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Christopher Stadulis

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Hi, I’m Christopher Stadulis, NYC Actor/Firefighter. I was born with a Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate and had a very difficult childhood.

I can’t begin to tell you just how many times I was picked on, made fun of, called names because of how I looked and sounded. It was a daily occurrence that had a negative effect on me as a child. Kids in my neighborhood would start fights with me because they felt they could and were very cruel. When I was 13, my father enrolled me in martial arts (Taekwon-Do), which is when my rebirth began. The rebirth of my life by understanding it doesn’t matter how one looks, walks or talks. It’s ones heart and mind is what matters most. And anyone who thinks otherwise are not the kind of people you want to be around. So I surrounded myself with positive people in my martial arts school, went to tournaments, won many trophies and medals and started to feel I was worth something. My self-esteem and confidence grew to levels I could not imagine.

Martial arts was my savior. I was a troubled kid heading down a one way street. I would have either ended up in jail, on drugs or worse, dead. I also had to endure living with my father who, to this day, is a recovering alcoholic. My mother, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and Osteoporosis, has such a positive outlook on life. I overcame so much and want anyone reading this to know there is nothing YOU can’t do. The only thing standing in your way is YOU!

Today, I’m married with two beautiful children, one of them is Autistic. I’m a full-time NYCFirefighter and full-time Actor and realize I created my destiny. I am very successful because I am doing what I love – being a Firefighter, I’m put in a position to help others by saving lives and being an Actor allows me to express myself, tell a good story, take my audience on a journey filled with various emotions.

I was in Denzel Washington’s latest blockbuster action/thriller, “Unstoppable”, worked with Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Aniston on “30 Rock” and worked with Christopher Meloni and Marishka Hargitay on “Law & Order: SVU”. I also appeared on daytime soaps such as “One Life To Live”, “All My Children” and “As The World Turns”. I am steadily climbing the ladder of the entertainment industry and will stop at nothing.

Remember, there is always someone worse off than you. You can either lay down and give up or get up off your butt and do whatever it is that makes you happy. The most important thing to keep in mind is there will always be ignorant people who will make fun of those with birth defects, disabilities, people who are overweight, etc. Some people will never change but I don’t get mad at them anymore like I used to when I was a child. Instead, I feel sorry for them because they are losing out on the beauty of life – to interact and get to know other human beings. To learn from one another. To realize we are all the same on the inside but just look different on the outside. And that’s what makes each of us unique.

If you’d like to know about me, the film I wrote, “Burning Down”, which deals with the difficulties of being born with a birth defect and alcoholism, kindly go to both of my websites – http://resumes.actorsaccess.com/christopherstadulis andhttp://www.christopherstadulis.com. To see what films and tv shows I’ve been in, click this link http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2617580/.

Last Updated: May 20, 2011