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Daniel “Bobby” Tuttle, a homegrown talent – and the son of a Lake Mary High School baseball icon – uses his Hollywood success to help others find their best selves.

Growing up performing on the stages of Central Florida, Daniel “Bobby” Tuttle had a precise plan for his life – and he was in a hurry to make it happen.

“I was always very, very driven,” says Bobby. “I knew exactly what I wanted to do and how I was going to do it. I would be on Broadway by the time I was 20.”

The son of Lake Mary High School’s legendary former baseball coach Allen Tuttle had no interest in swinging a bat or sliding into home plate. Unlike the hundreds of players his dad coached during his multi-decade career, Bobby found his passion under the lights of a stage instead of a stadium.

Bobby took acting classes as a child and earned his Actors’ Equity card by working at the Mark Two Dinner Theater and other local stages. In 1994, he graduated from Lake Mary High School early and went straight to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, a highly-ranked public performing and creative arts conservatory in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was ready to begin the future he had dreamed about since childhood.

Bobby did, indeed, land a job with the National Shakespeare Company in New York City, and he eventually made his way to Los Angeles to pursue work in film and television. 

L.A. is also where Bobby experienced a spiritual awakening. He discovered Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical interpretation of the Bible. Kabbalah would end up changing Bobby’s career and his life (and, eventually, the lives of others Bobby has helped), though he admits his initial motivation to explore the religion was less transcendent.

“I was a huge Madonna fan,” Bobby laughs. “I was seeking answers, and I thought, if it worked for Madonna, maybe it would work for me, too.”

The word Kabbalah literally means to receive; it is the study of how to receive fulfillment and to discover how the universe works and, ultimately, the meaning of life. Bobby studied the ancient religion – and the Hebrew language upon which it is based – intently. He returned to New York ready to put its principles into action in his life.

The floodgates of his career opened. He began booking auditions and landing jobs including guest roles on TV shows like Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Then, his path took another turn: After years of hearing how much he looked like actor Mark Wahlberg, Bobby was asked by a casting director if he would be interested in a job as Mark’s double for the movie The Other Guys. Bobby took the job, and it opened an entirely new door for him in the entertainment industry. He worked steadily as a stand-in, a person who has the same build and coloring as the principal actors and can help the crew set up shots and lighting for scenes in television and films.

“I realized I could support myself by being a stand-in while I looked for other acting work, and it taught me what it meant to work in this industry,” Bobby says.

He has since worked as a stand-in for actors Paul Rudd and Ben Stiller and spent five seasons as Mark Feuerstein’s stand-in on the television show Royal Pains. He has also worked with theater icon Alan Cumming and appeared in the smash movie The Greatest Showman, a coup that had friends from all over the world texting and calling him.

Today, Bobby is merging his work in the entertainment world with his calling to heal others. He has invested in theater productions such as Broadway’s reboot of Sunday in the Park with George and the pre-Broadway production of The Honeymooners. But his most personal endeavor is a series of YouTube videos called Eliminating Space – Healing with Daniel Bobby Tuttle.

“I want to use my voice to inspire and help others,” he says.

His work on social media, Bobby says, is meant to share the tools and guidance he has found through his 15 years of Kabbalah studies so viewers can declutter their spiritual selves and receive the gifts of the universe, as he has. Bobby hosts lessons on Facebook at EliminatingSpace and on Twitter @danielurbrother.

Who would have thought the son of a tough-as-nails baseball coach from Lake Mary would go on to become a successful actor and spiritual leader in New York City? It’s quite the contradiction on the surface, but to Bobby, it’s exactly as the fates designed.

“It all flows together,” he says.

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