I begin with the people I met through a thing called "#CSTWEETUP". Those were some really good folks. It was supposed to be a networking event for me...but I wound up making some good friends through that little shindig. Taa Dixon, Kevin Westendorf, Christina Palmer, Jimmy Brickley, and so many others who truly influenced me in 2013 to be, well, me. Some don't even know they influenced me. Well they do now (Mwahahahaha).
Also in 2013 I discovered that I actually like Country music. Yeah, me a metal head by birth and a R&B guy by choice actually enjoyed country. And that is thanks to an incredibly beautiful and talented woman named Katy Graves. She opened another door for me to enjoy music wise. That lovely woman will forever be credited for my new found hobby of listening to country music.
Then there is my work (or lack there of) in Independent professional wrestling. Love pro wrestling and always will. The guys and gals in the locker room are some weird but lovely people. But then I got to work with Dustin Rhodes. Some wrestling fans know him as Goldust. The weird thing is I remember watching him wrestle Triple H at McNichols Arena in Denver in 1999. And here he was...2 feet to my left. That blew my mind. And then after that came the "lack of" part. But there is a reason for that. Which will be explained right....NOW.
2013 also made me disvocer that anything is possible. Seeing my friends doing things they loved made me go out and go after my dreams of being in entertainment. So there I was. Sitting at home pondering what I need to do. I wrestled with a few ideas and then BAM!!! I went online and around Colorado Springs looking for talent agents. Then one day out of the blue I received an email that to be frank altered what the rest of 2013 would be. It was a Thursday and the email was from an agent in Los Angeles. The email said he wanted to see me on Tuesday. I read that and went "Whoa an agent wants to see me this...oh shit wait TUESDAY??" So I had to work fast to plan everything to go to LA. And I did. I mentioned that the trip to LA was the first time I had ever step near a plane let alone go on it and fly. But I did. And the agent basically told me to take care of things in Colorado Springs and he will sing me when I get back to LA. After that meeting I was able to enjoy sometime on Hollywood Blvd. That trip, that meeting, that experience changed the course fo 2013 as we speak. Now I have a new focus: Los Angeles in 2014.
2013 however was not without it's fair share of heartache and loss. There were people who have left my life that I will miss greatly. My family friend Tina Canty who passed away from cancer. My cousin Linda Wright, who passed away unexpectedly on Christmas Eve. I will delve in to that more in the next blog post. I also experienced the heartache of seeing people who I thought would be supportive in my new ventures really give me the cold shoulder. And also I still experience the heartache of being single at times. Especially when you see that someone and think "that woman could be my future wife" only to figure out you would not want to warm up to her even if we were both cremated. Also the heartache of doing stand up comedy and swallowing pride and knowing you are not good at it...yet.
The biggest thing I guess I'm going to take out of this year is how open I was to ME. How most of the things were all a mental deal and me being close minded. When I told myself "give it a shot and see what happens", I discovered who I am in essence. And also it has lead me to now know MORE people than I had imagine. And by that I mean I got know MORE who was genuine and who wasn't. Who really wants me to succeed and who is just there for a free ride. Also, MORE people who actually appreciated me for being ME. Not what my job was or if I was (wait I still am) fat. Which by the way is getting worked on.
2013...WHAT A FREAKING YEAR!!!