Everybody has a dream. The girl who gives you your coffee every morning. The guy who does your dry cleaning. The son of a b---h who cuts you off on the highway. Even you. What‚??s your dream?
According to my high school yearbook, mine is to ‚??have my own TV show.‚?Ě
‚??I‚??d rather be on my deathbed and say, ‚??At least I tried,‚?? than ask, ‚??What if...?‚?Ě I told myself.
Eight years later, the closest I‚??ve come to making my dream come true is running around in glittery gold spandex on 10 episodes of a Japanese game show.
At least that was the case.
‚??I need a pitch meeting!‚?Ě I told myself. ‚??Even if I never get a show on TV, I want to be able to say I had a pitch meeting and tried.‚?Ě
Recently, one of the most innovative production companies in reality television agreed to meet with me to discuss the possibility of spinning my column into a reality show.
‚??Picture it! ‚??Sex & The City‚?? meets ‚??Boy Meets World,‚??‚?Ě I expressed in my first Hollywood meeting. ‚??Each episode would feature me narrating my column while sharing the adventures of me and my friends as I return to school.‚?Ě
I could see I had their full attention as I shared past experiences of buying a Chihuahua when I was drunk in a trailer park and craving Taco Bell, awarding Michael Lohan an orange juice-stained Father of the Year Award, calling 911 after catching my roommate having sex on my air mattress, and having to move back with my parents after losing financial aid.
‚??There needs to be a reality show that focuses on the heart of today‚??s generation,‚?Ě I insisted. ‚??A show that features real people who aren‚??t where they thought they would be, or are on that journey of figuring out where they belong. No show out there balances the struggles our generation faces with the fun we have along the way of figuring everything out.‚?Ě
‚??I love it!‚?Ě they said. ‚??I love the title. I love you. This is the most creative pitch we‚??ve probably ever seen.‚?Ě
Maybe in a year from now ‚??Sorry, Mom & Dad‚?Ě will be the reality show that defines a generation. Or maybe I‚??ll be the assistant manager at Pizza Hut. Who knows?
What I do know is that I chased my dream. So what are you waiting for? Follow your dream, or you‚??ll find yourself working for someone who did.
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