Growing up as Sheldon was in his first years in the industry, he wasn’t always the most popular kid in school.
But in his second year, he was.
“It was kind of fun growing up because I had a little bit of a celebrity,” he said.
“I was getting attention.
People would come up to me at school.
I was doing interviews and stuff like that.
And it was nice, because I was really happy, but I think I learned a lot about the business side of it.”
It was a tough time for a young Sheldon.
After he graduated from high school, his parents separated, and he spent a year in foster care before finding a job in the construction industry.
It was then that he realized the business was not the only thing he was interested in.
“The business is the only reason I wanted to be an actor.
The business was the reason I had the dream of being a musician,” he told NBC News.”
That’s why I was a business guy.
I’m a business person.
I want to be in the business.”
Growing up, Sheldon never let his social life get in the way of his work.
“I used to say, ‘If you want to have fun, have fun.
But don’t let that put you off,'” he recalled.
Growing up in New Jersey, Sheldon said he always had to make sure to go to school.
“You go to college and you’re out of here.
You can’t do it,” he recalled saying.
“That was the way I was taught to go.
And so, yeah, it was really hard for me to go out and get into the business because I didn’t want to give up that.”
Growing Up in the Big AppleGrowing up as a teenager in the suburbs of New Jersey was tough.
In fact, Sheldon was so poor, he couldn’t afford the gas to get there.
But, he learned to make do and make his own way.
In the 1990s, Sheldon’s dad passed away.
“So, my dad was going to die, and I went to live with my mom,” he explained.
“So, I had no money to go into college.
And I kind of went out there and worked on the side.”
As an actor, he said he had to take on a lot of the heavy lifting.
“When I was in high school I had to do all the work, and it was pretty hard to get into movies.
So, I started doing commercials.
And then, after a while, I was like, ‘OK, I’m in the film business.
It’s time to make my own film,'” he said with a laugh.
In fact, the success of the film, “Trouble with the Curve,” inspired him to take his acting career to the next level.
“Troubles with the curve, it took me two years of acting before I made the movie, and that was pretty much when I was starting out.
So I’ve never been able to take the movie industry, and just have it become a business.
So that’s what I did,” he added.
Growing Up a Business KidGrowing up with his parents was tough for Sheldon.
Growing up in the big city, he had little money to spend.
But when he turned 18, he decided to take up the full-time job of running his own small business.
“We were like a small business, and we were trying to make money,” he laughed.
“It was pretty rough.
But I kind in that way kind of had a sense of responsibility.
And that was really cool.”
Growing the businessGrowing up Sheldon had a tough start.
“Even though I’m an actor and I’m from New Jersey I didn�t really have the money,” Sheldon explained.
“But I was able to go and work at McDonalds and get my foot in the door, and then go back to school and get a degree,” he continued.
“Then, eventually, it’s just like, I want this to be my life and I want my family to be successful and I can’t wait to start my own business.
And once I did that, it became like, OK, I can do it.”
Growing his businessGrowing the family businessGrowing Sheldon’s father was a carpenter.
But his mom was a seamstress.
And they had to work hard to feed their family.
“My mom was an accountant, and my dad, my mom worked in a restaurant.
And my dad’s a real handyman,” Sheldon said.”
He would do all that stuff for us and make our life better,” he went on.
“My mom would go to the mall, I would go there.
She was so proud of what she did.
So she was a big advocate for me.”
Growing Sheldon had to learn how to take care of his father.
“And my dad had to go through all the stuff that I had gone through growing up, so he had some rough patches,”