A Day in the Life: A Non-Gig Day

  Last night at a movie premiere of a classic remake my friends have been working on for years, I was approached by multiple people in the foyer with a look of surprise on their face to see me.  In essence they all said how they were surprised to even see me in public, as I’ve seemingly disappeared to the public in their opinion, yet they were so inspired and grateful for my blogs and social media posts. This was surprising as I know a few people who like what I write but didn’t realize the effect it has on a person’s every day life.  For example one person said, “I go to your Facebook page at night before bed, in case I haven’t seen what you’ve said for the day, as it is kind of like my surrogate family, it brings me comfort to see you with your family, or on stage, or just living your dreams.  Thank you for being there for me without even knowing you are.” Woah.  I didn’t know that was happening. And where plenty of people still come up and say I’m funny, ask for a picture with my silly faces, and that’s great, a
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A Goodbye to Ashlee Smoot

Dear Friends~ It is with extreme sorrow that we say goodbye to the amazing, beautiful, athletic, incredible Ashlee Smoot.  She passed on Saturday night, March 12, 2016, surrounded by her family, children, and husband. We found out she had Stage 4 Cancer 17 months ago.  Pretty weird diagnosis for the embodiment of health, physical fitness, mountain biking fanatic, and young mother of 3.  At 32 she was given little chance to survive even 6 months. Since she’s a fighter, she lasted nearly triple that.  No one was surprised. You supported Ashlee even if you didn’t know Ashlee. You supported this young mother either by attending the unbelievably powerful event we held in her honor in April 2015 at Salt Lake Community College’s Grand Theater, or perhaps just by wishing her well on her blog or in Facebook comments, or perhaps sending a prayer to heaven for her health to be sustained, or for a miracle. And the miracles did happen – constantly. She lived, she loved, was and is loved. She changed the lives of all around her just by helping us realize we all have a mortal clock, to hold our families closer, to give more than we receive,
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Dear Mother

  My Mom turns a certain age tomorrow, the kind The Beatles sang about, “….would you still need me, would you still feed me, when I’m….” yeah, that age. I still see her as mid-twenties, as that was the first face of my childhood, the one I longed to see every waking moment, the one I reached for each morning and kissed every night. Searching back in my memory, and attempting to navigate past the photos that make up the pathway, I attempt to recall the first true moments that shaped my life.  Indelibly, there is always Mother. Sadly, I can’t recall the the earliest every day moments that make up a life, such as the tears from scraping my knee, the spilled juice box, nor the first words attempted.  All I can see is her, holding and cradling me, smiling and talking and softly singing to me, giving me everything I would ever need to grow, learn, and succeed.  And that’s all that matters when you’re little, to know you are loved and cared for.  In reality, I guess that’s all that really matters in life at all, is that maybe someone still loves you like a Mother once did
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America’s Got Talent: My Audition

In 2007 my office received the first of many calls from America’s Got Talent to request I come perform on their show as a contestant. My fellow corporate performer acquaintance, Terry Fator, singing impressionist and master ventriloquist, had just won, receiving a multi-million dollar Las Vegas headlining contract, ultimately replacing the legendary Danny Gans at The Mirage a year later. I was in the midst of doing corporate events in place of Terry that he could no longer fulfill due to his change in life, finances, and schedule. Always rough replacing such a great act, but by the time I acknowledged the fact they were disappointed I was there and Terry wasn’t, I sat on the floor of the stage, took my shoe off, put my sock on my hand, and sang Kermit’s “Rainbow Connection” as good as Terry, the miffed corporate buyers were laughing so hard at my impression of Terry I had them in my hand by the 2nd minute and was requested back the next year. The work and pay was great, and I guess AGT considered me next in line of the entertainers they wanted to feature. Along with my management and advisors at the time,
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