Idol Runner-up Justin Guarini Living in Poverty Despite Being On Broadway
Justin Guarini is set to hit Broadway next month with stars Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad in Romeo and Juliet.
But he is so poor he doesn't have enough for food! He writes
"I have spent days skipping meals in order to make sure I have enough," he admits. "To make sure my children, and my wife have enough."
He contrasts his current financial state with a time at the height of his fame "when I couldn't walk the street w/o being stopped a hundred times for a photo or a press of flesh."
Guarini goes into grim detail about his current station in life, more than a decade after he shot to fame alongside Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson.
"I drive a family oriented import, that is over mileage. My clothes are a mixture of gift-suite holdovers, things I bought when I had money but no style, and H&M," he writes.
He also writes, eloquently at times, about trying to keep a smile on his face as he and his family — wife Reina and their children — struggle tremendously.
"I'm unafraid to say that I am terrified. I am struggling to make each day meet the next without breaking down and curling up. Sometimes I envy people who sit at a desk all day (at least you know where your next meal is coming from). I'll smile, and laugh,and joke, and entertain…because sometimes it's the only way to keep the ghosts of regret and loss at bay. I am unafraid to be afraid, and in that fear I gather strength."
And Guarini is well aware that spilling his guts in this fashion might seem a bit unusual in the glitz and glam world of Hollywood.
"It feels like madness to admit any of this," he says, "but I'd rather be outright crazy and free, than seemingly sane and a prisoner of convention."
He is on Broadway and he still can't afford basic essentials?
What a pity?
How many kids does he have?
Time to get a new agent, girlfriend.
I was sure homeboy was a fagg and was shocked he had kids.
He should hit up the Actor's Fund for assistance.
R4 get the fuck off this site with that shit. "Fagg" homebody shit.
If you can't afford to have kids, Justin G, perhaps you shouldn't have had them. If you and your wife want to suffer for art, i.e. you blew your wad of money, that's fine.
Where is this from, OP? Is there a link or did you just make all this up?
R8, there's another thread with a link to the Today Show.
I blame Patty Lapone.
He was recently on Oprah's Where are they now? He married a girl he knew before Idol and she already had one kid and then they had a baby - very cute little boy. Justin seems like a good guy but he really didn't have a standout voice. Maybe he should just get a real job and give up the dream.
Ruben Studdard was also on the show. He has a music camp for kids but doesn't seem to be doing too much else.
It's amazing how most of these Idol people are back where they started.
No fundie agenda here r6, didn't mean it that way, just slang I picked up and have a habit of using.
"Sometimes I envy people who sit at a desk all day (at least you know where your next meal is coming from)."
He should look for temp work. He's reasonably nice looking and well spoken so he could probably get placed as a receptionist.
The girl from that 70's show Lisa Kelly just died in rehab.
Why is that amazing, r11?
At least he ain't sellin' his pussy out on da street!
I hate American Idol. It seemed like they put stars in these kids eyes and promised them the moon. But if they didn't have a hit record right out of the gate, they were dropped like a hot potato. Now they are all having to face reality.
You never hear anything more about people from The Voice either. All these shows are full of shit. These people would be better off getting real jobs.
There's always Corbin Fisher, Justin.
[quote]If you can't afford to have kids, Justin G, perhaps you shouldn't have had them.
Maybe, like a lot of people these days, they had kids before things went bad. What are they supposed to do with them now, sell them on eBay?
Frau Bait Thread.
He should be turning tricks. That would tide him over,
r20=Frau who took the bait, lol
His name is still notable and his face still memorable. He could at least make cameo appearances in some comedy or become the next spokesperson for those 'As see on TV' infomercials. He probably doesn't enjoy the fact that no one takes him serious as a singer/artist. But when life hands you lemons, well... You know what you need to do, especially if you have a family to support and feed.
Wasn't he one of the backup dancers at Adam Horowitz' bar mitzvah?
Romeo and Juliet has stink bomb written all over it. Orlando Bloom? Is this 2001? Hopefully it will run long enough for Justin to qualify for unemployment and food stamps.
Is he not popular on the Straw Hat Circuit?
