I have two bucket list sporting events – The Super Bowl & The Olympics. Sure there are a lot of other really awesome events that I will hopefully attend in my lifetime, but for at least the last 10 years, I’ve always wanted to work and/or attend a Super Bowl and Olympic Games. When I learned that you could work the halftime show of the Super Bowl through a friend in 2014, I posted a Facebook status saying I would be at the 2016 games because it was the 50th year and if anything, anniversary years are some of the best years.
Well its been two months and I’m still processing the experience I had. What I think is so amazing about the career I aspire to have is that creating memories like I personally have is going to be part of my job. I think the power in the Super Bowl is that it can make the most amazing memories for everyone involved – the parking attendant, halftime crew, athletes, producers, publicists, agents, fans, etc.
it was about experiencing the moments that are unlike anything else
I had the opportunity to take part in the kickoff show & halftime on field production and also as a seat filler for NFL Honors (completely separate from the other work). For me, the entire trip felt like a glimpse into what could be and I am now doing everything I can to make sure that it becomes what is. Seeing the Super Bowl from a production angle was eye opening and a truly unique vantage point to have.
Moments like running through the Broncos tunnel with fans screaming (for us) as we brought the stage on and off the field to seeing the cards create images in the stadium will forever be etched in my mind. It wasn’t about taking photos or meeting ‘celebrities’ for me, it was about experiencing the moments that are unlike anything else. Sure, I didn’t get to see the actual game, but I got to be on the field and experience a show that promoted acceptance and the joy of life.