The son of Dr. Jeannie L. Hudson, Ph. D., and veteran film, television, and Broadway actor Ernie Hudson, Ernie's earliest performance influence was Detroit’s famed Black theatrical movement “Concept East,” of which his father was a contributing playwright/actor during the early 1970’s. Witnessing performances from such directors, playwrights, and actors as Ron Milner, S. Epatha Merkerson, Lloyd Richards, Cliff Roquemore, and the many others who passed through Concept East on their way towards stage and screen prominence, greatly influenced Ernie to pursue a professional career in film and television, applying those same performance paradigms to all things in life, particularly his interpersonal relationships, and his corporate training work.
“I have always believed that the purpose of any person, is to sincerely work towards one’s own self-actualization. Once it is perceived that some substantive portion of that work has been done, one should work towards the assistance of others on that journey, by sharing the developmental tools that they’ve found most successful. For myself, performance paradigms have been amazing developmental tools. That means that my work at this stage in life is that of “Facilitator”- to assist those on their journey, and to assist them in making their life performance process easier, by sharing insight on the paradigms of performance as a tool of self-actualization.”
Ernie’s formal performance training began at Los Angeles’ famed Black theater playhouse, Inner City Cultural Center (ICCC), as one of the founding participants in their Children’s Repertory Company. At ICCC, Ernie trained with Black theatre’s elite, learning that performance quality is a life standard as much as it is an art. As an adult, he continued to pursue performance excellence by attaining the rank of Black Belt, while concurrently graduating with high honors from film school. In keeping with sharing his gifts, Earnest served his martial arts school as an Instructor, and taught Hip Hop dance lessons to young people in need of mentors. As a seminal member of Los Angeles’ famed Original L.A. Breakers dance crew, an alternative dance group created to address the then epidemic teenage gang lifestyle that plagued Los Angeles, Ernie appeared on numerous television shows, with those efforts culminating in a performance in the Closing Ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games.
Earnest honed his skills of leadership and consulting by sojourning into corporate management. As a Training Specialist/Speaker in the corporate environment, Ernie enthusiastically encourages developing professionals to actualize their best self through performance. His analytical skills-set, and ability to intimately connect with others, allows Earnest to touch the lives of those who remain in his presence. In true artistic fashion, Ernie continues to professionally perform, expanding his skills-set with the recent release of the contemplative book, “Freestyle Prophecies & Sacred Ciphers” (available at www.erniehudsonjr.com) and the soon to be released feature, “The Karma Club,” in which Ernie serves as principal actor and Associate Producer.
Ernie is a lifetime member of American Mensa, active in various charitable organizations, continues to train corporate executives, and is a devoted family man. He currently resides in Queens, NY, where he and his wife homeschool their children.