Broadway · The Human Connection

Everything I Need To Know I Learned At BroadwayCon

As you’re reading this post, I will be at BroadwayCon 2018. I was fortunate enough to have attended last year’s convention and it was everything I wanted and more. I learned more about myself and what I want out of life in that weekend than I ever expected. Here are some pieces of wisdom I gained along the weekend:

  • Create your dreams. Worst case scenario, it doesn’t work out, and then you will have tried.
    THIS. This was the overarching theme of the weekend, at least that’s how I felt. Put it on paper, put it to music, leave your mark. DO NOT let your dreams disappear or end with you. Share them and see what comes of it. You just may surprise yourself. Yes, this is where the inspiration for FINALLY starting this blog came from, and I’m so grateful for that.
  • Meet your heroes.
    I’m not talking about the autographs and photographs, though those are wonderful. Meet the creators of the things you love. I am a proud podcast nerd, and meeting the podcasters made my weekend. All of them were so kind to me and accepting of me and my fangirling that I couldn’t believe it. Gillian, Patrick, and the crew at Broadwaysted–thank you for making my favorite things (and for knowing that, when in doubt, I’d be at your booth). As for the autographs and photographs, meet those heroes too. They come to the convention because they love that you support what they do.
  • Don’t be afraid to say hello.
    Meeting people in lines and panels often leads to making new friends. Theatre people are my kind of people and being with so many people who love what I love–well, who could ask for anything more?
  • Kindness always counts.
    So, I knew this already, but still. Thank the volunteers who are doing a zillion things at once, trying to ensure you’re having a great time. Thank the panelists for hosting, because they didn’t have to do so–this also goes for all talent/guests there. And of course, kindness doesn’t cost anything. The more positive you are, the better the experience for everyone around you.
  • Try something new and challenge yourself.
    This came in the form of Jon Rua’s dance class. Somehow I had gotten into his advanced hip hop workshop, lord knows I haven’t danced hip hop in over a decade and a half. Something had happened a month earlier in which I promised myself as long as my body could move, I would dance. What was exceptionally amazing was that Jon Rua taught the class from this perspective; from knowing your body’s got you covered even if you don’t know the steps. That it’s not about looking good, it’s about trusting yourself. And this was very cathartic and meaningful to me. Was I great? No. Did I walk away more fulfilled than any class had ever left me? Yes. Did I get to tell Jon Rua my story and thank him? Yes. Tangent: Jon played Alexander Hamilton when I saw the show, so this was such a surreal moment for me I’m still working through it.
  • Go with the flow.
    That schedule changes minute to minute, which means something is always moving/happening/ changing. Guess what? That means you get to try new things and make choices on what you do or don’t want to see or do. Which leads me to…
  • Experience something you think has no connection to you.
    That thing you think has nothing to do with you? It does. We are all connected and you can find connectivity to pretty much anything. Why? Because the human connection supersedes everything. You’ll learn someone else’s perspective on something you think you’re an expert on, and it will change your thought pattern and open your mind to so much. Listening is so much better in speaking. Hear before you speak.

This week’s challenge is to think about an experience you’ve had–any experience–that’s felt important to you. Make a list of everything you learned from that experience and see how you can apply it to everyday life.

Keep playing with words and see what your message creates!
–Stef the StageSLP

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