First, I’ll give you all the gossip if you weren’t at the annual Voice Awards. But you really missed something special, because it’s free and open to everyone. It honors peer leaders and examples in our field who give hope that recovery is real. Also, it honors TV and film writers, producers and directors, who have used the media to portray behavioral health problems and/or substance abuse throughout the world in a respectful, consciousness-raising and non-stigmatizing manner.
And it’s a lot of fun. All of the celebrities are waiting backstage in The Green Room, and I got to be there with them before they went on stage, and when they came back. Long story about why I was in The Green Room. But nonetheless it was so cool to be there. Goes like this:
You’ve got to know about the food, which is always first on my agenda. Have you ever been to a party or reception where they have hors d’oeuvres, a strange French word for tiny, heavenly, tasting things on little crackers? When I see those, I just want to grab the catering person by the ankles to get more of them. By the time I can reach up, all of them are gone.
Well, I found out that there are trays and trays of these hors d’oeuvres in The Green Room. Plus they have big bowls of iced sodas, fruit, – anything you can think of. And, if what you want isn’t there –– they’ll bring it to you, just because you asked.
I always thought The Green Room was a room painted icky green with folding chairs and a water cooler. Not so. It’s a gorgeous living room, with stuffed furniture you could float in forever. There’s a big monitor so you can watch the show going on out front in real time.
But the TV and movie stars can’t eat, because they’re too busy going over their lines, and they can’t walk out on stage with food on their clothes. So I was only helping them out by eating them all.
Plus, at the reception there were these fantastic mashed potatoes served in martini glasses with an endless array of toppings. I’d make them for myself at home, but I don’t have a martini glass, and I’m lucky enough to shop at Ralph’s.
Here’s, a myth-breaker or two: “Hollywood stars are very small and thin with big heads – which is necessary when you’re in film.” Not true, they look just like normal, (beautiful) people. They are kind and good listeners. They’re not looking over your shoulder to see who’s really important to talk to.
The veteran producer of the Voice Awards many times, Joe Kelly, was the most relaxed person of the evening – except for Keris Myrick, who presented many awards. She was also the best-dressed too. Her dress was inspired by a famous French designer. It was black with lime green silk ribbons coming from under the sleeves. Lime green is the color for Mental Health awareness. So, she couldn’t have looked more perfect. Of course, you all know that Keris is now the Director, Office of Consumer Affairs at the Center for Mental Health Services in Washington D.C. But she used to be our hometown girl, as the President and CEO of Project Return Peer Support Network. Congratulations Keris!
Great night, which I will always cherish.