Nick Cannon is in a zone. With over 20 years of time spent in entertainment, the media mogul/artist has figured out a way to win big by simply being himself. Add an overwhelming level of hard work to the equation and that’s pretty much the secret to his success. Whether it’s comedy, music, television, film, business or philanthropy, he has always unapologetically embraced his artistry and refused to be put in boxes.

Long before Cannon got rich, he started out as a broke high school kid who was determined to travel two hours back and forth every week from his hometown of San Diego, California, to Hollywood in pursuit of a better life for him and his family. Between his hustler mentality and persistence, Cannon charmed himself into the popular adult comedy clubs and eventually became a professional stand-up comedian at 15 years old. By the time he was 17, Cannon had become the youngest staff writer in television history after joining Nickelodeon’s hit show, All That as a writer and series regular. That same year, Cannon wrote a script for a pilot that was acquired by Will Smith, who then sold it to Warner Bros. Although that particular show never got picked up, his confidence continued to rise, which ultimately led him to accepting a senior position at TeenNick for Nickelodeon, which made him the youngest chairman in television history at the age of 28.

As the creator and executive producer of MTV’s smash comedic improv television show Wild ’N Out for 11 seasons and over 200 episodes, Cannon is proud to have presented a successful mainstream platform of entertainment by employing a large number of underground comics and giving hip-hop and R&B artists an opportunity to shine. As a matter of fact, the winning brand has become so well received that Cannon is currently expanding into a variety of different verticals, including a new chain of Wild ’N Out sports bars, home games, video games and comedy tours, as well as an upcoming Wild ’N Out School of Comedy.