Okay José.. Today is the day. What an incredible journey we’ve had my friend. I’m pretty sure words will be insufficient to sum up the enormity of this experience so I’ll just say I love you and I’m so proud of you. I’ve never known anyone more dedicated than you. Watching you gracefully navigate the most insane year has given me an immeasurable amount of inspiration. It’s been such an honor to develop these characters together and I can’t wait to see what you accomplish next! I love you to pieces @bensplatt and I will do my best not to sob throughout the show today.
I didn’t tell her that I have a photo of her in my dressing room that I look at whenever I need strength but I did get to thank her for inspiring me to always keep fighting. What an honor to meet and perform for the woman who the people of this country voted for to be president. The winner of the popular vote, MY president: Hillary Rodham Clinton. (I wore a pantsuit)
I can’t believe it’s been one year of performances of @dearevanhansen I still remember all those blue hats at the stage door like it was yesterday. Forever grateful for the love we share because of this special piece of theater
I’ve been thinking a lot about what confidence means. It’s such an elusive idea that we are all constantly (often unsuccessfully) striving to achieve. We spend our lives chasing away insecurities and reprogramming our minds to believe we are beautiful enough, smart enough or worthy enough to receive praise and love. We feel these wounds without even knowing how they came to be.
I wish there was an easy fix, I wish we could always love what we see in the mirror 100% of the time because we are seeing a reflection of our soul rather than a comparison to a standard of physical beauty. I believe this is especially difficult for women because we are taught by society at a young age that beauty gives us value. How do we reverse this way of thinking? I guess by teaching our children to value characteristics we can actually achieve.. wisdom? Integrity? Kindness? I find that the compliments that hit me hardest are the ones that reflect my character. We all just want the best of ourselves to be seen, and to still be loved when we show our worst.
I don’t have the answers but I know we need to keep searching for them and we should ask ourselves where we are placing value on people and ourselves. What gives you confidence? Is it strong relationships? A strong work ethic? A connection with nature? I like to travel to countries alone, but I think it mostly comes down to my relationships... sharing mutual support and understanding but also figuring out how to light people up.
A picture of a bright light on a magical eclipse day @tylerlain
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Hair: I traveled America, made my broadway debut, found a real tribe, and learned what it was to be truly free on a stage. I will never forget how special the magic was. This show has a way of teaching people to love deeper and changing them forever. I am so incredibly thankful for it. Let the sun shine in #hippie#onceinthetribe