Years ago the show moved from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center. Just a few blocks from the New York Institute of Technology where at the time I was in my thesis year. As Jessica spoke I remembered a moment on the way to class one day, where I walked right past Jay Manuel probably leaving a show, and thinking "So close, yet so far." ::snickering:: then "Yeah right, you'd never get in".
Now, I wasn't thinking about modeling. I know better. But just being there and being a part of this event that people came to from around the world, that practically happened in my back yard every year, that I still had to watch on TV or read about in the paper. I just wanted to see it and be a part of it.
The moment passed in an instant and I never thought about it again until now. Here I am. Me! Having come full circle. This time on my way to a show instead of class and even better, going back stage! Invited. Not sneaking in or trying to catch as glimpse of what's happening when I'm supposed to be working. To hang with the people that make it all happen, ask questions and poke around.
Words cannot express my excitement or pride in the company that's making all this possible. That must see something in me (I'm still trying to figure that out) to treat me to being a part of all these things.
Dreams, even if you don't remember having them, really do come true. Just have faith.