It almost seems sacrilege for me to put these two entities in the same sentence. But what does Glee have to do with Disney?
Well, I heart both.
But this weekend, I couldn't get "You Can't Always Get What You Want" out of my head. And it was the Glee version, not the Stones one.
Many of you know I've been blessed and have made it to Round 3 in the search for members of the 2011 Walt Disney World Moms Panel.
I had applied it's inaugural year and with thousands of applicants, there just wasn't enough Pixie Dust to go around. But this year, on a whim, I tried again. I answered three essay questions. And honestly, I forgot about it. I went about being Mom2Amara.
Then, I got the email.
We would like to congratulate you on making it to the next phase of the selection process...What?!
That's when panic set it. I love Disney. But I started seeing who my "competition" was. There are some hardcore Disney enthusiasts out there. They make careers out of their passion for Mickey and Minnie. They blog, Facebook, and Tweet about their experiences. They literally eat, sleep, and breathe the Magic Kingdom.
And here I am, just a Cleveland girl that tries to get to Florida once a year with her family. I hit the Disney Store at my mall to get my Goofy fix. And I live vicariously through said enthusiasts via the Internet. Not to mention I also love Glee and have interests in shoes, health, and Girl Scout Samoa cookies.
So I got to work on a video and another essay. And waited. And I again got another email. This time, I was invited to the finals.
I was shocked. Thrilled. Humbled.
A phone interview was scheduled. Not knowing what would be asked during the 15 minute interview, I did no preparation. I wasn't even nervous going into it. I even cried while on hold for the interview because the song from Epcot's American Adventure was playing and it always makes me tear up. (Listen to it for yourself here.)
But the interview started and I froze. Adrenaline rush? Cold feet? Who knows.
And that's all I've thought about for the last 6 days.
But this entire experience has proven to me that no matter how many times I've been kicked around online professionally (oh the stories I could tell)...this was a validation that I'm worth a little something!
And it's a good reminder I've shared with my 7-year-old: you can't always get what you want. I didn't know just how much I wanted this until I sat for days pondering the possibilities. But win or lose, this experience has made me a better writer, a better person.
So will the glass slipper fit?
The finalists will be notified this week of the "judges" decisions. I'm hoping this story has a fairy tale ending. I'll let you all know as soon as I hear!