_It takes a lot of courage to be so open and honest about the negative things in your past. It would be very easy to use them as an excuse for not living up to your potential. This man has overcome a ton of challenges and and has proven that no matter where you come from or where you have been, you can be successful . It’s a very inspirational book. – Amazon Review
I Made It Off The Block
Little Billy Eiland grew up in the projects having never known his real father. Julie, his mother, a white prostitute with a penchant for black men, would always change the subject when Billy asked her about his origins. Thus, Billy grew up not knowing who he was, but knowing that he was different. Billy’s siblings’ fathers were all 100 percent black, but Billie had blond hair and blue eyes. Julie’s other children had the last name of Clark. Billy was the only child whose last name was Eiland. Not knowing his true identity, Billy was forced to forge a new one.
Due to Julie’s financial struggles, Billy’s family moved continually. The few male role models that Billy had were usually Julie’s pimps, or cats from the street. Julie demanded that every child worked to financially contribute to the household. From the age of eleven, Billy was forced to work odd jobs, knowing that Julie would take every cent he made. The only money Billy was ever able to keep for himself, was the cash he stole to feed himself.
At eleven, Billy was discovered by Nina Blanchard, the top talent scout in the country. Billy was instantly in demand as the Zodys kid, booking modeling catalogs and parts on tv shows and movies. After realizing that Julie was going to pocket everything he made, Billy intentionally started sabotaging auditions.
By thirteen, Billy had already become a prominent drug dealer, secretly stashing all his drug money at home in a stuffed Donald Duck. As Billy got older, Julie got more and more violent, stripping him and his siblings naked and beating them with phone cords. Billy ran away from home several times, and continued to support himself by selling drugs.
One day, during a deal gone wrong, Billy was forced to defend himself and accidentally killed a man. Convicted of manslaughter, Billy was sent to prison for four years. After he got out, Billy’s friend ICE-T helped Billy get on his feet and into the music business. Utilizing the name “Big Caz” Billy soon toured with Bone Thugs N Harmony, and performed for sold out audiences all over the world. Despite his success, Billy still felt an emptiness because of unresolved issues
with his past.
One day, with the help of a social worker, Billy learned that his mother had actually faked his birth certificate. Billy’s true name was Guillermo. Accepting his true self, Billy Eiland became Guilermo Eiland, and turned his back on his drug past. Today Guilermo is a successful entrepreneur dedicated to helping others avoid the same mistakes that he made.
About the Author
Guillermo Eiland (born February 1, 1968) also known as CAZ is an Ecuadorian & Irish Author. Guillermo is recognized for his work as a writer and his life experiences that have had a positive impact on others.
Guillermo Eiland is notable for his business intelligence, survival mentality, and history with self-defense. Guillermo has been through great struggles – with a story of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
‘I Made It Off The Block’ is Guillermo Eiland’s first book release ever; sharing his story with the world. The ability to share your experience through eyes that have never ‘lived’ it before is an achievement that Guillermo has obtained. His book ‘I Made It Off The Block’ shares Guillermo Eiland’s experiences about the life of a mixed kid from Los Angeles who dealt with the turmoil of gang life, drugs and an abusive mother-but fought to become a successful businessman, father and stand-up man.
‘I Made It Off The Block’ was a tough decision for Guillermo. Putting your personal life right out into the public eye is a challenge that many writers and authors fail to go through with. Guillermo Eiland explains that the only reason he moved forward with his book was not for himself, but for the kids who are still currently going through hell living in the streets and caught up in gang/drug violence.
With the success Guillermo has already seen with his first book ‘I Made It Off The Block’ helping others change their lives, Guillermo Eiland has made a head-on decision to expand his career as an author and continue to help the world through sharing experiences and life lessons by writing.
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His true name was Guillermo. Accepting his true self, Billy Eiland became Guillermo Eiland, and turned his back on his drug past. Today Guillermo is a successful entrepreneur dedicated to helping others avoid the same mistakes that he made.