R18, at least some of the Idols hit it big (Kelly, Clay, Carrie, Jennifer, Daughtry) but the Voice hasn't discovered even one minor success.
Scale on Broadway is roughly $1500 a week. Out of that comes agent/pr/manager costs. So, maybe a net of $1,000. When you are working.
r28 - One of the girls from The Voice now waits tables at a pizza restaurant in my town.
""I drive a family oriented import, that is over mileage. My clothes are a mixture of gift-suite holdovers, things I bought when I had money but no style, and H&M," he writes."
Whining about your car and clothes doesn't exactly make me feel sorry for him. Not to mention he is about to open on B'way. Sounds like he got himself way over his head in debt to me.
He was a flop right out of the gate. What's this talk about drivers and shit. This guy always did pretend success he never had.
[italic]From Justin to Kelly to Homelessness[/italic]
He isn't counting his residuals for 'From Justin to Kelly'.
fuck you, R33
The Broadway play hasn't even started yet so he hasn't received much of salary.
"There's always Corbin Fisher, Justin."
It's Guarini, not Whoreweeny, bitch!
needs a day job in between Broadway gigs.
But other Broadway people do nightclub gigs and supper clubs between their Broadway appearances.
Couldn't Justin do the same?
Look at Katherine McPhee. She gets more work than Taylor Hicks who beat her that year.
A decent agent or manager could book him on the state fair circuit, summer stock, cruise ships, if he would consider those gigs. It's not Broadway or movies, but he could make a decent living out of it.
Or, if he has a degree of some kind (didn't he? I can't remember from back in the day...) he could teach.
The way to look at it is to parlay the fame he once had into a living, not expect a star's life from the fame he once had.
Taylor Hicks is on his second year of residency at the Paris hotel in Las Vegas. He's not hurting for anything.
Justin, how do you feel about rich Arabs and Russians?
He needs a better agent pronto since he has children. No, I am not a Frau in case anyone was wondering,
He is a rather attractive and articulate fellow who can sing and act somewhat. An good agent could help him get commercials, voice over work, infomercial work, and general hosting jobs here and there. He has a bit of enough fame left for that sort of work. Or he can call things a day and just try and obtain a regular ass job. His choice.
Condola Rashad is to be in the play as well. Her mother could even try and help him get a better agent. 'Cilla Rashad isn't 100% diva all across the board, you know.
It's unfortunate but his tale is common. He got a bit of money after AI and like a fool, spent it on luxury items. When the gigs stopped coming, he didn't have a safety net. I never understand why so many of these people don't think to save money when they first start making it.
Didn't he use to have a hosting job on the TV Guide channel or something like that? He seemed to be charming enough when I flipped through.
she's such ugly trans, even selling her ass won't help her. cause she's too ugly
He was just on some show on the OWN network where he said that he was a millionaire after the movie with Kelly. So how is he broke now? And why is he still trying to make it in the entertainment business?
This dude never made a million ever. His cd sold 57 thousand copies. the movie was contractual and paid union scale which is peanuts. He never had money.
I had such a crush on him back in the day. I wish him well.
He did do a concert in suburban Philadelphia (Media Theater) last year
That is such a good advice, r40. You should hire yourself out as a life coach for people like Justin.
Hey, remember that GREAT thread several years ago that was excerpts from his "auto-biography"?
He probably figured "Women on the Verge" would run for YEARS!
He should have never married. His 'fans' were young girls. He married some cow that he knew from high school (she wanted nothing to do with him then) with a four year old child. She was looking for a paycheck. If he would have stayed single, worked the county fair/autograph circuit, he could have a regular check. It is ridiculous that he is bitching anyway. Of course they have food. I don't give a shit if he has to shop at H&M.
This guy got hit with the bad luck stick right out of the gate. First season winner become one of the most successful ever and poor Justin probably became the very least successful runner up.
He got tied to that crap movie right away, his first album bombed (I didn't think it was half bad ... bought it in the bargain rack, but still ...)
No doubt he's spend years (and lots of his own money) trying to record demos, etc to get another chance at a record contract.
