You could say today was basically the best day of my life,
because one of the writers from Glee, one of my favorite show ever, came to speak to us in class.
Let’s just say that I have a slight obsession with Glee.
I’ve been watching the show since the very beginning. Episode one, season one—I was sitting in front of my TV the night the pilot aired in 2009. I died laughing at the dry humor, was fascinated with array of characters, and dreamed of being apart of something as cool as a singing group of people who were weird but could also somehow sing and dance at the same time: my life dream. I, myself, was a freshman in high school—just like the characters of McKinley High. I grew up alongside of them.
I had a poster, a shirt, a key-chain, and even pajamas. I used to have season premiere and season finale viewing parties in my living room; couches full of friends.
I cried when Will’s first wife lied about the baby, and when Kurt and Santana came out to members of their accepting and non-accepting families. I cried when Will proposed to Emma with a Rihanna song, even though I hate Rihanna. I wanted to be Mercedes after she sang “Bust yo Windows.” I yelled at the TV when we found out Quinn was pregnant, and every time Sue ruined anyone’s life, and whenever Kitty was a bitch to Marley. I had a crush on Mr. Schuester, Ryder, and Blaine too—even though he was gay (#why). I tried to learn the “I’m a Slave 4 U” choreography after the Britney Spears episode. I called my parents and told them I loved them after the school shooting episode. I was heartbroken when Cory Montieth died. I even watched both seasons of The Glee Project and became attached to people who would never even go on to be apart of the actual show. Actually—I was so obsessed with the show, that a dance network on YouTube found my channel and contacted me to host web video recaps for two seasons.
Even though the show began it’s inevitable downwards spiral after the second season (it’s okay—Ross, the writer, agreed), I held on for dear life through graduation, and through the “new” New Directions members, and through NYADA, and continued to love the twists and turns and dynamic characters of the show.
Right before I came to LA, I finished watching the last episode of the very last season. I do not kid you when I tell you I sobbed in bed by myself as they sang One Republic on stage for the last time.
Glee was officially over, and so was my teen-hood.
So now—you could probably guess how excited I was to find out that I would be meeting and hearing from one of the people responsible for the creation of the memorable characters and moments that was a part of my life for so long.
Ross Maxwell was as cool as he sounds.
He graced the classroom with his kindness, his wit, and his intelligence on the business.
More than anything, it was just cool to finally ask someone all of my fan girl questions and to be in the glory of his presence. Ross gave us some really great advice, as most of the other speakers on Tuesday classes usually do . But what I loved about Ross, was that above all—he kept it simple.
Here’s the top three things I took away from Ross Maxwell.
1. Temp. He told us, “Get your ass into any kind of door you can.” And it’s as simple as that. You gotta start somewhere. And that “somewhere” will help put you somewhere else.
2. Your life—at least if you’re going to an industry like entertainment—will consist of lots of waiting. Ross had the interview for Glee in March, waited, like, six months to hear back, got a “maybe,” waited another month, and then finally got the gig and dipped out of his job at E! News (Where I’m interning now… eep!). So the lesson here: Good things come to those who wait. Rather—good things come to those are forced to wait, hate to wait, but do it anyway at the price of getting to have what they want or love in the end. Pay close attention: this a good life lesson in general.
3. You’d be surprised who will come into your life 10 years later. Be nice, always.
But my favorite, favorite, favorite thing Ross said?
“These are all lessons I still try to tell myself.”
I’ve mentioned something like that in a blog post way, way, long ago.
This, my friends, is life.
As we all know—nothing is perfect. We are not perfect. And just because we learn something once, or because we find or realize something, doesn’t mean that the skill or idea or lesson is automatically instilled in us. Just like anything else in life, it takes practice. We’ll have to keep reminding ourselves. We’ll have to work for it. We’ll have to earn it. We’ll have to learn.
Life won’t always be “glee”ful.
But the best thing you can do?
Appreciate the lessons learned.
And keep learning them.