The piece of advice Michael Ealy gave that stuck with Jalen Rose

The piece of advice Michael Ealy gave that stuck with Jalen Rose

The
talented
actor
Michael
Ealy
is
a
thoughtful
and
eloquent
speaker
on
a
range
of
different
subjects.
When
we
spoke
for
this
week’s
episode
of
The
Renaissance
Man
,”
we
covered
his
journey
in
Hollywood,
books,
theater,
fatherhood
and
the
current
situation
in
America. 

But
there
was
one
basic
piece
of
advice
that
stuck
with
me,
which
dates
back
to
when
he
was
working
in
restaurants
and
still
looking
for
his
big
break
as
an
actor.

“First
and
foremost,
never
mess
with
a
waiter,”
he
said.
“I’m
not
going
to
say
what
I
saw,
but

people
f–k
with
your
food.
You
don’t
like
it,
you
don’t
like
your
service,
get
out
of
there
clean,
don’t
eat.
But
don’t
f–k
with
your
waiter.” 

So
true.
You’re
not
my
friend
if
we
go
out
to
eat
and
you’re
rude
to
the
servers.
It’s
about
respect.
Tip
well,
people,
and
remember
how
essential
the
restaurant
industry
is
to
our
daily
lives.
And
if
you
feel
like
complaining,
you
have
to
understand:
You’re
at
the
mercy
of
the
person
bringing
your
food
or
drink.
Usually
I
cook
meals
at
home,
but
that’s
why
I
never
get
delivery.
When
I
order
carryout,
I’m
standing
there
to
pick
it
up
as
soon
as
it’s
done.
If
they
say
it
will
be
ready
in
20
minutes,
I’m
there
waiting
in
five
or
10. 

Ealy
said
all
the
time
he
spent
waiting
on
those
tables
for
two
taught
him
how
to
read
people
and
influenced
his
craft
as
an
actor.

“The
other
thing
I
learned
was
I
was
able
to
study
people’s
body
movements
and
behavior
patterns,”
he
said.
“So
you
would
see
a
guy
come
in
with
a
girl,
and
I
could
tell
if
it
was
the
first
date.” 

We
first
crossed

paths
on
the
set
of
“Barbershop”
back
in
2002
.
I
had
just
been
traded
from
Indiana
to
Chicago,
where
the
movie
took
place.
I’d
stayed
in
contact
with
Ice
Cube
after
we
met
on
a
music
video
shoot

we’re
still
friends
to
this
day

and
he
and
Cedric
the
Entertainer
thought
it
was
a
natural
fit
after
I
joined
the
Bulls.
Now
that
I’ve
become
more
synonymous
with
fashion
and
haircuts,
it
feels
like
that
part
makes
even
more
sense.
It
was
a
proud
moment
when
I
watched
“Barbershop:
The
Next
Cut,”
and
there
was
a
character
named
Jalen. 

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