My mom got to go on the trip with me, and it was wonderful to share the experience with her. We tried to pack as much as we could into our trip. While we were there, we ate some fabulous food, took advantage of some great shopping, attended a taping of "Live! With Regis & Kelly," and got to see James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave in Driving Miss Daisy. I loved getting to experience the lights of Times Square, the fashion of 5th Avenue, and the beauty of Central Park. Although there was plenty more to see, I felt like we got a true taste of New York on our visit.
The other obvious highlight of the trip was seeing my scenario filmed. I was nervous that my scenario would be the one that wouldn't pan out when it came to actually playing it out, but I was thankful for that not being the case. It was a pleasure to be greeted by John Quinones on the set, and I loved getting to watch someone with his experience and expertise in his element. Throughout the day, everyone took such care in making sure that the scenario was authentic to my life, which was something that I really appreciated. Watching the show come together and the challenges in making a successful episode gives me an even greater respect for those that work on the show. It was awesome seeing something that I wrote actually being taken seriously by people who I had just met. I haven't seen the final edited product yet, but I was really happy with how it came out on set. I'm extremely proud to be a part of this episode!
The whole experience was truly the opportunity of a lifetime. I've loved telling people about my trip, and I'm excited for everyone to see the show. I can't wait to see how it turned out! Taking the chance that I did in submitting my story and how having it turn out the way that it has inspires me to take more chances when it comes to telling my story. For those who watch, I hope that the show proves to be enlightening. While I hope that these times become less frequent, I can definitely say now that every time someone has an ignorant attitude about my capabilities, while I may still be frustrated, I will also be able to think back fondly on my experience in New York with the show.