There’s that old adage, “No news is good news,” and well shucks that’s proved true for me since the last posting ... until recently, so let’s play a little catch up.
-Booked my first commercial (actually my first with an actual speaking role). It was for Friendly’s Restaurant where I am partaking in their excellent cuisine with my “wife”.
-Continuing to work at IDOL, INDIANA JONES and ESPN WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS where I hosted part of the rebranding ceremony of WWS and met the Governor of Florida Charlie Crist in the process.
-Having the great fortune of award-winning poet extraordinaire Rebecca Kai Dotlich (who has become in many ways my poetry mentor) recommend me to poet Greg Pincus who in turn invited me to submit a poem for The 2010 Edition of 30 Poets/30 Days! During National Poetry Month in April, some 80,000 people visit his blog to read a poem submitted specifically for the event by poets from all over the world. http://gottabook.blogspot.com/2010/03/announcing-2010-edition-of-30-poets30.html. The poem I submitted is called I LOVE BEING ME and it pretty much encapsulates how I feel about the importance of self-esteem.
I cannot possibly overstate what a big deal this is to me. Since 2004 I’ve spent so many mornings, afternoons and evenings (including weekends) reading and writing children’s poetry, making contacts, submitting my work, attending conferences and going to writers group meetings that I’m thankfully gob smacked it’s starting to pay off. The late two-time Academy Award winning actor Jack Lemmon once told another two-time winner Kevin Spacey (who was his protégé) that when you reach the top of the elevator you always send it back down to help more people make their way up. It sure feels like Rebecca saw me in the lower lobby and decided to give me a lift.