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Booked and Blessed: The Broadway Subreddit Approved My Request to Join!

by Caitlin Bitzegaio. @caitorade.

Brentwood, TN - When I was growing up, I always dreamed of “making it" on Broadway. I’d watch the Tony Awards live and scour YouTube for iconic diva performances, imagining I was the one belting the big numbers and receiving the standing ovations. Today, I scored my first big booking on my journey to stardom: the Broadway subreddit approved my request to join.


As I hit the “join” button on the Broadway subreddit, I could hear the refrain of “God I Hope I Get It” from A Chorus Line. Nerves were raging through my body, but I knew I’d put in the hard work of creating a Reddit account and felt I had the star quality that the moderators couldn’t resist. But you never know! So much of this business is luck.


I’d seen other friends click that bell symbol on Reddit and see that they were approved. I tried to feel happy for them, but, in reality, I was focused on when my day would come.


Well, it’s here. I’m on my way. Now, I have access to unfounded speculation about The Great Gatsby’s Broadway transfer, or complaints about the Merrily We Roll Along lottery. I’m there. I’m in the conversation. (Not literally, I haven’t posted yet.)


Some of my haters have said, “You don’t even have to join the subreddit to see the content. Joining just makes sure it appears in your feed.” I won’t be thanking these people when I accept my Drama Desk Awards or when my Reddit Karma is top 1%.


To my fellow performers still hustling and wondering when they’ll break through to the Great White Way (of Reddit), I say: believe in yourself, say yes to everything, and make sure your Internet connection is strong.


Tomorrow, the work of ranting about my fellow theater goers' intermission behavior starts. Today, I’m just basking in the glow of success and my computer monitor.


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