David Roche talks about The Church of 80% Sincerity.
A motivational speaker and humorist, Roche shares his journey from shame to self-acceptance. Born with a severe facial deformity, Roche's life has been anything but easy. But over time, he's learned to see that often our gifts and our flaws are one and the same. Anne Lamott says, "he built a church inside of himself. There is no physical church, but his own life"- Book Passage
David Roche is an inspirational humorist, motivational speaker and performer who has transformed the challenges and gifts of living with a facial disfigurement into a compelling message that uplifts and delights audiences around the world. Now, with the publication of his first book, The Church of 80% Sincerity, in February 2008, he is also an author.
David presents keynote speeches, motivational humor and entertainment at conferences, meetings and fundraisers for corporate events, and for association, non-profit, educational and disability organizations.
He has performed his signature one-man show, The Church of 80% Sincerity, across the U.S. and in Canada, England, New Zealand, Australia and Russia. David appeared at the Clinton White House and headlined at the Olympics Arts Festival in Sydney, Australia. David and his wife Marlena Blavin present Love at Second Sight, a program for adolescents about appearance, acceptance and diversity.
David has been featured in four films, including Shameless, a 2006 feature-length documentary by Bonnie Sherr Klein from the National Film Board of Canada. The Perfect Flaw, a 2005 documentary about David by Mike Grundmann, won first place awards at the Canadian International Annual Film & Video Festival and the Da Vinci Film & Video Festival. Two other award-winning films featuring David, Face First (Mike Grundmann, 1999) and Able to Laugh (Michael J. Dougan, 1993) have been seen worldwide.