The Daytime Emmy nominations were announced today, and I was excited to see the names of twenty-some odd years worth of my co-workers all over them. There are, of course, countless people with whom I worked in soaps--on different shows, but still producing and writing and composing and lighting. There are the people who transitioned from soaps to talk shows, and children's media people I've gotten to know through the Children's Media Association. Even though I am not "in daytime" this year, it is still where I am connected, meaning today felt like a big day.
On a daily basis, I don't think much about not being in daytime anymore.
I think about having work, in whatever area. I think about finding
satisfying collaborations, wherever they may be. I look for new
challenges and great co-workers, and I have been lucky to find them, at
least some of the time.
A year ago, I had the surprise of being nominated myself, for my work on
the online version of One Life to Live. Today, when the Emmy
nominations were announced, I felt both connected and
disconnected--connected, because I knew so many of the nominees, and
disconnected, because it suddenly felt like a long time since I was part
of that category, a category in which I lived for so many years, even
up until a year ago.
But today, no matter where I am (and some days, I'm not sure), I simply offer
huge congratulations to all the nominees, especially those who have
shaped my career over the last twenty-plus years. It makes me happy
to see that daytime is still alive and well, and that some really good
people are out there keeping it that way. And who knows? Maybe next year, or someday,
I'll be back.