You don’t know unless you try.
That’s been the motto for Third Street resident Cornelius “Meatloaf” Amison.
Just last month, Amison, 51, packed up his family and traveled to Louisville, Ky., to take a stab at being a stand-up comedian.
“I didn’t know if my knees were going to stop shaking,” he said. “I knew I did my best.”
Much to his surprise Amison said he received notice he passed an audition for “Hollywood’s New Best Talent.” In a few weeks Amison will travel to Las Vegas, Nev., where he will vie for a spot to perform at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
Before taking a shot at celebrity life, the life-long Sandusky resident worked for eight years at Wagner Quarry.
After being laid off, Amison’s creative juices flowed and he came across the auditioninformation during an online search.
Starting Aug. 7, Amison will try out for sixcategories, including best stand-up comedian, voice-over, variety act and commercial.
“They tell me the more things you try out for, the better exposure you have,” he said. “To break into the industry you have to be versatile.”
“Hollywood’s Best New Talent” was founded in 1999 and aims to bridge entertainers with industry leaders who have launched careers, according to the organization’s Web site.
It took years to get up the courage to try something like this, Amison said.
“I always had a sense of humor,” he said. “Just the fear of trying stopped me from doing it.”
Life generates the most material for Amison, who said he used to have drug and alcohol addictions. Sober for 12 years now, Amison said growing up as one in a family of 12 children also made life interesting.
“If nothing (else comes of it), I’ve conquered the fear of trying,” he said. “I believe it will build my confidence. Who’s to say what’s next?”
Most recently Amison said he married his childhood sweetheart, Lori. The two reunited a few years back at a reunion for their Sandusky High School class of 1976.
Amison is also the father of four children, ages 4 to 21, and is an ordained minister, sometimes preaching at Porter’s Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church down the street from his home.
“If I make it, Sandusky will be heard about,” he said. “You can believe it.”