Sometime ago I got stood up on a Friday night (well, canceled upon, two days in advance). Rather than making alternate plans, I determined I'd stayed in for the night. I didn't feel well, and I had a piece of writing begging for my attention.
But in hopping on my computer, rather than going straight to my writing, I checked every form of social media first. (I'm so glad facebook and twitter didn't exist in my undergrad years.) I then continued on to my e-mail and discovered my pastor from LA was speaking that night in New York, near Columbus Circle.
Even though I didn't feel the greatest, I didn't want to miss his book signing. I had to go, so I invited a friend along, and we booked it up from Soho to hear Erwin McManus speak, and to pick up copies of his most recent work: The Artisan Soul.
As I waited in line for my book to be signed I recalled how seven years prior I was nervous to talk to this particular author. Back then I informed him I'd like to cohost a talk show and inquired if he had any suggestions for pursuing such a dream. He recommended I become an expert on a particular subject matter.
I thought on it some and didn't know what I might become an expert on. I wanted to have a talk show so I could interview other people -- expert individuals -- who could provide the meat of the show's programming content. Erwin signed my book --Wide Awake-- and I continued on my way a bit discouraged, thinking the dream of my youth might be too far fetched, a bit too unrealistic.
Still, that December my friend Aaron (a camera man who had worked on a series call The Drive TV) and a potential cohost, made plans to meet with a family friend of mine in Owosso, Michigan. It seemed this individual (Gordon Pennington) might be able to help us with "The Dream." Although we enjoyed the conversation, our time in Owosso didn't seem to help move the dream along.
But then I moved from California to New York a few years later and I ran into this same family friend at a dinner party in the city. Eventually I started to assist Gordon with some conference coordinating and in the process of booking speakers I befriended an amazing woman named Jackie. En route from New York to Nashville last fall, I dropped by her place for a night, and she told me about this television network she has been in the process of getting off the ground.
Tonight I participated in a vision conference call for Jane TV . Funny how the media dreams of my youth no longer seem so unrealistic.
But back to that Friday night - the night I got stood up. This time when I got to the front of the book signing line I wasn't at all nervous to speak with Erwin. In fact, I told him, "Extra bonus points if you can remember my name."
He replied, "Of course I know your name. It's Katrina. Katrina Blank." I then insisted he stand up so I could give him a hug.
Following my conversation with Erwin, I chatted with another author named Eric Metaxas. He took interest in chatting with me because he also knows Gordon (that family friend), and I had connected with his top assistant a year or so prior.
I mention Eric because a few days following the book signing I learned that Eric is living out the dream of my youth. You can check out his show, 100 Huntley.
At this point in my life, I'm not overly eager to pursue possibilities in television. However, I love seeing friends and acquaintances embrace such a medium as a means of offering hope to the world.