Autobiography, Biography, Entertainment, History, Inspirational, Memoir, Mind / Body, Nonfiction, Personal Growth, Relationships, Self-Help

Adversity. Every living person faces it. It’s part of the human condition. I’m Christopher Wiehl, an actor and filmmaker, and I’ve had plenty of challenges of my own. Some people may not think that’s the case, but I bet they’ve never had brain fluid leaking from their nose.

I’d been living what some would have considered a charmed life when, in 2008, doctors discovered a brain tumor next to the auditory nerve in my right ear. It nearly killed me, but I’m still here. And through it all, one lesson I’ve learned is that the adversity people face is not as important as their response to it. It’s how they overcome the obstacles—how they learn to walk like a man, as Bruce Springsteen would say—that keeps them moving forward.

In Trying to Walk Like a Man, we’ll talk about how I’m trying to survive in the cutthroat entertainment industry—and while you’re here, we’ll discuss our own lives. We’ll talk about some of the adversity we all face, and we’ll see if we can figure out what keeps us putting one foot in front of the other. Pull up a chair, won’t you?

Christopher Wiehl is an American-born actor and filmmaker.  A native of Yakima, Washington, Chris graduated from the University of Washington in 1993 with a major in Dramatic Arts; he migrated to Los Angeles in the summer of ’94, and quickly booked several major ad campaigns, for Old Spice, Coors, Ford, and Coca-Cola, among others. He soon appeared as a Guest Star on numerous popular television series, and by 1997 he became a series regular on shows like Bull, First Monday, Playmakers, and CSI: Las Vegas. In 1998, Chris added writer, producer, director to his bio when he formed Yakima Productions. The company has released three films and currently houses over a dozen scripts. In 2008, Chris’ life took a real turn when he received a brain tumor diagnosis. With his baby boy only a month old and a marriage already on the rocks, Christopher’s life was in peril. He had a successful surgery to remove the tumor, but had major complications during recovery. It’s been a long climb back to relevance in the entertainment world and redemption in his personal world. Today Chris is healthy and happy again, working in Hollywood, living at the beach, and living a life he thought was out of reach just a few years before.