To commemorate the one year anniversary of receiving an invitation to the Top 80 callbacks, here’s some of my favorite moments from The Glee Project. If all of this happened in the past year, I can only imagine what else can come of this upcoming year. It’s going to be an exciting journey and I’m so glad you’re all coming with me for the ride. X
As I was slaving away in the kitchen over Thanksgiving dinner, it occurred to me that just one year ago (one year and a day, if you want to get really specific), I received an e-mailing inviting me to the Top 80 callbacks in Los Angeles.
It’s funny because when I had struck a deal with my mom earlier that year to try out for X Factor, she had given me a one year window, saying that if I didn’t get anything, that I would resume my law career. And The Glee Project happened less than six months later.
Which begs the question: what am I most thankful for this year? It’s simple really—I am doing what I love and the people that I love most are with me on this journey.
Guys, I was just some kid who would dance along to music videos and start belting when nobody else was home; I made award acceptance speeches to myself whilst in the shower; and while I knew in my heart that I was meant for something big, nobody else really seemed to believe the same of me.
And now I have all of you crazies who believe in me enough to follow me, message me, and actively support me for reasons I honestly cannot fathom. I mean, Jesus Christ, I’m performing my first headlining show at The Roxy alongside some amazingly talented friends for all of you in a little over two weeks.
No, I didn’t win The Glee Project, but I can say with complete assurance that life has never been the same. It brought me together with an amazing group of friends with whom I will always share this insane experience with; connected me to three amazing mentors who, to this day, continue to share their knowledge and lives with me; provided me with opportunity after opportunity, which led to a team of people helping to develop my acting career; and now… I’m here, cooking Thanksgiving dinner while thinking about which LED lights I want to use for my show.
I’ll never forget that hyperactive boy dancing and lip-synching to his favorite artists in the living room when everyone else was gone. Or having to put up that audition video with no expectation at all, only to have that e-mail inviting me to callbacks arrive in my inbox. Never forget the humble beginnings.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, thank you. Thank YOU for being in my life, believing in me, and sharing in my journey. I promise, I will not let you down nor take anything for granted. 2013 is already looking to be an amazing year, so stay tuned. It might get interesting.
I was supposed to be studying but then an idea came to my mind and I really wanted to share it with all the people that could assist on December 9th to the All Of The Lights show..
Here Abraham said: “The show is called “All of the Lights”. What better name for a show set in the…
It just hit me that “All of the Lights” is in less than four weeks.
Freaking out. Anyway, moving right along.
I am pleased to announce that some very special guests (many of whom I look up to) will be in the audience for “All of the Lights” on December 9th.
Like this cool guy.
And this cool girl.
And this cool South-African-born-Aussie (who’s getting slapped by Lea in this picture).
And dear Lord, Suga herself, Vanessa Lengies.
And this amazing human being.
And my favorite Asian of 2012 (besides myself) who killed me in “Pitch Perfect”.
And more. Like Curt-Mega-Lauren-Potter-Dominic-Barnes-Alex Newell-Blake-Jenner-Damian McGinty-more.
… Yeah, shit just got real real quick.
Needless to say, it’s going to be an amazing show and I am so honored that so many of these amazing talents (and just genuinely good people) will be coming out to our show to support us and enjoy what will hopefully be an awesome night of music, lights, and entertainment. I hope you guys can be a part of it and I cannot wait to see you there.
See you on December 9th!
"But I’m stronger now, though I’m haunted by doubt / Here I say the bravest goodbye"
— “Bravest Goodbye”
Reblog if you want to hear a snippet!
Purchase tickets to ALL OF THE LIGHTS here.
A few weeks ago, my mom called telling me that she would be going to get a few tests done at the hospital. One of them was for cancer. Along with good skin, cancer seems to run in the family to some degree.
I remember having a conversation with Robert about how I didn’t expect much from this birthday. As a matter of fact, I told him I wasn’t looking forward to it at all, expressing my desire to book a flight to some undisclosed location and spend it by myself. Perhaps it was hitting the big 2-5 or just a mild, fleeting case of a quarter-life crisis. I don’t know. Regardless of what the reasoning behind my logic (or lack thereof) was, Robert wasn’t having any of that: on the night of Blake’s Glee debut, he planned a surprise for me at his house and it was the first of a few surprises that followed in the coming days.
I ended up spending my actual birthday with my family in San Diego. It was quiet—I cuddled with my dogs on my bed in the morning, had a nice home-cooked lunch with my parents, went to the mall and bought my mom a shirt from Bloomingdales, and watched Skyfall with my parents before driving back to Los Angeles.
I could tell you in detail what I’ve done throughout the past few days. Nice dinners. Gifts waiting for me on my bed at home. Walking to my car and realizing that one of my best friends had stolen my car from me in the morning to surprise me with a car wash (seriously, it’s been the cleanest it’s been since… it’s been purchased).
Instead, I’ll tell you remember what I saw beyond all of the wrapping paper and… things. I saw life. All around me, I saw life and experienced it to the fullness of its highs and lows. I experienced an outpouring of love my friends willingly gave to make my birthday a memorable one. It was then that I realized this: it wasn’t that any excitement for my birthday had dissipated along with Romney’s chances of being elected as President; instead, my hopes and expectations had been altered.
Gifts are nice. Having tickets to my show sell out would be the most pleasant surprise. But at the end of the day, birthdays have become a celebration of life with those that have come to be a part of mine and being thankful for the love that I share and experience on a daily basis. At least that’s how I see it. My family, my friends, and my fans—you guys have made this birthday an unforgettable one, even if it’s for the dreaded 2-5. So thank you.
And my mother’s results came in the day before my birthday: she has high cholesterol levels, but otherwise, she’s healthy. No cancer.
Needless to say, it was a very happy birthday indeed.
Happy birthday Abraham! I hope you have a great one and greater ones to come =)
This is awesome. Thank you so much!