On the Red Carpet
by Andre Jackson on March 6th, 2014

When I first moved to Los Angeles to become a "big-time actor", I lived in Hollywood steps away from the home of the Academy Awards - the Dolby Theatre. The city shut down the surrounding blocks for Hollywood's Biggest Night and I could hear the sound of screaming fans from my tiny apartment balcony. Just knowing that I was in such close proximity to the grandest celebration of movie magic in the world, was a thrill.
This year, past security, beyond the hundreds of screaming fans, through the reception tent with a sign reading "Welcome to the Academy Awards", and after passing through the metal detectors, I found myself stepping foot onto THE Red Carpet of the 86th Academy Awards. Longer than I'd imagined and split into two lanes (one for the stars and the other for folks like me), it seemed to stretch on for miles. Even from my non-celebrity viewpoint, the spectacle of the Oscars was even more than I'd ever imagined. At the end of the carpet, the two lanes merged and I found myself at the base of a towering staircase leading into the theater. There, amongst Hollywood's elite, I took a moment to be grateful for my place in this life.

My experiences come at a price that many are unwilling or unable to pay and I am truly grateful for the opportunity  and ability to do so. I am always mindful of that. God willing, more beautiful moments lie ahead hidden beneath the dense fog of adversity and sacrifice. I look forward to tomorrow. Today and every day, I give thanks.

Faith. Hope. Love.

Andre


Posted in Living the Dream, My BIZness    Tagged with Oscars, Red Carpet, awards, Hollywood, Academy Awards


3 Comments

mike - March 6th, 2014 at 9:21 PM
I like this one Dre.
Andre Jackson - March 7th, 2014 at 12:11 AM
Thanks, man. I know you especially can remember those Hollywood days.
Cleveland "BB" Kirkland - March 7th, 2014 at 5:28 AM
Hey cousin...it's good to see that you have taken your dreams from the unreal to the real. I had those same ambitions, but life got in the way. Throughout our whole entire family we have talents and gifts, but you have what's most important...and that's "The Will". From now on I will be monitoring your career closely...because I now that you "Will" make it big!!!! Keep striving and you will have an Oscar of your own one day. I already see it comming.
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