Hoyte says that the homeless demographic is changing drastically. “Years ago, the focus was on single men. Now, we’re seeing women with children, adolescent youth,” she says. “The people that are falling into homelessness are people like you and I.”
Can homelessness be one check away? “There are individuals that lose their jobs, and they don’t have enough savings to get them to their next paycheck,” Hoyte explains.” “That’s what catapults them into homelessness.”
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“I didn’t ever really set out to be a comedian,” the Jersey City native said. “All my life, I wanted to be an actor. I grew up doing plays in school.” He recalls imitating television commercials.
When he was around sixteen or seventeen, he started going to New York and doing television commercials. “I never really wanted to be funny. I thought I was going to be the next Robert De Niro.”
Then, when he was around twenty-five, he moved to California where he was told that his Jersey accent was funny. So, he started doing stand-up at clubs which led to acting jobs. “There’s no greater high than a live performance,” the comedian says.
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Camerota, a Monmouth County native, describes the Jersey Shore as the “best place in the world to grow up.”
“I don’t know who I would’ve been, or what I would’ve been like,” she says at the thought of growing up somewhere other than Jersey.
While in high school, she discovered that she wanted to be a reporter and a TV journalist. When she was about 15 years old, she would watch The Phil Donahue Show, wondering if she could do that herself. “He would be running around his studio audience with a microphone asking people questions,” she explains. This led her to thinking, “Can I do that?”
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