Claudia Cooley

Stephen Tako

Stephen Tako is an International Motivational Speaker and anti-bullying advocate. As the host of his video talk show “Tako Talk”, Stephen interviews guests who share inspirational stories to inspire adults and children who have been negatively impacted by bullying and to increase their self-esteem.

Author of the book “Motivated To Act”, Stephen teaches thousands to live lives more rewarding and to heal from past negative experiences. “Motivated to Act” helps people find the ‘Motivation’ to ‘Act’ upon their true dreams and passions in life.

One of Stephen’s most ambitious projects is the development of his character Junga, the Dancing Yeti™. This fictional character has been compared to Rudolph and Dumbo as a soon to be favorite children’s storybook. Junga deals with anti-bullying issues and he is judged and bullied because of his looks. As the adult version of Junga, Stephen makes public appearances to help teach children about respecting others because we all have a purpose in life.

He has acted in films, television and commercials including suicide prevention and anti-bullying public service announcements. Stephen also hosts the Los Angeles Movie Awards, NYLA International Film Festival and the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood.

  • What caused you to be bullied in school?
  • What inspired you to write your first book?
  • Where did you come up with the dancing yeti idea?
  • What’s next for Junga?
  • Do you think bullying is worse these days than when you were growing up?
  • Do you have regrets getting divorced?
  • What age range do you work with on your projects?
  • What’s your favorite moment working on a film set?
January 3, 2014
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