One Year Ago Today

One year ago today, Robby and I finished the first draft of On the Air.  It’s hard to believe it’s only been a year since we started this. So much has happened. Honestly if you told me a year ago we’d be where we are now, I would have thought you were crazy.

Actually I thought we were crazy for embarking on this journey.

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LITERALLY right after we finished the first draft and submitted it to NYMF—notice the crazy eyes?

I never thought of myself as someone who would ever do this–I never thought I could. I mean when I was growing up and all through HS, college, and a few years after, all I wanted to do was perform–that’s it. It never once crossed my mind, “Oh hey! I want to write my own musical!” It stemmed from the fact that I wasn’t booking work. In fact, I almost took a break from the business because it was taking its toll on me.

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rewrites, rewrites, rewrites

Robby and I were both struggling with this and thought “If there aren’t any roles out there for us, let’s make our own“. We’re not the first to do this–Lin-Manuel Miranda, Debra Monk, the cast of Title of Show, even Betty Comden and Adolph Green–are only a few that come to mind. More importantly though, it provided an outlet to be creative when we weren’t working creatively. In the back of our minds we were always thinking, “Wouldn’t it be great if this actually went somewhere?” Never thinking it would.

This whole show has been the little engine that could. It’s surpassed our expectations and surprised others’ as well. When we first started out, people would tell us, “Well don’t expect this to happen now” but it would. I’ve learned not to underestimate this show anymore. It proves me wrong–every time.

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A show gets written on a LOT of coffee…

I feel that I’ve grown so much over this past year. I’ve learned to trust my instincts since they’re usually right, be open to whatever comes your way, and make sure to get plenty of sleep (or at least try to). I’ve gained so much confidence not only as a writer, but a performer as well. Going through this side of the business has completely changed my view of it as a whole. Auditions?  I usually don’t sweat them anymore. Oh don’t get me wrong, I still get nervous, but I’ve realised they’re such a small part of what goes into a show that I don’t get as discouraged or frustrated.

I don’t know what this next year will bring. We might have a production up somewhere or we might still be shopping it around. Who knows? The one thing I do know is that I’m excited. I’m excited and elated that we’ve made it this far (especially without killing one another). I’m excited about the newest round of revisions we just finished. I’m excited to start working on our next show (yes, our next one!). I’m excited that I get to work creatively in a business that doesn’t always allow you to do that. I’m excited that I have a writing partner that understands what I’m trying to say when I can’t say it. I’m excited that my parents are so supportive of Robby and me and this endeavor.

And I’m excited to see what this year will bring because if it’s anything like this past one, it will be pretty special.

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