In 1996, I was flipping through channels on a dull Sunday night in June when I came across a live performance of Big : The Musical on the Tony Awards. Of course, at the time, I didn't know it was Big so I decided to stay with the program and watch the rest of the awards ceremony.
By the time RENT had won for Best Musical, I was hooked. Since 1996, I haven't missed watching a live telecast and have watched my VHS recordings of the ceremonies repeatedly. The Tonys quickly became one of the biggest nights of the year for me.
More importantly they were a huge influence for me to get up on stage in the first place. Seeing what these pros were doing on TV was something I wanted to do. And just like that, the dreams of being up on that stage, accepting my own trophy began.
Now fast forward to May of 2014. I decided last year to start a blog that would not only cover local theatre but also discuss various topics and issues in the theatre industry. Whenever I start something from scratch, I like to set goals for myself that would seem impossible to achieve. By doing this, I'm always reaching, always fighting, always trying to be better and in doing so, providing you the best content I can.
One of these impossible goals was to cover the Tony Awards as a member of the press. Sit in the media room and ask questions to the winners as they come off stage.
Tonight, I can cross that one off the list because that's exactly what I'm going to be doing.
Tonight I'll be doing a live blog right here about everything you see on stage and what I see behind it. I can't wait.
When I found out we had been approved for press credentials, I broke down in tears. Not just because this was a life long goal, but because of what the last year has been.
I try not to take too much time reflecting on my own personal accomplishments. To me, it wastes time when I could be writing and self congratulation always seems so smug.
But I started thinking about all the time and work I've poured into building this blog. I thought about some of the controversies we've gotten ourselves into. I thought of all the people who helped me along the way with their support and their discouragement.
And to go through all that only to being able to sit in the media room of the Tonys, you'll have to pardon me if I give myself a quick pat on the back.
If anything else, this as an example of what happens if you work your tail off, ignore the haters, let the discouragement fuel you, the result is you can accomplish every goal you set for yourself. Trust me, if I can do it, you certainly can do it.