I used to think I was going to be a Harry Potter when I grew up.
I was eleven. I was a skinny guy with glasses. It wasn’t too long before I heard an announcement that the Harry Potter series would be turned into a movies. Like, real life movies. I should also note I lacked confidence, was terrified of girls (especially if I had a crush on them), and was eager to fit in with the popular kids. (I know, I know – the story of every eleven year old.)
I made the decision: I was going to be cast as Harry Potter.
….yeah. I had zero acting experience. I am not British. It didn’t happen. But I totally got paid to wear a green suit for a music video shoot one time…
This, my friends, is a very true story of what would eventually lead me to join drama club, continue acting through high school, pursue a BA in theatre, and move to Chicago to be a real life actor. That said, I don’t need to be Harry Potter. And today I much prefer plays over movies.
Reader note: If your name is Steven Spielberg, please stop reading and email firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d be open to discussing “awkward guy who laughs too loud” in your upcoming film, despite my theatrical preferences….
Things change as we get older. Passions, goals, hobbies tend to shift. But those one or two passions that stick with us? Those are special.
Before I wanted to be Harry Potter, I wanted to be a baseball player. I don’t anymore. (Sorry, Theo.) But I guess you can say I still like baseball.
Another cool thing about Chicago – people here kind of like baseball. (Try watching this without crying. I dare you.)
What makes this special isn’t just the fact that a baseball team won. Yes, the championship was special. But the really special part of this video is watching the deep level of human connection.
That, my friends, is pretty effing beautiful.
This is much, much more than just a game.
I’ve always lived in either Chicago or New England. Know what that means for April? IT’S WEIRD. The weather can’t make up its mind 🙂 But there’s one thing that always makes me happy – baseball is back. There’s magic in the air again.
Finding those things we’re passionate about makes life a whole lot more fun. Don’t downplay those passions, friends. You’re robbing others of your joy.
The marquee outside Murphy’s Bleachers always makes me smile.
Let’s go get ’em, friends.
Tony is a theatre and film actor living in Chicago, just up the street from Wrigley Field He loves helping others to become the happiest version of themselves so that they can live more fun, fulfilled lives on their own terms.
He also loves to blog on how to do this.
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