It turns out that the actor who brought the eponymous purple dinosaur of Barney & Friends to life has found a second career calling as a tantric sex therapist, something he says is based on the same philosophy as the tender-hearted Tyrannosaurus Rex he played on television for nearly a decade.
In an interview with Vice, David Joyner, who played Barney from 1991 to 2001 while actor Bob West provided the voice for the purple behemoth, said that he now owns a tantric massage practice, where he works as a tantra massage specialist and spiritual healer with around 30 clients (whom he refers to as “goddesses”) who come to him for $350 sessions where he helps them release energy and balance their chakras.
According to Joyner, this tantric training came in handy when he would have to be in the 70 lb. Barney costume – which could reach up to 120 degrees at times; he also felt that both practices informed each other.
“A lot of the elements of Barney were a lot of the things I was training within tantra,” he said. “I always said it was never an accident, and that I was meant to do this character. The energy I brought up [while] in the costume is based on the foundation of tantra, which is love. Everything stems, grows, and evolves from love.
Here's a little inside baseball secret about ole dozo: As a baby I loveeeeeeeeeeeedddddddddddddd Barney the Purple Dinosaur. How I feel about Tom Brady at 26 is how I felt about Barney at 3. I could not get enough of Barney, or as I referred to him "Da Bar". That's what I used to call him before I could say full words according to my mom. Barney along with Thomas the Tank Engine were my top guys. That was my #squad well before we started calling the pound sign a hashtag.
Which is why this story makes me so, so, so, so, so happy. For those of you counting at home, yes I went with the quintuple so. Nobody has ever been brave enough to go quintuple so...until now.
The first reason I'm so (x5) happy is rather selfish. It gives me hope. As I am someone going through a "transitional" period between jobs/careers I find this story quite inspiring. I at many times have found myself wondering what will come next for the Doz man?
Will I ever teach again?
Will I ever find a real job?
Will I ever find love?
Will (despite a lack of support by my so called friends) Doz On Life ever get the recognition it deserves?
Will Barstool make the great, potentially life save saving decision to hire me?
But what I do know is if Barney can go from entertaining children with such fire jams like the I Love You Song
to a successful career as a Tantric Sex Therapist charging upwards of $350** per session (seems steep!), then like Kevin Garnett said, anything is possible.
Talk about a complete 180.
Now sure, there are a few traits from his days as Barney that translate to the tantric sex game like his abilities to love, and entertain people for hours on end. But I'd say that's where the similarities end.
I've pigeonholed myself at times thinking there's not other jobs I could do since my degree is so specialized, but after seeing David Joyner take the leap from Barney the Purple Dinosaur to a tantric sex therapist it really rattled home to me that there's nothing stopping me from doing anything my little heart desires, I could totally be an insurance agent or in middle management. The possibilities are endless, and the same goes for you! We can achieve our dreams!
The second reason this makes me so (x5) happy is just because I'm good person who loves to see the people I care about them doing well in life and being happy in general. I'm not a vindictive person. Well at least not with like 80% of people, which I'd say is a high enough percentage to be consider yourself a non-vindictive person. Even though I had no idea until a few minutes ago that Barney's real name was David Joyner, I for a long time loved that man and what he represented. He brought me so (x5) much joy in my younger years. I'm just tickled pink (or in this case purple amirite?) to see he landed on his feet, not only working, but doing something that he loves. After all Barney ending was easily one of the top 2 worst things to happen in 2001. It would've been easy for David Joyner to go down a dark downward spiral. But he didn't, he went the complete opposite way. To see David Joyner thriving in a career so different from his former, (but in a way very similar) just brings the brightest smile to my face. Anything is possible you guys. We're a hap-py family indeed.
Is $350 a normal rate for a tantric "massage" session or does he get to spike the prices a little bit on the whole "I used to be Barney the Purple Dinosaur" factor?