I have a confession to make: when I joined Stage 32, I was expecting another dumb site where people talk about things they'd like to do, rather than trying to achieve them, go on about what they ate for lunch, bemoan about ex's and/or collect friends to feel better about their self, in a bizarre online popularity contest. So far though, I've discovered several intelligent, active personalities who aren't afraid of making a fool of themselves in the eyes of friends who never believed in them, and of just saying, "F*** it, I'm doing this because it's all I ever wanted." At first, I thought that I'd be picky about whom I accepted as a contact, because I'm fundamentally a very private person and was hoping to just feel the site out, see who was on here with whom I could build a mutually beneficial relationship with and then planned on deleting my account before I had to deign to upload a picture after two weeks. Within an hour of actually sifting through the boards and clicking on the pages of real people, to see their hopes and dreams, I realised that being picky about contacts was plain stupid - we never know who may be a potential future co-worker or friend, who could help us or whom we could help in return, just for the sheer joy of seeing someone succeed - because if you can, I can... right? Unfortunately though, wanting it enough and/or talent always shining through isn't the reality of life; some of us will make it, most won't, but giving up or not trying is to guarantee failure. I've known some great performers in my time, but they've not found fame or even enough gigs to pay the rent! Often, we'll have to scrape by until we either break the damn door down or decide to call it a day and focus on our bank accounts and "little, everyday" lives. So for the past couple of days I've been networking, and where I like to personally thank each person with a message for accepting/inviting the networking opportunity, I've been amazed, humbled and plain over-whelmed, as my network connections have grown from the low 50s to over 640 (and e-mails have informed me that 3 people have requested to connect whilst typing this!). In short though, I'd just like to thank everyone on Stage 32 and wish you all with best with your endeavours, because the world would be a much less interesting place without creativity, art, entertainment and the struggles to achieve it. Don't shoot, don't score; live the dream. P.S. Apologies to all those I've not thanked for connecting.