Sorry about that...
Okay so they walk in 8:20pm. Romeo has a big smile on his face; he's a lot taller than I'd imagined; quite handsome too. Henry has a presence about him quiet but very masculine; and Lenny is adorable...cute smile.
I test their mic levels. My heart is POUNDING! Okay Judy...you can do this. You prepared, you did your research, you spent three days preparing, you memorized your intruduction. Breathe. Took a breath and pressed record. I begin my well-rehearsed and memorized introduction...it's perfect.
"#3 on the Hot Tours List....76,000 fans...Madison Square Garden. Welcome....Ventu...
OH S**T! I mean, "Aventuraaaa!" Romeo expresses, "wow, what an introduction." I knew right there we were going to be good. So I relaxed a little and decided to have fun. You know what I didn't realize? I had my questions, lol, but I forgot they were actually going to ANSWER them! I didn't anticipate what they might say, or how long of an answer they would give.
They were gracious, endearing, sincere, happy, truthful-to-themselves types of men. I was proud to be there in that moment, thanking God that they were not difficult or conceited. We had fun moments: when we talked about the "f" word being used as an adjective; when I called Max "Maximo" they all laughed at me; when I asked them what it was like to sing for President Obama; and when I asked who had the biggest feet..." You can hear the interview by clicking here .
The interview lasted about 30 minutes...I thanked them; I hugged them; I took 2 pics with them (no time for autographs, they had to go do a video thing downstairs)...I saved the interview in the computer. And realized I had that adrenaline headache that affirms your stress, reminds you of the magnitude of your nervousness, and releases your inner, negative fears. It says, "You did it. It's over."
I dimmed the lights...I walked into the hallway, and I was, well, what i always am when it's over...alone. Alone. But dammit, I DID IT!!!