Ηe has won an Emmy Award and Associated Press Honors for his television work; portrayed “The King”; chased aliens through a London soundstage; been on stage at the Grand Ole Opry; coached and trained actors, business leaders, professional athletes, celebrities, and TV personalities; led two different media companies to success; and most importantly, continues to raise a wonderful young son as a single father. Rob has a career that spans almost three decades in the television, film, news, media, communications, and real estate industries. Both professionally and personally, Rob Youngblood is the walking definition of a guy who has lived life and seen it all.
He started his professional life at age 18 in his home state of Indiana working in FM radio for the Oak Ridge Boys. That quickly led him to Los Angeles and a gig as an original “VJ” at Ted Turner’s Cable Music Channel, which is now VH1. When that ended, Rob made his way back to the Midwest and soon found work on the stage and screen in Chicago, which led to a second chance at success in Los Angeles. Rob once again found himself in front of the camera, but this time in a new role, as an actor. Rob first appeared in the national spotlight on the hit CBS show Dallas, and with that… was off and running on a new career path!
Within a few short years, Rob had established himself in television as a talented and popular performer with a wide range of work. Guest starring roles on hit shows such as Coach (which won three Emmy Awards during his time on the series), the highly acclaimed NYPD Blue and its successful spin off, Murder One. He also took on Chuck Norris in Walker, Texas Ranger; dove deep underwater in Steven Spielberg’s SeaQuest (portraying Hollywood legend Charlton Heston’s son); played a tough gunnery sergeant on JAG; and turned in a memorable stint on the NBC hit sitcom Just Shoot Me.
During this time, Rob also established himself in film. Smokejumpers for NBC, Twice Upon A Time (a Lifetime Original movie in which he starred as Molly Ringwald’s husband), and perhaps the biggest role of his career, playing Elvis Presley in the NBC miniseries Elvis and the Colonel, starring with Beau Bridges as Colonel Tom Parker. Rob portrayed “The King” from the age of 19 until his death and he performed much of the music in the film, earning rave reviews from Entertainment Tonight, TV Guide, Variety, and People Magazine, which called Rob’s portrayal ”the best Elvis ever!”
All of this work soon led to Rob starring in his own TV shows. First, Space Precinct, the international sci-fi series seen in over 50 countries and filmed at the legendary Pinewood Studios outside London. Then, he starred in LA Firefighters, the highly acclaimed drama from FOX Television, he also spent a season as the evil Dr. Dorman on the ABC soap opera General Hospital and after that joined Aaron Spelling’s Melrose Place, where he was a regular part of the cast during seasons five and six.
During this time, Rob also developed a solid reputation for coaching actors. Not just on the craft of acting but more importantly on the art of “landing a job” and coping with life in the entertainment industry. His style and skill earned him the trust of many big name clients, major Hollywood agencies, and industry leading casting directors. Soon, his coaching gained a following outside of the entertainment community and Rob found himself serving as a public speaker and media coach for many different types of business professionals throughout Los Angeles. His approach and advice for “Owning Your Stage” is still being sought out and used to great success almost 25 years later.
In a surprise twist to his story, in 2003 Rob found himself on TV again, but this time working for FOX News in Indianapolis reporting, anchoring, and hosting a travel series called Destination Adventure. The success of those trips inspired Rob and soon a national PBS travel series was born. What A Weekend was developed, produced, and hosted by Rob. The series found him across the United States in search of adventure and fun. On the list, spelunking in Mammoth Cave National Park, exploring the historic Biltmore Estate, fly fishing the Au Sable River in Michigan, and being on stage at The Grand Ole Opry.
The success of “WAW” led Rob to form his own production company producing travel, lifestyle, and leisure projects. He was fortunate enough to work with some big name clients. Among the list CNN, The Travel Channel, DIY Network, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, The Newport Aquarium, The Food Network, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. During this time, Rob also continued his work in front of the news camera, anchoring for CBS News in Charleston, South Carolina. It was during his time that his best and most important “production” happened, the birth of his son.
However, the seemingly charmed life that Rob was leading soon changed. His beloved father was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and immediately Rob, along with his wife and newborn son, headed back home to Indiana to be with his parents. While there, Rob went back to the news anchor desk at WISH TV, the CBS affiliate in Indianapolis. During this time, he covered many major news stories including President Bush on Air Force One, President Obama on the Campaign trail, and reporting live from pit row during the historic Indianapolis 500. He also won an Emmy Award and Associated Press Honors for his host and anchoring work.
