Dwayne Higgins was born in Canada but grew up in Europe. He had skied  and played hockey in almost every European country by the age of  sixteen. His father was a lieutenant in the Canadian Air Force, so  moving became a way of life. After graduating High School in Red Deer,  Alberta, at the age of nineteen with $3000.00 in his pocket; he was off  to L.A in search of fame and fortune.

Dwayne had mild  success in pursuit of an acting career, but he would eventually move  into doing props and art direction working with the world’s top  celebrities and directors. In the year 2000, Hollywood was hit with a  writers and actors strike. Addiction would take hold of Dwayne’s life,  spinning in such an uncontrollable downward spiral that it would take  him to the deepest darkest pits of hell. Within two years he would lose  everything and anything he loved, including his daughter, friends,  career and all his material possessions. He ended up with a third drunk  driving charge and was deported back to Canada.

Upon  his arrival, Dwayne would continue down his path of destruction with an  insatiable appetite for heroin and prescription pain pills. He found  himself struggling to survive on the drug-infested streets of  Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. At the lowest points of his life, he  would try suicide three times, with the last attempt being a four-story  dive off his mother balcony. He would spend six months in the hospital  suffering from a punctured lung and broken pelvis. Dwayne needed to  learn to walk again, not only physically but spiritually as well.

Dwayne  would end up traveling the world serving and doing missionary work in  Mexico, Indonesia, and Africa. He would find salvation and redemption  with that someone, who would pull him out of the world of addiction and  set him back on his feet. Dwayne engaged in a successful Christian  rehabilitation program. After eleven years of separation, he reunited  with his fourteen-year-old daughter who urged him to record his  remarkable story in From Reel to Real. Today, Dwayne continues to live  in Vancouver.