“There is not a single entertainer around that has reached success by staying on the same career path,” actor-turned-diagnostic medical sonographer Grand L. Bush said today. “In fact, research shows that the average American between ages eighteen and forty-six will explore as many as fifteen different occupations before landing the perfect gig. Along the way, I’ve held jobs that tested me physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and ethically. That was good, because each experience made the next one better.”
Throughout his illustrious film career, Bush was able to perform in all the main film genres, including action, adventure, comedy, drama, crime, horror, musical, science fiction and historical. The trendsetter even became a digital superstar when his character, ‘Balrog,’ appeared in the arcade and home versions of the ‘Street Fighter: The Movie’ video game. After traveling the globe for some twenty-five years and securing more than 100 stage, television and film projects, he wanted more. So, the recognizable Hollywood actor chose to broaden his already-extensive repertoire by diving with concentrated precision into the deep end of a high-tech medical field.
“I’ve always had a love for science and non-invasive technology, meaning ultrasound, which spoke to the artist in me,” said Bush, who is best known for the roles he played in such major motion pictures as ‘Licence To Kill,’ ‘Die Hard,’ ‘Lethal Weapon’ and ‘Colors.’ “Becoming a diagnostic medical sonographer allowed me to add another dimension to my humanity.”
Bush said his educational pathway was strategic. “After receiving my board certifications in the disciplines of vascular and abdominal, I initiated hands-on opportunities at a number of medical institutions throughout greater Los Angeles, ending with participation in a comprehensive vascular practicum at Keck Medical Center of USC,” Bush said.
He added that he has always wanted his career choices to benefit his goals. “Being a successful working actor was my aim as an artist. Show business enabled me to rub shoulders with my A-list contemporaries, while making history and enjoying the journey,” Bush said. “My current goal is to apply the same approach to my medical trek. Therefore, I’m seizing opportunities to counsel and confer with medical rock stars, like Dr. Edward Grant, who is chair of the department of radiology at the Keck School of Medicine at USC.”
The Los Angeles native said although his entertainment background is serving his medical career, the difference between the two is stark. “Unlike my other career, my new ambition is taking place at a much different type of theater, where the stakes are quite high and the performance is real.”
Bush said although his medical duties consume the majority of his work week, he remains involved in the entertainment industry. “I have several intellectual properties that have been co-authored by my award-winning writing partner and me that are currently being circulated domestically and abroad by my entertainment attorney,” Bush said.
Bush, who currently works at a diagnostic medical center in downtown L.A., said his on-screen persona has its moments. “My celebrity has served as an adjunct and ice-breaker in many instances,” he said. “Whenever a patient discovers that he or she is about to be probed by someone they have long admired on the big screen and constantly on TV reruns, this smooths the way toward an anxious exam.”
So, what is his message to entertainers interested in exploring the medical field?
“Both of these major areas of commerce incorporate mind, body and science. What you gain from one can be applied to the other. I see it as expanding one’s universe,” Bush said. “Like theater, film and television, you must have an intense desire and yearning for something fascinating and extremely tangible. If you can dream it, you can be it. It’s never too late to expand your horizon.”