Jim Carrey – A Life in Color

Jim Carrey is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter, and producer, best known for.his highly energetic slapstick performances. By any measure, he has achieved fame and success in his acting career. In fact, his is an almost classic story of rising from near poverty to comparative wealth.

In 1994, he was cast in the lead roles in Ace Ventura: Pet DetectiveThe Mask and Dumb and Dumber. Dumb and Dumber was a commercial success, grossing over $270 million worldwide, He received his first Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor for his work in The Mask. He earned $20 million for his film, The Cable Guy (1996). He played the serious role of Truman Burbank in the satirical comedy-drama film The Truman Show and he did got his first Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama.

Throughout much of his life, he struggled with depression. There has been speculation that his difficulties in childhood increased his vulnerability to experiencing major depression. In addition to having depression, Jim Carrey was also diagnosed with ADHD. a diagnosis that often co-occurs with depression. He was always a restless child and shared that in school he would finish his assignments quickly and then start disrupting the other kids. Carrey has been open about his ADHD and uses his celebrity status to bring attention to the problem. He has undergone treatment since childhood. As an adult, he has also used some of his ADHD symptoms to his advantage — becoming famous, in part, through his creativity and high energy level as a comedian.

One was that Carrey found to cope with his depression and leverage his creativity was with painting and sculpture. It is a side of the actor that many people are not aware of. In the video below, he shares the role that art plays for him.

Jim Carrey: I Needed Color

Through the roles that he has played in film, and the art he practices in private, he has come to embraced his spiritual nature and find a “loving place,” that has made him happier.

Jim Carrey – What It All Means

Jim Carrey’s story is an inspiring example of how the “gift of ADHD” – its super powers – can be used to achieve a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

 

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