My night at the Power Up Awards
Thanks to Power Up Films for throwing one heckuva party last night at Eden nightclub in Hollywood for its “Amazing Men/Women in Showbiz” honorees.
It was certainly a switch for me to be on a red carpet getting my photo taken since I am usually on the other end of the red velvet rope trying to get a shot or ask a question.
Posed for some photos with Power Up President of Film Production and Distribution Lisa Thrasher then headed for the bar.
I was so flattered to be one of the honorees and so excited to meet the others who were also being honored. I already knew writer Gary Goldstein and it was so nice to be able to chat with him at the VIP reception. Also knew publicist Jim Dobson and director Guy Shalem and gabbed with both a bit.
How cool to also talk to the talented Sophie B. Hawkins, another honoree, about her Janis Joplin show and I was so glad to have met and talked to director Dan Ireland (also being honored) because he has directed several films I really love including The Velocity of Gary (featuring a red-hot makeout scene between Thomas Jane and Vincent D’Onofrio).
In addition to me, Gary, Dan, Sophie, Guy and Jim, also being honored were Michele Abbott, Kacy Boccamini, Miriam Cutler, Sheila Di Marco, Tristan Higgins, Aynee Osborn, Lynn McCracken, Lucy Mukerjee, Coley Sohn, Howard Cohen, Eric d’Arbeloff, Larry Kennar, Jamie Mandelbaum, and Christopher Racster.
My pal Hope Hamashige, who I’ve known since my days as a young reporter, was my guest and could not have been a better partner in crime. We arrived hungry and kept our eyes peeled for the appetizer trays!
Hope picked me up at my home in Silver Lake and I jokingly went right into diva mode saying things like “I’m an honoree, must we park across the street?” and “I’m an honoree, is there anyone to carry me from the car to the venue?”
Hope (pictured with me in the bottom two photos) has the most contagious cackle so by the time we got to the club, we were in tears from laughter.
Once the ceremony began, Hope seemed to be concerned that others had prepared speeches and she knew my plan was to completely wing it. But after hearing such wonderful speeches from some of the others, I did formulate some thoughts to share. Public speaking doesn’t faze me so it was more a matter of wanting to be a little bit funny and say something meaningful.
I shared with the crowd how when I was a closeted reporter at the LA Times, I was petrified once when having to cover a gay pride festival. But years later, as an openly gay reporter at the Daily News, I delighted in including in several stories the title of the lesbian-themed film Itty Bitty Titty Committee (produced by Power Up Films by the way!).
I’ve made a lot of progress along the way and learned to embrace who I am in a very public way. It feels right and it’s so gratifying to be recognized for doing what you love doing.