Today at about 5pm, I'll be making a trip to The Palmer House Hilton. I'll be escorted to a receiving area for nominees and award recipients and take pictures for press before I'm escorted into the Honore Ballroom to attend the ceremony for The Chicago Independent Awards. And at some point in the evening, I will be honored as Female Performer of The Year. Yeah. That kinda rocks.
To be nominated for an award at all is no small accomplishment. There are so many talented, hard working artists in Chicago. But to be honored as an award winner before the event even transpires... that's kind of big. It means that you've done exceptionally well in your field and the people who voted felt you stood out far enough beyond your competition that you deserved distinguished recognition. So for me, to attend an event like this as an "Award Recipient" and not just a "Nominee" is really flattering. There are so many awesome independent female performers in my city. It feels good to be recognized, you know? Winning this award of Father's Day has an even deeper meaning for me, because if my dad were still with us he would have been extremely proud.