Riverdance legend Michael Flatley says hard work and pursuing your dream no matter what obstacles lie ahead is the key to success.
Appearing on RTE’s The Late Late Show tonight, he revealed how his Irish parents, who emigrated to the US from Counties Carlow and Sligo in 1947, worked seven days a week to build a better life for themselves in America, and he praised her strong work ethic and believing in her dreams with his success.
“I would be nothing without my hardworking Irish parents,” he said during the late-night talk show’s season opener.
“I don’t have anything easy in life.
“I can’t tell you how many people have told me it’s impossible,” he said of his dream of becoming a dancer.
He revealed how he was “laughed at” when auditioning for dance roles on Broadway when he was just starting out for keeping his hands by his side in Irish dance tradition.
But he said he has the last laugh now that his Lord of the Dance franchise – which has brought him fame and fortune – including his current home in the billionaire enclave of Monaco – celebrates its 25th anniversary.
“You’re not laughing now,” he said.
He also revealed that his foray into film with his new film, Blackbird, which he wrote, directed and starred in, was inspired by his mother’s dream of becoming a movie star.
He said he grew up watching old black-and-white movies and that his heroes were old-school movie stars like Humphrey Bogart.
https://www.independent.ie/news/riverdance-legend-michael-flatley-hails-hard-work-and-following-your-dreams-as-keys-to-success-41957954.html Riverdance legend Michael Flatley says hard work and following your dreams are the keys to success