I feel like I’ve finally hit the big time.
It’s taken years of hard work and patience.
But here I am, a model.
It all started back in college.
I was selected to participate in our Mr. Wartburg contest. I was one of two candidates from the senior class.
Unfortunately, I came up short in that male beauty pageant. Apparently, “spinning” plates on a long wooden stick wasn’t a good enough talent. Never mind the fact they were super glued.
For the next few years, my dream of being a runway model went on the back burner. I focused on my career as a sports journalists.
But I felt there was always something missing in my life. Always a void no amount of sports reporting could fill.
That is, until the Daily Globe bridal show.
Again, I felt alive.
I had a purpose in life.
I put on my tuxedo and I walked down that runway like there was nothing else in the world that mattered.
Because at that moment, nothing did.
Unfortunately, that show only comes around once a year and the 2012 edition had already happened.
So again, I put my modeling skills away and concentrated on my other talents.
Until a I received a surprise call from Robyn from The Stag.
She wanted me to be a model in the Worthington Hospital’s fourth annual Auxiliary Fall Style Show.
I couldn’t believe it!
I once again had a modeling job. A chance to strut my stuff in front of tens — maybe even hundreds — of adoring fans.
It’s a modest gig — only one outfit — but it’s a chance to get back in the game.
I’m like an athlete trying to stretch out his playing days; I just want one more day in the sun. And who knows, I may be taking my talents to Hollywood next. This could be the launching of a great career.
The show is Oct. 11 at the American Reformed Church in Worthington. It will begin at 6 p.m. and tickets are available at the hospital gift shop.
Proceeds for this will help sponsor scholarships, purchase equipment for the ambulances and provide other extras for patients and visitors.
I won’t spoil what I will be showcasing from The Stag that night. To see that, you’ll have to buy a ticket.
And while I don’t know how many more times my phone will ring with modeling offers, I know I’m going to enjoy every moment of that runway.