The road to stardom is often a rocky one. Many who try “fail,” while others keep climbing up. For me, I wanted to be successful. I wanted to learn as much as I could from each director, show, and fellow performer. I wanted to know about life from other perspectives, and dig deep into my craft. But, what were my limits? Would I choose to conform?
“Who am I anyway? Am I my resume?” A famous line from “A Chorus Line” began to sink into my mindset. What defines me as a man, gay or straight and whose choice is it? Is it a choice to be gay? Wrestling with identifying the man I was meant to be versus the man I was trying to be, I found it hard for me to always hide behind their head shot, to be the image of one man on paper, but, in reality be someone else, anyone else. I wanted to be different. I wanted to be great. But with each step forward professionally, I took two backwards personally, and vice versa.
PS. THIS IS JUST AN EXCERPT FROM MY BOOK: “The Open Closet: Letters From A Gay Man” (Available on AMAZON & KINDLE)
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