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You never know where life is going to take you until you are presented with an opportunity. Sometimes, the careers of so many famous people begin with something that is an absolute surprise to them and something they didn’t expect.

For example, so many brilliant performing careers began with the person’s initial public performance being something that was a complete and total surprise to them.

There are so many people that started off being part of some sort of amateur night where the right person ended up seeing them and passing their name along to someone else.

You never really do know when life is going to hand you an opportunity on a silver platter like the one that David Tolley got one night many decades ago.

KNOWN FOR HIS INCREDIBLE PIANIST SKILLS AND COMPOSER OF AN OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL, DAVID TOLLEY IS A STAR FOR PERFORMING FOR FOUR SEPARATE US PRESIDENTS.

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Tolley has also done several performances on the the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, however, this doesn’t even scratch the surface of everything magical this man has done in during his life.

But in 1985 he was just an average joe. Until one fateful day in December when David answered an important call from Johnny Carson.

As David was joining the audience, Carson made the announcement that Horatio Gutierrez, a classical pianist who was on the schedule that evening to play, had shut the door on his hand and could no longer play on the show.

Johnny Carson asked if anyone in the audience was able to fill the spot and play the song… David came to the rescue, and Carson invited him to the stage to perform. David Tolley picked a beautiful rendition of “Memories” from a famous musical called Cats. His performance changed the mood and and his life forever!

Now, Tolley’s success brings us an important reminder to answer that “call” whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Via sunnyskyz: On December 19, 1985, David Tolley was just another guy in the Tonight Show studio audience when Johnny Carson said, “Horatio Gutierrez (a classical pianist) couldn’t come tonight because he accidentally shut his hand in a car door and didn’t want to chance playing the Tonight Show. Can anybody here play the piano?”

David volunteered; he played “Memory” (from the Cats musical). The next day, David got tons of phone calls – everything from playing on cruise ships to acting in movies.

You just never know what life is going to bring your way.

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