Holy cow. Can you believe it? Today is my 100th day of blogging about my life. I have been ridiculously open with a lot of things in my life, though I must note that I definitely do not write everything on here … there’s a whole lot more going on that I just can’t talk about for the sake of not dropping names of people that probably don’t want to be mentioned in my blog…
Being so open with my life via the Internet has been met with 80% support, and 20% “anger”. 80% of people write me personal e-mails, text me, Facebook message me privately and let me know how much they support me and how they have my back no matter what. Then you have the 20% who do not understand why I put so much of my life out there. Some of that 20% are people who are angry about it … some of them are confused … and some of them just don’t simply understand why I would do such a crazy thing.
Well, I’ll be honest with you, writing this stuff is not easy. Especially the personal stuff. But I write it because I know that there are other people out there who are going through the same issues that I am going through … I know there are people out there that are enjoying the same fun and joyous occasions that I am enjoying. This blog is for them, just as much as it is for people who like to simply follow my career. I just want people to know that they are not alone. I get e-mails from random people all over the country who read/follow my blog, offering support or simply just want to say, “Hey dude, I feel your pain.”
On the other end, I also do this for me. It is nice to get a lot of this shit off my chest. I am not usually one to just talk to someone and get a load off my shoulders. Writing for you all every night is what I enjoy the most. I am very fortunate to have the greatest support system. It is great knowing that no matter how low I get sometimes, you’ll always be there. And no matter how high I get, you’ll be there as well. (I don’t mean smokin’ reefer lol)
So, with that said, to celebrate my 100 days of blogging, I am going to look back at some of the most important things that I have learned during this crazy time period of my life:
1. WAKING UP EARLY SUCKKKKKKS – Monday through Friday, my work day begins very early. During the months of August and September, it was fairly easy because I started work at “normal-people hours” (9am) … but now that the tour has started, a typical day for me usually begins around 4am, 5am, and 6am. Typically, this wouldn’t be a problem, but I am overloaded with projects and rehearsals outside of work, so I am working 20 out of the 24 hours sometimes. And I really can’t do anything about it.
2. THERE IS A SUCH THING AS TOO MUCH THEATER – From August 12 (when the blog began) until today, I have done all of the following projects:
- Rehearsed and performed A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
- Sung the National Anthem twice in Camden for the Camden Riversharks.
- Performed at my friend’s cabaret to help raise money for their adoption.
- Rehearsed and performed FOUR shows for the George Street Playhouse Educational Touring Company.
- Rehearsed for and performed at The 2013 Perry Awards.
- Rehearsed and performed Big River.
- Rehearsed and performed A Chorus Line.
- Did a staged reading of a new play called When I Reflect.
- Understudied Gettin’ the Band Back Together at George Street Playhouse.
- Conducted meetings as President of The Pennington Players.
- Did a reading of Merrily We Roll Along.
- Participated in meetings as a member of The Kelsey Theatre Advisory Commission.
- Auditioned and began rehearsals for CATS at The Broadway Theatre of Pitman.
- Rehearsed and performed a choreographed rumba dance at a Bridal Expo.
From August 12, 2013 until November 19, 2013 … that has been my theatrical life. A close friend of mine was quick to point out the other day that I have done more theater/performances in 100 days then most people will do in five years.
3. I HAVE VERY TALENTED FRIENDS – Holy cow do I have some very talented friends. In these 100 days, I have seen my friends in productions of A Flea In Her Ear (Kelsey Theatre), How to Succeed (BTOP), Carrie: The Musical (Kelsey Theatre), and Spamalot (Kelsey Theatre). And that’s not even counting all my friends that I have shared the stage with during these 100 days. I am very fortunate.
4. MY PARENTS WILL ALWAYS HAVE MY BACK – If there are any two people that have had my back through thick and thin … it’s mom and dad. They have made their love and support so clear during these past 100 days. I love them so much. Really … they are the reason I can wake up every morning. I love you both so much.
5. MY FANTASY FOOTBALL TEAM SUCKS – At the moment, my fantasy football team is 1-10. I won the championship last year, and this year, I suck worse than Miley Cyrus at a twerking convention.
6. I AM ON THE VERGE OF SOMETHING BIG – Have you ever been so sure of something? Something that you knew was going to happen very soon? I have that feeling right now. I just know that I am on the verge of landing something big for my career… I can just feel it… #keeppushing
7. I NEED TO LEARN SIGN LANGUAGE – Like really … I was so inspired by my cast and crew of Big River. I really want to become more proficient at it.
8. MY LOVE LIFE – Haha … that’s funny …
9. THERE’S LITTLE BENEFIT TO HATING PEOPLE – There were a bunch of people that I used to just HATE. But over these past 100 days, I realized that there is no point to hating people. What do I get out of it? That kind of goes along with making fun of people too. I used to mock people I didn’t like a lot, but recently, especially after doing a lot of anti-bullying work with kids, I realized that I need to practice what I preach… and I have fortunately been doing a much better job with that.
10. I MIGHT BE IN WAY OVER MY HEAD – I have a lot of fun projects that I am working on. Some of them are very big. I was always one to aim high and to always create as many of my own opportunities as possible. As I sit on the couch night after night working on all of these things, I sometimes think to myself, “Am I doing too much? Am I in way over my head?” Of course, I love working hard every day, but the thought definitely creeps in sometimes.
Of course, I have learned way more than these ten things I have listed, but these ten things stand out to me the most. I really can’t believe it has been 100 days since this blog started.
I am so thankful for my #lifeofky readers! Since August, over 3,000 of you have officially become fans of this blog. That is so incredibly humbling and I am so thankful for each and every single last one of you.
With that said, thanks again for reading and I will talk to you all again tomorrow!
With love and warmth,