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Billy Ringo Willis is the second born son to single mother, Tammy-Jane, and followed big brother, Jude, when he was three years old. Tammy-Jane was only young when Jude was born and her obsession with The Beatles had her naming both her sons with names from Beatles songs. Billy still vehemently insists he got the more raw end of the deal being laden with the middle name 'Ringo'. The boys were born in Elk Grove in Sacramento County, California, and Tammy-Jane was a bit of a cliché case in that her boyfriend knocked her up on prom night when the condom split. But Tammy-Jane was a hardworker who adored kids and wanted to be a teacher. She couldn't have given the baby up for adoption if she tried. The boys' father, Rich (something he was very much not), did try to be a father and got a nightjob pumping gas to provide for Tammy-Jane and the baby. Their relationship became rocky, however, and when she fell pregnant a second time when Jude was three, he ended up tragically taking his own life because he thought he would never be a good enough father for his kids.
So, Tammy-Jane moved back in with her parents, who helped her raise the two very different boys. Billy was a little on the shy side, but wanted to grow up to be an actor. His confidence grew when he started to score roles in school plays and enjoyed classes like music and drama. He always did well in school, but because the family never had very much money, college for either of the boys was going to have to be by scholarship or not at all. Their mom did managed to get her teaching degree on a scholarship and worked teaching Kindergarten in Elk Grove. Jude, the more determined of the two boys, always said he was going to get him and Billy out of their home town because there were hardly any opportunities there. He was determined to help Billy become an actor, with Billy's dream, like many other hopeful actors, was to make it to Broadway.
When Billy finished high school and wasn't awarded any scholarships to the acting programs he applied for, he was left disheartened and down. He had just been about to take a job flipping burgers to make ends meet when Jude asked him if he wanted to move to New York with him. He had scored a job as a Nursing Assistant at Mount Sinai Hospital and with his wage from there, he could start to save to go to college and meet his own hope of becoming a Registered Nurse. He tried to coax Billy into a similar path, telling him he could get a much better job in New York where they could live together. Billy's enthusiasm for anything had waned, but he figured what the hell did he have to lose? Plus, he didn't want his brother, whom he was very close to, living on the opposite side of the country and barely even remembering to stay in contact.
Billy went with Jude to New York and he enrolled in a short course of office studies, figuring most places had offices. It was an amusing turn of events that had him becoming the Personal Assistant for one of the City's most well known fashionistas, CEO of FABULOUS magazine, Gen Hart. The HR department of the magazine were holding interviews for two jobs that day... one for Gen's PA position and for an office intern. Billy took a wrong turn and ended up waiting for the PA job instead of the intern, and he was already about a third of the way through the interview with Gen when he realised he was in the wrong place and embarrassingly tried to explain he had never been anyone's PA and didn't even know how.
But Gen knew what she wanted, and told him that she was set in her ways and didn't want someone who would try to tell her how the job should be done. Plus, the pay was about four times more than he would have gotten with the measly internship. Overwhelmed and uncertain, Billy took the job, only to call Gen up the next day and try to pull out, again trying to tell her that he was only here to try to save up to go to college for acting, and he was nervous he wouldn't know how to help her like she needed. It turned out to be a match made in heaven. Billy's inexperience meant Gen took him under her wing and he easily fell into the job. They got on like a house on fire and Billy became close with Gen's brother, Paris, and his PA, Michael. They were like a little family, and he was privy to a hell of a lot of things that would never go public, but he loved the job and he is still there today.
Though, he still has the little niggle of yearning in his gut that he really wants to be an actor, he just doesn't think he would ever have a hope in hell of making it, considering the City was dripping with amazing talent, which included Gen's stepson, Justin Campbell. For now, he has shelved the dream entirely, and has a whole new worry on his plate of Gen's old Personal Assistant (who everyone spoke very highly of and had told Billy he had 'massive fabulous shoes to fill' when he got the job), Ajay Bellerose, showing up again out of the blue...
It is being, it is being
Love is all and love is everyone
It is knowing, it is knowing
Tomorrow Never Knows - The Beatles
PB is Jean-Luc Bilodeau. No infringement intended.