M.J. Dougherty is a SAG-AFTRA actor, accomplished speaker and award winning, best selling author. His debut book, Life Lessons from a Total Failure, has received praise from critics and audiences alike. It has also caught the eye of Hollywood where it is currently in development for a TV sitcom!
M.J. can frequently be found talking to others about the events of his life and helping motivate them toward the life of their dreams. When he's not sharing his disasters with the world and helping them get back on track, M.J. can be found either on th set of one of your favorite television shows, singing wherever anyone will listen, or enjoying his life in Los Angeles, CA.
"M.J. has an energy and kindness about him that pulls you in. You feel for him and understand he is really trying to help people. He cares. I felt surprisingly optimistic about life after seeing him talk. And that is saying a lot from a cynical guy like me!"
San Jose, CA
Life Lessons from a Total Failure
- Now in development to be a TV Sitcom!
- #1 Amazon Best Seller in Multiple Genres
- Award Winning Finalist
*Best Book Awards
*International Book Awards
*Foreword Review Book of the Year
*Bookvana Winner (Male Inspiration/Memoir)
None of us have all the right answers. Certainly not on the first try. But what we do have are experiences, mentors, friends, family, and even enemies from which we learn. And M.J. Dougherty sure did a lot of learning.
Life Lessons in Person
M.J. Dougherty candidly shares his own successes and failures to offer perspective and encouragement. From leaving home as a teenager to living and working abroad, from starting his own small business to knowing when it was time to accept defeat, from thoughts of suicide to self-acceptance, from chasing his dreams to relishing life's challenges, M.J. hopes his anecdotes will empower audiences to accept who they are, overcome any challenges, and embrace the pursuit of their dreams.
Appearances & Roles
As a SAG-AFTRA actor, M.J. has been seen on many popular television shows such as Dexter, Grey’s Anatomy, Rizzoli & Isles, and Glee. He has also been in many movies both in front of and
behind the camera.
RED UMBRELLA TOUR
M.J. Hits The Road
Throughout 2017, author, actor, and popular speaker M.J. Dougherty embarks on the Red Umbrella Tour,
a cross-country road-trip to share how fiascoes can be opportunities to Fail Forward. M.J. will be speaking at dozens of colleges and universities all while making media appearances and signing copies of his book Life Lessons from a Total Failure in select Barnes & Noble Book Stores throughout the country.
Follow the fun using #redumbrellatour on all social media platforms!