Yeah, they asked me a million questions. I always used to be like, “I’m not at work right now.”
When I worked there, I had an epiphany one day. I was, “I’m way too cold to be behind a desk for the rest of my life. I’m looking at my co workers, and they’re all in their late 50s, early 60s.” I’m, “I cannot be here. I cannot be here for the next 30 years, and I will not be here.”
When I said that, I ran into a friend of mine that owned this company called Milfdad that is a streetwear brand. He’s, “Bro, you could be a model.” I’m, “A model? Oh, well, I’ll be a model.” I started modeling for his clothing line, and we will post pictures, and it will go viral. Now, other people wanted me to model for them.
After that, I met this lady out of nowhere, and she’s, “Let’s have a meet in Starbucks.” I’m, “All right.” The random lady [inaudible 25:08] , I’ll never forget her. When I met her, she said, “You should start…do you like your job?” I’m, “No, I was just thinking about how terrible my job was and how I need to leave.”
She’s, “You should start an organization.” I started a nonprofit organization called The Garrison Redd Project to help individuals with disabilities acquire the necessary equipment in order for them to be fully independent, to achieve success.
Then from there, she’s, “Ever heard of TED talks?” I’m, “Ted Talks? I don’t know what a TED talk is.” She’s, “Go research it.” I did my research. When I researched it, I was, “You know what, it can be very impactful if I was able to speak on a stage of this magnitude.”
This was right around the time I started competing with the New Jersey Navigators in wheelchair racing.