Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success. (Henry Ford)
So, here we are.
You’ve now seen my last column for season one of Criss Angel BeLIEve. And while I’m not usually in the habit of blogging every time a TV show I’ve worked on finishes a season, I wanted to make an exception, to say a heartfelt thank-you to everyone who’s been a part of this remarkable journey.
I’ve been blessed to be part of a number of great projects over my career, but BeLIEve has been one of the best. It hasn’t been just writing a few articles every week. It’s been meeting countless wonderful people. Reaching fans around the world. Having the ability to rediscover a childhood passion. Being challenged professionally and inspired personally. And lots of sitting up until the early hours of the morning, shaking with nerves as I hope I can put it all into words. These last four months have been nothing short of amazing.
So many jaw-dropping things have happened since I first interviewed Criss for what became our BeLIEve preview piece in September, and I don’t just mean the demonstrations on TV. I saw two of my quotes on TV as part of Spike’s publicity campaign. I had the honor of being invited to the fifth anniversary of the BeLIEve live show. I found out Robin Leach knows who I am. And I considered fainting when I was introduced to a live audience at the Luxor. Any one of these would’ve been a career highlight.
And the truth is, experiences like this don’t come around very often. Maybe there are journalists who get to have all the fun, but I’m not one of them. I’m the one working six days a week, balancing deadlines with my health problems, just hoping that I’ve done enough to get the next opportunity. So to stand back now and say that I’ve participated in something fantastic, that I know the work I’ve labored over has actually meant something, that I feel like I belong as part of the team, that’s something I am beyond grateful for.
There are so many people that deserve my thanks. Firstly, Debra Fazio at Spike, who first invited me to do press for the show, and who’s helped me every week so that I can get my articles out on time. I still don’t know what you said to convince Criss I was worth talking to, but I’m flattered that you think so highly of me.
Thanks to everyone on Team Angel – Gayle Boulware, Tom Rutan, Krystyn Lambert, John Farrell, Doug Malloy, Spiro Papas, Jesse Feinberg, and everybody behind the scenes at BeLIEve at the Luxor. You’ve seen an awful lot of me over the last four months, including three (soon to be four) trips to Las Vegas, and you’ve always welcomed me with open arms. Writing about all the amazing stuff you do is a pleasure, but it’s been an honor to meet you, and to have you treat me like I’m one of the team. I’m so proud to be associated with you.
Which brings me to Criss…I have absolutely no idea where to start with you. In the relatively short time we’ve known each other, you’ve become one of my best friends and biggest inspirations. The support you’ve shown me has been above and beyond anything I could’ve expected or even dreamed of. My work has succeeded because you’ve made it possible, and I’m touched that you’ve invited me to be a part of so much. Personally, I’m consistently awestruck by how highly you think of me, and motivated by the example that you set. Seeing how my work has helped you has reaffirmed to me that this is exactly what I should be doing with my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for everything. (And say hello to your mom and Costa for me, because they’re awesome, too.)
And last but absolutely not least, thank you to the Loyals that I’ve had the opportunity to interact with. You are truly the greatest fans that I’ve worked with. You welcomed me into your fold, not just because I was writing about Criss, but you’ve expressed your support for me as well. It’s because you’ve been reading and sharing my articles that my editors have allowed me to keep writing them. I see all your comments and tweets, and I’m so appreciative of all your kind words.
I’m hoping I’ll be able to continue working with Criss and his team after this, and should there be a season two of BeLIEve, you can bet I’ll be the first person to start talking about it.
Until then, thank you, for everything.