I agree that there's probably no reason (except for some useless pride) that he can't parlay his long ended fifteen minutes into paying gigs elsewhere (if Taylor Swift can land a steady Vegas contract ...).
Think of this one show ... 12 contestants every year, 10 years of shows .... of course, some of those people are going to be serving your coffee now or getting you your dry cleaning .... hey, if I was one of them, I'd be booking a steady gig hosting some lame-o show on a cruise ship or something.
R58, I think you meant Taylor Hicks ;-)
[quote]Or he can call things a day and just try and obtain a regular ass job.
The guy who played Cockroach on "The Cosby Show" (and later played Cole on "Martin") went to work as a car salesman for a while. When interviewed about it, he said he did it because he had a family to support and the acting gigs had all dried up. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to get by, especially when you have mouths to feed besides your own.
I do think now that he's returned to acting, working in some of those "chitlin' circuit" plays that tour the country.
No, I meant Swift ... ha ha. DOH
why can't his cousin Samuel L Jackson help him out ?
I don't feel sorry for anyone who can fit into the clothes at H&M.
He should do the cruise ship circuit.
He always seemed kind of gay.
Is this another example of the evils of the closet? A single Broadway boy could live quite well on $1500 dollars a week.
[quote] His name is still notable and his face still memorable. He could at least make cameo appearances in some comedy or become the next spokesperson for those 'As see on TV' infomercials. He probably doesn't enjoy the fact that no one takes him serious as a singer/artist. But when life hands you lemons, well... You know what you need to do, especially if you have a family to support and feed.
He needs to get himself over to Tyler Perry's mansion and exchange some sexual favors for some acting parts in a few of Perry's projects
Wasn't his dad rich and famous former mayor or something? Seems off for him to be struggling artist still. Maybe it's an image thing, a sign of "integrity"?
He was outed by the Enquirer shortly after Idol.
He sort of disappeared for a while, then turned up on the TV Guide Network. It was around that time he decided to get married.
Whether he was bi all along, I don't know. But that boy is not straight.
His father, Eldrin Bell, is African American, and is a former Atlanta, Georgia, Chief of Police, and former Chairperson of Clayton County Commission (Georgia). His mother, Kathy Pepino Guarini, is Italian American, and was a journalist for WTVM TV in Columbus, and later for CNN. Guarini was primarily raised by his mother and stepfather, physicist Jerry Guarini, in Philadelphia's suburb of Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
and his children were all born post-economic downturn in 2011 and after.
That was well written.his dad was Atlanta's police chief for years. I think he deserted justin and his mom. Someone post recent pics. The Tyler Perry idea is a good one
It's too bad somebody doesn't sit people like Guarini and so many others down and say to them "look, you are never going to make it in show business. You just aren't, period. You need to go to school, acquire some marketable skills, and get a real career because if you don't and you keep chasing this showbiz thing that's never going to happen, you are going to be poor and miserable."
SO many of them (former child stars, actors whose careers have dried up etc.) really need to hear this and to face reality. Unfortunately they're in total denial.
[quote]and his children were all born post-economic downturn in 2011 and after.
oops sorry he had one kid in 2011 and the wife came to the relationship with an older kid.
(they were high school sweethearts or reunited!!!!)
He has 2 sons as well as his step daughter. The latest baby was born in Feb this year. The other 2 years ago.
r73...he is doing his third Broadway show within a like 4 years (plus the TV Guide hosting job etc.) so he is "making it"
He just shouldn't have taken on the wife and step child at such a young age....perhaps he had something to prove?
as Betty's mother-in-law on Mad Men said to her son:
"never clean up another man's filth"
I always thought he could have made it as a Broadway chorus boy had American idol not come along. He has a great face and skin, and a pleasant enough voice and a decent body.
Who does he play in "Romeo..." BTW?
He plays the nurse.
He's 34 years old. Not that young.
Meh. I feel worse about Matt Keeslar becoming a nurse than whatever happened to Justin Mongrel.
but he was 29/30 when he got married and saddled with the step child....and 34 is still pretty young for marriage and children if you are in show biz and pursuing that.
Saddled? He didn't have to get married.
