A TikTok star from Glasgow has told how he went from losing his mum at just six years old and being taken into care to owning two successful wrestling businesses.
David McCallum – known also Ravie Davie – said after experiencing a tough start to life, he believed he would become a ‘statistic’ until he turned his life around when he discovered a passion for wrestling. Following his mum’s death, David from Govan was taken into kinship care and began living with his gran who nurtured his passion, reports Glasgow Live.
Speaking to the Scottish charity podcast Objects, he said: “When I was growing up, I always thought I was going to be a statistic. I didn’t have a lot of hopes for myself even though I felt like I was meant to do something bigger and better. There was a lot of self-doubt. I got told by teachers, family and social work that I wasn’t going to make anything of my life.”
Davie decided to peruse professional wrestling so that he could ‘make his mum proud’. Since then he has created two successful wrestling companies, Community Pro Wrestling and Glasgow School of Wrestling.
Davie says he wanted to use the schools to provide a sense of community in Govan – something he craved a child growing up. Now he and partner Georgia are celebrating the second anniversary show of Community pro Wrestling and launching a new events company.
Sharing his story in Objects, a podcast created by Scottish charity Who Cares? Scotland, he hopes to inspire other Care Experienced people to follow their dreams. Davie has a TikTok following of 140k and he regularly shares a glimpse into his life running his three businesses.
David is the third guest of the second season of Objects, a podcast that uses three different objects to explore the lives of Care Experienced people. That is those who are, or have been, involved in the care system including being in foster care, kinship care, secure care, children’s homes, adopted or looked after at home with social work supervision.
Louise Hunter, Chief Executive at Who Cares? Scotland, said: “Objects is a powerful and emotional insight into the lives of Care Experienced people. This podcast allows us to relate to and understand their stories through the keeping of special objects, a practice we can all relate to.
“Thank you to David for taking part and sharing his inspiring story. It’s an emotional listen but one I encourage everyone to take the time to do.”
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