MACHINE MONDAYS: I Came, I Saw, I Didn’t Fall On My Face

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Sooooo, I competed live in New York City in front of a sold out crowd on Saturday… How was your weekend? I still can’t believe my first ever live match is behind me. I’m so overwhelmed with all the awesomeness that I experienced this past weekend, so of course I’ve got some thoughts.

The journey there was a bit of a ‘to do’ due to weather, but Thursday night I arrived. I was greeted by some familiar faces at the fan meet up event and it was a great start to the weekend. A late night of catching up, singing in a rooftop igloo for some Irish folks and laughing with friends, made for a follow up day of sleeping late and studying. That went into an excellent Friday night of comedy from Jay Washington, Jenn Sterger And of course Mark Ellis At the New York Comedy Club. After that, it was so wonderful to meet so many awesome Schmoedown fans, take pictures and chat!

Then it was Saturday… the big day. I just wanted to decompress. My amazing friends took me to the Ghostbusters firehouse, a place I’d always wanted to go, as Ghostbusters was the first time I heard my name in a film. For a movie loving kid, that was kind of a big deal for me. Then we took the long beautiful walk across the Brooklyn bridge to the venue. It was great to just clear my head and be silly with my amazing friends. I will be forever thankful to them for giving me such a wonderful day in The Big Apple!

I saw the space and I was in awe. The balcony was beautiful, the set up was really cool, everyone was working so hard to get everything together and I couldn’t believe I was a part of that. I went to the dressing room and started laying out my costume. This was really happening! With help from the beautiful Jenn Sterger, my makeup was done and I started getting into costume. I could hear the roars of the crowd. The nerves were building as I waited behind the door to enter. Jay just kept telling me to have fun and just play the game. The the door opened, I walked out and to my surprised, the nerves melted away.

The reception from the crowd was absolutely overwhelming and unbelievable. It got me so hyped. As a fan, it was crazy and exciting to get that love back like that. I was waving, fist bumping and feeding off the wonderful energy of the audience. I thought about getting on the mic more but I wanted to keep my head focused on the game. Plus, once Jay gets going, it’s total perfection. It unexpectedly felt so right up there on that stage.

I don’t want to spoil anything, and will elaborate on the match in future, so all I’ll say is how proud I am of how far I’ve come in a year’s time. I put so much work into the Schmoedown and I think I’ve proven to people, once and for all, that I belong in this game. I see so many awesome things ahead for me this year in the league, But to be a part of kicking off the new season in such an epic way is an honor I’ll never forget.

Thank you to Kristian and Mark for putting together an amazing show. Thank you to all the crew for your hard work. Thank you to PJ and Sarah Campbell for everything you did to get talent and crew situated in the city. Thank you to Jenn for the encouragement and for making me feel beautiful. Thank you Jay for always giving me strength and fighting with me and for me. And last but not least I’d like to thank the fans. It was so amazing meeting you all. Thank you for all the love and support you’ve given me and the Schmoedown. It doesn’t work without you.

XOXO,
The Machine

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