Always deserves an eye roll when someone gets attention for an attention grabbing headline .... and then says they were misquoted.
If that's the case, why mark the blog post private suddenly ??
have you read the other posts r84....we theorize he felt he had to marry to prove he is not a well you know.
Handmaiden to Juliet
[quote]34 is still pretty young for marriage and children if you are in show biz and pursuing that.
Yes. No matter what your career choice, one shouldn't get married and start a family until you are at least 50.
Ever meet any actual humans R83?
ever meet any actual actors r88?
I love Orlando Bloom but is he playing Romeo?
Oh, well, if Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer did it...
Sorry to burst his bubble, but he really doesn't have a great stage presence. I saw him in American Idiot. Michael Esper's role of Will was sort of the main character who sits on the couch and does nothing. Chorus boys (especially Chase Peacock who was great), had a bigger role in the play. Michael was at least noticeable and looked interested to be there. I didn't get that impression from Justin. I felt like he was brought in as a "name" to sell tickets. Van Hughes outshined Justin. I'm not sure Justin's American Idol fame did anything for ticket sales. I can't see American Idol fans liking a left wing, liberal, anti-Bush, druggie play even though they would probably think it was awesome if they gave it a chance.
if I was casting a play, I certainly wouldn't go after Justin. Johnny Galligher, Jake Epstein, Van Hughes and Stark Sands would be my first choices. Talented guys like Gerard Canonico, Chase Peacock, and Kyle Dean Massey come to mind as other choices. My gut feeling is that Justin needs to get a non-show business job.
The closet is a horrible place to hide. He gets what he sows.
And now he's gone on Twitter to deny every thing: media whore.
He's related to Samuel L. Jackson's wife. They went to several episodes of AI when he was on.
He black or he mix?
They lied to him in regard to actually having any talent. He had that whole late night vegas lounge act for the sloppy drunk gambler thing written all over him. He was suppose to be "the hook" for the female tween voters. A.I had just transitioned to america and the show itself ideally was going after the female audience. The guy stunk to high hell and skated on the mythical image they created. By the time the show was over Clarkson had generated the feel good chunky hick girl who tries to sound like Mariah Carey with all those annoying vocal runs. The music industry is a gamble. If you aren't generating much by 30 call it a hobby and go back to school and find something that will pay the bills. It also sounds like he's got a taste for things outside his income resource which may be the cause for not budgeting correctly. Way too focused on what type of automobile and clothing while the only focus on a labored income should be Family, health, food, descent shelter, and utilities. I could care less how old his car is. Find a 9-5 job and take care of your family. You're average and that's stretching it a bit with that whole cheesy act of his.
fuck him if he's gay.
and while I'm at it: OUT ALL THE CLOSETED CELEBRITIES!!!
The time is NOW. No better time in history.
First basketball, then wrestling, soon to follow football....we need an action star or ANY well known celebrity to be outed.
OUT THEM ALL (they play with society's "norms" which is why our agenda is still lower than most minorities...all thanks to the fucked up power brokers in Hollywood.)
THINK ABOUT IT. OUT THEM!
One of my favorite DL posters of all time had a running series of posts featuring Justin among others. I still chuckle thinking of them, and regret not saving them....
they always ended with "...... verdict? Pussyhoy!"
Right after Justin's AI season ended, there was quite a bit of buzz surrounding his dad, since he was often seen in the AI audience, cheering Justin on.
The dad was on one of my flights from Atlanta to Las Vegas right around that time, and he was signing autographs in the gate area before take off, if you can believe that. Once we arrived in Las Vegas the baggage area was the usual circus, and I saw him brush off a few people who tried to talk with him while we waited.
I was one of those people who flew every week for my job back then, and saw celebrities in the airport or on my flight just about every week, so I was laughing at Eldred Bell's imperious attitude.
I think Justin may have been doing some sort of appearance in Vegas that week, but who the hell knows. I seem to recall he was wearing a black Members Only type of jacket, but maybe I am remembering him being a bigger asshole than he actually was...
Trivia: Same hometown as Alecia "Pink" Moore.
Justin went the Michael Jackson rhinoplasty route, ruining his looks.
