Over the past few weeks, I, along with my long-time friends/colleagues, have been celebrating Days of Our Lives’ 50th anniversary with abandon – parties, cake-cutting, photo opportunities and catching up with old friends. In an industry where it is so rarely the case, Days of Our Lives and Ken Corday have given us this amazing gift of a “home.” For most, if not all, of us, it was initially just a job opportunity … a perceived short-term thing and then, as the nomadic actor life goes, on to the next “gig.” Now, 29 years have passed for me since I signed that first contract (and that’s short compared to so many there), and I feel lucky everyday!
This past weekend’s events were the icing on the cake for us. The weekend started with the annual Day of Days event that NBC puts on at Universal City Walk. What a day! So many people came out to see us and we were all blown away by the love and support they shared. Many of the people there I have seen year after year, but there were so many new faces too. Multi-generational viewers warm my heart … that these characters that we strive to bring to life still move people is awesome. AND the amount of Kayla’s I met is truly the sweetest compliment! As I have said many times…it’s like we work in a big warehouse – we don’t see other people but those in our group, so it still surprises me sometimes when someone recognizes me … it’s like I forget that the work we’re doing even airs. So to get out and meet the loyal, enthusiastic viewers is really a treat! (here’s one interview from the day)
Following a long day filled with interviews, autographs and a big Q&A session, my throat was actually sore from all the talking … and you know me, I love to talk!
As much as I enjoyed that event, I love the smaller, more intimate events, like the brunches that Stephen and I have hosted over the years. We did another on Sunday and were thrilled to have so many fans join us there too. To really have conversations … to learn a little about people – that fills me up! Especially now that I’m using social media, this was a great chance to put faces with these handles that I see so often … to make it personal and more connected. Stephen and I had so much fun, and I think the fans who joined us did too … we will have to do more of those! Thanks Sherry and Sandra, for making sure the event went smoothly!
And the weekend didn’t end there! A few months back I participated in an auction to raise money for CASA Los Angeles; and on Monday I had the honor of taking the winner of that auction – Tamra – out for breakfast. Thank you for the sweet breakfast, Tamra – getting to know you, your Mom and your friend, Patricia, was an honor; and your contribution to CASA was beyond generous! Thanks to everyone who came out for the weekend … we really appreciate you sharing your time with us. Until next time …