As all good things do, my time in Florida came to an end. Our last week was filled with extreme business of packing, trips to the post office, eating all our food, worrying about what our next job would be, and trying to spend as much time together as possible. The last thing we all exceeded at best. Our closing night, even though we were all exhausted and had to be up by 3:00 am, we spent at a neighborhood brewery, laughing and, some of us, drinking the night away. The following morning we all said our goodbyes at the airport, most of the cast headed back to NY, and some of us headed to our hometowns to visit family. Thank God the majority of us are based in NYC, making our goodbyes a bit easier.
So, what did I learn from all this? After all, being away for a month and a half, living and working with people I had never met prior, how could I not have learned something? There were quite a few things, but number one, and it may seem to come out of left field, is to always accept and never judge your fellow actor. I worked with some of the best people on this earth, all of whom, were loving, warm, and completely accepting. Together we confided in each other, celebrated each other's successes, cheered each other on, listened when appropriate, talked when appropriate, and shared amazing memories. When you allow yourself to let go and let others be themselves, accepting of all, there is no way you can't have a great time and make a wonderful show.