[quote] THINK ABOUT IT. OUT THEM!
No, you think about it.
If someone is outed, as opposed to coming out themselves, it's usually treated like a scandal. Their sexuality has been "uncovered". They've been "caught out" etc.
Scandal/sensationalism is not good for the normalisation of gay.
That's why I thought it was cool that Matt Dallas came out through announcing his romantic relationship. That's the kind of coming out that normalises our sexuality.
He performed at the DC Cherry Blossom festival...he did a nice job, looked good and had a good voice but had these AWFUL background dancers, who I think were volunteers. They were all overweight and couldn't keep time. I doubt he wanted them there, but the organizers just stuck them behind him and had him dance to the song.
Dude's one of the whiniest attention whores I've ever seen. He looks like Michael Jackson fucked Sideshow Bob and one of them shat the Guarini creature into the toilet as a butt baby.
He needs a revision rhinoplasty. Truly awful looking.
[quote]I was laughing at Eldred Bell's imperious attitude.
He used to be the Chief of Police for the city of Atlanta. He liked to wear huge epaulets that made him look like a South American dictator.
He was totally corrupt and drummed out of office. He may have even gone to prison.
He reminds me of a good friend's husband: A very highly strung extroverted introvert.
Tries too hard and wears you down with his seemingly on-coke intensity.
R103 His father's name is Eldrin Bell.
An extroverted introvert does not make sense.
R113, Extroverted Introverts are a tough study. They're real introverts, but they've grown an external persona as a public image. This persona is specifically adapted to the career environment. They're so good, in some cases, that you may not even meet the real person, because there's no opportunity to see through the public image.
They are actually introverts, and the external image is a defensive and offensive measure. The EI uses their public image as a method of career advancement, and they're much more likely to be real careerists.
EIs are experts at personal appearances and self promotion. Every nuance of their public face is literally rehearsed. They're really actors. The introversion has remained, but the public imagery is all part of keeping others at a distance. This is classic introvert tactical behavior, but instead of retreating and avoiding the world, they adopt a complete role, and prevent the world intruding by separating the personal and the career modes.
EIs are very easy to misread. Because of their tendency to put on a show, they are initially seen as the public person. They can infuriate the other types with their performances. Introverts see them as shallow, Extroverts as too easily led, and even the Introverted Extroverts may react negatively to the persona until they pin down a real person.
The problem with analyzing an EI is that they're very fluid characters. They are perfectly capable of literally changing with every breeze. The main reason for this is that their social skills are very much tuned to the main game. If they perceive a change in atmosphere, they change. So if the boss changes his mind, they change their opinions.
It looks facile, and it is. It's also expedient. The EI isn't trying to win brownie points from others, even the people they're agreeing with. This is survival and position play, and they don't want or need to be fighting over every issue and every point. EIs are incredibly agile in any career environment, and they don't enter that environment for the scenery.
They're always real careerists, and if there's one word which always applies to the EI, it's pragmatic. Appearances matter to them because appearances matter to people who are relevant to them. Attitudes matter, not because the EI necessarily gives a damn about attitudes, but because those attitudes affect them in some business-related way. Everything is a sales pitch from the EI, and they're working on adding to their incomes, not their peer group popularity.
Infallibly ignored, when discussing the EI, is the fact that on a professional level, they are normally very competent. It's just that EIs are so focused on career that even their competence isn't allowed to interfere. They do know the issues, they do know the people, they're just concerned with their own bottom lines. They miss nothing, on the personal level. The slightest detail of any interaction with anyone is registered. Even the most devout and pure introvert can't teach them anything about feeling insecure and being sensitive to any new element in any career environment.
Their form of introversion is rather bizarre, compared to the pure introvert. The EI's entire persona and career is directed at producing a thing which is effectively another person. When doing their performances, they actually are someone else, quite different from their inner person.
The expert EI can be mistaken for an actual extrovert. They're so good at their work that you'd never guess that person had ever had an anxious moment in their entire lives. In any environment where they can just do their performance, they will excel. Where an extrovert at a business function looks good, they try and look great. They may not have the real extrovert's instant social rapport, but they can come up with a good imitation.