Miami day 2Jan 21, 2015
On this journey, regardless of the end, I must acknowledge the help that I have had along the way. At times I am filled to overflowing with gratitude for the people who have gone out of their way to accommodate me or just give a kind word. I feel compelled to honor them by doing the same, giving back whenever I can. So the reason I am in Miami is for the NAPTE (National Association of Television Program Executives) conference. This conference is where a great deal of television content is bought and sold in North America. Although the buyers and sellers represent buyers and sellers around the world. My part in this process is I am a seller. I have created “content” that I would like to produce. So my day begins with getting up at 5:30 so that I can get out of the apartment by 6:30 to make the hour drive from Ft. Lauderdale where I am staying to get to Miami Beach where the conference is being held. The Fountainbleau hotel is the setting of a wonderful carnival that is NAPTE. It doesn’t demand a second look to catch a glimpse of major TV personalities because many of them are here to represent the products that they have on sale here. It is sometimes strange to think of myself as belonging. Yet here I am I can have a conversation about the business with broadcast personalities and internet sensations before lunch. Of course I post my selfies with these folks not as way to gloat but as a means of documenting that yes, we are of equal status. Yes, I belong. I have to remind myself from time to time that “I am a producer”. I have come here with something I have produced therefore “I belong” here. And in this place, where I belong, my belonging honors everyone who helped me get here.