Being a part of the Chicago Film Critics Awards was so many things… fascinating, exciting, stressful, hilarious, rewarding and above all… inspiring. Not only was I overly-impressed with the ability of an all-volunteer crew to pull off such an event- I was, as I often am, inspired by the people I interviewed on the Red Carpet at Muvico in Rosemont.
One of the most fun and empowering conversations I had over the weekend was with Mark DeCarlo. Sure, we talked about his segment on Windy City Live, his book and his upcoming honeymoon travel show… but impressive as all that is, wasn’t the most inspiring part.
It was his authenticity… his personality. You get the feeling he doesn’t take himself too seriously. I’m all about “keeping it real” and Mark is one of those people who is the same fun personality both on and off stage. He hosted the entire awards show and then had us laughing for hours at the after party.
I learned a lot from our conversation about travel, show-biz and the unending hustle of being your own boss. There were no huge revelations. It’s hard work and that’s that.
It was energizing to talk with someone who is doing what I want to do; doing it well and still a sheer delight to be around when a camera is nowhere to be found. I found myself thinking that I wanted to be like him, which is a pretty big compliment in my book.
While our Red Carpet interview from #CFCA is being edited (shout out to Perillo Auto Group and Intercontinental Chicago O’Hare for sponsoring the event) you can watch him close out the show with Jane Lynch in the attached video. See? Way fun.