My road in life has been direct.
As a child, he decided he wanted to be a "millionaire," wanted to do something that would make him "heaps of money."
Left school at 15, started working; became a certified public accountant by age 22.
Had a good amount of money, had a comfortable life, but he wondered if there was something he'd enjoy doing more.
One of his friends mentioned that he had a talent for imitating a TV character named "Manuel."
He started performing as Manuel at restaurant dinner shows; the success led a woman to invite him to move to Auckland, perform full-time.
Thought, "why not?" and moved to Auckland, gave up on his accounting job without hesitation.
Later invented his own character, Bertie, who acts as a "walking tourism office" for the city of Napier.
For years, the town of Napier paid him to perform as Bertie, but now he does it purely for fun.