I’m Completely Humbled… or How Billy Got His Groove Back

I think for anyone reading this blog on a regular basis, it’s easy to see that 2006 has been the best of times and the worst of times for me. Well it probably hasn’t truly been the worst of times, but there have been very trying and frustrating ones, and maybe only because there have been an abundance of best ones.

It’s mid-March and I can honestly say that for the first time since before the start of the new year, tomorrow, I actually have a day off. No deadlines. Not a one. Nowhere I have to be. It has been a relentless few months and as I have told many people who have watched this normally happy man sink deeper and deeper into a bit of a funk, I’m tired of being a C student.

I’ve been tired for some time of being so overwhelmed by too much on my plate that I’m not doing any of it well. Lots of mistakes are being made. Projects are getting done, but not with the same level of excellence that I’m used to. It seems like I’m just racing to stay ahead of the next deadline.

And so when I got a call from my good friend, photographer and director Lois Greenfield to come to New York and help her with a television commercial she was directing, I hesitated because i knew I was simply exhausted from the past few months, and I knew what I needed was a little down time, not something else to squeeze in to my life right now.

But sometimes… well… actually most of the time for me, when an opportunity presents itself to me that involves people I care about… doing something I don’t normally get to do… in one of my favorite cities… with a chance to meet new people who could possibly help me realize a few of the things I want to accomplish in my life… it’s nearly impossble to say no.

And so I said… yes.

So with a ridiculous amount of unfinished projects in Chicago wondering where I was suddenly heading… after managing to get the lowest grade in the class on my French final, but enough to advance to the next level if I spent the next two weeks really studying to catch up… I got on a plane to New York.


Ok… so much for a day off. The project we thought was approved… is suddenly not…. back to work. And we’ll have to hear about my adventures another time… stay tuned…

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