In this episode of The Win-Win Effect Podcast, Chris Ross speaks to a dear friend and his business partner (Diamond Fuel UK – Coming Soon), Author, Entrepreneur, Speaker, and Coach Mike Diamond.
He is known for his work on the hit TV shows NY Ink and Bondi Ink Tattoo Crew, which is currently nominated for a Logie Award for Best Reality Series.
Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Mike got off to a bit of a rough start. Battling undiagnosed dyslexia, he started using drugs and alcohol at age 12. At age 16, he was expelled from Aquinas College and finished at Melville H.S. Immediately after graduation, Mike moved to Sydney and enrolled at the Actors Center. He got a job at a local clothing store, which, unbeknownst to him at the time, would change his life forever. Lady Luck was on Mike’s side when a customer at the store handed him a Green Card Lottery ticket. Mike won a green card in 1997 and made a move to Miami. Shortly after his arrival, Mike landed a role on the CBS sitcom, Grapevine from Director David Frankel.
After Grapevine, Mike moved to NYC, where he worked on various projects including as a guest star on Sex and the City. Mike wrote, created, and starred in a VH1 pilot with former STP and Velvet Revolver frontman, Scott Weiland. Splitting his time between NYC, Miami, and Los Angeles, Mike had regular gigs performing stand-up at Caroline’s on Broadway and The Comedy Store. Mike was adequately introduced into the tattoo world when he appeared on Miami Ink.
He later became the store manager for his excellent friend, Ami James, at Wooster St and starred in Season 3 of NY Ink. Mike then headed back to his hometown where he wrote, directed, produced, and starred in Bondi Ink Tattoo Crew, based on Bondi Beach. Although Mike has had plenty of “highs” in his life, he has also had his “low” moments along the way. Mike has battled cocaine and alcohol addiction for the majority of his life.
The defining moment came at the height of his career while shooting a TV show for VH1. Mike looked like he was living the dream to the outside world, but on the inside, Mike was spiritually bankrupt and miserable. He realized that if he didn’t turn his life around, he was going to die. April 16, 2006, was the day Mike Diamond got sober. Since then, Mike has helped hundreds of people on the road to recovery. He is on the beck and call to all his clients and friends, helping them through their life problems and battles with addiction.