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Aspiring Screenwriter on Skid Row Gets Big Break on BET

Many people come to Los Angeles to pursue their dreams. Reginald Nelson wanted to be a screenwriter. In 2004, Nelson took a leap of faith and moved here from Chicago to develop his career in show business.

It didn’t go exactly as planned. “I was deteriorating mentally because of the stress. There was no outlet for me,” Nelson said.

After a few years and a series of personal and professional setbacks, Nelson’s life was falling apart. “I was clinically depressed. I was bombing in interviews, and my memory and my mood swings (were) out of whack. I was like, ‘What’s wrong with me?,'” he said.

Nelson put his stuff in storage and lived with a friend for awhile a bit, but he didn’t want to impose on his friends, so he ended sleeping on a park bench. “I was still kind of in denial that this is happening to me. I’m just going to pull myself up,” he said.

One day, he decided to get help at Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row, where one doctor’s visit changed his life.

Fast forward to today, and Reginald Nelson has his own podcast and soon will get his first big break with a new pilot for BET.



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