going to end the interview on lumber-sexuals?
Thank you to all of you for reading and following the blog along. Talking to Josh puts a smile on your face, and I hope that he’ll be able to touch as many lives with his positivity as possible. Let’s help Josh do that, and bring The Funny Thing About Cancer to 1000 cancer clinics across Canada.