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It sounds simple, but Donald Glover has figured out a recipe for success: Make stuff you like, put it online, and never compromise your voice.
So far, it seems to be working. At 27, Donald has established himself as an actor, rapper and stand-up comedian - not bad for a kid from Stone Mountain, Georgia. Growing up, Donald was raised a Jehovah's Witness, which he says made him an easy target for bullies. After high school, he went to New York University, where he and his friends started a sketch group, "Derrick Comedy", who released their work online.
Before long, Donald was noticed by a TV producer, who passed his name along to Tina Fey. Even before he graduated, Donald had a dream job writing for Tina's show, "30 Rock". After two seasons, Donald left to pursue acting and stand-up. Within weeks, he landed the role of Troy Barnes on the show, "Community".
Plus, all joking aside, Donald's pursuing a career in hip-hop, making music under the name "Childish Gambino". And, just like his early days in comedy, there's no middle man between Donald and his audience: he releases his albums online, for free, straight to his fans.