On January 13, 2012 (that was the actual date), I walked into ‘The Glee Project’ house. I was in it to win it.
… I didn’t win. Remember this?
Admittedly, I don’t think I knew myself as well as I think I did, which resulted in the downfall (get it? down-“fall”), but hey, I made it pretty far and I made a few pretty kick-ass friends along the way. Plus, since then, I was here:
…among some other really cool places (both literally and metaphorically).
Two years later, on January 13, 2014, I’m relaunching my YouTube channel, in addition to the many, many things I’m working on, but this time, I’m coming at you like this:
In short, I am coming for some weaves and I intend on doing you guys proud.
I’ve been working extremely hard on relaunching my channel amidst acting classes, auditions, work, meetings, writing and just so many things, but I’m really proud of what I’m about to share with all of you, so…
This YouTube relaunch is really for you guys. Two years later, my love for all of you has only grown stronger. I know it’s been a while, but I’ve been working hard and I hope you what you’re about to see, both on and off this channel.
“Yes, Sexuality is very important and it’s important to figure that stuff out and it’s a big thing on Glee but it isn’t all about looks. Don’t worry about being sexy. It does not matter half as much as you think it does… You’re sexy just the way you are even if the world doesn’t tell you that you are.”
Just look at all the emotions on Darren’s face. In his eyes. Everywhere. He looks like he’s about to cry; they’re so strong. And you can tell that he’s felt that before. And that’s kind of amazing and overwhelming and wonderful to think about. And we all know that one day he’s gonna feel that so strongly that he marries the person and we’ll all just die and wow that escalated quickly I’m gonna stop now.
I remember watching an episode of Glee and being so touched by its message of tolerance: that regardless of the differences that seemingly divide us, it is when we allow those very differences and separate walks of life to converge that there emerges a greater level of understanding, compassion, and yes–tolerance.
We can all agree that Glee is a comedic force that took the world by storm years ago, but at the core, it has also been a catalyst for social change, especially within our generation. Teenage pregnancies, anti-bullying, and the difficult lesson of growing up–all have been tackled on this show that so many of us have come to love and it is this heart that rings louder than any of the musical numbers that this show has underneath its belt.
With tonight’s finale of The Glee Project also comes an end of a chapter in my own life. I walked into this competition a red-haired guy who often doubted himself and his own abilities as a performer and walked out believing that he is more than enough, with or without his red hair. I learned that sometimes, while our own dreams are important, it is so important to remember to fight for others who are often left feeling as though they are without a voice. I finally see that what’s meant to be mine can never be taken away and that with passion, hard work, and just a little bit of that sass I walked into this competition, I can make it. Oh, and I also discovered that I can belt higher than I thought I could. Praise Him.
And then I remember every component of what has become one of the most memorable and rewarding chapters of my life: Mario, Maxfield, Dani, Taryn, Charlie, Michael, Aylin, Tyler, Ali, Lily, Shanna, Nellie and Blake. I’ve learned lessons from each and every single person–for better or for worse (haha)–that have changed me for good.
Taryn taught me that sometimes, you just gotta climb up that ladder and your life? Get it.
Tyler, in some ways, believed in me before I believed in myself. He knew I would make it to the house when I didn’t think I would and he believed that I would win the entire thing. The latter didn’t happen, but walking out, I remembered Tyler and felt like I had still won.
Understanding Shanna’s story, I further realized the importance of men in our society to be MEN. A lot of girls out there lack strong male figures in their lives and it is our responsibility as men to knock before we walk into their bedroom, hold a door open for them, and treat them like the princesses they are.
Ali taught me that nothing is impossible. Have an excuse? Get rid of it and do something.
In all of her quirkiness and singer-songwriter tendencies, Nellie has taught me so much simply by being and I love her for that and more. I don’t know anyone else quite like her and I believe in her gift enough to push for her. Haha, I really do love that girl, it’s sort of disgusting.
And in more ways than anyone else, Blake stretched the boundaries of my heart. Did you know that the first two times I was in the bottom three, he promised me that I would be back? And when I got eliminated and he hugged me, the words he whispered into my ear literally made the walk out of my choir room that much easier. He is, without a doubt, one of my best friends not just on this show, but in life.
I think about all of these different stories that existed within the house and I think about how it all “ends” tonight; and you know what I’ve concluded? Regardless of the outcome or who left when, we ARE Glee. Together, we created something that no other fourteen people could have forged. And I know we’ll look back on this experience years from now and laugh at the horror that was Dance-Ability week and cringe at the sight of a slushie. Together.
And I am so thankful. For what has passed. For this. For all of you.
I’m making an aswesome badass scrapbook for Blake for his birthday. I have a bunch of photos, but what I really want it to be is a bunch of fan letters that I write out, with your name included.
I think Blake deserved his win and everything that’s coming to him and I want him to know that so many of you feel the same.
So what I’m asking:
Please either inbox me, or tag a post with “birthday blake”
Be as specific as possible with the note, point out things you know of his character, or how he may have inspired you. I know many of you are writers, so don’t be super generic here!! I want creative and touching and awesome :) and make sure you say who it’s from!! (it doesnt have to be your full name.)
I’ll be working on it starting tomorrow, but I want it to be something I can add to.
ALSO, it would be amazzzing if you guys could put up a bunch of photos of Blake, whether it be him by himself, him on the show, or him with any of us. Put EVERYTHING in the “birthday Blake” tag. (no GIFS, for obvious reasons.)
Love you guys, thank you so much for your help!!
oh and reblog if you’re a TGP or Blake Jenner blog :))