Sheldon Bailey joins Neva Lee Recla to talk about how the world changes when you travel. Sheldon is an Army brat and former pro basketball player. He’s been on Nickelodeon’s Game Shakers and he played basketball in China, Taiwan, and Ecuador. He even played as a body double for LeBron James! That’s pretty cool. He got a role in the hit breakout show Shameless in season four, he also got into a major TV pilot, called Hand of God. He’s pretty cool and has done a lot of cool things. Listen in has Sheldon and Neva share their insights on how the world changes when you travel.
Hi, everyone, this is your Super Power Kid, Neva Lee Recla, and I’m so excited about today’s interview. We are talking about the world changes when you travel. I love traveling. My family and I do it all the time together. I know I’m changing the world and changing people’s lives when I travel.
Our guest today is Sheldon Bailey, and he knows what that’s like. He’s had a very creative mind since he was eight years old. He played professional basketball. He’s an author and an actor, and we met at David Cogan’s Alliance. Without further ado, will you help me welcome our amazing guest, Sheldon Bailey?
Hello. The crowd was going wild. How are you doing?
Good. How are you?
I’m pretty good.
Awesome. Thank you so much for coming on.
Thanks for having me.
What are your super powers?
My super powers, I think my first one is I’m extremely tall, so that allows me to see over crowds. It allowed me to, I guess, kind of be recognized a little bit. I can reach really high things that most people cannot reach.
Pretty good at basketball. Also, I have a super loud voice. I’m talking normal right now, but for people that are familiar with my character from Nickelodeon, Ruthless, Ruthless is a super loud yeller. I probably have a few other super powers, but I’ll keep that a secret from the public.
How did traveling affect your beliefs?
Traveling, I feel like, has helped me become a well-rounded person. I was born in Germany. Both my parents were in the army. I moved a bunch because of that. Having to interact with different cultures helped shape my views of the world and how I look at things. I feel like I’m probably a bit more open-minded than the average person. I have a lot of experience in various places with a variety of people. It’s really broadened my horizons.
That’s cool. What advice would you give a kid if they wanted to do business?
If I’m a kid that wanted to do business? I think nowadays things are a bit different. You all have so many things at the touch of a button on your cellphone. I would say, figure out what it is that you want to do, and then start to demise, come up with a business plan. A lot of people want to do business, but they don’t have any plans. I think we should start off with the planning process, and then go from there.
That’s cool. That’s good advice.
Some people want to try to rush into things, and that doesn’t always work out, because if you try to … It’s like trying to shove a puzzle piece into the area of the puzzle that it isn’t supposed to go in. It’s not going to work.
The same things are with rushing something. It’s not always going to work out because you’ll be so rushed that you can’t take a look around you and see this is what I want to do.
Exactly. One of my friends was asking me, “What advice did I have for a 10-year-old?” I was thinking I may have tons of advice for 10-year-olds, but if I had one thing, I think it would probably be patience. I would tell them to be patient and don’t be in a rush. Remain, kids, be kids, enjoy being a kid, but continue to work hard at things, but not to be patient in the fact that let’s try not to get too frustrated.
Yeah. I agree.
One of the other guests I had on my show, his name is Robert Ray, and he said that people spend their lives as kids wanting to be adults, but when you’re finally an adult, you want to be a kid again. It’s that just enjoy the time you have in your life.
The right now.
Yep. Exactly. What Was it like to play pro basketball?
Pro basketball? Pro basketball was cool. I had a bunch of ups and downs in my basketball career. I experienced some really cool things, but I don’t necessarily feel like I was as successful as I wanted to be on the court. I would say it is what it is, but I feel like sometimes a little bit of a disappointment, that I just feel like I could have achieved more, but I did achieve a lot, and I think that was really cool.
Yeah. Sometimes I feel like I had unfinished business with basketball, but I’m pretty cool with it. I also had, at the time, I was having some serious knee problems, too. That was kind of one of the things also that was keeping things from being as good as I wanted it.
Cool. That’s cool.
Sometimes I noticed that it’s just being able to be and everything will work out around you.
Yeah. I think back then, I wish I had more patience and probably a bit more faith in my overall self, a bit more confidence in myself. At the same time, because of how everything’s went, I am in the position I am today. I think it’s all a learning process, one way or the other.
We want things to go to work perfectly, but they don’t always work perfectly. Then the next thing is, how do we respond?
Yeah. I agree. How many countries have you been to?
How many… I think 22.
22 or 23. Somewhere in the 20s. I don’t know, a lot of the Eastern European countries, London, England, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ecuador, Uruguay, Mexico, Bahamas, Jamaica, China, Taiwan, I don’t know, the list goes on.
Thank you. I want to go to Africa. I’ve never been to Africa. I want to go to Australia. Never been to Australia. Thailand is high on my list, too.
What is the favorite country that you’ve been to?
Favorite country? The favorite place I’ve been or the most enjoyable experience I had was going to Paris, France. I think it really kind of stole my heart. I did like China because it’s so different. I was just kind of looking at everything and just really absorbing all of that stuff. I feel like China was really cool. I’m not saying it’s my favorite place, but I thought Shanghai, China was really awesome and very unique. Beirut, Lebanon is also really cool, too.
We actually need to take a quick break, but can you tell our guests where they can go to find out more about you?
Of course. Guests can Google Sheldon Bailey, you can go to @bigshelbailey on Instagram, @shelbailey on Twitter. I also have a humanitarian page, Sheldon Bailey Humanity. Anyone of those places, really.
Sheldon Bailey Google works just fine.
Awesome. Definitely go check him out, because he is awesome.
You’re welcome. We have been talking with Sheldon Bailey about the world changes when you travel. We’ll be right back.