But being “Back Home Again” in Indiana marked a turning point in Rob’s life and a huge change of direction in his world. His father passed away, his marriage ended, he found himself at a career crossroads, his mother was diagnosed with a serious disease, and he was now a single parent with a 14 month old son. This is when Rob decided to head back to his roots, literally. Rob’s family was from Tennessee so he decided that the next stop on the road of life would be Nashville. This would be where Rob would start his new life and business endeavors.
In Nashville, Rob hosted and produced the hit TV series Impossible Shots for the Outdoor Channel. He also created a life and style magazine where he served as Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, and Creative Director. RAZOR Nashville was the only men’s lifestyle magazine in Nashville and one of only a few such publications in the South. During the summer of 2014, Rob also spent a little time back in TV news – a few months in the beautiful Pacific Northwest anchoring and hosting the morning news for KATU, the highly rated ABC Television affiliate in Portland, Oregon.
However, once again, that work was cut short due to tragedy. The health of Rob’s mother suddenly declined and he headed back to Nashville to be by her side. Unfortunately, on New Year’s Eve of 2014, his beloved mother passed away. For Rob, the beginning of 2015 started with a funeral and a long hard look at his purpose in life. After months of soul searching, Rob decided to combine his media talents with a forgotten love – real estate, investing, home improvement, and lifestyle television.
Back in his early years in Los Angeles, a friend talked him into flipping a house because of his home and business skills. Two months later he had renovated that house and sold it for a $30,000 profit. He was hooked and over the next few years that one project turned into ten. Rob remembered how much fun he had combining his real estate savvy with his life and style knowledge to create successful projects. Today, 20 years later, the number of “flips” and houses is now well into double digits and his passion and expertise for all things real estate, business, and lifestyle has never been stronger.
Once he jumped fully into this new work, it was obvious that this was where he should be and what he should be doing. In addition, real estate helped his communication and media coaching work as well. Businesses, corporate leaders, and real estate pros started seeking out his guidance as well as his skill on camera. Additionally, he started writing for numerous print and online publications. His parenting tips and stories became a regular feature on the hugely popular Family Focus Blog, one of the leading “mom blogs” in the US. Plus, his very popular blog and lifestyle series the Guy Guyde continues to showcase his writing, on-camera, and consulting work in a funny, smart, and insightful take on how men can live their best lives.
Business wise, his media and communication tips have been featured in The Nashville Business Journal, Screen Actors Guild Magazine, and The Huffington Post. In the summer of 2015, Rob also joined the staff as a guest lecturer at prestigious O’More College of Design, teaching life, media, and communication skills. Rob also continues to build on his successful work as a keynote speaker. His passionate, engaging, funny, and inspiring storytelling style has captivated audiences at many major companies and venues including The Hershey Corporation, Sinclair Media, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Paramount’s Kings Island Amusement Park, Southern Land Company, MGM Resorts, and The South Carolina Aquarium just to name a few.
With his business world on track, Rob decide it was finally time to make a major personal move. As he was meshing his business and creative talents by working with lifestyle companies and real estate professionals, he decided to dedicate more effort and time to his own real estate and lifestyle brand. Rob chose to launch the updated version of his media and lifestyle company in what had long been one of his favorites spots in the world, the legendary and scenic 30A corridor on the Emerald Coast of Florida. He always knew he would eventually retire there but ultimately decided why wait another 20 years to make the move happen!
And now, Rob and his son Evan have made a home in paradise. They settled in beautiful Santa Rosa Beach, Florida within walking distance from the sugar white beaches and emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico. His company, Youngblood On The Coast, has expanded with a growing presence in both the local and national media markets and the local luxury real estate market as well. Rob recently partnered with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – Beach Properties of Florida. BHHS is the leading luxury real estate brokerage (and the number one company in sales volume) on Florida’s Emerald Coast and Scenic 30A. The elite company gives him the final piece of his business puzzle, the perfect place from which to serve clients with their home, life, and style goals while still growing his lifestyle brand.
“Luxury Life Meets Coastal Style” is not only his business brand and mantra but he also believes it’s a great and rewarding way of life. To Rob, the word luxury doesn’t always mean expensive. Luxury is the ability to be true to who you are and live life on your terms… in a passionate, successful, and meaningful way. Something that throughout his life and career, Rob has always done. Today, Rob Youngblood continues to proudly own his story… and who knows where that story will take him next!?
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