Ryan Seacrest and Nick Cannon have made it. They are hosts. They usher in the talent.
When I was growing up, an usher was a menial job you could get at Loews Theater. You wore an uniform and carried a flashlight.
These men, on different shows, usher the "talent" on stage, guide them off when they win, pat 'em on the back and soothe 'em when they've been disastered out.
Do you recognize American Idol's host, Ryan Seacrest? I know his name -- not his face, though I've seen him hosting various awards shows. He's friendly, down-to-earth, pleasant, clean-cut handsome, in an ordinary sort of way. Like the owner of a busy store, Ryan makes you feel welcome.
Seacrest, age 37, recently won an Emmy as a producer. He's host of "On Air with Ryan Seacrest"-- the #1 nationally syndicated LA morning radio show that has deals with Proctor & Gamble, Coca-Cola and Microsoft. According to Forbes Magazine, he earned $59 million last year; (including $15,000 per Idol episode), which means he earns $4,916,666.00 per month; weekly that's $180,000.00 -- he's making $236,000 a day.
Reading his bio. I see that Ryan Seacrest is doing what he dreamed of doing ever since he was in grade school.
So is Nick Cannon. He older, and maybe wiser -- 42 -- very recognizable, because he often outdo's the talent he ushers in for America's Got Talent. Whatever the act is, Nick joins in -- be it singing, dancing, magic tricks, or opera.
His bio tell the tale of a multitalented actor, stand-up comic, record-producer, TV Host, D.J., radio personality, and entrepreneur, and lists songs and albums he wrote and recorded. He's been married since 2008 to Mariah Carey, the R & B pop star, and the father of their twins.
What's ahead for Cannon? Well, he earns $70,000 per show; his net worth is about $25 million, and often he's more interesting than the talent or the show's wonderful judges -- Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne, and the fascinating Howard Stern.
Wow ... These two hosts make me feel ... gulp ... inadequate, full of wonderment.
I think I'm writing about them for JD, our son, who's built a career for himself as a stage, TV, and film actor in Los Angeles. JD's currently on location in Albuquerque, N. Mex. playing the accountant in "The Lone Ranger," a movie starring Johnny Depp.
All those jobs you've had, JD -- hundreds of shows, thousands of auditions -- all the efforts, study, rehearsals -- all the aspects of things you have done to keep going -- like Ryan and Nick, you just have to keep going, and do more and more. And more. It will pay off. Pay off or not, JD, the work of your work makes you the best you can be, makes you truly an artist.