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A tremendously resilient journey took D’LAI from an impoverished, difficult and humble upbringing, to the bright lights and opportunities of Hollywood. This book dives deep inside the life and mind of one of America’s most sought after comedians. Having lost his mother at the age of nine months, and being raised by his grandmother and auntie, he succumbed to a life of mystery, questions, confusion and lack of understanding. Watching day in and day out an enormous level of dysfunction, at eight years old, ‘Davetrick’ knew he was different. He wanted something else for his life and knew that that ‘something else’ was out there. Everything happens for a reason and his journey is a testament that if you continue to move forward towards your goals, the world will open up and bring the right people into your life, at the right time.


D’LAI’s tenacity, perseverance, and belief in himself pushed him in directions even he didn’t know he was capable of going. The seeds his grandmother planted manifested themselves at some of his lowest points.  The reader will follow him through his journey of figuring out life, love and the pursuit of a dream that no one believed he could truly accomplish.


An extremely sentimental audio to his mother and grandmother close out D’LAI’s inspiring journey. You’ll laugh, cry and be motivated by his trials, tribulations and triumphs and at last be able to understand “The Journey Behind the Smile.”


(c) 2025 by D'lai

© 2025 By D'Lai